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SundayMay 15, 2011

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U.S. and Brazil Set to Discuss International Parental-Child Abductions

U.S. and Brazil Set to Discuss International Parental-Child Abductions

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Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs will visit Brazil May 17 – 19 for meetings regarding international parental child abduction.

In Brazil, Ambassador Jacobs will meet with senior Brazilian officials to discuss judicial delays in unresolved Hague Abduction Convention applications and how the two countries can facilitate quicker reunification of parents and their children.  The Office of Children’s Issues at the State Department assists in cases of international parental child abduction.

Under Brazilian law, parental abduction is a crime when committed within Brazil and both parents are Brazilian.  An international parental abduction, involving a Brazilian parent taking a child to Brazil in interference with a foreign parent’s custodial rights, is not considered a crime.  Additionally, the Brazilian Constitution prohibits the extradition of its own nationals, preventing a taking parent of Brazilian nationality from being extradited for parental kidnapping. 

If one of the parents of a child is a Brazilian citizen, then the child is a Brazilian citizen, regardless of place of birth or any other citizenship that may be possessed by the child.  Children born in the U.S. may travel to Brazil on a U.S. passport and be documented as Brazilian citizens upon arriving in Brazil.  It is also possible for children born in the U.S. to be registered and documented as Brazilian citizens by a Brazilian Consulate in the U.S., allowing the child to travel out of the U.S. on a Brazilian passport.  All children born in Brazil, except those born to people on the diplomatic blue list, are Brazilian citizens. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks at the Mexican American Leadership Initiative

Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks at the Mexican American Leadership Initiative

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks at the U.S.-Mexico Foundation’s Mexican American Leadership Initiative reception at approximately 5:15 p.m. on May 16, 2011, at the U.S. Department of State.

The Mexican American Leadership Initiative of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation was developed to foster constructive responses and partnerships between the societies of the United States and Mexico. The reception will kick off the first annual conference, “The Challenge of Shared Responsibility,” which will take place on May 17 in Washington, DC.

The First Annual Mexican American Leadership Initiative (MALI) Conference will mark the public launch of this historic initiative, and in doing so will for the first time gather a critical mass of Mexican American leaders from across the country for the purpose of fostering more constructive responses and partnerships between the societies of the U.S. and Mexico.

With important contributions from key Mexican American leaders as well as other prominent officials drawn from government, the NGO community, and business, the Conference will provide up-to-date briefings on developments in Mexico including perspectives on how U.S. diaspora communities can make a difference in relations with their ancestral countries of origin. 

In addition, the Conference will promote a spirit of shared responsibility between the U.S. and Mexico in facing the drug-related crisis and will provide a new avenue for action as Mexican American leaders seek to strengthen Mexican communities and support opportunity for their increasingly at-risk youth.

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Spotlighting the Plight of Immigrant Minors

Spotlighting the Plight of Immigrant Minors

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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 Mario Carillo for Reporting Texas →

FX’s Sons of Anarchy to Feature Danny Trejo

FX’s Sons of Anarchy to Feature Danny Trejo

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The FX TV series Sons of Anarchy that has been on the air since 2008 has just added Mexican-American actor Danny Trejo to the line up.

Trejo will play a Mexican (what else) military commando by the name of Romeo Parada who joins the Sons of Anarchy group.  The show’s fourth season will premiere in early September.

Trejo is better known for his movie roles like Machete and is usually cast in Robert Rodriguez films.  Playing a bad ass is easy for Trejo who had been in and out of jail for 11 years in his youth, once doing a stint in San Quentin.

Read more at TV Line →

Watch Zoe Saldana as a Bad Ass ‘Colombiana’ (VIDEO)

Watch Zoe Saldana as a Bad Ass ‘Colombiana’ (VIDEO)

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The movie trailer for Zoe Saldana and Michael Vartan’s upcoming movie “Colombiana’ is out.  The movie, which is due out on September 2nd, features the 32-year-old Puerto Rican Dominican playing a bad ass Colombiana.

Saldana plays a Colombian assassin out to avenge the killing of her parents in Bogota.  Basically she’s a paid hit man by day and
crime avenger by night. 

The script is from the writers of Taken and the creators of Femme Nikta so be ready for a lot of violence and action.


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62-Yr Old Leader of IMF Stands Accused of Attempted Rape of Hotel Maid

62-Yr Old Leader of IMF Stands Accused of Attempted Rape of Hotel Maid

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The leader of the influential and powerful International Monetary Fund (IMF) today stands accused of attempted rape of a New York City hotel maid, where he was staying while in the U.S.

Yesterday 62-year old Frenchmen Dominque Strauss-Kahn was removed from an Air France flight en route to Paris from NYC because earlier a 32-year old Sofitel Hotel maid had acussed Strauss-Kahn of a violent sexual assault. Today he has been formally charged with attempted rape and a host of other charges.

The IMF is considered the most important global financial institution in the world and is critical to developing nations in Latin America and elsewhere that are addressing issues of economic inequality.  Strauss-Kahn is considered critical in the European bailout talks and for helping to ease the economic global crisis.  Mexico was just approved for its largest IMF credit line in history at $72 billion. 

The maid alleges, while cleaning, Strauss-Kahn exited the bathroom of the $3,000/night suite naked, chased her, pulling her into the bathroom where he forced her to perform oral sex all while attempting to remove her underwear.  The unidentified woman managed to escape and immediately notified hotel staff.

Straus-Kahn, who has faced a prior accusation of an inappropriate relationship with a female employee and was cleared, was also the leading contender for the French presidency and was expected to challenge current President Nicolas Sarkozy.  He has held his position with IMF since 2007 and is currently married to his third wife Anne Sinclair.

Read more at MSNBC →

Aetna Seeks to Find and Promote a Diverse Generation of U.S. Doctors

Aetna Seeks to Find and Promote a Diverse Generation of U.S. Doctors

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Aetna Inc. is addressing the lack of ethnic diversity amongst physicians by allocating $454,000 to seek and promote the next generation of ethnically diverse U.S. physicians.

Through the Aetna Foundation, the company will use monies to support educational opportunities for minorities who are interested in the medical field – that support will go to minority students as young as middle school age.

Aetna is concerned that the current number of U.S. physicians and their ethnic background does not reflect the population mix in the country.  For example, Hispanics represented 15 percent of the population but only 5 percent of all doctors are Hispanic.

Aetna is starting its initiative with a gift of $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund.

Read more at Hartford Business →

Cuba Set to Begin Drilling for Oil with International Help

Cuba Set to Begin Drilling for Oil with International Help

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Cuban is preparing to drill for oil and hoping to transform its economy if huge beds of crude are found in the Gulf of Mexico.  This fall Cuba is ready to drill 5,000 feet deep with international help:  the Chinese are building the rigs, the Brazilians are financing the ports, and the Spanish are doing exploratory drilling.

Mariel, Cuba will be the hub of all the activity and from here the government of Raul Castro is hoping to launch the Cuban oil industry.  The U.S. Geological Survey has estimated there are close to 5 billion barrels of oil off Cuba’s northern coast.  However with the drilling comes risks especially in light of the BP spill. 

Cuba is counting on new permanent jobs for anyone hired by its international partners and of course an oil find will transform the nation into a oil exporting country.  U.S. oil companies are not allowed to help or participate in the drilling or even offer its more advanced technology due to the 50-year old trade embargo.

U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar has already expressed concerned about the risks this drilling will have on Florida’s coast and noted that the President is watching the process closely. 

Read more at NPR →

Colombia Mourns Senseless Murder of Beloved University Chaplain, Killed For His Cell Phone

Colombia Mourns Senseless Murder of Beloved University Chaplain, Killed For His Cell Phone

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The Eudista priest, father Gustavo Garcia, 34, Chaplain of the University “Minuto de Dios”, was murdered in Bogotá by an individual who attacked him to steal his mobile phone, as confirmed by the Episcopal Conference of Colombia.

In a statement from the “Minuto de Dios”, signed by the Provincial Superior Fr. Guillermo Acero, states that Father Gustavo García Bohórquez died on Thursday, May 12 at 6.30pm. “Father Gustavo was waiting for the bus on road 68, to go and look after a patient; he was talking on the phone when a criminal surprised and robbed him, and badly injured him with a knife. He was transported to the Colombia Clinic, in Colsánitas, unfortunately he arrived in critical conditions and died shortly after.”

Father Gustavo Garcia was born on September 21, 1976 in Bogotá. After participating in prayer groups, he had entered the Congregation of Jesus and Mary on April 16, 2005. He studied philosophy at the ‘University’ Minuto de Dios ” and theology at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He was ordained a priest on March 31, 2007

Since July 2010 he was engaged with the Association “El Minuto de Dios”.  He was chaplain of the University Minuto de Dios in Bogotá and assistant to the youth community of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Even the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, noted this tragic event:

“A murder has been committed that has deeply affected all of us Colombians: the killing of the Chaplain of the University Minuto de Dios (Father Gustavo Garcia Bohorquez), which occurred in Bogota. Apparently he was killed for a cell phone. I of course condemn this murder. Father (Diego) Jaramillo, who is the director of El Minuto de Dios, this morning, in an act of spiritual nobility, said that he has forgiven the murderers. I admire the noble spirit and I know that it belongs to the divine law, but I am subject to the Colombian law and the law of the land. So I want to announce that these murderers must feel the full weight of the law. I have already told the police to offer a reward and to look into the matter so as to bring the Chaplain’s murderer or murderers to trial. “

 

Read more at Agenzia Fides →

Only 30% of Americans think the U.S.-Mexico Border is Secure

Only 30% of Americans think the U.S.-Mexico Border is Secure

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President Obama on Tuesday encouraged Congress to move forward on immigration reform, saying his administration has “strengthened border security beyond what many believed was possible.” But most voters don’t share the president’s view.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 30% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. border with Mexico is even somewhat secure, while 64% disagree and say it is not secure. These results include only three percent (3%) who say the U.S.-Mexico border is Very Secure and 29% who believe it’s Not At All Secure.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of Democrats say the border is secure. Eighty-six percent (86%) of Republicans and 65% of voters not affiliated with either of the major parties disagree.

Most voters say securing the border is a higher priority than addressing the status of illegal immigrants already in the United States. Twenty-nine percent (29%) agree with the president that the border is now secure enough to begin dealing with the issue of illegal immigrants already living here. But 50% say the border is not secure enough yet. Another 22% are not sure.

Most voters continue to feel that the policies of the federal government encourage illegal immigration.

While voters remain unhappy with the federal government’s efforts to stop or reduce illegal immigration, most voters continue to favor a welcoming policy of legal immigration.

Read more at Rasmussen Poll →



SundayMay 15, 2011