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WednesdayJune 1, 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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Health Care Quality Gaps and Disparities Persist in Every State for Minorities

Health Care Quality Gaps and Disparities Persist in Every State for Minorities

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States are seeing improvements in health care quality, but disparities for their minority and low-income residents persist, according to the 2010 State Snapshots, released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

New Hampshire, Minnesota, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island showed the greatest overall performance improvement in 2010.  The five states with the smallest overall performance improvement were Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. As in previous years, AHRQ’s 2010 State Snapshots show that no state does well or poorly on all quality measures.

Among minority and low-income Americans, the level of health care quality and access to services remained unfavorable. The size of disparities related to race and income varied widely across the states.

“Every American should have access to high-quality, appropriate and safe health care, and we need to increase our efforts to achieve that goal because our slow progress is not acceptable,” said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. “These AHRQ 2010 State Snapshots not only provide states with a benchmark on how they are doing in these areas, but they also provide resources that states can use to make improvements.”

The 2010 State Snapshots, an interactive Web-based tool, show whether a state has improved or worsened on specific health care quality measures. For each state and the District of Columbia, this tool features an individual performance summary of more than 100 measures, such as preventing pressure sores, screening for diabetes-related foot problems and giving recommended care to pneumonia patients. It also compares each state to others in its region and the nation. 

Easy-to-read data charts indicate current strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement for each state.  Health leaders, insurers, providers, researchers and consumers can use the State Snapshots data to examine the extent of health care quality and disparities in their states and take steps to address gaps in quality care and access to services.

The 2010 State Snapshots summarize health care data by:

  * Overall health care quality;
  * Type of care (preventive, acute and chronic);
  * Treatment setting (hospital, ambulatory care, nursing home and home health) ;
  * Five clinical conditions (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, maternal and child health and respiratory diseases); and
  * Strongest and weakest quality measures, as compared with other states.

A new feature this year is a State Resource Directory that provides tools and information on assessing quality measures and disparities data that states can use to develop their own health care quality and disparities measures. Also available are direct links to AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange, a searchable database in which users can find information and resources on evidence-based innovations that others in their states have used to improve care.

Other highlights include special focus areas on diabetes, asthma, clinical preventive services, disparities, health coverage status and variations over time.

The 2010 State Snapshots are based on data from the 2010 National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report, which are mandated by Congress and produced annually by AHRQ. Data are drawn from more than 30 sources, including government surveys, health care facilities and health care organizations.

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California 5th Grader Wins National Immigration Essay Contest

The American Immigration Council is pleased to announce the winner of its 14th Annual “Celebrate America” Creative Writing Contest. Maya Young Wong of Altadena, California, won for her poem entitled “My Grandfather Ben.” Maya’s entry was chosen out of more than 6,500 entries from fifth graders across America. As the grand prize winner, Maya will attend the American Immigration Council’s annual benefit in San Diego, California where she will read her winning entry.

Maya’s poem describes the life of her grandfather coming from his Guangzhou village in China to America, his “Gold Mountain.” In less than 500 words Maya, a student at Castelar Elementary School in Los Angeles, was able to tell the saga of her grandfather’s journey to the United States, working in a laundry business, becoming a soldier and getting married.

From China sailed my Grandfather Ben.
He came to America when he was four plus ten.
His Guangzhou village was small and poor
And he helped his mother with farming chores.
Every morning he gathered bits of firewood
And drew water from the well as much as he could.
From morning to night he slaved like an ox.
But it was never enough to fill the rice box.
So his parents said, “You’d better leave home
And go to America where you can roam”.
Until you find a great place of your own.
America, Gold Mountain, is the place to go
Big and wide, and high and low.
Everything is yes, and there are never any nos.

Maya never knew her grandfather who died before she was born. But, she heard of his adventures from her grandmother who Maya describes as a “super, super, amazing storyteller.”  Maya admits it was hard choosing between the stories of her grandfather and grandmother but ultimately she thought her grandfather’s tale should be told “because he needed to be recognized for all the great things he did in his life.”

Maya’s teacher, Ms. Dianne Manke, has been teaching at Castelar Elmentary School in the heart of Los Angeles’ Chinatown for 40 years. According to Maya, “Ms. Castelar has been teaching us how to write poetry since September and will help us put together poetry books of our writings for graduation.”

The top entries from each participating chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Assocation were reviewed by a panel of teachers, immigration attorneys and authors who narrowed it down to a top five. The top five were ranked by celebrity judges including Olympic Gold Medalist in wrestling, Henry Cejudo; the President of the America Federation for Teachers, Randi Weingarten; Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Gerda Weissman Klein; and Senator Dan Inouye. The winning entry will be read into the Congressional Record and the top five winners will receive a flag flown over the Capitol in their honor.

Read more at American Immigration Council →

Univ. of Notre Dame to Prepare Hispanics & Other Minorities for Corporate Directorships

Univ. of Notre Dame to Prepare Hispanics & Other Minorities for Corporate Directorships

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Chicago United, an advocacy organization comprised of racially diverse CEOs and executive level management who champion corporate diversity and inclusion, today announced a new partnership with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business Executive Education team to prepare executives of color who seek to become corporate board directors.

Through the first-of-its-kind Corporate Governance Executive Development Program, Chicago United, along with the highly regarded Executive Education team, seeks to assure that African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American executives are well-prepared for directorships.  Additionally, the program will benefit corporations as they strive to seat boards that will increase their marketplace competitiveness and help bring them into greater compliance with federal requirements regarding disclosure of diversity and inclusion policies.

The inaugural Corporate Governance Executive Development Program will be held this fall on the Chicago campus of the University of Notre Dame.  The program will initially be open only to Chicago United Business Leaders of Color and individuals sponsored by Chicago United corporate members. 

“This partnership with the University of Notre Dame is an exciting expansion of Chicago United’s initiatives to help corporations meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse business environment and rapidly changing global demographics,” said Gloria Castillo, president of Chicago United. 

The program will draw upon faculty who are key contributors to the Mendoza College’s Executive Education program. 

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Mexico President Signs Law to Increase Safety for Migrants Heading to U.S.

Mexico President Signs Law to Increase Safety for Migrants Heading to U.S.

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Mexico’s President, Felipe Calderon has signed an updated law to make it easier for illegal immigrants heading to the U.S. to travel through Mexico. He has lifted bans for this type of migration and has also said that it is good for the Mexican economy to do so.

Each year, nearly 500,000 people from Central American and other regions travel through Mexico en route to the United States. Most pay a smuggler to guide them, and more and more are being kidnapped and held for ransom. Since many families can’t afford the ransom, and increasing number of migrants are also being murdered.

Drug cartes and/or criminal gangs often have their money in the pockets of corrupts law enforcement that look the other way when migrants go missing.

The law Calderon has signed decriminalizes those the act of entering the country without proper documentation, and entitles them to education and health services.

Read more at LA Times →

Spain Indicts 20 Salvadoran Military Officials for Civil War Murders in ‘89

Spain Indicts 20 Salvadoran Military Officials for Civil War Murders in ‘89

Photo: Drawings of the 8 murdered by Salvadoran military during the civil war in 1989. They were unarmed. (NY Times)

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Twenty Salvadoran military officials have been indicted in Spain’s National Court for their part in the murders of eight Jesuits in 1989.

Arrest warrants were also issued for the 20 members of El Salvador’s Army, and began the investigation aimed at finding the suspects, who are said currently not in custody. Bail for each has been set at $4.58 million.

A couple who witnessed the slayings back in November of 1989 spoke with Judge Eloy Velasco, which is what sparked Monday’s ruling.

The Jesuits’ murders were just a small part of the 75,000 unarmed civilians that took place during the 12-year civil war between government forces and the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (national liberation front).

The 20 military officials are accused of eight counts of murder and one of crimes against humanity.

Read more at BNO News →

Colombian Pole Dancers Take Their Trade to the Streets! (VIDEO)

Colombian Pole Dancers Take Their Trade to the Streets! (VIDEO)

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The initiative seeks to promote Miss Pole Dance Medellin, an event taking place July 2, and “Miss Pole Dance Colombia,” on July 30.

Organizer Alejandra Santamaria said that pole dancing is a sport that is trying its hardest to escape the erotic and raunchy connotations, and take force in the world of fitness.

“We wanted to promote what pole dancing means: a great dose of gymnastics, lots of technique and fun! This style of dancing has a great growth margin,” Santamaría told AOL Weird News

Santamaría, her assistant Ingrid Tsai and many other dancers have taken their trade to the streets, dancing intertwined with traffic light posts, street signals and whatnot, to take the activity out of the strip clubs and roadhouses, and into the sports realm.  “the hardest part of this street dance, is to find a structure of a good caliber” Tsai said “as well as the width and material of the structure.”

What do you think? Should it become a sport? Surely is a great way to keep a fit pair of legs, check out the pictures below!

Read more at AOL Weird News →

First Day to Nominate Latin Talent for J Lo and Marc Anthony’s ¡Q’Viva! Show

First Day to Nominate Latin Talent for  J Lo and Marc Anthony’s ¡Q’Viva! Show

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As part of their transcontinental quest to find the world’s most extraordinary talent across North and South America for ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN, the greatest live show ever to celebrate Latin music, artistry and dance, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony today announced they will launch an epic 21-country search starting this July.

In partnership with acclaimed show director Jamie King, American Idol creator Simon Fuller, Facebook, YouTube, and BlackBerry, Jennifer and Marc personally invited the nearly one billion strong Latin American community to join in the celebration.

“Very soon the world’s heart will beat to the tune of Latin rhythms and we’re looking forward to experiencing history in the making,” said Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. “It is with great pride that we embark on this amazing and very personal mission to discover and celebrate the most captivating talent the world has ever seen.”

Starting on June 1st, those interested in helping discover ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN will have the unprecedented opportunity to nominate their country’s most amazing talent on Facebook (facebook.com/qvivathechosen); Simultaneously, the most authentic, genuine and talented entertainers of all ages across the Americas will be able to submit their audition exclusively on ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/qviva).

Nominations and Submissions will be reviewed each week leading up to Marc and Jennifer’s visits to the various regions.

From mid July through the end of August, Marc and Jennifer will travel to remote villages and major cities throughout Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Uruguay, and the US, among others.

 

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Paquita la del Barrio Robbed and Carjacked in Guanajuato, MX

Paquita la del Barrio Robbed and Carjacked in Guanajuato, MX

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Paquita la del Barrio was robbed and carjacked in Guanajuato, Mexico.  Though there was no major violence, the singer had to walk 1.5 miles on the side of the road for help!

Mexican singer “Paquita la del Barrio” has now became a victim of the insecurity in the Mexican nation.

The singer and her driver were cut off the road by four armed men last weekend; two of the men forced them outside, robbed them, and took off in the artist’s SUV, which had her entire stage wardrobe inside.

Paquita and her driver walked for a mile and a half on the side of the road, until they got to a toll booth and called for assistance.

Despite the incident, Paquita went on to sing a concert in Michoacán.

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Mexico’s Pemex Sues U.S. Companies Over Fuel Stolen and Sold By Drug Gangs

Mexico’s Pemex Sues U.S. Companies Over Fuel Stolen and Sold By Drug Gangs

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Eleven U.S. companies are being sued by Mexico’s state-run oil company Pemex for purchasing as much as $300 million worth of fuel they say was stolen by drug cartels and smuggled across the border to America.

Pemex’s suit was filed in a U.S. district court in Texas on Sunday, and claims some companies worked with Mexican drug gangs to forge documents and illegally bring natural gas condensates in the U.S.

The complaint filed by the Pemex’s exploration and production (PEP) unit read:

“The defendants have participated and profited—knowingly or unwittingly—in the trafficking of stolen condensate in the United States and have thereby encouraged and facilitated the Mexican organized crime groups that stole the condensate.

“PEP has lost large amounts of its condensate, at times approaching 40 percent of the production of condensate from the Burgos field. Since 2006, more than $300 million worth of condensate has been stolen.

“Since August 2006, no Pemex entity has sold PEP condensate. Thus, any Mexican condensate which entered the United States after August 2006 was stolen and brought in without title or right.”

Mexican relies heavily on the revenue from its state-controlled oil industry, as it accounts on about 40 percent of the government’s annual revenues.

Pemex truckers were held at gunpoint, the lawsuit says, and the criminals even built pipelines and tunnels to move the gas condensates into the U.S.

Read more at Reuters →

Recently Released Report: New York Teachers Called Students “Border Jumpers’ and “Taliban”

Recently Released Report: New York Teachers Called Students “Border Jumpers’ and “Taliban”

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In New York, a number of teachers have been reprimanded for making ethnic jokes or comments in the classroom.

After pressure form the media to release 2009 investigative reports from New York City’s Department of Education Office of Equal Opportunity, the full spectrum of misconduct by teachers has been revealed.

Assistance Principal of Brooklyn’s High School for Public Service Lyle Walford reportedly angered a teacher who heard him telling “yo mama” jokes to students in a back literature class.

“I said at one tie that it was a significant part of black culture,” Walford said, before making it clear that other, more weighty topics like civil rights were discussed in the class.

He said a disgruntled teacher turned him in, and that he can understand why the jokes could be taken negatively, but stopped short of all out apologizing for the jokes.

“I can’t debate someone’s perception. I have no defense for her perception,” Walford expressed. The assistant principal agreed to sensitivity training to settle the charges.

The report also notes that a teacher at Queens Junior High, David Butler, admitted to reacting to a classroom of noisy students by saying, “Be quiet, you Taliban” and “Stop talking, you border jumpers.”

He insists he used the terms “playfully” and did not direct the language at anyone in particular, as the class is made up of “various nationalities.”

The reports also included bias and sexual remarks made by teachers and other school staff to students, staffers, and even parents.

Armando Cataldi, who once taught at Brooklyn Tech, was fined $10,000 for suggesting that fellow teachers take part in “group sex” and telling his personal sex stories. He now works at Life Academy High School.

These incidents are just a handful that were recovered from the reports, and even these few have parents wondering, “What’s going on in New York schools?”

Read more at New York Daily News →

Mexico Madness: Why Drink and Drive When You Can Call Your Wife?

Mexico Madness: Why Drink and Drive When You Can Call Your Wife?

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Take a look at this crafty Mexican housewife’s drag-my-drunk-ass-husband-home contraption!


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Del Toro and Gris Grimly’s Pinocchio is no Disney Cutie!

Del Toro and Gris Grimly’s Pinocchio is no Disney Cutie!

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Take a peek into the brand new look of the puppet that wishes to be a real boy! Image

The adventures of the wooden puppet have been told, retold and modified for audiences ever since Carlo Collodi first published it in 1882, but the true essence of the character is still to be accurately depicted; the Disney Pinocchio is far too sweet and quiet, with some facial expressions reminiscent of “Dumbo.” The original story has the marionette going through a rough and crude world, and through equally creepy adventures, a sometimes disturbing portrait of the poor and famishing Italy of the second half of the nineteenth century.

Guillermo Del Toro’s version aims to be closer to the original story. Dark, mysterious, gothic looking, very much like the 2002 version of the story illustrated by Gris Grimly.


You can check the project’s progress on grimly’s blog, and facebook page, as he publishes his work on the internet, before he releases it.

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Latino Heroes Rescue Singer Sean Kingston After Jet Ski Accident (VIDEO)

Latino Heroes Rescue Singer Sean Kingston After Jet Ski Accident (VIDEO)

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Over Memorial Weekend, Jamaican singer Sean Kingston was in a terrible water craft accident, and much like his hit song “Fire Burning”, he had people shouting, “Somebody call 911!” Lucky for him, a off duty member of the Coast Guard and his friend were close by.

Early Sunday night, Kingston, 21, and his friend Cassandra Sanchez, 23, were enjoying a day in Miami, Florida. What happened to cause the accident is still unclear, but Sanchez said they were traveling “really fast” on a jet-ski when they slammed into the underside of a bridge. Police have already determined that alcohol was not involved.

ImageShortly after the accident, off-duty Coast Guard member Jonathan Rivera and his friend Jimmy Vega were traveling in Rivera’s boat nearby on the causeway. Rivera said he saw an empty jet-ski, a man, and a woman in the water. He jumped in the water and immediately saw blood coming out of Kingston’s mouth. Rivera said he wrapped his arms around the singer, keeping his head above water. He later told TMZ that Kingston was “convulsing and throwing up blood all over me.”

Rivera kept Kingston afloat while they waited 15 minutes for the police to arrive at the scene. Rivera said he told Kingston that he was going to be okay, to which the singer replied, “I’m going to be okay.”

Kingston was taken to Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition, but was later moved to the ICU. He is being treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital for a broken jaw, a fractured wrist, and water in his lungs. He is sedated, but aware of what’s going on around him. Doctors say he is expected to make a full recovery.

The singer is famous for his songs, “Beautiful Girls”, “Fire Burning”, and his hit with Justin Bieber, “Eeenie Meenie”.


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Cucumber Wars: Spain vs Germany

Cucumber Wars: Spain vs Germany

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This might be the year of the ‘pepino’ wars if Spain goes ahead and sues Germany for maligning its cucumbers and questioning the quality. 

As a deadly strain of E.coli gripes Germany, with 16 deaths reported, Spanish cucumbers were quickly identified as the source of the outbreak by German officials.  Not so says Spain and its considering suing Germany for the $288 million that it is losing weekly in lost sales.

When German agriculture officials lay blame specifically on ‘pepinos’ from the Almeria and Malaga regions, all imports of Spanish produce were halted.  Now German officials have cleared the Spanish ‘pepino’ .

It has been proven after exhaustive testing – that though the Spanish cucumbers tested positive for E. coli it was not the strain associated with the outbreak. 

The fallout and economic implications for Spain is great.  After Germany halted importation of Spanish produce, Russia followed suit.  While Italy has put a warning label on the cucumbers and Ireland has removed all Spanish organic cucumbers from their store shelves.

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Drink it ‘Til You’re Yellow in the Face: The Simpson’s Duff Beer the Rage in Latin America

Drink it ‘Til You’re Yellow in the Face: The Simpson’s Duff Beer the Rage in Latin America

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“Yes, it does exist!” The Simpsons’ favorite adult beverage, Duff beer,  is now available in México, Argentina, Colombia and Chile!

“Duff is a Premium beer, characterized for being 100% malt, as well as for its blonde color, 4,6 degrees of alcohol and its golden ale light body,” describes the Colombian Duff website.

The Pilsner shares a logo with the brew that Homer Simpson and his cronies drink at Moe’s bar; it’s motto “Yes, it does exist!” attracts buyers, who can’t resist to buy one when they see it in stores.

“I’m not going to tell you that this is the best beer in the world, but it sells very well,” said Reynaldo Román, general manager of the Rock Garden bar in Bogotá, Colombia. “When people see it they have to buy it. The marketing has already been done for it, there are a lot of Simpsons fans in Colombia.”

In Chile, Enrique Robles, who owns the local franchise is expecting to sell $750,000 worth of beer in 2011.

“Two generations of young people have been raised on the Simpsons,” he told El Mercurio newspaper. “What we have is an unsatisfied fantasy.”

A fantasy which is still far in the horizon of American Simpsons fans, as Fox refuses to license the brew in the U.S.

Reports indicate that Matt Groening, creator of the most famous yellow cartoons, is afraid that the leap of the beverage from the cartoon world into real life, would encourage underage drinking. Fans however, will look for it even if it means taking a trip south of the border; On eBay, an empty bottle of Duff beer from Argentina sells for $14.99 and the bottle tag from the Colombian brewers is being auctioned starting at $8.99.

 

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Hispanic Youth Making a Difference at Santa Cruz Island and Making Our World Greener

Hispanic Youth Making a Difference at Santa Cruz Island and Making Our World Greener

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What does Los Angeles’ inner city have in common with a rugged island off the southern California coast? A group of young people who are dedicated to making the world a better and greener place. Through an innovative partnership between the LA Conservation Corps and The Nature Conservancy, at-risk youth between the ages of 18 and 24 are helping to restore Santa Cruz Island, while gaining valuable green job training in these difficult economic times.

The LA Conservation Corps, founded in 1986, helps transform the lives of at-risk young adults and school-age children by providing them with educational opportunities and work experience.  Joining forces with The Nature Conservancy, Corps members participate in preserving the biological richness of the largest and most spectacular of California’s Channel Islands.

The program has also had a big impact on its participants, among them Nora Ponce, Jeffrey Hernandez and Nick Hernandez.

Nora Ponce
Twenty-four-year-old Nora Ponce was born in Honduras but has lived in South Los Angeles since the age of 10. She graduated from the LA Conservation Corps’ Headquarter Charter High School this year. Nora is very committed to helping the community, and she believes that the Corps members “make a big difference.”

Jeffrey Hernandez
According to Jeffrey Hernandez, one of the advantages of working on Santa Cruz Island is “the fact that I’m outdoors, smack-dab in the middle of nature, and nothing between us.” The 20-year-old Los Angeles native attended various high schools seeking a better education until he found the Corps.

Nick Hernandez
Nick Hernandez, who says he loves everything about the Santa Cruz Island experience, has made the trip four times. Nick describes his home in South Central Los Angeles as a “concrete jungle . . . which is why I like going out into the wilderness.”

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IL House Passes Illinois DREAM Act On a Bipartisan Vote

IL House Passes Illinois DREAM Act On a Bipartisan Vote

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Tuesday, the Illinois DREAM Act (SB2185), legislation that would offer undocumented youth better access to higher education, passed in the Illinois House of Representatives on a bipartisan 60-54 vote. SB 2185, sponsored in the House by Rep. Edward Acevedo, has the support of Cardinal George, 15 university presidents, and hundreds of other faith leaders, business leaders, and community organizations.

“Today’s bipartisan vote in the Illinois House is truly historic,” said Lawrence Benito, deputy director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), who led the effort to win approval of the bill in the General Assembly. “This vote is a victory for our state and an important step forward in recognizing the contributions of immigrants.”

The Illinois DREAM Act will establish a privately-funded Illinois DREAM Fund, administered by a volunteer state commission, to make scholarships available to children of immigrants who graduate from Illinois high schools. It will also enable high school counselors and college admissions officers to be fully informed regarding educational opportunities for immigrant youth. The Illinois DREAM Act will impose no costs on Illinois taxpayers.

After the federal DREAM Act failed in Congress last year, ICIRR, along with the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL), member organizations, and allies, have worked to build broad support from religious and civic leaders, university presidents, and community organizations for the Illinois DREAM Act. Today, those efforts paid off, showing that Illinois is not only an immigrant-friendly state but also a national leader on moving fair, humane, and practical solutions forward.

The passage of this bill also shows the growing political power of immigrant communities. With the new Census numbers showing the increase of Asian and Latinos in the suburbs, the issues affecting these communities are being taken seriously by elected officials. This vote is very important for Latinos, immigrants, and their supporters, who will remember this vote in 2012.

ICIRR thanks Rep. Acevedo for his tireless work in getting the votes needed from both sides of the aisle to make the dreams of immigrant youth a reality. We also thank Senate President John Cullerton, the lead sponsor in the Senate, Speaker of the House Michael Madigan for truly supporting and getting the votes needed to pass this bill, and the Republican legislators who moved away from partisanship and towards solutions that will benefit our entire state.

We also thank Cardinal George and the other religious leaders as well as the 15 university presidents who lent their support, which had a powerful impact in winning over additional votes.

ICIRR also thanks Senator Richard Durbin for his leadership on this issue and Mayor Rahm Emanuel for standing with us in support of immigrants and undocumented youth.

The passage of SB 2185 adds to the list of victories that ICIRR has achieved in the past few months, including the termination of the Secure Communities program in Illinois and the creation of redistricting maps that will better reflect the diversity of our state and enable better representation for immigrant communities.

SB 2185 now moves to the desk of Governor Quinn, who will sign the bill as early as next week. ICIRR will celebrate the passage of the Illinois DREAM Act at its 25th anniversary that will take place on June 2nd at Galleria Marchetti (825 W. Erie St., Chicago) at 6pm.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a state wide coalition of 138 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Reaches Settlement Agreement on Immigration Discrimination Charges

American Academy of Pediatrics Reaches Settlement Agreement on Immigration Discrimination Charges

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The Justice Department today reached a settlement agreement with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization of 60,000 pediatricians based in Elk Grove Village, Ill., resolving allegations that the organization impermissibly allowed postings on its www.PedJobs.org website that limited applications to U.S. citizens and certain visa holders.  AAP has agreed to pay $22,000 in civil penalties. 

According to the department’s findings, PedJobs’ employment postings for doctors, nurses and other professionals impermissibly limited applications to U.S. citizens and certain visa holders, even though other work authorized immigrants should have been allowed to apply as well. 

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) generally prohibits recruiters or referrers for a fee from discriminating on the basis of citizenship status. 

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, AAP will monitor its job postings to ensure that work authorized individuals are treated equally.  AAP has also agreed to train its PedJobs personnel about its non-discrimination responsibilities under the INA, and to provide periodic reports to the department for three years. 

The INA includes a provision designed to protect work-authorized immigrants .  When Congress enacted this provision as part of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, it sought to strike a balance between immigration worksite enforcement and the civil rights of workers.  While employers are banned from hiring unauthorized workers, they must also treat all work-authorized individuals the same regardless of citizenship status or national origin. 

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WednesdayJune 1, 2011