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The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Latino membership organization in the United States, filed suit today against the State of Texas challenging the manner in which redistricting for the United States House of Representatives, the State House of Representatives and the Texas State Board of Education have been drawn or will be drawn.
LULAC attorneys including Luis Vera, Jose Garza, Rolando Rios & George Korbell have been working since last November on the redistricting process in Texas. Once the 2010 Census figures for Texas were made public, George Korbell drew redistricting maps that were used by Texas LULAC leaders in their testimony before the state legislature. These maps made clear that the four new congressional districts that Texas gained as a result of its fast growing Hispanic population, could be drawn in a manner that would create four new Latino performing districts.
“For 82 years, LULAC has worked to defend the voting rights of Latinos in the state of Texas and throughout the nation,” stated Margaret Moran, LULAC National President. “The lawsuit filed by LULAC today against Texas will ensure that Latinos in Texas benefit from the new districts that state gained as a result of Hispanic population growth.”
LULAC joins by way of intervention the suit filed originally by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. The motion and complaint are attached can be downloaded at the following link www.lulac.org/txsuit
The League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating through 900 LULAC councils nationwide.
The Alabama Immigration policy, known as H.B. 56, signed into law by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley Thursday, is already being hailed as the most controversial immigration law and the most restrictive law against illegal immigration in the country. Advocacy groups, including The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, are promising to challenge the sweeping measure signed by Gov. Bentley on Thursday, which is being called even more severe than Arizona’s SB1070 law which is still being challenged in court. Alabama’s Immigration law is set to take effect September 1, 2011.
The Alabama measure instantly puts the state at the forefront of the immigration debate. Provisions in the new law state that public schools will have to confirm students’ legal residency status through birth certificates or sworn affidavits and illegal immigrants will be banned from attending state colleges. It will also be illegal to transport, harbor, or rent property to undocumented immigrants and it requires all businesses to check the legal status of workers using a federal system called E-Verify–which, by most appearances, invites racial profiling not only by law enforcement officers but by landlords and employers. The law also prevents cities from passing laws to protect undocumented immigrants in their cities.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (www.nhclc.org), also known as the Hispanic Evangelical Association, the nation’s largest Christian Hispanic organization, said, “Alabama’s new immigration law succeeds not in addressing the immigration crisis or offering a viable and sustainable solution but rather the law succeeds in fostering a spirit of racial and discriminatory practices. This law is anti-Christian, anti-Conservative and anti-American. It resurrects the old spirit of George Wallace and places Pastors and Clergy in peril as they reach out to all in their communities with the love of Christ.
“We call upon the bible believing Church in Alabama to rise up for righteousness and justice,” Rodriguez continued. “As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. expressed in his letter from Birmingham, the followers of Christ did not rise up in Alabama in the matter consistent with our biblical mandate. This time silence is not an option. The answer to the immigration crisis in America lies in the Word of God. The answer is to reconcile Leviticus 19 with Romans 13, compassion with the rule of law. The answer is a Just Integration strategy that stops all illegal immigration, prohibits amnesty, deports those engaged in nefarious activities while facilitating an integration and legalization process for self sustaining hard working individuals.”
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez met this week with Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas and will be meeting with Republican Governors in order to offer the Just Integration Strategy as a practical solution to the immigration issue. Rodriguez presented the integration strategy in a meeting with President Obama one year ago. This year, the President incorporated Rev. Rodriguez’s verbiage in his recent presentations on immigration.
According to the Census, Alabama’s Hispanic population more than doubled between 2000 and 2010 to 186,000, or 3.9 percent of the state’s nearly 4.8 million people.
Linton Joaquin, general counsel for the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles, said the Alabama law covers all aspects of an immigrant’s life. “It is a sweeping attack on immigrants and people of color in general. It adds restrictions on education, housing and other areas. It is a very broad attack,” Joaquin said.
President of the NHCLC, Samuel Rodriguez, concluded, “At the end of the day, immigrants will revitalize the American Church, reaffirm the values of faith, family and hard work while enriching the collective narrative of our American experience. Sweet Home Alabama. This law says yes only if you don’t look like an immigrant.”
impreMedia, the leading Hispanic news and information company, announced today the results of a current tracking poll that reinforced that immigration and related issues continue to be a top concern for Latinos. The current results are part three of a series of six national polls among Latino registered voters conducted by impreMedia and Latino Decisions.
The poll found immigration was a major area of concern for Latinos. 53% of respondents confirmed that they knew someone who was an undocumented immigrant, and 25% stated that they knew of a family or person that faced detention or deportation for immigration reasons. “Immigration is a very personal issue for Latinos because of the effect it has on them, their friends, family and community,” said Monica Lozano, CEO of impreMedia. “The fact that immigration continues to be an unsolved issue is of great concern for Latino voters and they are anxious to see the President and Congress take action.”
When respondents were asked to name the most important issues facing the Latino community that Congress and the President should address, 51% listed Immigration Reform / DREAM Act, while 35% listed Create jobs/Fix the economy, and 18% listed Education. The poll results also suggest that if immigration reform does not get passed through Congress, Latino voters want to see President Obama use his executive powers to solve those immigration related problems within his purview. 66% of respondents said they would support the President using executive power to stop the deportation of any undocumented immigrant high school and college age youth who had not committed any crime. Additionally, 60% of respondents said they would support the President stopping the deportation of any undocumented parent who has not committed a crime and has
children under the age of 18 living in the United States.
Respondents were also asked a series of questions about government measures related to immigration, with 56% opposing a law which would require state and local police to check on immigration status. Respondents also supported the idea of a law that mandated immigration status would only be an item that federal government could check, and not state and local police.
Javier Sicilia, A Mexican Poet who lost a innocent son to drug violence has turned his grief into a crusade for peace. He started a caravan outside Mexico City last Saturday, and has gained about 1,500 followers, including others who had lost innocent family members and friends to drug violence, on his route to Ciudad Juarez, the country’s most violent city.
About 500 people, including Sicilia, signed a pact calling on the government to remove all military forces and to better enforce asset forfeiture laws in order to weaken drug cartels by blocking money laundering activities among other things.
“Do your jobs, stop humiliating the citizens of Juarez, and do justice to so many who have died,” Sicilia called out to state and local officials. “This is the beginning of a civil resistance movement to transform consciousness, to start a dialogue in the absence of government policies.”
The “consolation caravan” reached Ciudad Juarez on Friday, demanding the government shift its armed offensive against drug trafficking into an aggressive pursuit of the cartels’ assets.
A growing number of Latino organizations are speaking out in support of embattled Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, arguing that McCourt and the Dodgers have done more for the Latino community and communities of color than the last Dodger owners combined. Citing the building of one dozen “Dream Fields” in inner-city neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles and the Dodger’s philanthropic efforts to literally thousands of organizations, Latino leaders spoke out in support of McCourt.
“In seven short years, Frank McCourt has improved previously weak relations with the Latino community by being accessible and by investing his money in our community and other communities of color,” said former Congressman and Ambassador Esteban Torres. “He has built a dozen state-of-the-art ‘Dream Fields’, and has donated to literally thousands of worthwhile organizations. He didn’t have to do these things, he chose to, and that’s what separates him from a number of folks, including previous Dodgers owners.”
At the same time Latino leaders were quick to take issue with Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s handling of the Dodgers. According to recent news reports, the Dodgers and eight other baseball teams have been reported to be in violation of Major League Baseball’s debt service rules, including the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, New York Mets, and Washington Nationals.
“Rather than focus his attention on understanding why at least nine major league baseball teams have financial issues, it appears that Selig’s very personal mission is the ousting of McCourt in a very public and insensitive manner,” said Angela Sanbrano, President of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC). “Frankly, it seems that the recent financial issues with the Dodgers are more of Selig’s making than Dodger owner McCourt. Maybe its time that people begin to ask questions about Selig’s motivations.”
In all more than a dozen organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of Latinos from the greater Los Angeles County area, have come together to support Dodger owner Frank McCourt. They include the William C. Velasquez Institute, MALDEF, Mexican American Political Association (MAPA), Community Union (CU), Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Anahuak Youth Sports Association, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON), Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM), and Centaur North.
Latino leaders were quick to draw a comparison between McCourt’s responsiveness and accessibility to the Latino community with Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s record of turning a blind eye to the concerns of the community. Leaders also pointed to the NBA and its willingness to allow the Phoenix Suns to change their jerseys to “Los Suns”, in opposition to Arizona’s SB 1070. When communities across the country called upon Selig to move baseball’s All-Star game from Phoenix (scheduled for July of 2011), Selig refused.
“Selig has turned a cold shoulder to the Latino community,” said Antonio Gonzalez, President of the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI). “He was silent on SB 1070. He refused to even consider moving the All-Star game from Phoenix, Arizona. He sat silent while Carlos Santana was booed in Georgia for taking a stand in opposition to Georgia’s version of SB 1070, and his generic response to our May 13, 2011 letter to him was inacceptable. We formally request a meeting with Commissioner Selig.”
In their letter to Selig, Latino leaders asked that Selig rescind his receivership of the Dodgers, approve the capitalization plan proposed by Dodger owner McCourt, and engage the Dodgers in an open and transparent dialogue that will lead to a fair and equitable long-term resolution between Selig and the Dodgers, its fans, and the Latino community. To date Selig has not substantively addressed the requests.
“The Dodgers are too important to our community and to the greater Los Angeles community. We aren’t going to go away. We will fight for our Dodgers against this unwelcome and unwarranted attack by such an insensitive interloper as Bud Selig,” concluded Nativo Lopez, President of Mexican American Political Association (MAPA).
DREAMActivist.org has created a really useful guide titled, “Education Not Deportation: A guide for undocumented youth in removal proceedings.” This guide is meant to serve both youth facing deportation and their attorneys.
Latinos in Social Media [LATISM], the largest organization of Latinos in the social media arena, today has released the results of its 2011 Latino Blogosphere Survey, part of a series aiming to explore the state of online and social media usage among Latinos. Survey results were first unveiled during the LATISM panel at the 2011 BlogWorld and New Media Expo.
Despite the results of the 2010 Census, there’s little to no information available in regards to “influentials” in the Latino Blogging world. After last year’s groundbreaking LATISM Latina Blogger Survey, LATISM set about to redefine this. “We were astounded by the overwhelming response by over 12,000 bloggers. The report offers conclusive evidence about Latino/a bloggers as to what motivates them and the issues they care about,” said Ana Roca-Castro, Founder and Chair of LATISM. “These findings will prove to be eye-opening to brands and organizations as they try to reach one of the most powerful groups online.”
Key Findings include:
61% use social media for personal purposes, followed by business and supporting causes
Top three blogging topics are Latino Issues (45%), followed by Social Good and Education
The majority (48%) prefer to shop online
The overwhelming majority described Education as the top priority Latino issue, followed by Health and Jobs
Results were based on confidential responses of 12,270 Latinos and Latinas ages 18 and older in the United States to an online survey on Surveymonkey.com from April 18th to April 30th, 2011
Survey questions assessed language, mobile and social media platforms, shopping patterns, brand preferences and current Latino issues
Last weeks volcano eruptions in South Chile have left rivers looking like a “thick, vaporous torrent of chocolate.”
The fresh water fishing industry has been affected and farmers are concerned for their cattle.
National Fishing Service Director Guillermo Rivera told El Mercurio that more than 4.5 million fish have been killed in the Río Nilahue alone as a direct result of the hot volcanic ash and rocks that have rained down into the river since Saturday.
“You can see vapors emitting from the surface of the water as if it were a hot spring,” Varas told La Tercera. “The texture is like a dark, soupy substance produced from the combustion of all the organic material.”
I’ve never seen the lake like this; it’s a disaster,” Eudulio Velásquez, a cattle rancher, told La Tercera.
“I fish here in the Lago Puyehue and the Río Gol Gol, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to fish here anymore. I think that all the salmon and trout species have been wiped out in the Gol Gol. It’s a tragedy for all the native species,” Velásquez said.
Agricultural Minister José Antonio Galilea released a statement Wednesday criticizing speculators who are offering ranchers sub-market prices for their cattle in the belief that the animals may die from volcanic ash if they remain in the area.
Imagine your child working long hours under hazardous conditions, using dangerous chemicals or carrying heavy loads over long distances. Unfortunately, this is a reality for far too many families in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The International Labor Organization estimates that 5.7 million working children in this part of the world are under the legal minimum age for employment or are otherwise engaged in the worst forms of child labor. Many of these children work in agriculture, exposed to dangerous chemicals and tools. Others work in mines, garbage dumps, manufacturing, or fishing, while still others produce fireworks or work as domestic servants.
In rural Nicaragua, for example, 16-year old Carlos Ismael used to work digging deep water wells, hauling bags of cement, and fumigating crops with pesticides.
Fortunately, Carlos found a way to build a better future for himself. He is a beneficiary of the U.S. Department of Labor-funded ENTERATE project in Nicaragua. Thanks to this project, Carlos is now attending high school and no longer engaged in hazardous labor.
Carlos has also helped his family by applying the improved agricultural techniques he learned through a technical training course to his family’s own agriculture plot. Today, Carlos dreams of becoming an agricultural engineer. I’m proud that we are playing a role in making his dream come true.
The department has been supporting efforts to reduce exploitative child labor in Nicaragua since 1998. ENTERATE works to increase school attendance, reduce hazardous child labor, and improve the livelihoods of families through improved agricultural practices.
Carlos Ismael is just one of more than 11,000 children directly benefiting from the USDOL-funded ENTERATE Project. There are more stories like his to come!
When I visited the project in the town of Jinotega, I saw children dancing and learning to write instead of working in the fields. I witnessed the dedication of people working to improve the lives of families and children like Carlos. I’m proud to play a small part in changing the lives of these children and their families.
The author, Kathryn Chinnock is an International Relations Officers in the Office of Child Labor Forced Labor and Human Trafficking of the Bureau of International Labor Affairs.
The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, has updated its interactive maps and database on the Latino population in the nation’s more than 3,100 counties. The maps show the Latino population and share in U.S. counties for 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2009 and how its size and distribution across counties has changed since 1980. The population data are derived from the decennial censuses and the Census Bureau’s population estimates program. Latino population data by county for 1990, 2000 and 2009 may also be downloaded from the Pew Hispanic Center’s website.
Accompanying the county interactive maps and database are updated demographic and economic profiles of the Hispanic and non-Hispanic populations in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. These profiles are based on Pew Hispanic Center analyses of the 2009 American Community Survey.
The interactive maps, county Latino population data and state demographic profiles are available at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website, www.pewhispanic.org.
On The O’Reilly Factor, Gretchen Carlson falsely claimed that “about 35 percent of the in-state tuition people or students” at University of California schools “were illegals.” In fact, students receiving the discount account for only 0.34 percent of undergraduates in the University of California system.
Carlson Inflates Proportion Of Undocumented Immigrants Receiving Discount; Graphic Falsely Suggests “Free Tuition for Illegals”
Carlson: “In 2009, About 35 Percent Of The In-State Tuition People Or Students Were Illegals.” From the June 9 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor:
CARLSON: So, at University of California schools—just to get this in.
CARLSON: In 2009, about 35 percent of the in-state tuition people or students were illegals.
O’REILLY: Really? That’s an interesting stat, Carlson. [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 6/9/11]
In Fact, Undocumented Immigrants Account For Less Than 1 Percent Of UC Undergraduates Paying In-State Rates
To Normally Qualify For Residency And In-State Rate, UC Students “Must Be A U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, Other Immigrant, Or Eligible Alien.” From the University of California Los Angeles website:
To establish California residence, an adult student at least 18 years of age must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, other immigrant, or eligible alien who meets all of the following requirements:
has been physically present in the state for 366 days prior to the residence determination date (RDD) of the term for which he or she wishes to be considered a resident
has the intent to make California his or her home (as opposed to coming to California for the purpose of attending school)
is financially independent (see note) if his or her parents are not California residents as defined by UC. [UCLA.edu, accessed 6/9/11]
University Of California: 2001 Law Exempts Students Who Attended CA High School For At Least Three Years And Graduated From Nonresident Tuition. From the most recent University of California report on the 2001 law, AB 540:
California Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) was signed into law in October 2001 and provides that students meeting all of the following requirements are exempt from paying nonresident tuition at California public colleges and universities:
1. The student attended a high school in California for three or more years.
2. The student graduated from a California high school, received a High School Equivalency Certificate issued by the California State General Education Development (GED) Office, or received a Certificate of Proficiency resulting from the California High School Proficiency Examination. Note that, beginning in 2006, graduation from a California public high school requires that students pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).
3. The student does not hold any of the following non-immigrant visas: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TN, TD and V, and TROV and NATO.
The third provision above limits eligibility to U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, students with immigrant visas (including approved petitioners), and students with no legal immigration status (“undocumented” students). AB 540 requires undocumented students who meet the other eligibility requirements to certify they are taking steps to legalize their immigration status or will do so as soon as they are eligible. [University of California, Annual Report on AB 540 Tuition Exemptions 2008-09 Academic Year, 9/21/10]
University Of California Data: In 2008-2009, 554 Undergraduates Who Were Potentially Undocumented Received Discount. According to the University of California, 766 undergraduates were potentially undocumented in the 2008-2009 academic year. Of these, 554 received tuition discounts under AB 540. [University of California, Annual Report on AB 540 Tuition Exemptions 2008-09 Academic Year, 9/21/10]
University of California Data: In Fall 2008, 162,586 Undergraduate UC Students Were California Residents. According to the University of California, 162,586 undergraduate students in Fall 2008 were California residents. The 554 potentially undocumented students account for 0.34 percent of this population. [University of California, Summary of Students and Staff, Fall 2009]