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SundayJune 12, 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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Death Toll from Floods in Haiti Continue to Rise

Death Toll from Floods in Haiti Continue to Rise

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Floods caused by heavy rainfall and mudslides in Haiti claimed the lives of 23 people and damaged 470 homes earlier this week, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today, citing information provided by the country’s authorities.

Eight people were injured and six others remain missing after the Artibonite River broke its banks, flooding the Grande Saline commune in Artibonite Department of north-western Haiti, according to an update issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Tents, tarpaulins, and non-food items have been distributed in community shelters housing those displaced by the floods. Drainage in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) needs to be improved and there is also a scarcity of for water treatment tablets in those settlements.

This year’s humanitarian appeal for Haiti that seeks $915 million is currently 24 per cent funded, with $223 million having been received, according to OCHA.

Meanwhile, the UN Stabilization Mission for in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said it is examining an incident that allegedly took place last Sunday at the Toussaint Louverture Airport in Port-au-Prince between a Haitian customs official and the mission’s military personnel over baggage inspection.

MINUSTAH is probing the exact circumstances of the incident and has informed the Haitian authorities of its investigation, the mission said in a press release.

The mission said that it takes the allegations very seriously and stressed that under the agreement between the United Nations and the Haitian Government, MINUSTAH and its staff must “comply with all laws and regulations of the country.”

According to media reports a group of armed MINUSTAH soldiers forced their way into the airport and prevented customs officers from inspecting the luggage of their colleagues. Once outside the airport, the soldiers are alleged to have fired shots into the air.

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Bringing Awareness to Deportation of American Veterans

Bringing Awareness to Deportation of American Veterans

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Veterans of the United States Armed Forces who served under honorable discharge are facing court proceedings for deportations.  Hundreds of Veterans are facing deportation and Somos Republicans would like to start by bringing awareness to the situation involving the Valenzuela Brothers. Manuel and Valente Valenzuela are currently awaiting trial and are facing deportation today.  Therefore, the group is asking the President of the United States to stop the deportations of all veterans who served under honorable discharge conditions.  They believe the President has the power to pardon those who have served our country honorably.

Representatives of Somos Republicans noted: 

The mission is to leave “no man behind” and we hope to see President Obama make a symbolic move this year on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011, that will pardon and stop deportations of all immigrant veterans who fought and served our country honorably.  It is our goal to gain bipartisan support to stop the unjust deportations of our Veterans.  Manuel Valenzuela has given us a humble request for a donation to help pay their way into Washington D.C. as they visit and explain the unjust Veteran deportations that are taking place.  He promises to take the least expensive flight from Colorado to D.C.

We believe every American will support all Veterans who have risked their life for this great nation.  We also believe the American people will support stopping the deportation of our Veterans who served honorably.

We support the American GI Forum’s recent resolution with regard to immigrant Veteran deportations and we ask our elected officials to investigate the unjust deportations immediately.

Somos Republicans is a national watchdog group and the largest Hispanic Republican grassroots organization and are pro immigration reform. 

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AZ Border Patrol in 6 Days See 27,600lb Drugs & 2,612 Illegal Aliens Attempt to Enter U.S.

AZ Border Patrol in 6 Days See 27,600lb  Drugs & 2,612 Illegal Aliens Attempt to Enter U.S.

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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Arizona Joint Field Command is reporting the seizure of approximately 27,579 pounds of narcotics with an estimated value of more than $19.1 million and the apprehension of 2,612 illegal aliens at the Arizona border for the period of May 30 – June 5.

The narcotics seizures consisted of more than 27,178 pounds of marijuana, 2.4 pounds of heroin, 298 pounds of methamphetamines and 101 pounds of cocaine. CBP also intercepted $431,446 in illegal outbound currency, one weapon and seized 21 vehicles used for illicit purposes.

Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security under Secretary Janet Napolitano has engaged in an unprecedented effort to bring focus and intensity to Southwest border security, coupled with a reinvigorated, smart and effective approach to enforcing immigration laws in the interior of our country.

The Joint Field Command integrates the combined assets of the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors, the Office of Field Operations Tucson Field Office, and the Office of Air and Marine’s Tucson and Yuma Air Branches, enabling CBP leadership in the Arizona area of operations to direct an integrated approach to our mission of border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation.

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Central American Security Conference Garners 10 Presidents and Secretary Clinton in Attendance

President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic will join US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and 10 Presidents, 40 delegations and international institutions at the International Conference for Support to the Central American Security Strategy that will be held on June 22-24 in Guatemala, according to official sources.

Felipe Calderon (Mexico), Juan Manuel Santos (Colombia), host Alvaro Colom (Guatemala), Laura Chinchilla (Costa Rica), Daniel Ortega (Nicaragua), Porfirio Lobo (Honduras), Mauricio Funes (El Salvador), Ricardo Martinelli (Panama) and the Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow will be attending the conference.

In addition, there will be 40 official delegations from South American and European nations as well as from international financial and international cooperation agencies, as well as agencies specializing in issues of security and the fight against organized crime.

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Join us This and Every Sunday At HS-News Open Mic

Join us This and Every Sunday At HS-News Open Mic

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Juan Laverde, Open Mic, atajo

Introducing:

From Bolivia:

Artist:Atajo
Song: Tiempo
Band Members:
Elmer Cuba: Percussion & Back Vocals
Marco Flores: Keyboards & Back Vocals
Germán Romero: Guitar
Gonzalo Molina: Bass & Back Vocals
Panchi Maldonado: Vocals & Guitar
Edgar Arené: Drums

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Southern Poverty Law Center & ACLU Join Forces, File Lawsuit Against Recent Alabama Immigration Law

Southern Poverty Law Center & ACLU Join Forces, File Lawsuit Against Recent Alabama Immigration Law

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Leaders from key civil rights organizations gathered on a national telephonic press conference this afternoon to denounce Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant law as a radical departure from American values and to announce a court challenge. The legislation Governor Bentley signed this morning is notable for its cruelty. It turns Alabama school officials into immigration agents as they are now required by the new law to verify the immigration status of students and report them to the state. It contains the same problematic “reasonable suspicion” provisions as Arizona’s SB 1070. It allows police to arrest and detain a person when there is a “reasonable suspicion” the person is in the country illegally. It forces landlords to verify the immigration status of their tenants and prohibits all people from transporting or “harboring” of any undocumented immigrant. It institutes stiff penalties for anyone, not just the undocumented, who breaks the law. This is of special concern to mixed status families – children could be arrested for transporting their undocumented parents, for example.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Immigration Law Center, and the American Civil Liberties Union announced that they will be challenging the radical new law in court. “This law will set back years of progress Alabama has made on civil rights and prove economically devastating for Alabama,” said Mary Bauer, Legal Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “This is why the Southern Poverty Law Center and other civil rights groups will challenge this racist and harmful unconstitutional law in court.”

Civil rights leaders were particularly appalled by the new law’s overbearing infringement on the civil rights of Alabamans. “The legislation signed into law this morning by Governor Robert Bentley is so oppressive that even Bull Connor himself would be impressed,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “House Bill 56 is designed to do nothing more than terrorize the state’s Latino community. It will keep children out of school and destroy families and businesses. It will strip Latino workers of their humanity under the law and essentially turns them into workers with zero rights. The only possible end result of H.B. 56 becoming law is a permanent underclass in Alabama that would be driven into the shadows of society.”

“This is another attack on the civil rights of Latinos,” said Clarissa Martinez of the National Council of La Raza. “We are disappointed that Alabama voted in similar legislation as Arizona’s SB 1070. Such laws especially when they are directed against children are an attack on access to education that will have negative consequences for everyone in Alabama.”

“This law is an outrageous throw-back to the pre-Civil Rights era, going beyond the discriminatory and unconstitutional police practices that we’ve seen in other states,” said Cecilia Wang of the American Civil Liberties Union. “It blocks the schoolhouse doors to children, will result in people being turned away when they try to rent a home, and places burdens on people of color at the voting booth. By signing this bill into law, Gov. Bentley has codified official discrimination in the State of Alabama. We will take action to keep this law from going into effect to ensure that the civil rights and liberties of all Alabamans are protected.”

The new law makes it very likely that Alabama, like Utah, Georgia, and Arizona will be sued in an effort to block the legislation from taking effect.  Like other states that have passed extreme anti-immigrant legislation Alabama will have to deal with the likely severe damage to the state’s reputation, and enormous damage to the state’s agriculture and tourism industries.  The leaders on today’s call agreed that Alabama’s new law stands out for being the most severe and punitive measure passed anywhere.

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Minority Owned Businesses Benefit from the Affordable Care Act

Minority Owned Businesses Benefit from the Affordable Care Act

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The Center for American Progress, in partnership with Progress 2050, released a memo and a series of fact sheets explaining how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act helps small businesses owned by ethnic and racial minorities provide health coverage for their employees.

Once implemented, the Affordable Care Act will allow these small businesses, which currently number 5.8 million and generate more than $1 trillion each year, to provide low-cost and high-quality health care coverage for themselves and their employees, which will improve their competitiveness. The result will be an increase in profits, higher wages, and the ability to attract and retain skilled employees.

The memo and fact sheets also analyze how, having access to affordable health insurance for their employees, minority-owned small businesses will help reduce health disparities among communities of color. Once implemented, the Affordable Care Act will allow small businesses to provide improved and more affordable health coverage for their employees through tax credits, access to health insurance exchanges, and access to state-based high-risk pools.

The fact sheets study five different ethnic and racial communities in the United States: Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders.

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New Initiative to Protect Water Sources Supplying Water to 50 Million People in Latin America

New Initiative to Protect Water Sources Supplying Water to 50 Million People in Latin America

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Global business, financial, development and conservation leaders announced a new partnership that will protect threatened water resources across Latin America and the Caribbean or 50 million people.

During a kick-off ceremony hosted by Mexico’s Ambassador to the U.S., Arturo Sarukhan, The Nature Conservancy, FEMSA Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the $27 million Latin American Water Funds Partnership that will pledge to protect 7 million acres of watersheds in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and other countries.

Grasslands, cloud forests, tropical rainforests and even deserts and dry forests provide the water that supports our lives. Such ecosystems capture, retain, filter and supply vast quantities of freshwater. In addition to providing drinking water for people, these places provide habitat to rich biological diversity across the globe.

But watersheds around the world face serious threats from pollution, development and climate change. As these natural resources are degraded or disappear, millions of people are at risk of disease and starvation due to lack of clean drinking water. Local economies are also threatened as businesses such as sugar cane growers or manufacturers cannot produce their goods without a sufficient supply of clean water.

In Latin America, more than 77 million people lack access to clean water, according to the United Nations.

“Water Funds offer a triple-win for businesses, communities and nature,” said Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “By investing in green infrastructure, such as forests and rivers, companies and water utilities can save money on the construction of gray infrastructure, such as water filtration systems. Communities benefit through the development of sustainable incomes and clean water supplies, and natural systems are protected to provide habitat for wildlife and deliver clean water.”

“A key ingredient of the partnership we are launching today is the commitment to bring world-class research and rigorous science to the Water Fund concept,” said IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. “We will be choosing a small number of watersheds in which to test and perfect conservation techniques related to water quantity and quality. And only then will we implement a replication strategy that will enable a much larger number of cities and countries to adopt these techniques.”

A Water Fund is an innovative way to help pay for nature’s services and reinvest that money in conservation. Since a healthy watershed helps minimize water treatment costs, the funds attract voluntary contributions from large water users downstream, like water utilities, hydroelectric companies, or industries. Revenue from these investments is directed to preserve key lands upstream that filter and regulate the water supply, through activities such as reforestation, ecotourism and monitoring water flows. Water Funds also help create incentives for green economic opportunities that have a positive impact on local communities, like sustainable farming.

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Poll: Immigration Remains Top Issue for Latino Voters

Poll: Immigration Remains Top Issue for Latino Voters

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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.

A selection of results questions is included below:

  * Generally speaking, what are the most important issues facing the Latino community that you think Congress and the President should address?
      o Immigration reform/DREAM Act: 51% (52% U.S. born/51% foreign born)
      o Create Jobs/Employment/Economy: 35% (37% U.S. born/32% foreign born)
      o Education Reform/Schools: 18% (15% U.S. born/21% foreign born)
  * Many states across the country are considering a number of different policies related to immigration. For each policy that I read, please tell me whether you approve or disapprove:

    A law which would require state and local police to check on immigration status
      o 56% – Strongly Oppose (62% U.S. born / 48% foreign born)
      o 29% – Strongly support/somewhat support (18% U.S. born / 43% foreign born)
  * Take a moment to think about all the people in your family, your friends, your co-workers, and other people you know. Do you happen to know somebody who is an undocumented immigrant?
      o Yes: 53% (52% U.S. born/53% foreign born)
      o No: 42% (43% U.S. born/41% foreign born)
  * Do you know of any person or family who has faced detention or deportation for immigration reasons?
      o Yes know of someone: 25% (22% U.S. born/28% foreign born)
  * Even if the U.S. Congress does not pass immigration reform, there are many things that the President can encourage, as the head of the executive branch of government. Please tell me if you support or oppose each action by the executive branch of government:

    Stopping the deportation of any undocumented immigrant high school and college age youth who has not committed any crime.
      o Strongly support/Somewhat support: 66% (61% U.S. born/71% foreign born)
      o Strongly oppose/Somewhat oppose: 31% (36% U.S. born/27% foreign born)

    Stopping the deportation of any parent who has not committed a crime and has children under the age of 18 living in the U.S.
      o Strongly support/Somewhat support: 60% (55% U.S. born/67% foreign born)
      o Strongly oppose/Somewhat oppose: 39% (44% U.S. born/32% foreign born)
  * Currently, many states across the country are considering a number of different policies related to immigration.

    A law which would require state and local police to check on immigration status.
      o Strongly support/Somewhat support: 29% (18% U.S. born/43% foreign born)
      o Strongly oppose: 56% (62% U.S. born/48% foreign born)

Each poll in the series of six reflects Latinos views on current issues related to the economy, education, immigration and healthcare. The current poll surveyed views surrounding immigration. The poll is conducted with a sample of 500 registered Latino voters.

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SundayJune 12, 2011