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SaturdayApril 16, 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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Sewage Canal Cracks in Mexico Flooding Over 200 Homes

Sewage Canal Cracks in Mexico Flooding Over 200 Homes

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A crack in the main sewage canal of two colonias in the state of Mexico flooded over 200 homes with raw sewage.

Mexican officials are reporting that the sewage canal of San Isidro and La Providencia cracked after heavy rains early Sunday morning.  Approximately 500 residents were affected with no reports of death and minor injures to some that fled their homes when sewage surged inside.

The crack has allowed over 6,000 cubic meters per second of raw sewage to pore into the area.  Late Sunday night authorities were trying to contain the sewage and mend the crack.  The main highway to the area remains closed.

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Claims Process to Open for Hispanic Farmers to Resolve Discrimination Suits

Claims Process to Open for Hispanic Farmers to Resolve Discrimination Suits

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved and set up a process by which to handle claims of discrimination for Hispanic and women farmers while they were applying for loans.

Hispanic and women farmers will have 180-days this summer to seek relief from a $1.33 billion compensation pool and from a $160 million farm debt relief source. 

The USDA says it will pay up to $50,000 per claim for Hispanic and women farmers that can show that a USDA loan was denied to them for discriminatory reasons during the period of 1981 through 2000. 

In order to make a claim for a greater amount than $50,000 additional proof will be required and other requirements must be met. 

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U.S. Contributes $126.8 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

U.S. Contributes $126.8 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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The United States is pleased to announce a contribution of $126.8 million toward the 2011 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The contribution, funded through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, will support UNHCR’s programs worldwide, including refugee returns to such places as Afghanistan and the Sudan; local integration and resettlement; and protection and life-saving assistance. U.S. funding supports the provision of water, shelter, food, healthcare, and education to refugees, internally displaced persons, and other persons under UNHCR’s care and protection in countries such as Iraq, Colombia, Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda.

The contribution will directly support UNHCR’s Annual and Supplementary Program activities as indicated below.

Africa                   $ 39.9 million

Asia and Pacific         $ 23.0 million

Europe                 $ 3.8 million

Global Operations       $ 7.9 million

Middle East             $ 49.4 million

Western Hemisphere   $ 2.8 million

TOTAL               $ 126.8 million

With this contribution, the United States will have provided more than $285 million toward UNHCR’s 2011 operations so far this year.

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention and the 50th anniversary of the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

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12% of Students Admitted to Harvard Are Hispanic, A Record Number this Year

12% of Students Admitted to Harvard Are Hispanic, A Record Number this Year

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The elite Harvard College is reporting that it set a record in minority representation in admissions this year, specifically 12.1% of the 2,158 students admitted were Hispanic. Last year Latinos made up 10.3% of the incoming class.

The largest minority representation in admissions were Asian Americans representing 17.8% of the new students followed by Hispanics and then African American with 11.8%.  Native Americans represented only 1.9% of new students.

Approximately 35,000 students apply each year to attend Harvard and typically only 6.2% of students applying to the school get in. 

It will not be until May 1st when the college will know what its exact minority representation is, that is when students will either accept or decline to attend Harvard.

Read more at Latino Fox News →

Passenger Plane Coming into U.S. from Colombia Found to Contain Drugs Hidden in Cabin

Passenger Plane Coming into U.S. from Colombia Found to Contain Drugs Hidden in Cabin

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine unit discovered 21 ounces of cocaine concealed in an airline cabin panel about 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Washington-Dulles International Airport.

CBP narcotics detector dog Rex alerted during a routine enforcement sweep of Avianca Airlines flight 286 after passengers and crew deplaned. A CBP officer found a loosened overhead panel and discovered two wrapped bricks concealed behind the panel. Field tests proved positive for the presence of cocaine.

Additional CBP officers, with the assistance of an airline mechanic, conducted a complete sweep of the aircraft, but found no additional narcotics. The Avianca Airlines flight originated in Bogota, Colombia.

The 607.7 grams, or 1 pound, 5 ounces, of cocaine has an estimated street value of around $40,000.

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Argentine’s Last Dictator Reynaldo Bignone Sentenced to Life in Prison for Crimes Against Humanity

The former Argentinean dictator, Reynaldo Bignone, and four other individuals were sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity.

Bignone was convicted of participating in 56 cases of torture, theft and other human rights abuses during his brutal military regime from 1976-1983.  Bignone and ex-President Jorge Rafael Videla remain on trial for the disappearances of 30 babies there were kidnapped from political prisoners.

In addition to Bignone receiving a life sentence so did the former Mayor of Escobar and three military officials that worked under Bignone.

Bignone was already serving a 25 years sentence from last years conviction of his involvement in other crimes during his regime that included kidnappings and torture. 

Read more at Wire Update →

Last Two Weeks of Heavy Rain in Colombia Leave 45 Dead, 50 Landslides in 1 Week Alone

Last Two Weeks of Heavy Rain in Colombia Leave 45 Dead, 50 Landslides in 1 Week Alone

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As a result of heavy rains throughout the week a mudslide swept a bus in central Colombia leaving 16 dead and 4 missing.

The bus was traveling from Bogota to the central city of Manizales when the mudslides swept it into a nearby ravine.  Rescue teams are continuing to work, survivors are not expected to be found.

Homes and property during the heavy rains were also destroyed in the region.  Since Wednesday Colombian authorities estimate at least 50 landslides have occurred.  Over the last two weeks heavy rainfall has killed 45 people and damages properties of over 17,000 people.

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ICE Deports Suspect Wanted in Mexico for Murdering a 4-year-old Boy

ICE Deports Suspect Wanted in Mexico for Murdering a 4-year-old Boy

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A fugitive wanted in Mexico for beating a young boy to death with a hammer in 2001 was deported Thursday to Mexico where he faces aggravated homicide charges. The removal was conducted by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Juan Manuel Salazar-Ramos, 39, was flown from Chicago to Harlingen, Texas, on a government charter flight on April 14. He was escorted to the border and handed over to the custody of the Mexican Attorney General’s Office to face these charges.

The Superior Court of Justice in Mexico City issued an arrest warrant in 2003 for Salazar-Ramos for allegedly killing a 4-year-old boy in Mexico City on June 19, 2001. According to court documents, Salazar-Ramos used a hammer to beat to death his girlfriend’s son, Rafael Garduño-Contreras, in their Mexico City apartment.

“The deportation of Juan Manuel Salazar-Ramos is a textbook example of a unified approach to international law enforcement operations,” said Ricardo Wong, field office director of ICE ERO in Chicago. “This man attempted to evade criminal prosecution in Mexico by hiding in the United States, which our government will not stand for.”

Special agents with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Salazar-Ramos in May 2010 after receiving a referral from the FBI. At the time of his arrest, Salazar-Ramos was living in Palatine, Ill., under the alias Miguel Diaz-Perez. After verifying that Salazar-Ramos was living in the United States illegally, ICE agents took him into ICE custody and placed him into removal proceedings.

A federal immigration judge subsequently ordered Salazar-Ramos’ deportation in November 2010. His request to appeal the deportation order was dismissed by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) on March 29, 2011.

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Perceptions of Party Outreach to Latinos Key to 2012 Vote

Perceptions of Party Outreach to Latinos Key to 2012 Vote

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This week, Pilar Marrero of impreMedia reported that Latino voters were “dissatisfied with political parties” and despite majority approval ratings, Latino support for Obama is tepid heading into 2012. Despite a 73% approval rating, only 41% of Latino registered voters say they are certain to vote for Obama in 2012. This 32 point gap could spell trouble down the road.

Two months ago the February 2011 Latino Decisions tracking poll found 52% of Latino registered voters said the Democratic Party was doing a good job of reaching out to the Hispanic community. This month, that number has slipped slightly to just 47% who rate the Democrats positively on outreach. Even as President Obama has reached out in recent weeks participating in an education town hall meeting with Jorge Ramos of Univision, the perception among a majority of Latinos is that the Democratic Party has not done a good job of outreach. Why is this the case? Despite the focus on education at the Univision event, almost half the questions put to Obama by students, parents, and Ramos concerned immigration, including questions about why the DREAM Act did not get enough support to pass, and why non-criminal immigrants with U.S. citizen children were being deported? Still, the 47% who rate the Democrats favorably is more than double the 21% who rate the Republican Party as doing a good job of reaching out. As Marrero notes, neither party is doing a great job in making Latinos feel welcomed.

Indeed, this is a common theme of research by Prof. Sylvia Manzano, who noted in 2010 that Latinos feel less welcomed by both parties. Manzano was the first to note that a large discrepancy exists between the 65-70% of Latinos who may call themselves Democrats, and the much lower 38% who say the Democratic Party is very welcoming to Latinos. For Latinos, simple rates of party identification do not automatically translate into vote choice. In October of 2010, Manzano noted, “enthusiasm and long-term loyalty will require more than bold policy statements, political empathy and late hour GOTV efforts from Democrats”. While strategists and party leaders may feel they are doing a good job of reaching out to Latinos, what really matters is whether the Latino voting public actually sees it that way?

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UNWIND this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

UNWIND this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder.  Guess What and Where this is?

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Nogales Border Fence to be Upgraded

Nogales Border Fence to be Upgraded

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U.S. Border Protection has announced they will be upgrading nearly three miles of U.S.-Mexico border fence near Nogales, Arizona.  The original fence built in 1994 will now be stronger, newer and taller.

The current border fence will be replaced by 18-foot tall “bollard” style fencing making it difficult to scale but easier to see who is across the border in Mexico.  In addition the new fence will have eight feet worth of ground anchor making it more difficult to burrow under. 

The upgrade in Nogales is part of President Obama and Homeland Security’s efforts to enhance border security in Arizona, something it is often criticized for not doing.  The replacement fencing project started this week on Wednesday.

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SaturdayApril 16, 2011