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FridayMarch 25, 2011

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Mother Sues to Get Baby Back After She Says Adoptive Parents Stole Her

A New York mother who gave her child up for adoption is now suing the adoptive parents to get the child back.

Vilma Ramirez, 35, from Brentwood, Long Island is now saying that Andrew and Kelley Grant stole her baby after she decided not to put the daughter she called Esperanza up for adoption.

When children are put up for adoption, there is a 45-day grace period in which the birth mother can change her mind. Ramirez is saying she made that very decision and wanted to take the baby back.

Filed March 7, court documents state that upon learning that Ramirez had changed her mind about the adoption, Andrew, a 45-year-old software designer, took the baby from her babysitter om January 9.

Ramirez’s lawsuit claims he took the child “while I was at work and convinced the Mirarchis, who were taking care of Esperanza, that he needed to take the child now.”

Esperanza is Ramirez’s fourth child. She was born on February 15th, 2010. Ramirez had thought that though the child was being adopted, it would be an open adoption, and says that if she had known she would never see he again, she never would have agreed to it.

“I really did not understand the legal language, and no one explained them to me at the time.”

Ramirez’s friend, Blanca Mirarchi, 56, is the one who convinced the struggling mother to give the little girl now known as Isabella up for adoption. Mirarchi found the Grants and introduced them to Ramirez and Long Island adoption lawyer Steven Sarisohn.

Still thinking the adoption was open, and that she’d have contact with the child, on December 23, 2010, Ramirez signed away her guardianship.The adoption was made with a “extrajudicial” legal deal with a 45-day grace period, which means that the adoption could be given without a judge. If, during the 45 days, the birth parents change their mind, a judge decides the where the child should be placed.

Court documents criticize Sarisohn, and say, “His actions were more those of a lawyer attempting to facilitate the adoption rather than provide counsel to the birth mother about her rights.” Sarisohn denies the allegations.

Last week, the Supreme Court judge passed the case on the Manhattan Surrogate Court.

Read more at Daily Mail →

Latin America Strives to Develop New Standard for Sustainable Urban Development

Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno today announced a plan to partner with intermediate cities in Latin America and the Caribbean that aspire to set a new standard for sustainable urban development.

The plan would help cities analyze their development challenges in an integrated manner, prioritize investments, and identify funding from national and international sources.

There are more than 140 fast-growing cities in Latin America and the Caribbean with populations between 100,000 and 2 million people. Typically located near agricultural or manufacturing centers, these cities are growing two to three times faster than the region’s megacities. At that pace, these cities will double in size in just 20 years. Over three quarters of Latin American and Caribbean citizens already live in urban areas.

“We all know what happened in Latin America when we combined rapid growth with poor planning, lack of financing for infrastructure, and little regard for environmental and climate issues,” Moreno said. “No one wants today’s emerging cities to become tomorrow’s crowded and unhealthy megacities.”

Moreno said the goal of the Sustainable Emerging Cities platform is to help emerging cities avoid the mistakes of the past by crafting comprehensive plans that will harness sustainable solutions to housing, transportation, water and energy use, public services, and related areas.

A key part of the challenge will be adopt fiscal management practices that enable cities to finance such plans with a combination of local and central government revenues. The platform will also promote citizen participation in decisions about planning and budgets, along with measures to enable communities to monitor the outcome of public investments.

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Does Justin Bieber Have Latina Fever? Tabloids: He’s Cheating on Selena With Jasmine Villegas

Does Justin Bieber Have Latina Fever? Tabloids: He’s Cheating on Selena With Jasmine Villegas

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Okay, okay, so it’s just a rumor, but it’s a spicy one. Is Justin Bieber cheating on Selena Gomez with fellow Latina Jasmine Villegas?

The oh so credible National Enquirer is reporting that Biebs is “caught up in a teeny-bopper love triangle – and insiders say he’s turning into a ‘player.’”

The tabloid is claiming that Bieber has “fallen for” his “Baby” music video star, Jasmine Villegas, despite having been with to Selena Gomez since December.

Villegas, is an actress and singer of Filipino and Mexican heritage who has been seen on Disney’s That’s So Raven, My Wife and Kids, and various other shows, and along with her own, she has been seen in music videos for Kanye West, Frankie J, Sean Kingston, and of course, Justin Bieber.

Though most are dismissing this alleged love triangle as a rumor, it is true Bieber and Villegas shared a smooch some months ago.

Hmm. Could Beibs have ‘Latina Fever’?

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Community Wants Miami Police to Answer for Hispanic Officers Shooting African-American Suspects

Community Wants Miami Police to Answer for Hispanic Officers Shooting African-American Suspects

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A familiar pattern is once again showing itself in Miami as shootings by police officers are being questioned due to the fact that all involved Hispanic officers killing African-American suspects.

The subject of a hearing at a Miami commission hearing, has investigators looking at seven recent fatal shootings in Miami involving Hispanic cops and African-American suspects. Community activists, along with family members of the deceased spoke at the hearing Thursday. They claimed that officers are too aggressive and are too quick to fire their weapons.

The recent crackdown on violent crime is what Police Chief Miguel Exposito says is the reason for the increased shootings, not trigger happy officers. He claims that most shootings occur when an officer or officers are protecting themselves or the lives of others.

It was becoming so worrisome that Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the matter. She stated that she was concerned that black suspects were being treated with greater violence than those of other races. In a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. she wrote, ““There is a wide range of growing concern in the community regarding the apparent lack of communication and response to these incidents by the City of Miami Police Department.”

For those in the outraged community, the example of officer Ricardo Martinez was made. Martinez, a 12-year veteran of the city’s gang unit, shot and killed two men within nine days in August of 2010. After the first shooting, Martinez returned to work just six days later. Three days after, the officer shot and killed another.

National experts say an officer tends to be put on desk duty after a shooting incident pending an investigation, and that returning to work just six days later is unusual.

To make matters worse, before the shootings, Martinez was under investigation for allegedly selling seized phones.

City officials and residents are now calling for the dismissal of Chief Exposito, as they believe he is behind the increased violence of the police force.

Under the leadership of his predecessor, John F. Timoney, critics point out that there was a 22-month period in which not a single police officer firing a weapon. Then in 2009, when Exposito took over, he assigned for than 100 officers to “tactical units,” many of which would later be the majority of the officers involved in the shootings in question.

Under Exposito, there have been 10 shootings, with seven fatalities.

However, former senior F.B.I. agent, Paul R. Philip, who was hired by city manager Tony. E. Crapp Jr., said, “It seemed to be a concern that the department was engaged in an accelerated rate of shootings, but there doesn’t appear to be. The data seems to support the chief.”

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PENELOPE CRUZ: Johnny Depp Has A Fart Machine! (VIDEO)

Apparently, Señor Depp is a prankster and has his own state of the art, remote controlled Fart Machine, as disclosed by Penélope Cruz on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.  We wonder if she was paid extra to tolerate Johnny Depp’s manufactured farts??

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“Border Fence” on University of Arizona Campus Serves to Force Awareness on Border Issues

University of Arizona students and advocates have put up a “border fence” in the school’s mall in hopes of bringing awareness to the problems of border issues, by forcing a change in students’ daily routines.

The Arizona school’s club No Más Muertes (No More Deaths) put up a barbed-wire fence along the south side of the campus’ mall on Monday, and because the 1,000-foot mock border fence sits in the middle of a shortcut used by most students, it will force to them to look.

“(We are) wanting to create a crisis on campus to force the community to confront the issues that are so easily ignored and create a space to discuss these issues,” Gabriel Schivone, a UA student studying English told the Daily Wildcat, the school’s paper.

The project, called “Wall to Wall – Concrete Connections/Conexiones Concretas” will be up until March 31, and is meant to bring awareness to the U.S.-Mexico border and the troubled border between Israel and Palestine on the Palestinian West Bank, both funded by the U.S.

Grants and donations made the wall possible, as well as UA organizations like the Women’s Resource Center, Students for Justice in Palestine and the Social Justice League, who sponsored sections of the wall.

Schivone said the wall serves to make the point that walls such as this dehumanize people and pull communities apart, and that awareness of the issues is low on the UA campus. But, he said, “If presented with this information, I think they would act.”

Some students find the fence “annoying” while others believe everyone in the area is already aware of the border issues because of where the school is located.

Junior Maria Guzman said, “Everybody’s aware in Arizona. We’re close to the border. If you’re not aware, you’re living under a rock.”

The wall will remain up until the 31st and will continue to be decorated with fliers and other information.

“Annoying” as it may be, Schivone hopes the irritation and inconvenience will disrupt people’s daily lives, because “that’s what walls do.”

Read more at Arizona Daily Wildcat →

Rafael Nadal:  Global Responsibility Ambassador for Bacardi’s “Champions Drink Responsibly” (VIDEO)

Rafael Nadal:  Global Responsibility Ambassador for Bacardi’s “Champions Drink Responsibly” (VIDEO)

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Rafael Nadal has been announced as the Bacardi Limited new Global Social Responsibility Ambassador for the Champions Drink Responsibly campaign.

On Tuesday, the 24-year-old tennis star was chosen as the Bacardi Limited spokesperson, whose main role is to raise awareness about responsible drinking among consumers, through a global multi-medium communications campaign.

“I enjoy socializing with my friends and family and drinking responsibly is important no matter what your game is. That is why I’m teaming up with Bacardi Limited as I want to take the lead in promoting social responsibility to fans and consumers around the world,” said Rafael.

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Kirstie Alley Slams George Lopez (VIDEO)

Kirstie Alley Slams George Lopez (VIDEO)

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The DWTS star turns down Lopez’s apology after his fat joke about her dancing.

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Hispanic Standout: Dr. Esther Lopez Fixing Health Care Injustices One Patient at a Time

Hispanic Standout: Dr. Esther Lopez Fixing Health Care Injustices One Patient at a Time

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There is nothing ordinary about the extraordinary Dr. Esther Lopez and her mammoth goal of obtaining dental care access for underserved populations.  From her early days as a child of a Cuban immigrant to standout dental student to creator of a prototype dental program for the underserved– Dr. Lopez is a Hispanic standout.

Dr. Lopez’s career and advocacy started early in her life, serving as her mother’s translator through her countless medical appointments as she battled with leukemia as an uninsured patient.  The eventual death of her mother at age 42 when she was just 12 years old left an inedible mark and is shaping Lopez’ legacy in health care. 

As she said “I have a personal mission and have been very affected by the loss of my parents and seeing how the health care system has built in injustices.”

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In 2003 she started her journey as a dental student, one of only six minority students in a class of 90.  She was undeterred even though she was now parent-less, losing her father at age 19.  She was a standout dental school student that came to the attention of the Dental Pipeline Program. 

The Dental Pipeline Program operated from 2001 to July 2010, with the purpose of providing access to affordable dental care to those in underserved communities. The program also gave minorities pursuing a dental education/career an opportunity to serve those in their communities.

It was here that her goal to reshape dental health care models for underserved communities was born.  She credits the Dental Pipeline Program for inspiring her and ‘parenting her professionally’ commenting, “I couldn’t do it without their resources and their mentorship.”

You see Esther decided, unlike many of her professional peers, to go help the most vulnerable- homeless Latinos and African Americans.  You will find her most days at the student run dental clinic she created on Chicago’s north side at Goldie’s Place. 

Here Esther recruits minority students in the hopes they will return to their community, her very own take on the Dental Pipeline Program.  She gets the volunteers, writes the grants, and trains homeless individuals to become dental assistants.  When HS News interviewed her she had just come back from graduating 5 homeless people into the dental health care industry, her pride was palpable.

This Hispanic standout is “trying to get more dental students to give back and working on replicating the Goldie’s health care model throughout the country.”  And no one doubts it can’t be done with Dr. Esther Lopez in charge.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Fans of the Mullet, Your Pants Have Arrived! Designer Raul Lopez Brings Backless Pants

Fans of the Mullet, Your Pants Have Arrived! Designer Raul Lopez Brings Backless Pants

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Much like the mullet hairstyle that will unfortunately not die, designer Raul Lopez has designed a new style of pants for men…the backless kind.

No need to worry, ladies (or gents), your man’s behind will still be covered by “short shorts.” However, the back of the wearer’s legs will be exposed, as the pants are only held to the leg by material in the front and straps in the back. (See photos below.) We will now be referring to them as “The Pant Mullet.”

One can only assume The Pant Mullet has the same motto as the hairstyle. Business in the front, party in the back.

Designer Raul Lopez’s line is called Luar Zepol (clever, eh?), but he was formerly half of the fashion brand HOOD BY AIR before decided to branch out on his own.

Love his style or hate it, Lopez has distinguished himself as a notable avant-garde designer, and for those looking for something different. I think you just found it.

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Brazilian Plastic Surgeon Says He ‘Prettified’ Gadhafi

Brazilian Plastic Surgeon Says He ‘Prettified’ Gadhafi

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Brazilian Surgeon Dr. Liacyr Ribeiro has just admitted to have surgically removed at least ten years off Moammar Gadhafi’s features by removing fat from his belly and injecting it into his wrinkly face.

“He told me that he had been in power for 25 years at that time, and that he did not want the young people of his nation to see him as an old man,” Dr. Liacyr Ribeiro said. He also said the Libyan leader declined his suggestion for a face lift, but did get hair plugs and a lot of injectables.

Inside a heavily secured bunker and with the outmost secrecy, Dr. Ribeiro worked for four hours in 1995 on making Gadhafi more aesthetically pleasing; the leader requested local anesthesia, as he insisted to be alert throughout (paranoid, anyone?), and halfway through, requested the procedure to be stopped, and had a hamburger.

After the procedure, Ribeiro was handed an envelope “full of U.S. dollars and Swiss francs.” He did not disclosed how much was in there, “All I can say is that it was more than I would charge for my services in Brazil,” he said.

The aesthetician said he believes Gadhafi chose him because Libyan surgeons were either “incapable of doing what I did or too scared that he would die on the operating table.”

Dr. Ribeiro made clear that these comments were intended only to provide insight into the peculiar leader, and certainly not to boast.

“Gadhafi is not looking very good these days, to let potential patients know that I operated on him would be counterproductive.”  Or does Dr. Ribeiro hope to work on the leader when and if he is removed from Libya? 

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Univision May Be Embracing English-language News

Univision May Be Embracing English-language News

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Univision seems to be rethinking their Spanish-only policy these days in hopes of reaching the ever-growing U.S.-born Hispanic population.

Though it has not been publicized yet, earlier this month, Univision launched an English-language Twitter account called @UnivisionNews. The account posts updates in English to around 4,000 followers. This Twitter account appears to be another in a series of quiet moves to address an English-speaking viewership.

Late last month, Univision.com launched an soccer website for English-speakers, but they did not share any information about it. It was insinuated that a formal announcement would be made in the coming months, but thus far, no announcement has been made.

Also, in an February 26th update, Univision.com staff told the English-speaking audience that “all the top news for U.S. soccer and MLS, European Soccer, and top Mexican and Latin American Leagues” would soon be available.

A Univision spokesperson told Hispanic TV Update, “We are increasingly using social and interactive media, as well as radio, to further engage with our bilingual audience in English and Spanish.”

Univision did express however, that the network has no plans to overhaul its entire policy or strategy, with the spokesperson adding that the network values “the importance and reach of Spanish-language television and remain committed to our strategy.”

The UnivisionNews Twitter profile states that it is, “The #1 Source for Hispanic news covers current events from around the world, with a special focus on the US Hispanic population and Latin America - In English.”


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Mexican National Sentenced for Smuggling and Sexual Trafficking Minor Victims in U.S. from Mexico

Mexican National Sentenced for Smuggling and Sexual Trafficking Minor Victims in U.S. from Mexico

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Amador Cortes-Meza, 36, of Tlaxcala, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. D to serve 40 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release on charges of sex trafficking of minors; sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; transporting minors for the purpose of prostitution; smuggling aliens into the United States for purposes of prostitution; and conspiracy to do the same, announced the Department of Justice.

Cortes-Meza was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims in the amount of $292,000.  The sentencing follows Cortes-Meza’s conviction on these charges on Nov. 21, 2010 after a trial.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Sally Quillian Yates said, “No one wants to believe that there are people who will enslave other human beings and require them to commit innumerable commercial sex acts.  Yet this intolerable crime is happening right in our own neighborhoods in metropolitan Atlanta. This defendant tricked young girls and juveniles into leaving their families in Mexico, beat them, and forced them into more than 20 acts of prostitution a night here in Atlanta. These survivors courageously testified against the defendant and played a significant role in bringing him to justice. This defendant earned every day of his 40 year sentence.”
       
According to the charges and other information presented in court, Cortes-Meza was the ring leader of an organization that brought 10 victims, including four juveniles, to the United States and forced them into prostitution

Amador and his family members would pretend to be romantically interested in the young girls, many of whom were from rural areas and some of whom did not have much education.  The defendant and his co-conspirators would promise the victims they would have a life together and then tell them they needed to travel to the United States to make money working in restaurants or cleaning homes. 

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Dept. of Labor Visiting Florida Farms to Ensure Farmworkers Rights are Being Complied With

Dept. of Labor Visiting Florida Farms to Ensure Farmworkers Rights are Being Complied With

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is reminding agricultural workers in South Florida that their rights are protected by the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s Field Sanitation Standard. Virtually all employees engaged in agriculture are covered by federal law because they produce goods for interstate commerce.

“The Labor Department is committed to enforcing labor standards that protect and enhance the welfare of the nation’s farm workers,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “Through outreach, we are spreading the word to farm labor contractors and growers that they must pay their workers the wages they have earned.”

This coming spring, Wage and Hour Division investigators will make unannounced visits to farms in South Florida to ensure that employers are following federal labor laws. Over the past year, investigators have been meeting with farm groups to inform them of their responsibilities regarding agricultural employees.

“Each employer is also responsible for ensuring workers’ health and safety,” added Secretary Solis. “Workers should not have to lose their lives or risk their health while working to provide for their families.”

The FLSA sets standards for minimum wage, overtime payments and limitations on child labor. The law allows, with restrictions, the employment of farmworkers between ages 12 and 16. There are no restrictions on workers age 16 and older employed in farm jobs. The FLSA prohibits the employment of most individuals under age 16 in hazardous occupations. Youths of any age may work at any time and perform any job on a farm owned or operated by their parents. Otherwise, individuals under age 12 may not be employed in farm activities.

Most agricultural employers, agricultural associations and farm labor contractors are subject to the MSPA, which protects migrant and seasonal agricultural workers by establishing employment standards related to wages, housing, transportation, disclosures and recordkeeping. The MSPA also requires farm labor contractors to register with the Labor Department. The department maintains a list of individuals or corporations whose authorization to operate as a farm labor contractor has been revoked. To determine whether a contractor has been declared ineligible, visit http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/statutes/mspa_debar.htm.

Field sanitation provisions of the OSH Act require covered employers to provide toilets, potable drinking water, hand-washing facilities and information regarding good hygiene practices.

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U.S. Conference of Bishop Launches Major Spanish Language Initiative to Support Marriage

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced the launch of a major Spanish-language media initiative in support of marriage and the family.

The radio public service announcement (PSA) campaign, titled “Matrimonios que inspiran” (Marriages That Inspire), is composed of nine unique 30-second radio spots, targeted to different age demographics.
       
The campaign directly speaks to the many challenges faced today by couples in sustaining healthy marriages and family life. It is designed to more-effectively address the specific pastoral needs of the Spanish-speaking community in the U.S.
       
“Most Latinos believe in the institution of marriage” said Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, director for Hispanic Affairs at the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church and coordinator the activity. “Our main communications’ objective with the campaign is to revalidate the significance of marriage as the foundation for a stronger, more stable family.”
       
According to U.S. Census Bureau data, in 2010 less than half of U.S. households, 49.7 percent, were headed by a married couple versus 78 percent in 1950. By comparison, 2010 Census data reveals that 66 percent of Hispanic households were made up of a married couple.
       
“We believe the PSA campaign is an effective method to motivate and inspire Hispanic listeners on this topic,” Aguilera said.
       
The PSA campaign was developed by OpenMedia (openmedia.tv) of Miami, Florida, and was financed through a grant from the Catholic Communication Campaign. The radio spots will roll out in three individual “media waves” throughout 2011, with the first announcements expected to begin airing in late April. 
       
The radio campaign has its complement in a dedicated Spanish-language website, www.portumatrimonio.org, which launched in 2010. The successful website has had over a 100,000 visitors in just one year, and averages 1,500 visits daily. It also has 1,200 fans on Facebook. The site has received very positive reviews and feedback from Spanish-language users around the country and around the world. 

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Kansas House Judiciary Committee Rejects Arizona Copy-Cat Bill, HB2372 - Hate Groups Suffer Defeat

Kansas House Judiciary Committee Rejects Arizona Copy-Cat Bill, HB2372 - Hate Groups Suffer Defeat

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The Kansas House rejected HB2372 on a floor vote of 84 to 40. HB2372 was the Arizona copy-cat bill designed to be the biggest assault against immigrants in Kansas history. Today the voices of reason and tolerance prevailed over those voices of bigotry. Furthermore,  last Wednesday the Kansas Senate killed HB 2006 which would have repealed the right to instate tuition at Kansas universities for undocumented immigrant students. All this within the same week that Rep. Virgil Peck made the already infamous comment suggesting that immigrants be shot down by helicopter (listen here )

The people of Kansas are pleased that their legislature is committed to our state’s historic pursuit of freedom and tolerance. Sunflower Community Action, like thousands of Kansans statewide, organized in opposition to the attack against our immigrant communities. Countless hours were spent mobilizing our communities to call their legislators, testify in the capitol, and spread the word on the streets. We mobilized so that Kansans remember our free-state roots; that racism and hate, like that espoused by Peck, are against our core values. We were victorious. 

Sunflower Community Action and the Immigrant Family Support Network organized a prayer vigil on Tuesday, March 22nd from 7pm-8pm at Our Lady of the New Covenant Chapel at 1165 SW Blvd in Wichita. Participants gave thanks to all those who helped in blocking these inhumane bills, as well as pray for those who have yet to accept their immigrant brothers and sisters as part of the fabric of our community.


Kansas has joined New Mexico, Washington State, and Arizona in repealing hate and bigotry against immigrants.

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Border Patrol Rescues 17 Illegal Aliens Near Jacumba Mountains

On Monday morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued 17 illegal aliens who were stranded in the mountains approximately 29 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:20 a.m. when radio dispatchers received a call from the California Highway Patrol stating that a female along with 16 other individuals were stranded in the mountains near Jacumba.

One of the stranded persons used a cellular telephone which allowed the CHP to generate GPS coordinates of the group’s location.

Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue team agents conducted a thorough search of the area. At the conclusion of a three-hour search, agents located the 17 individuals. BORSTAR agents provided the group with water, assessed their health and provided medical assistance to one individual.

BORSTAR is one facet of the U.S. Border Patrol Border Security Initiative, which was implemented as a proactive, bi-national strategy to reduce injuries, prevent fatalities, and ultimately make the border region safer.

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FridayMarch 25, 2011