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SundayApril 10, 2011

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Former Mexican President Fox: Drug Legalization Will End ‘Bloody’ Drug Wars

Former Mexican President Fox: Drug Legalization Will End ‘Bloody’ Drug Wars

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is once again advocating for a different approach to the raging drug cartel wars in his country: legalize drugs in the U.S. and Mexico.

Fox is eager to bring his message to American audiences since the U.S. is the largest consumer of the Mexican drug trade.  He feels that the U.S. has as much at stake in the bloody drug wars as Mexico does.

He sees current President Felipe Calderon’s crackdown not working and coming at a high cost:  34,000 Mexicans dead, tourism threatened and a negative effect on trade and foreign investment. 

When speaking of the U.S. role in the drug wars he is aware legalization is not a popular idea: “If they don’t support (legalization), why then they don’t (reduce consumption) of it? It’s their job, it’s their responsibility, and it’s not happening,” Fox said. “What I read everywhere is growth, growth, growth of consumption - in both sides, in Mexico and in United States.

Read more at KPBS →

Latino Decisions: Housing Crisis Making Latino Voters Anxious

The effects of the mortgage crisis continue to make the U.S.’s Latino community very anxious. Both homeowners and renters are still being affected by the depressed housing market, unemployment and a slow economy, according to results of the most recent impreMedia/Latino Decisions poll.

The national poll revealed that even the most prosperous and integrated segment of the Latino population, citizen voters (who were the focus of the poll), are still afraid of losing their homes if they are unable to pay. This situation has changed what the so-called American Dream means to them.

As an example, 43% of renters and 37% of homeowners worry about losing their homes during the next year. Those who have not lost their homes have been affected by the crisis in other ways: 51% have used up all their savings to make their monthly mortgage payments, while 34% had to stop paying other bills to make their payments.

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“For us, the most obvious result of this poll is that the mortgage crisis has seriously affected the Latino population, eating into family savings and generating anxiety that affects both homeowners and renters,” said Gabriel Sánchez, a political science professor at the University of New Mexico and an adviser for the poll.

Read more at Latino Decisions →

Belize is Honeymoon Choice for Newlywed Reese Witherspoon and Family

Belize is Honeymoon Choice for Newlywed Reese Witherspoon and Family

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The nation of Belize is one of Central America’s lesser known countries - that is until newlywed’s Reese Witherspoon and agent/husband Jim Toth chose it for their ‘familymoon’.

People magazine and others are reporting Witherspoon and Toth along with Reese’s two young children chose the 8,867 square mile country as their honeymoon choice.  Maybe its because it’s the only Central American country that was a British colony whereas most of Central and Latin America were once Spanish colonies.

It was probably selected because of its low key nature with a very diverse ecosystem and recognized by many as a great family getaway.  We are sure the couple will be back home in time for the U.S. premiere of Witherspoon’s next movie ‘Water for Elephants’ set to premiere on April 22nd. 

The couple wed back on March 26th at the actress’ Ojai, California ranch. 

Read more at USA Today →

Will People Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful’ 2011 Cover Star be Jennifer Lopez??

Will People Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful’ 2011 Cover Star be Jennifer Lopez??

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Though it’s not official – many sources are loudly whispering that People magazine’s 2011 ‘Most Beautiful’ cover star is Jennifer Lopez.  With her stint on American Idol being covered by the press daily to reviving her singing career with a hot new single “Love?” – J Lo is everywhere.

The formal announcement as to who will don the very coveted cover shot will be made official by the magazine on Wednesday, April 13th.

This weekend Lopez might of given the secret away when she tweeted that she was going to some kind of shoot for People Magazine. “Early Call Today for @peoplemag shoot!”

Read more at Gossip Cop →

U.S. Issues Travel Warning to (3) Mexican States due to Potential Threats Against U.S. Citizens

U.S. Issues Travel Warning to (3) Mexican States due to Potential Threats Against U.S. Citizens

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The United States Consulates General in Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, and Monterrey advise American citizens that the U.S. government has received uncorroborated information that Mexican criminal gangs may intend to attack U.S. law enforcement officers or U.S. citizens in the near future in Tamaulipas, Nuevo León and San Luis Potosi.

This information is being distributed to all U.S. government employees in the three states. No other information is available. If more detailed information is developed, we will advise American citizens immediately.

U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Mexico are encouraged to enroll with the Embassy through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to obtain updated travel and security information.  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly with the Embassy or Consulates.  Enrollment is important; it allows the Embassy and the State Department to assist you in an emergency.  Those enrollees who wish to receive updated travel and security information must provide an email address as part of their enrollment.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Mexico, please contact the U.S. Embassy or the closest U.S. Consulate.

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POLL:  Majority of Americans Feel Enforcing Immigration Law Would Reduce Poverty Levels in Country

Americans feel more strongly than ever that the lack of immigration law enforcement directly effects poverty in the country.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of Adults say if immigration laws were enforced, there would be less poverty in America.  Only 19% disagree with that assessment, while 20% are not sure.

The number of adults who feel there would be less poverty is up 16 points from early July 2007 when only 45% of Americans felt that way.  At that time, 32% disagreed.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans and 58% of adults not affiliated with either political party feel there would be less poverty if immigration laws were enforced, a view shared by just 48% of Democrats.

Men—by a 67% to 56% margin—are more likely than women to believe enforcing immigration laws would reduce poverty. 

Adults under the age of 50 are more inclined to agree that there would be less poverty if immigration laws were enforced than their elders.

Read more at Rasmussen Reports →

Felicidades to 2nd Time Papa Gael Garcia Bernal on the Birth of Daughter Libertad

Felicidades to 2nd Time Papa Gael Garcia Bernal on the Birth of Daughter Libertad

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HS News is sending out Felicidades to 2nd time papa Gael Garcia Bernal on the birth of daughter Libertad. 

Garcia Bernal and Argentinian actress Dolores Fonzi are also the parents to Libertad’s brother Lazaro, who was born in January, 2009. 

The 32 year-old Mexican actor made the announcement on his Twitter page.  After receiving many congratulatory recommends he concluded on Twitter: “After the best week of my life – it just keeps getting better – I thank you indefinitely for your congratulations.” 

Read more at Just Jared →




Artist: Jorge and Alexa Narváez
Song: What’s Up?
Written by: Linda Perry, from the 4 Non-Blondes album “Bigger, Better, Faster, More!”

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Senators Host First Hispanic Task Force Meeting of the 112th Congress

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Hispanic Task Force, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), Chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, outlined the impact that the Republicans’ budget cuts would have on the nation’s Hispanic community, especially in the areas of health, education, and economic prosperity. The Senators hosted the first Hispanic Task Force meeting of 2011 with Democratic Senators and Hispanic Leaders from across the country to discuss priorities for the 112th Congress.

At the meeting, National and local Hispanic leaders had the opportunity to voice their concerns and ideas on the ongoing budget negotiations and the issues important to Hispanics across the country. Among other programs, the extreme GOP cuts would harm the 400,000 Latino children in Head Start, the 59 percent of Women with Infant and Children beneficiaries who are Hispanic, and over 1 million Latino college students who depend on Pell Grants.

Senator Menendez said, “Show me your budget, and I’ll show you your values. Republicans have shown us that issues important the Latino community –strong schools, safe communities, and new good-paying jobs – are not a concern for them. Democrats believe the Hispanic community is a priority, our budget invests in their future, and we will continue to fight on behalf Hispanics across our country.”

A record number of 14 Democratic Senators participated in the meeting, including: Chairman of the Hispanic Task Force Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Mark Begich (D-AK), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Daniel Akaka (D- HI), Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Senator Mark Udall (D-NM), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

In summary: Impact of Proposed FY2011 Funding Cuts on the Latino Community
* Cuts to Head Start directly impact underserved communities
* Cuts to the Women with Infants and Children (WIC) program will heavily impact many Latino families’ abilities to meet their nutritional needs
* Massive cuts will impact Latinos’ access to higher education: over 1 million Latino college students depend on Pell Grants to pay for their higher education.
* Cuts will hurt the 1.14 million Latino Veterans
* Cuts endanger Hispanic Health Services of Latinos - Hispanics largest group among uninsured, with 389% without coverage
* Cuts to USDA’s Commodity Assistance Program will endanger the health of vulnerable low-income Latinos at the time of most need;
* Cuts to EPA’s enforcement of the Clean Air Act will put Latinos at significant increased risk with 72% of all Hispanics living in areas not meeting air pollution standards,
* Cuts to the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) will deprive the most vulnerable in society of food and shelter.
* Cuts to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of University Programs will hamper college and university involvement in Latino community development.





Read more at Office of Senator Robert Menendez →

Watch Selena Gomez’ New Film Trailer for ‘Monte Carlo’ (VIDEO)

Watch the trailer for Selena Gomez’ new upcoming movie ‘Monte Carlo’ that is set to be released July 1st. 

The movie starring Gomez also features Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy as three young star eyed Americans girls traveling throughout Europe posing as wealthy heiresses.  Along the way they find good shoes, cavier and love.

Selena playing the lead role of Grace decides to pitch her third-class accommodations for the lifestyle of the very rich Cornelia, when she is mistaken for her.  Sounds like predictable fun.

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‘“Why Are We Talking About This?” Says Senator Rubio to Trump’s ‘Birther’ Banter (VIDEO)

Florida’s junior Senator Marco Rubio wondered out loud yesterday on the ‘Daily Caller’s’ show why anyone including Presidential pretender Donald Trump is talking about the President’s birth certificate.  The issue as to whether President Obama was born in this country and therefore if he has a right to hold the office of President is known as the ‘birther’ issue.

The Cuban-American right leaning Senator is obviously not keeping in step with some other right-wingers questioning the President’s nationality and legal right to govern. 

“I believe Barack Obama was born in the United States of America,” Rubio says in the Daily Caller interview. “He says he was, so why are we talking about this?”

Rubio thinks the country has bigger problems to deal with.

“There are more important things facing our country,” he noted. “What does that have to do with the $14 trillion we owe?” he asked, noting the national debt is of special concern “we should be focusing on [that] like a laser.”

Though Rubio is not keeping in step with many 2012 Presidential candidates, like Mike Huckabee, who insist on discussing the birther issue – he is like the majority of Americans who reveal in many polls their lack of interest on the matter.  Nonetheless, Sarah Palin today spoke live on Fox News’ praising Trump for getting at the bottom of this important issue ‘More Power to him!” she said. 

Some say Rubio may be cautious on the issue since he is the son of immigrants born in Cuba and though he was born in Miami, Florida some of these very same people may call into question his country of birth at some point in the future.

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Cross Border Drug Trafficking Ring “Operation Charro Negro” Taken Down

Federal authorities have broken up a drug trafficking organization operating along the United States-Mexico border. The organization is allegedly responsible for trafficking kilo quantities of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine into the United States from Mexico, according to a case unsealed this week.

On Wednesday, agents from a multi-agency task force led by the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested three defendants in and around Phoenix and Rio Rico, Arizona as part of “Operation Charro Negro.” The DEA and its partners also seized approximately 15 pounds of heroin, 14 pounds of methamphetamine, 1 kilogram of cocaine, and 350 pounds of marijuana during the course of the investigation. Seven other suspects named in the federal indictment—Oscar Castro-Gonzalez, Cruz Javalera-Heredia, Holme Soto-Salazar, Sergio Romero-Duarte, Miriam Selene Araujo-Mendoza, Omar Francisco Quevedo, and Marco Antonio Mendoza-Contreras have warrants for their arrest and remain fugitives.

The others apprehended and in custody are, Agustin De La Rosa-Acosta, Gustavo Aron Lopez, Oscar Ivan Valdes-Espinosa and Abraham Patricio Lugo-Ruelas.

“Operation Charro Negro dealt a major blow to a significant poly-drug trafficking organization whose tentacles stretched across northern Mexico to the neighboring cities of Arizona,” said DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman. “By dismantling this group, DEA and our partners have removed large quantities of drugs and powerful weapons off our streets.  Law enforcement is at its best when we combine our assets, unite and stand strong against those who try to poison our communities.” 

“These indictments struck to the heart of a highly dangerous Mexican drug trafficking organization responsible for poisoning our communities with major amounts of heroin, meth, cocaine and marijuana,” said U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke. “Because of a strong cooperative effort by law enforcement, this ring has been broken and their ill-gotten cargo is off the streets.”

The defendants in custody were charged Wednesday with 12 counts, including Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cocaine and Marijuana.

A conviction for these counts carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, and up to a $4 million fine. In determining an actual sentence, the assigned United States District Court Judge will consult the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide appropriate sentencing ranges.  The judge, however, is not bound by those guidelines in determining a sentence.

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ICE Repatriates 69 Criminal Immigration Violators to Dominican Republic via Miami Charter Flight

In a chartered flight that originated in Miami Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned 73 aliens, including 69 convicted criminals, to the Dominican Republic. Those removed included three convicted of murder, two convicted of sex offenses and one who was wanted for murder in the Dominican Republic.

ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Air Operations Unit coordinated the flight that returned the 73 Dominican males to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. These individuals came into ICE custody from locations throughout the United States. They were housed at various detention facilities across the country before being transported to the Oakdale Federal Detention Center in Louisiana or the Krome Service Processing Center in Miami before being removed.

The flight included individuals who had been convicted of homicide, attempted murder, felony drug trafficking and possession, sexual assault, aggravated assault, weapons and stolen property possession, fraud, grand theft, armed robbery, illegal re-entry after deportation, resisting arrest and burglary.

Rafael Tejada-Morilla, 47, who was the subject of an Interpol Red Notice and an outstanding warrant of arrest for murder in the Dominican Republic, was removed to Santo Domingo via the ICE Air Operations flight. Upon arrival at Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo, Tejada-Morilla was turned over to Dominican law enforcement and immigration authorities.

On Feb. 27, 2008, Tejada-Morilla was sentenced to seven years in prison for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree in New York County Supreme Court. On March 18, 2011, Tejada-Morilla was transferred from New York State Department of Correctional Services to ICE custody.

ICE officers and medical staff with the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) accompanied aliens on the flight.

ICE routinely uses special air charters to transport aliens who have final orders of removal from an immigration judge. Staffed by ICE ERO officers, these air charters enable the agency to repatriate large groups of deportees in an efficient, expeditious, and humane manner.

In fiscal year 2010, ICE removed 392,862 individuals from the United States, nearly half of whom had criminal convictions. For two years in a row, ICE has removed more aliens than were removed in fiscal year 2008. The fiscal year 2010 statistics represent increases of more than 23,000 removals overall and 81,000 criminal removals compared to fiscal year 2008 – a more than 70 percent increase in removal of criminal aliens from the previous administration.

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SundayApril 10, 2011