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FridayJune 24, 2011

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Menendez, Colleagues Re-introduce Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Menendez, Colleagues Re-introduce Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Harry Reid (D-NV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) John Kerry (D-MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) re-introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill aimed at addressing the broken immigration system with tough, smart, and fair measures.

The bill includes measures to strengthen border security, enhance worksite enforcement of immigration laws, and requirements that the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants present in the U.S. register with the government, pay their taxes, learn English, pay a fine, pass a background check, and wait in line for permanent residence.

“This legislation signals to the American people that we are serious about fixing our broken immigration system,” said Menendez. “We stand for a complete solution - a real solution - to end undocumented immigration and restore the rule of law. This is common-sense legislation that addresses the realities of the situation, stops the flow across our borders, and contributes to our economic recovery. If we can put political grandstanding aside and come together on a comprehensive, pragmatic bill like this one, we can bring resolution to a great national need.”


“Effective reform of our immigration system will only come about as the result of a good-faith bipartisan effort, and this legislation is a very strong starting point for that process,” said Senator Leahy.  “But one thing we should all support is a civil debate about how best to update our immigration laws to curb the tide of illegal immigration, continue to strengthen our borders, and create a system that works best for America.”

“Today we are living with a broken immigration system that weakens our national security, hurts our workers, and falls short of the most basic standard of justice,” Durbin said. “To fix this system, we need a comprehensive approach that is tough, fair, and practical. Senator Menendez has drafted a good bill and I’m proud to support it.”

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011 includes both a mandatory employment verification system and a program to require undocumented immigrants in the U.S. as of June 1, 2011 to register with the government, learn English, and pay fines and taxes on their way to becoming Americans.


The bill promotes effective and accountable enforcement within the U.S. through measures such as: additional resources for the Border Patrol; expanded penalties for passport and document fraud; new requirements for the Department of Homeland Security to track entries and exits at the border; common-sense rules governing detention to ensure U.S. citizens are not unlawfully detained; and new criminal penalties for fraud and misuse of Social Security numbers.


A Standing Commission on Immigration, Labor Markets, and the National interest would be created as part of the bill to evaluate labor market and economic conditions and recommend quotas for employment-based visa programs to the Congress that would protect American jobs.

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White House Denies Funny Man Stephen Colbert’s Request to Document U.S. Citizenship Ceremony

White House Denies Funny Man Stephen Colbert’s Request to Document U.S. Citizenship Ceremony

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Political funny man Stephen Colbert had hoped to feature and on-air naturalization ceremony on his Comedy Central show, but the White House has said no to that idea.

“The Colbert Report” was wanting to run the ceremony alongside Colbert’s interview with documentarian Alexandra Pelosi, whose documentary, “Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip” airs on July 4 on HBO.

Pelosi’s documentary revolves around new U.S. citizens across the country who are about to take their oath of allegiance to the Unite States, which is performed by the federal officials. Colbert had hoped to get one of these ceremonies on video.

When the Wrap contacted Pelosi about the government’s refusal to allow the taping, she said, “The government just doesn’t get it. ‘The Colbert Report’ is what America watches. This is Colbert Nation.”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a statement on the matter saying, “The government made a unified decision to refrain from formatting a naturalization ceremony for a television show. We did so to ensure that the qualities of the ceremony are not impaired in any way. Our naturalization ceremonies remain open to the public.”

The statement from CIS’s press secretary Chris Bentley implied that the reason for denying the show access to a ceremony was due to the logistics of filming it for a television show.

However, many are likely to not see it this way, and the Wrap’s sources revealed that the White House was worried that the comical nature of the show proved a significant risk to the seriousness and importance of the ceremony.

Though, as a the Wrap wrote, “There’s also no indication that Colbert had any intention of mocking them: Making fun of hard-working people pursuing the American dream simply isn’t very funny.”

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11 Latin American Nations Endorse Ban on Commercial Whaling

11 Latin American Nations Endorse Ban on Commercial Whaling

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11 Latin American nations now stand behind an international agreement that calls for a ban on hunting the enormous sea mammals.

Delegates of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay signed the agreement in Buenos Aires, during a meeting to prepare for the annual International Whaling Commission conference in July in The UK.

This agreement would only allow for controlled hunting, strictly for scientific and research purposes and performed without killing the mammals.

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U.S. to Increase Foreign Aid to Help Fight Drug War in Central America

U.S. to Increase Foreign Aid to Help Fight Drug War in Central America

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Wednesday, the Obama administration pledged to send additional aid to Central America’s forces working against its drug war.

At the Central American Security Conference in Guatemala, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that the U.S. would increase its aid by 10 percent, bringing it to nearly $300 million.

At the conference Secretary Clinton stated:

The turnout today is an expression of shared responsibility and a testament to the shared sense of crisis and an acute and growing concern over the violence and criminality affecting our friends and neighbors in Central America. Everyone knows the statistics, the murder rates surpassing civil war levels, the citizens who rank insecurity as their top concern, the violence that burdens economic development and foreign direct investment, the threats to democracy, the impacts on society’s most vulnerable populations, especially women and children.

But we don’t need to go through the statistics, because many of you around this table are living these brutal facts every single day. And by coming here for this important conference, we’re acknowledging a very basic truth, that no single country can overcome these facts on its own. It will take concerted action from all of us. That is why when President Obama visited Central America in March, he pledged that the United States would do our part through a new partnership that puts the focus where it should be, on the security of citizens.

We know from the work that the United States has supported in Colombia and now in Mexico that good leadership, proactive investments, and committed partnerships can turn the tide. When President Obama visited San Salvador, he said we would start by investing more than $200 million in Central American-led efforts to address deteriorating citizen security. In fact, the U.S. funding for the Central American Citizen Security Partnership will go even further than that. You have identified your priorities, you have set your strategy, and we will respond with almost $300 million this year, backed up by an action plan that is focused on high-impact investments to help you build new capabilities and create the reforms you need from within.

Our investments will support special vetted police units, initiatives like the SICA Regional Crime Observatory to bring technology, data, and intelligence together, support to train judges and prosecutors, a fund to encourage fiscal reform, and a new challenge grants program, starting with $20 million this year to support initiatives to bolster the rule of law. And as always, we will support efforts to protect and empower women and girls who are too often the targets of so much of the violence.

Read more at U.S. Department of State →

WATCH Trailer for DreamWorks “Puss In Boots” (VIDEO)

WATCH Trailer for DreamWorks “Puss In Boots” (VIDEO)

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Get ready for the adventures of the cat from Shrek, who this coming November, will be the hero next to his friends Kitty SoftPaws and Humpty Alexander Dumpty.

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Penélope Cruz Will be In the Next Woody Allen Film

Penélope Cruz Will be In the Next Woody Allen Film

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“The Bop Decameron” will star Allen, Cruz, Greta Gerwig and Roberto Benigni, Alec Baldwin and and Ellen Page, among others.

“The Bop Decameron” will be the first movie that Woody Allen has directed in Rome. It is scheduled to begin production on July 11.

Penélope Cruz’s role in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” earned the actress an Academy Award.
 

 

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Current U.S.Minorities Expected to Be the Majority by Middle of Century

Current U.S.Minorities Expected to Be the Majority by Middle of Century

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Preliminary U.S. Census estimates are showing that minority infants now outnumber white babies in America, indicating that the current ethnic minorities will become the majority by mid-century.

According to the Census Bureau’s October 2009 annual survey, just under half of all children under the age of 3 were non-white Hispanics, which is a significant drop from 1990, when more than 60 percent of children under 3 were white.

Also, 80 percent of seniors in the U.S. are white, as well as 73 percent of those between the ages of 45 and 64.

Laura Speer, coordinator of the Kids Count project for the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation told the Associated Press, “We’re moving toward an acknowledgment that we’re living in a different world than the 1950s, where married or two-parent heterosexual couples are now no longer the norm for a lot of kids, especially kids of color.”

“It’s clear the younger generation is very demographically different from the elderly, something to keep in mind as politics plays out on how programs for the elderly get supported,” she said. “It’s critical that children are able to grow to compete internationally and keep state economies rolling.”

Read more at Associated Press (Newser) →

“Even the Children Begin to Take up Arms” Mgr. Vera Lopez On the Recruitment of Minors by Cartels

“Even the Children Begin to Take up Arms” Mgr. Vera Lopez On the Recruitment of Minors by Cartels

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Between 14 and 15,000 members of the youth gangs of Saltillo are incorporated in organized crime and have become a serious threat to the population: the alarm has been launched by the Bishop of the Mexican diocese of Saltillo, Mgr. Raul Vera Lopez, in a meeting with the local press. The Bishop said that during the recent March for Peace (see Fides 05/07/2011) information and numbers were publicized: for example, about 70,000 young people are organized in gangs, “and 20 percent of the 70,000 gang members – he underlined- that is to say about 14/15 thousand young people, who are members of gangs in the state capital, have already been recruited by organized crime”.

According to the Public Safety Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, at least 23,000 young people are recruited by criminal organizations throughout the country, as reported in the local press. “It is just like countries where there is militarization for a Civil War, brought to such an extent that even the children begin to take up arms” denounced Mgr. Vera Lopez, who has asked President Felipe Calderon to change strategy in the war lead against organized crime.

“During the March for Peace, before reaching Mexico City, on June 8, a person who works in the neighborhood of Saltillo with 70,000 children who are organized in gangs, reported that 20 percent of them have already been recruited by drug cartels. So – continued the bishop - that number of 23,000 young people recruited by organized crime in Mexico that the Chamber of Deputies is giving is seeing the world through rose-colored glasses” . Mgr. Vera has acknowledged the seriousness of the situation, together with the news of “child killers”, now identified in some parts of the country.

Read more at agenzia fides →

North Carolina Voter Identification Bill Vetoed by Gov. Perdue

North Carolina Voter Identification Bill Vetoed by Gov. Perdue

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Thursday, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed House Bill 351, which if passed, would have required voters to show identification to cast their ballots.

Following her veto, Gov. Perdue released the following statement:

“The right to choose our leaders is among the most precious freedoms we have – both as Americans and North Carolinians. North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right.

“We must always be vigilant in protecting the integrity of our elections. But requiring every voter to present a government-issued photo ID is not the way to do it. This bill, as written, will unnecessarily and unfairly disenfranchise many eligible and legitimate voters. The legislature should pass a less extreme bill that allows for other forms of identification, such as those permitted under federal law.

“There was a time in North Carolina history when the right to vote was enjoyed only by some citizens rather than by all. That time is past, and we should not revisit it.

“Therefore, I veto this bill.”

Read more at Office of Governor Bev Perdue →

Jennifer López, Cameron Díaz Baby Crazy for Lionsgate

Jennifer López, Cameron Díaz Baby Crazy for Lionsgate

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The actresses have signed to play mommies-to-be in a comedy titled “What to Expect When you are Expecting”

The film, directed by Kirk Jones (“Waking Ned Devine” Nanny McPhee) is an adaptation of Heidi Murkoff’s book of the same name, which has been a New York Times bestseller for more than 500 weeks. Heidi Murkoff wrote the script, then revised by Shauna Cross.

Lionsgate says the film is “a modern look at love through the eyes of four interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn’t always deliver what’s expected.”

Lopez’s character, Holly, for instance, has difficulty conceiving a baby with her husband; they plan to adopt a baby for abroad,

The film is set to start shooting this summer, so it’s ready for a tentative release date of Mother’s Day 2012.

 

Read more at The Wrap →

EXTREME TRAFFICKING: Woman Arrested in Barcelona With 8lbs. of Cocaine IN HER NUTS!

EXTREME TRAFFICKING: Woman Arrested in Barcelona With 8lbs. of Cocaine IN HER NUTS!

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The woman managed to fly from Bogotá to Barcelona with 8lbs of the alkaloid hidden in nuts and wine bottles.

A 46 year-old Spanish woman was arrested in Barcelona with 111 nuts filled with cocaine, as well as three 750ml wine bottles that had been emptied, and replaced with liquid cocaine.

Police estimated that the woman had hid about 6 grams of the drug inside each of the nuts that had been glued back together.

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US Ed Sec Duncan Challenges Nation to Work Together to Make Hispanic Education a Priority

US Ed Sec Duncan Challenges Nation to Work Together to Make Hispanic Education a Priority

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan today urged parents, educators and school leaders at every level of government to make Hispanic educational excellence a national priority. Secretary Duncan’s challenge follows the release of a sobering new report on the Hispanic achievement gap by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the U.S. Department of Education’s statistical center.


Mathematics and reading scores for Hispanic students have increased over time, but the gap between Hispanic students and their white counterparts on the National Assessment of Educational Progress has not changed since the 1990s, according to the comprehensive report by NCES. Over the same period, the gap between non-limited English proficient Hispanic students and their white peers narrowed.


In the knowledge economy, Secretary Duncan said it is more vital than ever that every child in America be able to go as far as his or her potential, talent and energy will allow.


“Race and ethnicity shouldn’t be factors in the success of any child in America,” said Secretary Duncan. “Hispanic students are the largest minority group in our nation’s schools. But they face grave educational challenges that are hindering their ability to pursue the American dream. We must expand their educational opportunities at every level of the P–12 system to compete with the rest of the world.”


Expanding opportunities is crucial to reaching the Obama Administration’s goal of having the world’s highest share of college graduates by 2020. “We cannot achieve the 2020 goal without challenging every level of government to make the educational success of Latinos a top priority,” said Secretary Duncan. “America’s future depends on it.”

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WATCH Selena Gómez and the Scene’s Brand New Video (VIDEO)

WATCH Selena Gómez and the Scene’s Brand New Video (VIDEO)

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Take a peek into the band’s brand new video “Love you Like a Love Song,” from their latest album “When the Sun Goes Down.”

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FridayJune 24, 2011