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TuesdayJune 14, 2011

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HUD Goes Bilingual with Spanish Blog

HUD Goes Bilingual with Spanish Blog

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Earlier this year, HUD was very excited to roll out a new interactive blog, The HUDdle. Many posts later, they continue to reach out directly to the public like Nuevo blog en espanol- The HUDdle en Espanol never before. And now they’ve gone bilingual! The HUDdle en Español officially launched on June 13.  Like its English counterpart, the Spanish-language HUD blog will provide a platform for new dialogue about housing related information and act as an interactive source of information for Spanish speaking audiences.

At more than 50 million, Latinos constitute one of the nation’s largest minority groups. And with 1 in 6 Americans being of Hispanic heritage, HUD understands the importance of embracing the collective diversity and has taken strides to not only expand the vehicles of communication available, but transform the way the agency does business. The HUDdle en Español is one of the many mediums HUD has put in place to serve as a transparent foundation for public engagement, housing education, and an up-close and personal look at the Obama Administration’s efforts to address the issues, while also reaching a growing number of bilingual communities.

HUD has also created other social media avenues in Spanish, all accessible from the new blog: HUDdle en Español, HUD RSS Feeds Español, HUD Facebook en Español: (“Like” us!), HUD Twitter en Español: (“Follow” us!) and HUD Podcasts en Español.

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OSHA: Latino Workers Suffer Disproportionately from On-the-Job Heat Injuries and Illness

OSHA: Latino Workers Suffer Disproportionately from On-the-Job Heat Injuries and Illness

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On May 14, 2008, a young worker named Maria Isavel Vasquez Jimenez arrived for her shift at a California vineyard. She was pregnant, and her job required her to spend long hours tying grapevines in the sun. As the day wore on, the temperature soared, eventually reaching triple digits. After nine hours of work, Maria collapsed from heat exhaustion. Two days later, Maria was dead. She was 17 years old. 

Maria’s death demonstrates – in the saddest way possible – the risks of heat illness faced by outdoor workers. It also demonstrates – in the most shocking way possible – how easily such tragedies can be prevented. When Maria collapsed, the closest water source was a ten-minute walk away.  Areas of shade were nowhere in sight.  Even if Maria had been allowed a break, she would have had to choose between water and rest.

Sadly, Maria’s 19-year-old fiancé and her mother in Mexico have been joined by the grieving families of more than 30 workers who perished from heat illnesses last year alone. Thousands more workers become ill from heat exposure each year, which often manifests as heat exhaustion. Some of the highest injury rates are among construction workers, roofers, landscapers, baggage handlers and other air transportation workers, and farm workers.

To combat and prevent heat illness and raise awareness of its dangers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and its State Plan partners have launched a nationwide outreach campaign communicating a very simple message – water, rest, and shade – and educating workers and employers about the hazards of working in extreme heat. We want them to know the steps they can take to prevent heat illness.

Because Latino workers suffer disproportionately from on-the-job heat injuries and illnesses, our heat campaign will particularly reach out to these workers with many of OSHA’s print resources and website information on heat illness prevention available in Spanish.  Through the local Federal and State offices, OSHA is also reaching out to employers, associations, worker advocates, consulates, and community and faith-based organizations to get these tools into the hands of those who need them.

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Possible Facebook IPO Valuation Exceeding $100 Million - Brazil, Mexico Users Increase

Possible Facebook IPO Valuation Exceeding $100 Million - Brazil, Mexico Users Increase

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CNBC is reporting that an insider has told them the social-networking site, Facebook, is “likely to go public by the first quarter of 2012” with an IPO valuation of more than $100 million.

This report comes at a time when Facebook’s growth rate has dropped for a second month in a row, despite an increase in users from Facebook late-comers like Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, India, Colombia, Argentina, and the Philippines.

With “more than 500 million users”, 50 percent of those users are “active users” who log on to the site each day. More than 70 percent of all users are in the United States, and some speculate that the constant changes and latest security features are actually a hindrance, and have caused a number of users to stop using the site and/or completely close their accounts.

If Facebook goes public it will become one of the largest companies in the technology industry. While its value would likely trail that of giants like Apple ($300 million), Microsoft ($203 million), and Google ($162 million), it would likely go public ahead of Canon, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and a number of tech companies.

As of Tuesday, Facebook reps have not said anything about going public, and they declined to give a statement to CNBC.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Hypersexual Deputy Scott Christopher Montoya Relieved Of Duty

LATINO BLOTTER: Hypersexual Deputy Scott Christopher Montoya Relieved Of Duty

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Former Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy Montoya, is fighting to retain his job. Evidence of lewd and inappropriate behavior against him, is overwhelming.

The OC-Weekly reported that Montoya “routinely told women he met while on duty they were “doable” and “fu**able,” described himself to women as a “Stallion,” enjoyed questionable personal contact with a street prostitute, fabricated duty logs about his whereabouts, and bragged to a female teenager that “If you mess around with me, I’m going to fu** you so hard with a big dick enough to make an elephant scream.”

An internal Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigation revealed how Montoya solicited as many women as possible while on duty.

Several accounts describe the former officer as “flirty,” “strange,” “overtly sexual and inappropriate,” “egotistical,” and “a predator.”

At the conclusion of their investigations, OCSD officials told Montoya, “You are incapable of conducting yourself in a manner consistent with the oath of your sworn profession” and, “Your actions . . . are inexcusable.”

A disgruntled Montoya claims his dismissal violated California’s Police Officer’s Bill of Rights, which gives officers extraordinary powers to hamper investigations of their conduct and keeps the public in the dark about findings; the findings, however include questionable contact with underage girls: in a detailed 2009 investigation, found an on-duty Montoya inexplicably spent 66 minutes inside a mobile home in the company of a 20-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl, and in 2008, Montoya’s whereabouts were unknown for nearly three hours, a period he spent with a 13-year-old, female habitual runaway, after which he lied on police logs.


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Nicaragua’s First Family Runs the Nation’s Media and Communications!

Nicaragua’s First Family Runs the Nation’s Media and Communications!

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In Nicarargua, the Ortega clan controls Channel 8, Channel 13 and the Secretary of Communications and Citizenship.

The newly launched Channel 13, “viva Nicaragua” is being advertised as a network with a “youthful profile” featuring “news focused on social themes.”

Joining Juan Carlos Ortega, manager of Channel 8 Television, Luciana, Camila and Maurice Ortega Murillo have become the next generation of an extensive family tradition of managing media in the Central American nation.

First lady Rosario Murillo is a spokesperson for Daniel Ortega’s government, as well as the Secretary of Communication and Citizenship.

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Undocumented Grandparents Fight for Custody of U.S.-Born Grandchildren After Mother Dies

Undocumented Grandparents Fight for Custody of U.S.-Born Grandchildren After Mother Dies

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In Chicago, two grandparents are fighting for legal custody of their five grandchildren after their mother passed away from cancer, but the process is not as easy it would seem.

Maria Martinez and her husband Marcelo are undocumented immigrants living in the Chicago neighborhood of Berwyn, and have long taken care of their five grandchildren, ages 1 to 7, but they now fear the government will take the children from them.

The children’s mother Rosa, 25, died six months ago after a battle with cervical cancer and their father was long ago deported to Mexico due to domestic violence, which even included beating two of the toddlers.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has never questioned custody of the children until now, and Maria fears that they state will take them away because she and her husband are not in the country legally, though they have lived in the Chicago area for over 15 years.

The children are legal Illinois/U.S. residents, and as such, are entitled to free medical care, $400 a month in casg, and an additional $400 on a debit card to pay for food.

Without the help from the state, Maria doubts they would be able to afford taking care of the children.

“We’re undocumented, we don’t have much money and that scares me,” Maria said.

The United Church of Christ in Berwyn has organized help for the family and sent members of the church to Martinez home.

“We wanted to see the situation up close,” volunteer Hilda Burgos told EFE, “and we found a very difficult state of economic deterioration.”

In Burgos’ opinion, the grandparents run “a very high risk” of having the children taken away since they don’t have proper legal representation. Maria said she has been assured by a social worker that the children won’t be taken away, but Burgos is wary of such a claim.

“No one has a clear idea of the custody process and in fact someone could be lying to them,” said Burgos.

The church has helped collect money for legal aid for the grandparents, and Burgos said “it’s enough to try and avoid a tremendous injustice.”

Read more at LAHT →

New Mexico Chile and Onion Farms Facing Labor Shortage

New Mexico Chile and Onion Farms Facing Labor Shortage

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With chile and onion harvesting season rapidly approaching for New Mexico farmers, they are facing a problem that could result in the price of the produce skyrocketing.

President of Workonnection, an El Paso non-profit farmworker employment agency, Jaime Campos says that a labor shortage in New Mexico threatens the farmer’s livelihood. However, Campos is working to get the U.S. Department of Labor to issue temporary work visas for additional farmworkers.

“In the past, farms used undocumented workers, but now the laws are strict and the penalties high,” Campos said.

As a result of the labor shortage, the number of acres used for chile growing in New Mexico is now just 9,000 acres, while in the early 1990s is was at 30,000 acres.

Campos is hoping that with the additional temporary visas, more farmworkers in the state will result in farms growing chile again, while others are allowed to expand, thus stimulating the economy.

If more workers are not added, chile experts say its availability could be reduced, resulting in consumers have to pay significantly more for them.

Read more at El Paso Times →

Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus is Launched on Capital Hill

Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus is Launched on Capital Hill

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AJC, together with members of the U.S. House of Representatives, will launch the Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus at an event tonight on Capitol Hill. The establishment of the Latino-Jewish Caucus was strongly supported by AJC’s Latino and Latin America Institute.

Caucus co-chairs Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D-FL) will address the June 14 reception. Also slated to speak are the Israeli and Mexican ambassadors to the U.S. Dozens of Latino and Jewish leaders will be in attendance.

“The Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus will provide for further collaborative engagement between U.S. Latinos and Jews on domestic and foreign policy issues of joint interest and concern,” said Dina Siegel Vann, director of AJC’s Latino and Latin American Institute. The AJC institute was created in 2005 to advance the global advocacy organization’s collaborative relations with the largest and fastest growing minority in the U.S.

Others who so far have joined the caucus include Reps Shelly Berkley (D-NV), Joe Baca (D-CA), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Charles A. Gonzalez (D-TX), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR), Jared Polis (D-CO), David Rivera (R-FL), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Brad Sherman (D-CA), and Albio Sires (D-NJ).

“The strong ties between the Latino and Jewish communities make this Caucus a perfect forum to address a variety of policy issues such as religious freedom, anti-Semitism, and the growing influence of Iran and its proxies in the Western Hemisphere,” said Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. “I thank the American Jewish Committee for its leadership and assistance in organizing today’s celebration of the launching of the Caucus.”

AJC has pioneered American Jewish relations with Latino communities for decades, working to deepen mutual understanding and to collaborate on key public policy issues, such as immigration reform, free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama, and support for Israel.

“The Latino-Jewish coalition is more critical than ever,” said Siegel Vann. “The Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus certainly can provide significant impetus to creating new joint initiatives and furthering cooperation.”


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Mildred Baena, Mother of Schwarzenegger’s Love Child Breaks Her Silence

Mildred Baena, Mother of Schwarzenegger’s Love Child Breaks Her Silence

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In an interview with Hello! magazine, Mildred Baena, the former housekeeper for the Schwarzenegger/Shriver family is breaking her silence after the Los Angeles Times broke that her now-teenaged son in the product of a tawdry affair with actor-turned-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Baena told the publication that she spoke with Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver, about the child when she put the pieces together after the boy was started to look more and more like Arnold.

“She was so strong. She cried with me and told me to get off my knees. We held each other,” Baena told Hello!. “I told her it wasn’t Arnie’s fault, that it takes two.”

Guatemalan-born Baena, 50, told also told the magazine that Shriver, 55 let on that she knew something was going on.

“She would say things like, ‘I’m here if you need to talk.’ I sensed something was up. I have so much love and respect for Maria,” Baena said. “Finally, she just asked point blank.”

Baena said she did the interview because she wanted to set the record straight amidst all the false reports.

She also stated that her and Arnold’s son was told by his grandmother last year who is father is. His response: “Cool!”

But what was most surprising in the interview was the fact that Baena said Schwarzenegger, 63, did not know the child was his, despite what is being reported.

“I knew Arnold was the father, and maybe as Joseph got older and began to look like him, (Schwarzenegger) wondered. But he never said anything to me.”

The just days before the news of the child went public, Schwarzenegger and Shriver announced they would be separating after 25 years of marriage.

Through it all however, Baena said she hopes the pair can work things out, and said, “He’s a good man, and I knew he’s suffering too. He loves Maria.”

Read more at Hello! →

Miss San Antonio 2011 Brouhaha FINALLY Settled

Miss San Antonio 2011 Brouhaha FINALLY Settled

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Both, the alleged taco-loving, Miss San Antonio and the runner-up, who was crowned during a court confrontation, will compete for the Miss Texas 2011 title.

Domonique Ramírez was stripped off the title of Miss San Antonio following disputes over her weight, rude behavior, and public appearance schedule.

In February 2011, runner up Ashley Dixon was awarded the crown.

Ramírez took the matter to court, and on March 24 a jury ordered that her crown and title be restored.

Miss Texas pageant spokeswoman Valerie Bell said officials in the San Antonio franchise could at any given point, assign another title, and so they gave Ms. Dixon the title of Miss Bexar County.

Both girls will compete for the Miss Texas title, to be crowned on July 1st in Arlington, Texas.

Read more at KXAN Austin News →

Argentina’s ‘Dirty Wars’ to Democracy Offer Lessons World Can Learn From, Especially Syria

Argentina’s ‘Dirty Wars’ to Democracy Offer Lessons World Can Learn From, Especially Syria

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged that the lessons learned from Argentina’s turn from dictatorship to democracy be applied widely, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East, and he called on Syria to allow humanitarian aid into areas affected by ongoing violence.

Speaking late yesterday after viewing the memorial in Buenos Aires to thousands of Argentines tortured and killed during that country’s “dirty war” between 1976 and 1983, Mr. Ban said:

“This is the darkest era of Argentina. At the same time, let us send a strong message of hope to many people around the world whose human rights are still being abused and oppressed and let us learn the lessons from here.”

Singling out Syria, the Secretary-General said that “the situation is very worrisome. This struggle has spread beyond any single square, any village or town. It has spread all throughout the country. The Government has responded with horrific attacks…

“I once again urge President [Bashar Al-] Assad of Syria to allow humanitarian access to affected areas and to allow the Human Rights Council-mandated assessment mission.”

The speech was the third time that Mr. Ban publicly called for humanitarian access to Syria. Last week a spokesperson confirmed that the Secretary-General’s attempt to telephone President Assad to discuss the latest developments had been unsuccessful.

“What we have seen during the last several months in the Arab world is that the leaders are coming with too little and too late,” the Secretary-General said.

“Just as the fall of the Berlin Wall transformed Eastern Europe, so is revolution now sweeping the Arab world,” he added, calling on the region’s leaders to take “bold action before is too late.”

Complimenting Argentina for its struggle to protect human rights, Mr. Ban said:  “Argentina today is dedicated to truth, the truth about what happened here decades ago. The truth about who gave the orders, who carried out the crimes, and who knew about these crimes. You have shown that there can be no safe refuge for those who commit crimes against humanity.”

“In this world, there is no safe place now for any perpetrators who violate international human rights laws and international humanitarian laws. They must be held responsible; they must be brought to justice. This has been a fundamental principle and my strong commitment as Secretary-General of the United Nations.”

Mr. Ban is on a week-long visit to Latin America, with stops in Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

Earlier today, he visited Argentina’s joint training centre for peacekeeping operations, and met with a contingent of troops preparing to deploy to the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). He also unveiled a sculpture created in honour of Hédi Annabi, the head of MINUSTAH who was killed in last year’s earthquake.

The Secretary-General also met with representatives of civil society and with so-called “white helmets,” or professionals who have volunteered to participate in a humanitarian mission to Libya.

In Colombia, he witnessed the signing into law of the landmark Victims’ Rights and Land Restitution Bill and flew over recently flooded areas. While in Uruguay he is scheduled to meet President José Mujica.

Mr. Ban’s final stop will be Brazil, which is the host for the Fourth UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, which will be held in the of Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.


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President Obama Visits Puerto Rico Becoming First to Do So Since JFK in 1961

President Obama Visits Puerto Rico Becoming First to Do So Since JFK in 1961

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Tuesday, President Obama will be in Puerto Rico for a short day trip. This will be the first trip by a sitting U.S. president since 1961, when President John F. Kennedy took the trip.

The president’s mere five-hour visit to the Caribbean island began with a speech, given just after he stepped off the plane at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport. He was greeted by Gov. Luis Fortuño, singer Marc Anthony, San Juan Mayor Jorge Santini, Rep. Pedro Pierluisi, and other dignitaries.

He renewed his commitment creating a referendum to allow the island’s people to decide their own future by voting for or against becoming the 51st state. Currently, Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but cannot vote for the president unless they are residents of the mainland.

“When I ran for president, I promised to include Puerto Rico, not just on my itinerary, but also in my vision of where our country needs to go. And Im proud to say we’ve kept that promise…We’ve addressed the question of political status. In March, a report from our Presidential Task Force on Puerto Rican status provided a meaningful way forward on this question so that the residents of the island can determine their own future. And when the people of Puerto Rico make a clear decision, my administration will stand by you.”

President Obama did acknowledge other issues plaguing the island saying, “When president Kennedy was here he addressed the relationship between Washington and San Juan, and he also spoke about tackling what he called the difficult problems of education, and housing, and employment. In that same spirit, we’ve been trying to make sure that every family on the island can find work, and make a living, and provide for their children. That’s why our economic plan, and our health care reform included help for Puerto Rico. That’s why we’re increasing access to broadband, and investing in education. That’s why we’re helping to grow local tourism, and health care, and clean energy industries. We’re giving Puerto Ricans the tools they need to build their own economic futures. And this is how it should be, because everyday, Boricuas help write the American story.”

Currently, Puerto Rico’s unemployment rate stands at around 16 percent, the highest of all U.S. jurisdictions. This has led to the Puerto Rican population in Florida to increase by 75 percent in just 10 years according to U.S. Census data. There are now more Puerto Ricans on the mainland (4.6 million) than on the island (3.8 million). With this increase in Puerto Rican mainlanders, the number of Hispanic voters increases, thus increasingly their political power.

Following the president’s speech, he travels to La Fortaleza, the historic Governor’s mansion where he will

Later in the day, President Obama will speak with El Nuevo Día and Univision of Puerto Rico, followed by an event by the Democratic National Convention.

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G-Lo Becomes the Lord Of the Rings in San Fernando, CA

The Mexican-American comedian is footing the bill for the Championship rings for the San Fernando High School baseball team!

The High School baseball team that back in 1979 saw comedian George Lopez among its players, won the Division One title last week at Dodger Stadium.

Seeing as most of the team comes from low-income families, the kids resorted to selling t-shirts, to raise funds to purchase their $400 a pop champion rings.

George López had a different idea.

“Lopez told coach Armando Gomez he wanted to buy the players their rings. That amounts to about 30 rings, for players and coaches, to the tune of $400 apiece or $12,000 total,” wrote ESPN.com

López also invited the youths to his show, whenever the rings are ready, in about 10 weeks. G-Lo’s only request? He wants a ring of his own.

“I was so grateful for the generosity he’s shown toward us,” said coach Armando Gómez. “I told him, ‘You can have whatever you want.’ ”


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Madrina:  Eva Longoria to be Godmother of the New Beckham Baby!

Madrina:  Eva Longoria to be Godmother of the New Beckham Baby!

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The Beckhams have chosen the Latina actress to be the godmother of their baby girl due in July! Image

Victoria and David Beckham chose Eva Longoria from an all-celebrity roster, of possible godparents that included chef Gordon and wife Tana Ramsay, crooner Seal and his wife supermodel Heidi Klum, and even the newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Godparents for the rest of the Beckham children, which are all boys, include actress Liz Hurley and Sir Elton John.

Longoria and Victoria Beckham have been jet-set pals for years, and became even closer when Victoria helped Eva through her divorce from NBA star Tony Parker earlier this year.

Should we be calling Eva ‘Madrina’ instead of ‘Mamacita’????

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Violent MS-13 Gang Member Previously Deported, Rearrested in Maryland

Violent MS-13 Gang Member Previously Deported, Rearrested in Maryland

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On June 10, 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in Baltimore arrested Saul Antonio Uriba, a known MS-13 gang member who was previously deported by ICE’s legacy agency, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), in 1998.

Uriba, 34, from El Salvador, was convicted on July 11, 1996 in Arlington County, Va., of possessing burglary tools and tampering with an automobile. He was sentenced to three years in prison and was deported at the conclusion of his sentence.

On June 9, 2011, ICE’s ERO office in Baltimore received an anonymous tip from ICE’s Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC) in Williston, Vt., that Uriba had reentered the United States and was residing in Maryland. The tip was called into the LESC which provided the information to ERO in Baltimore. Within 24 hours of receiving the tip, Uriba had been arrested by ICE ERO officers and was in custody.

“Street gangs pose a growing public safety concern to our communities,” said ICE ERO Baltimore Field Office Director, Calvin McCormick. “Our ERO officers in Baltimore, working closely with the LESC, were able to identify, locate and arrest this gang member in the name of public safety and security. Removing known gang members from our streets is an important step in maintaining the safety and quality of life that the citizens of Maryland expect.”

Uriba potentially faces federal criminal prosecution for illegally reentering the country after having been formally deported.  ICE ERO enforces the nation’s immigration laws in a fair and effective manner. It identifies and arrests removable aliens, detains these individuals when necessary, and removes them from the United States. ICE ERO prioritizes the arrests and removal of convicted criminal aliens, those aliens who pose a threat to national security, immigration fugitives, and recent border entrants.

The LESC is a national enforcement operations facility administered by ICE. The LESC is a single national point of contact that provides timely customs information and immigration status and identity information and real-time assistance to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on aliens suspected of, arrested for, or convicted of criminal activity.

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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Tough Immigration Laws

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Tough Immigration Laws

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Pennsylvania lawmakers have proposed bills that would add to the various of immigration laws around the nation.

They include:

HB 858 - Requires state contractors to check the immigration status of employees through the federal E-Verify program.

HB 799 - Provides for state police to enforce federal immigration laws while performing authorized duties after they receive training.

HB 798 - Instructs police to check the immigration status of people placed under arrest.

HB 809 and HB 41 - Checks the immigration status of people applying for public welfare benefits.

HB 355 - Prohibits the harboring or transporting of illegal immigrants.

HB 810 - Withholds state funding for so-called sanctuary cities that prohibit or discourage police and other employees from disclosing information about illegal immigrants to the federal government.

HB 865 - Makes sanctuary cities responsible for damages caused by illegal immigrants during the commission of a crime.

HB 801 - Allows individuals to sue municipalities to reverse sanctuary policies.

Not all bills introduced become law. A study by the Migration Policy Institute found 16 percent of the 1,059 immigration bills introduced by states in 2007 became law.

Read more at Standard Speaker →

New Poll:  Latinos Divided on Obama and Immigration

New Poll:  Latinos Divided on Obama and Immigration

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The number of Latino voters who intend to support President Barack Obama increased by 9% compared with those supporting the president in the previous impreMedia/Latino Decisions (LD) poll, conducted two months ago. However, the same group is profoundly divided in their opinions about the Obama administration’s actions on immigration policy.

This increase in voting intentions favoring Obama among registered Latino voters should not be discounted as something isolated, since during the last two polls, 43% and 41% of respondents respectively said they would vote for him. During the most recent poll conducted in late May, 49% said they are sure they will vote to re-elect the president, while another 12% said they might vote for him.

Analysts think this increase is consistent with the support the president has obtained from the population as a whole, because of the capture and death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

However, in the case of Latino voters, this increase could have an added dimension: The Obama administration, knowing how dissatisfied Latinos are about the immigration issue, has been discussing the need for comprehensive reform. This started with a speech the president gave in May in Texas and continued with declarations made by several top administration officials. Just two weeks ago, Obama sent his secretary of labor, Hilda Solís—a popular former Los Angeles lawmaker—to East Los Angeles to talk about immigration.

“In some way, we could say Latino voters are partly responding to what seems to be a renewed interest from the Obama administration in bringing up immigration reform, which has strong support in the community,” said Matt Barreto, a political science professor at the University of Washington and pollster for LD.

Nevertheless, some poll numbers reveal Latinos do not completely support the president’s position on immigration and the reform issue. In fact, the divisions run deep: 48% said Obama is handling the issue well, while another 48% said he is not.

Although 46% said it is understandable, given everything Obama has to address, that he did not fulfill his promise to pass immigration reform during his first year in office, another 42% are not so understanding; they think he should have included the issue in his list of priorities anyway.

Read more at Latino Decisions →

TuesdayJune 14, 2011