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SaturdayApril 30, 2011

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El Salvador Supreme Court Disbands 2 Political Parties

El Salvador Supreme Court Disbands 2 Political Parties

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El Salvador’s Supreme Court is disbanding two formerly powerful political parties, both of which are at least 50 years old because neither won the minimum level of votes in the 2004 presidential election. The court declared that the centrist Christian Democratic Party and conservative National Conciliation Party didn’t meet the 3 percent threshold required.

The decision has been six years in review and although leaders of both parties denounced it, no appeal is possible.

El Salvador is currently governed by the guerrilla group-turned-political party Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front. Its primary rival is the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance.

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Spotlighting the Plight of Immigrant Minors Detained in Texas

Spotlighting the Plight of Immigrant Minors Detained in Texas

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Even as strict immigration bills await committee hearings in the Texas Legislature, a steady stream of unaccompanied immigrant minors continues to attempt to cross the border into the United States. Figures show more than half come from as far away as Honduras and Guatemala. What happens to these children, some only toddlers, if they’re apprehended?

Over 85,000 unaccompanied immigrant minors try to cross the border every year, according to the United States Office of Refugee Resettlement’s most recent report to Congress. The children attempt to cross the Mexico-U.S. border, but many are apprehended.

Rosalinda Huey, a Border Patrol agent in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, says the number of unaccompanied children who attempt the treacherous trek across the border continues to rise. “I can only speak for the Rio Grande Valley Sector [but…] we had close to 1,000 unaccompanied children that attempted to cross into the United States for 2010,” Huey said.

According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, most of the children are coming from Central America. But now Texas is seeing an increase in Mexican minors trying to cross the border, in part because of increased violence in the country, according to Huey.

There are two main reasons that children attempt the journey alone. “Some of these children are coming here to be reunited with a family member, usually a parent,” Huey said. “And then there are some children who come here for the American dream. To prosper, study and live in the United States.”

But not many of them get to live out that dream. Instead, they are apprehended by the Border Patrol. “They’re going to be put into a removal proceeding where their information is taken and they’re turned over to whatever agency or facility is going to care for them,” Huey said.

This is where Southwest Key Programs tries to help. An Austin-based nonprofit, the organization currently has a contract with the US Office of Refugee Resettlement to operate shelters for unaccompanied immigrant minors, and houses approximately 2,500 children a year. “When they get to us, the very first thing we do is to make sure that they are healthy and they are seen by a doctor, they get to see a dentist as well,” said Alexia Rodriguez, vice-president of immigrant children services and legal counsel for Southwest Key.  “They’re also assigned a case manager who begins to work on their case while they’re at Southwest Key.”

The organization houses the minors for approximately 45 days. The main goal is to reunify them with their parents either in the US or back home, but that isn’t always easy.

“For a child to be reunified, that sponsor of the child has to go through a process which entails FBI fingerprint checks and quite a few family members of our children are undocumented themselves,” Rodriguez said. “So they’re fearful to go through the process because … they may be picked up and detained and sent back home as well.”

Rodriguez says about half of the children rejoin their parents. The others ares deported to their home countries.  Much of the rhetoric surrounding immigration legislation focuses on adults and families. Little of that talk focuses on the children who make the journey of thousands of miles for a chance to live in the US.

Read more at Reporting Texas →

Brazil Population at 190.7 Million, Almost 10% Remain Illiterate

Brazil Population at 190.7 Million, Almost 10% Remain Illiterate

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The Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute, IBGE released the 2010 Census on Friday. The total Brazilian population is 190,755,779 up 1.17% from 2000.

Women account for 51% of the population, while 42.1 % of the population lives in southeast Brazil.

Although the illiteracy number dropped four percentage points since 2000, in 2010 there were still approximately 10% of the population that are illiterate. 70% of the illiterate populations are rural population.

The highest illiteracy rate is in Alagoas, northeast, where 22.52% of the population have been illiterate for over ten years. The states with top marks are the capital Brasilia, 3.25%; followed by Santa Catarina, 3.86%; Rio do Janeiro and Sao Paulo both with 4.09% illiteracy.

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Fox Business, The Birther Channel, Still Promoting Falsehoods About Obama’s Birth Certificate

Fox Business, The Birther Channel, Still Promoting Falsehoods About Obama’s Birth Certificate

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Even after the release of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate, Fox Business guest Alan Keyes still falsely claimed the certificate Obama originally released was inadequate proof of citizenship and that there is a “serious” legal question surrounding whether Obama is a “natural born citizen.”

FactCheck.org: Short-Form Certificate “Meets All Of The Requirements From The State Department For Proving U.S. Citizenship.”

There is no “one kind” of birth certificate. Even the original one that the state provided a copy of was called a “Certificate of Live Birth”, not a “Birth Certificate”!

A “Birth Certificate” is something embossed with a state or county seal that provides evidence of one’s birth, one’s birth name, birth date, parents’ names, city and state of birth, etc. It’s used to prove citizenship and identity.

Some “Birth Certificate’s” are called a “Certificate of Birth” - but it’s still a “Birth Certificate”. And the thing that Obama showed us back in 2008 is a birth certificate too.

The US Constitution has been amended over the years. That changed the meaning of the Constitution, and one change was the 14th amendment. That says that anyone born on US soil who is not the child of a foreign diplomat is entitled to US citizenship.

The rules about what makes someone a US citizen and a natural born citizen that were in existence at the beginnings of the USA were superceded by the 14th amendment. Any pretense that the Constitution wasn’t immediately and permanently changed by that amendment is dishonest.

If the speed limit on a road is lowered from 70 to 65 in 2008, you can’t argue with the judge that there’s some question about what the speed limit was when you were driving on the road in 2011 simply because the speed limit, at one point in time, was 70 mph! When you were driving on the road in 2011, the speed limit was 65, and when Obama was running for office, any child born on US soil was and remains a natural born citizen unless they’ve renounced that citizenship in some way. Obama has never renounced his US citizenship. He’s a natural born citizen.

Read more at Media Matters →

Senior Policy Analyst Michele Waslin Discusses Immigration on Univision (VIDEO)

Senior Policy Analyst Michele Waslin Discusses Immigration on Univision (VIDEO)

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Watch Senior Policy Analyst Michele Waslin discussing discussses the Immigration Policy Center’s Second Annual Review of Department of Homeland Security.


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California Dream Act Hearing Thursday May 5th

California Dream Act Hearing Thursday May 5th

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While the youth-driven movement to pass the Dream Act failed in its objective last year, the political fight raised awareness about the estimated half-million Californians younger than 30 years old who could have benefited from the legislation if they graduated high school and pursued higher education or military service.

The movement also fortified networks and information-sharing between those students and concerned educators. Help the momentum continue….

Dream Act- Pass It!


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2012 and the Maya Calendar

2012 and the Maya Calendar

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Over the past few years, a cultural phenomenon of curiosity has grown around the date of December 21, 2012, just like it did over the year 2000 (Y2K). Events such as the 1910 appearance of Halley’s Comet, certain planetary alignments, Hollywood movies, and other events have long been used to predict the end of the world. Fortunately for us, none of these have proven themselves true.

Most of the curiosity surrounding the date has to do with how the ancient Maya civilization viewed time. Archaeologists have shown that the Maya had at least three highly accurate calendar systems, including one known as the Long Count calendar. It counts days from when the Maya believed they were created (August 11, 3114 B.C.), and uses a system of periods (cycles). According to the Long Count calendar, December 21, 2012, marks the end of the 13th 394.3 year long cycle known as a B’ak’tun. The 14th B’ak’tun begins on the following day and ends in 2406.

The Maya considered the end of any calendar cycle as a cause for celebration, and there is no archaeological record indicating that the world would suffer a catastrophic event then. Those fears stem from a single inscription found at just one site in Mexico; all Maya sites mention future cycles, as all Maya calendars extend trillions of years into the past and future. Archaeologists also point out that other cultures created similar calendars, and those reset on different dates. On the Aztec calendar, for example, the current cycle ends in 2027.

2012 Trivia:

2012 was designated as the Alan Turing Year in the United Kingdom, with related events around the world.

2012 is the next leap year.

January-June: The United States will hold its next Presidential primaries.

February: Super Bowl XLVI will be played in Indianapolis, Indiana.

April: The 50 year-old Combined Forces Command in South Korea will be dissolved.

May: A solar eclipse will be visible from China to California.

July-August: The 30th Summer Olympic Games will be held in London, England.

December 21, 2012: The winter solstice takes place at 23:11 GMT. When it does, the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way galaxy as seen from Earth— the first such alignment in 26,000 years.

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Wisconsin Women Finds Deadly Brazilian Wandering Spider in Her Banana’s (VIDEO)

Wisconsin Women Finds Deadly Brazilian Wandering Spider in Her Banana’s (VIDEO)

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Hayward WI Resident Sheila Terry went shopping this week at Wal-Mart where she bought a bunch of bananas. Terry’s husband grabbed one of the bananas when the huge spider crawled out from the stem.

“He yelled, ‘Oh my god!’?” Sheila Terry said. “And then he killed it.”

The Brazilian Wandering Spider is one of the most dangerous spiders in the world.

“If it is a Brazilian wandering spider, then the Terrys are lucky they didn’t get hurt by it. In addition to having extremely toxic venom, the spiders are aggressive and hunt their prey on the ground rather than catching them in webs.“ said Larry Weber a retired science teacher, member of the American Arachnological Society and author of numerous nature books, including “Spiders of the North Woods.”

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Drug Cartels Set Up Self-Rule in Mexican Prisons, and Continue Business as Usual

Drug Cartels Set Up Self-Rule in Mexican Prisons, and Continue Business as Usual

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Prison Observers in Mexico say that drug cartels populations are increasing as the cartels seize more control internally and set up “self–rule.”

At the prison in Saltillo, 190 miles southwest of Laredo, Texas ,the Los Zetas drug cartel has the run of the prison, in what is referred to as “autogobierno” or self-rule, USA Today reported Thursday.

A report from the National Human Rights Commission defines self-rule as inmates being permitted to manage internal functions “such as controlling keys, organizing activities (and) cleaning and overseeing dormitories, among others.”

In Saltillo, self-rule is in the hands of the Los Zetas, one of the most powerful and violent of Mexico’s drug cartels.

Once incarcerated , cartel members often take over a prison and continue involvement in their drug operations, officials said.

Self-rule, “Means having total control over an inmate population,” along with “the ability to communicate with the outside without restrictions,” said David Ordaz of Mexico’s National Criminal Science Institute.

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Explore Cinco de Mayo’s Culinary Legacy

Explore Cinco de Mayo’s Culinary Legacy

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Cinco de Mayo commemorates the May 5, 1862 Battle of Puebla where the Mexican Army surprisingly defeated French forces. The city of Puebla, about two hours south of Mexico City, is not only where the French were kicked out - it’s a place where some fabulous Mexican dishes have kicked in! Puebla is also home to Mexico’s famous culinary exports, mole and Chili Rellenos.

Legend has it that visitors surprised two non-cooking nuns from Puebla. They used a molcajete (mortar and pestle) to grind every ingredient they could find - including tomato, chocolate, and Poblano peppers chilies - then simmered the concoction to thicken it. Chicken Mole Poblano is traditionally served on Cinco de Mayo. Chili Rellenos, a stuffed pepper dish, is also made using Puebla’s native Poblano chilies.

On Cinco de Mayo, Mexicans around the world celebrate their Mexican ancestry and people of all backgrounds celebrate Latin culture. Latin Americans now number 50.5 million people making Latin celebrations increasingly popular.

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Drop Off Unused Prescription Drugs Today( Saturday) Collection Site List

Drop Off Unused Prescription Drugs Today( Saturday) Collection Site List

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If you have old prescription drugs sitting in your medicine cabinet, you can get rid of them safely on Saturday. The Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when you will be able to drop off expired, unneeded or unused prescription drugs at events across the country.

Prescription drug abuse is a fast-growing problem in the United States. In 2009, more people abused prescription drugs than tried marijuana for the first time. Most prescription drug abusers find pills in the medicine cabinets of friends and family members. So clean out your medicines cabinets this week and drop off all those unused pills.

Find a collection site near you.

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US Hispanic Chamber of Comm. Open Letter to Florida Gov. Regarding Immigration

US Hispanic Chamber of Comm. Open Letter to Florida Gov. Regarding Immigration

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Dear President Haridopolos,


  Thank you for your service to the state of Florida as President of the Florida State Senate. On behalf of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), which represents more than 200 local chambers and serves as the national advocate for nearly three million Hispanic-owned businesses throughout the nation, I am writing to register our opposition to SB 2040 for fear of the economic impact such legislation will have on the state of Florida. While we recognize the desire for states to fill the leadership vacuum left by federal inaction on immigration, we strongly believe it is unwise for the legislature to pass any additional immigration legislation, including any measures that place the burden of determining immigration status on Florida businesses.

Read the Complete Letter Here

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CHILL OUT this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

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

 

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Karl Rove Says President Obama’s Lack of Immigration Reform is Losing Him Latino Voters

Karl Rove Says President Obama’s Lack of Immigration Reform is Losing Him Latino Voters

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This week on Fox Business Network, former top presidential adviser Carl Rove also said that President Obama’s numbers are tumbling in the Latino community not simply due to lack of immigration reform but also due to a general dissatisfaction in Obama’s performance.

He won the Hispanic vote in 2008 by a 67-31 margin — in Gallup . . . among the Hispanics he only has 47 percent approval — that doesn’t portend well for the president’s chances of re-election chances among Latinos,” Rove said. “I think the president made a tactical mistake by emphasizing today in his meeting comprehensive immigration reform. First of all, he has done nothing on it in 2009 and 2010 to push it — it’s too late to get it done in 2011 and 2012 — he is assuming that this is the issue that is going to move Latinos.

“I think his numbers are poor in the Latino community because he has done a lousy job from the perspective of a lot of people in the community on jobs, deficit, debt, spending, and healthcare,” Rove continued. “The president is sort of trying to pull one issue out, and sort of hope that he can regain his standing . . . by doing so — but I don’t think it is the central issue upon which a lot of opinions have been changed.”

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SaturdayApril 30, 2011