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MondayJuly 11, 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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UN Human Rights Chief Voices Concern About High Level of Violence in Mexico

UN Human Rights Chief Voices Concern About High Level of Violence in Mexico

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The United Nations human rights chief has voiced concern over escalating violence in some parts Mexico, saying organized crime and brutality could undermine the State and threaten the people’‘s basic rights.

“Let us not forget that ensuring citizen security means upholding the right of the whole population to live free of threat to their basic rights—such as life, physical integrity and liberty, and justice—and for the State to respond and provide redress when those rights are violated,” Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told a news conference in Mexico City at the end of her six-day mission to Mexico yesterday.

She acknowledged that the magnitude of the human rights challenges and violence facing Mexico were enormous, saying some of them had their root causes across Mexico’s borders. “I call on the United States of America, reported to be the main consumer of drugs and supplier of guns in and out of Mexico, to do more to help this country be safe,” said Ms. Pillay.

She decried the use of torture and urged the Government to ensure full investigation and sanction of such practices, saying they should always be dealt with by civilian courts, irrespective of who the perpetrators were.

Ms. Pillay stressed that the rights of migrants must be protected and called upon the Mexican Government to make all efforts to protect the life and integrity of migrants, particularly women and children, and to prevent human trafficking.  She expressed her deep sympathy to the female victims of violence and insecurity in Ciudad Juárez and other parts of the country, noting that women’‘s rights defenders were doing an extraordinary job in promoting and protecting human rights throughout Mexico, often at the expense of their own personal security.

Ms. Pillay also called for the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, saying her office considered the issue a priority and was guided by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples—of which Mexico is a signatory—as a framework for action to further the advancement and protection of indigenous peoples’’ rights.

She also voiced concern over assaults on journalists, which she said constituted an attack on the freedom of expression and on people’‘s rights to information.

The High Commissioner took note of a number of important advances that have been made in Mexico, citing the constitutional reform on human rights that had paved the way for greater promotion and protection of internationally recognized human rights in the country.
“But it now needs to be implemented and further developed, at national, state and municipal levels,” she said.

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Honduras’ Truth Commission Expected to Help Strengthen Rule of Law in Country

Honduras’ Truth Commission Expected to Help Strengthen Rule of Law in Country

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took note of the publication of the report of the truth and reconciliation commission in Honduras, saying he hopes the document will contribute to strengthening democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the Central American country.

He hopes the report will also “help heal the wounds of the recent past and strengthen the unity of the Honduran people,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.

“The Secretary-General is confident that the Honduran Government will study the report carefully and implement its recommendations. The United Nations is ready to assist Honduras in this endeavor,” the statement added.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was headed by former Guatemalan vice-president Eduardo Stein, was set up by Honduran President Porfirio Lobo after his election in November 2009 to investigate the events leading up to the coup five months earlier which ousted former President José Manuel Zelaya seven months before the end of his term.

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World Population Day - Population Expected to Exceed 7 Billion This Year

World Population Day - Population Expected to Exceed 7 Billion This Year

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In October the world’s population is expected to exceed 7 billion. While many people are living longer and healthier lives, this simple fact underscores the critical importance of addressing poverty, inequality, lack of education, and poor healthcare that still impact billions of people. Programs that promote increased access to reproductive health care for women and girls in particular can lead the way to a healthier future for all. Investing in women and girls is cost-effective and essential to solving the world’s problems.

With half of the world’s population under the age of 25, we must also harness the positive force of the world’s youth to meet the needs of 7 billion people. When young people claim their right to education and health—including sexual and reproductive health—they increase their opportunities to become a powerful force for economic development and positive change.

On this World Population Day we must redouble our efforts for the health and well-being of women and families around the world. The United States is committed to working with other governments across the globe and with our international and nongovernmental partners to meet the opportunities and challenges of population growth, because the decisions we make today will determine how we live together in the years to come.

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10,000 Additional Brazilian Students Could Be Coming to Britain

10,000 Additional Brazilian Students Could Be Coming to Britain

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Just months after British Home Secretary Theresa May vowed to push for regulations to decrease the number of non-European Union nationals coming to the United Kingdom to study each year, David Willetts, the universities minister, flew to South American to arrange a deal that could mean more of their students studying in the UK.

If the talks develop into an actual deal, Brazil has already said it will provide up to £18,700 ($26,647) per student.

This deal would allow for 10,000 Brazilians to study in the UK, but not take the places otherwise meant for British and EU students. Still, concerns remain that the government’s funding model for higher education is becoming too reliant on bringing in students who, had they been born in the UK, may not have met the requirements to attend these schools.

Brazil currently does not have a single school on the Times Higher Education Supplement list of the top 200 universities in the world.

General Secretary of the University and College Union Sally Hunt said, “UK higher education benefits massively from having staff and students from across the world. However, the government must not use overseas students as cash cows, and as a way of bailing out its flawed university funding plans.”

The Guardianwrote:

“The development follows a £200m cut by the coalition government to state funding for higher education, which will mean 24,000 fewer places for UK and EU students, including teacher training allotments, over the next two academic years. Figures published last week also suggested that 220,000 UK and EU students would be unable to attain places this autumn following a 1.4% year-on-year increase in demand for university places as of the end of June.

The details have yet to be finalized, but it is expected that the Brazilian undergraduates would stay in the UK for nine months, although the British government is also exploring the possibility of offering postgraduate courses.
Non-EU students pay fees of up to £26,000 a year and are not counted within the allotment that each university is allowed to take on each year. It is estimated that the numbers of overseas students being educated in the UK could double in four years as universities seek sources of revenue amid a squeeze on central government funding.

Durham University is expecting a 97% rise in the number of international students between now and 2014-15, and Exeter anticipates a 73% rise across four of its colleges.”

Though the deal could mean big changes, a government spokesman said that talks of the Brazilian deal are still at an early stage.

Read more at The Guardian →

WATCH This Pair’s Sweet Reggaetón Moves! (VIDEO)

WATCH This Pair’s Sweet Reggaetón Moves! (VIDEO)

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These two tiny Argentines are younger than reggaetón itself but just look at them groove!

 

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ANOTHER Narco-Pigeon Found! (VIDEO)

ANOTHER Narco-Pigeon Found! (VIDEO)

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This time, the messenger bird was found unable to take flight, anchored by a cell-phone, and some crack, as in cocaine…!

Police found the poor bird trying to take flight close to the “Cómbita” maximum security prison, in Colombia.

The bird has been turned into the hands of environmental police, who will investigate the situation.

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Health of Residents in Colonias Along Texas-Mexico Border Worry Doctors

Health of Residents in Colonias Along Texas-Mexico Border Worry Doctors

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In the colonias along the Texas-Mexico border, researching have reported that the health of the people in these areas is often far worse than those outside, showing a link between poverty and health.

Within the 350 Texas colonias, almost 45,000 residents have been classified as being of the “highest health risk” by the state. This means these people have “no running water, no wastewater treatment, no paved roads or solid waste disposal. Water- and mosquito-borne illnesses are rampant, the result of poor drainage, pooling sewage and water contaminated by leaking septic tanks. Burning garbage, cockroaches, vermin and mold lead to high rates of asthma, rashes and lice infestations,” wrote the New York Times.

Poor diet often linked to poverty only adds to the health problems of colonia residents, including diabetes, dental issues, and obesity. For those in colonias, health insurance and money are difficult to come by so regular check-ups are almost nonexistent.

Dr. Sarojini Bose, a pediatrician working with a number of hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley, said as many as three-fifths of the children he sees are very sick.

“To see this in the United States, the most powerful country is the world, is heartbreaking,” Dr. Bose said.

In these areas, where windows and doors are left open, there is a substantial increase in the number of cases of Dengue fever and Lyme disease, which are carried by mosquitoes and ticks.

The rate of tuberculosis is twice that of the state average. Public health departments have reported that the rates of cholera, hepatitis A, salmonellosis and dysentery in the colonias that far exceed the state average. And leprosy (aka Hansen’s disease), almost wiped out in the rest of the country, is still prevalent in the colonias.

Doctors and border health officials have been working to improve the conditions in the area, and the number of residents considered to be living in the most terrible conditions have decreased by 17,000 according to the state’s Colonia Initiatives Program.

But despite the progress, there are still a number of health care challenges to overcome.

The South Texas regional director for the Department of State Health Services, Dr. Brian Smith said, “People just delay care, or else they go without it.”

Some meet the criteria to receive Medicaid and Medicare, but many between the ages of 19 and 64 “fall through the cracks.” And even for those that do qualify for health care assistance, many do not take advantage of the programs due to lack of understanding of qualifications or registration, or simply for the fear of using government assistance because many are undocumented immigrants.

However, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, roughly 64 percent of those living in the colonias are U.S. citizens, and 85 percent of those under 18 were born in the U.S.

But for those that came to America in search of a better education for their families, those like Laura – a 23-year-old mother of five whose husband abandoned her – the fear of being deported is outweighed by the possibility of a better future for her children.

“I’m willing to live like this,” Laura told the Times. “For them.”

Read more at New York Times →

Pull The FUÁ From Within and Project Yourself Into The Universe With The FUÁ Game (GAME)

Pull The FUÁ From Within and Project Yourself Into The Universe With The FUÁ Game (GAME)

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Remember this happy Mexican drunkie who formulated the FUÁ last week?
Now you can be him, and annihilate zombies with pure FUÁ!

 

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Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine Finish Shooting ‘Moves Like Jagger’ Video

Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine Finish Shooting ‘Moves Like Jagger’ Video

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Bickering ‘The Voice’ judges Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine stopped fighting long enough to finish shooting their video for their new song ‘Moves Like Jagger’.  The duo finished shooting on Friday and features a shirtless Levine and Jagger’ himself , Mick Jagger, according to reports.

Levine tweeted upon finishing, “Just wrapped #moveslikejagger video. Its outrageous and amazing!”

Clearly Adam Levine has become very comfortable around Aguilera since he was shirtless for most of the video shoot, while Aguilera donned a black and white outfit. 


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Take a Look at Brazil’s Own Magnet Boy! (VIDEO)

Take a Look at Brazil’s Own Magnet Boy! (VIDEO)

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Paulo David Amorim is a 11-year old Brazilian boy with a magnetic personality and a knack for attracting cutlery.

The young boy can carry spoons, nail clippers, scissors, coins, and even frying pans on his body!

They just stick to him, as you can see in the video below. His father said he discovered his son’s peculiar ability one day he asked him to bring a fork and knife. “Much to my surprise, they stuck”.

Paulo’s classmates have dubbed him “Magnet Boy” and routinely ask him to demonstrate his “powers” with random objects at school.

Doctors say they have never seen anything like Paulo David’s, and seem genuinely perplexed; they can’t explain the boy’s magnetism and have said the boy’s health is not at risk.

 

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Mother in Mexico Reunited with U.S. Citizen Children After 10-month Custody Battle

Mother in Mexico Reunited with U.S. Citizen Children After 10-month Custody Battle

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A Mexican mother is relieved to be with her five children once again after she spent 10 months without them when she was caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

On August 29, 2010, Antonia Campos was detained while crossing the Rio Grande attempting to return to the U.S., which she had called home for 17 years. Campos and her children had traveled to Mexico to visit her ailing father. The children, U.S. citizens, returned ahead of her, but when Campos took her trip she was arrested.

After she was detained, Child Protective Services (CPS) went to Campos’ home where the children – age 7-15 – were unattended, and put into foster homes, as they have no immediate relatives in the United States.

For the last 10 months, Campos, who was sent back to Mexico, had been fighting to have her children placed in her custody once more.

Thursday, she got her wish when Richard Deck, the El Paso County attorney representing CPS, asked that the case against Campos be dismissed.

Campos’ attorney, Maria Ramirez, issued a release stating her client had found a home in Juarez and was working as a medical aide for a disabled person.

The mother said that during the trial Family Integral Development office in Juárez did a through investigation of Campos’ new home in Mexico. They found the home acceptable and in a report to CPS stated it was appropriate for the children.

“All we care about is the safety of the children,” said Deck, who made it a point to say that the children were neglected for two weeks after the mother was arrested.

Children’s Court Judge Oscar G. Gabaldon Jr., who presided over the case, said he saw enough evidence that Campos is willing and capable of providing for her children. He stated that throughout the proceedings, Campos “remained in contact with the children and showed unconditional commitment by being proactive.”

“Government intervention in the life of parents and children is only to ensure that children are safe from the risk of harm,” Gabaldon said. “The parental presumption is that the best interest of children is with their parents.”

Ramirez said, “We’re very happy. My client is a very good mother, and they are good children because of her.”

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Coheed And Cambria’s Bassist ARRESTED for Armed Robbery

Coheed And Cambria’s Bassist ARRESTED for Armed Robbery

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Bass player, Michael Todd, for the band led by Claudio Sánchez robbed a Walgreens drug store right before a concert in Massachusetts.

Attleboro police caught Michael Todd at the band’s lounge in the Mansfield Comcast Center, right before the group opened for Soundgarden.

At 1pm Sunday, Todd enter the local Walgreen’s pharmacy, and showed the attendant a note in his cell phone that said he was carrying a bomb.

Todd, 30, ran away with six prescription bottles filled with Oxycontin and took a cab to the concert venue.

The band published the following statement in their webpage:


Mic Todd leaves tour, tour goes on

Michael Todd was arrested today on what we consider very serious charges and therefore he will not be finishing up the current tour.  Wes Styles, long time member of the Coheed family will take on bass duties starting tomorrow for the remaining dates. No shows will be canceled.

We are surprised to say the least and will address the situation with Michael after the tour. For now, we just want to have a great time out here and finish with some killer shows in Boston, Poughkeepsie, Quebec City and Halifax.

 

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Highly Acculturated Latinas May Be at Higher Risk for Cervical Cancer

Highly Acculturated Latinas May Be at Higher Risk for Cervical Cancer

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Latina women in the United States have higher rates of cervical cancer than white women. A recent study shows that Latinas who have acculturated (i.e., they think in, speak, and read English at home or with friends) may be at higher risk for contracting human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer than less-acculturated Latinas.

Researchers examined National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data and its Short Acculturation Scale as well as HPV test results for 503 Latinas and 442 Mexican-American women. They found that U.S.-born Mexican women had double the odds of having 1 of the 15 HPV types known to lead to cervical cancer compared with foreign-born Mexican women in the United States.

Further, U.S.-born Mexican women whose parents were both born in the United States had a 2.24 increased odds of any type of HPV infection and a 2.98 increased odds for having 1 of the 15 HPV types known to cause cervical cancer. White women had a 14.5 percent infection rate for 1 of 15 HPV types known to lead to cancer. U.S. Mexican women had a 13.2 percent infection rate for high-risk forms of HPV, and other Latinas had a 16.1 percent high-risk infection rate.

Furthermore, U.S. Mexican women with high levels of acculturation had a 16.5 percent infection rate. Rates of HPV in U.S. Mexican women may be a result of higher risk sexual behavior, because the authors found that more acculturated U.S. Mexican women also had higher rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes II, which are sexually transmitted infections. They suggest that targeting interventions for U.S. Mexican women that increase HPV vaccination, promote healthier sexual choices, and increase Pap smears may be effective in reducing cervical cancer rates in this group.

This study was funded in part by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. See “Acculturation and HPV infection among Latinas in the United States,” by Deanna Kepka, M.P.H., M.A., Gloria D. Coronado, Ph.D., Hector P. Rodriguez, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Beti Thompson, Ph.D., in Preventive Medicine.

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Mexico Wins Under-17 World Soccer Cup! (VIDEO)

Mexico Wins Under-17 World Soccer Cup! (VIDEO)

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The junior world cup hosts, Mexico, beat Uruguay 2-0, at the same stadium where the National Team won the Gold Cup last week!

Over 105,000 people showed up at the famed Estadio Azteca on Sunday evening in Mexico City to watch the Under-17 World Cup final, where Mexico defeated Uruguay 2-0 with goals from Antonio Briseño in the 31st minute and Giovani Casillas in second-half complimentary time.

Briseño beat the goalie chipping the ball in, after a head pass into the area, an epic play you should watch below. Casillas scored two minutes into stoppage time, scoring on a counterattack as Uruguay pressed sometimes up to 8 men in defense for tie goal that never came.

Julio Gómez was named the best player of the cup, taking home the golden ball. The silver ball went to Espericueta and the bronze, went to Fierro - all Mexican players.

The bronze cleat went to Adryan (Brazil), who scored 5 times; silver went to Samed Yesil (Germany), with six, and the golden cleat went to Souleymane Coulibaly (Ivory Coast), who scored nine times. The golden glove went to Uruguayan goalie Jonathan Cubero.

 

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National Hispanic GOP Group Calls on Herman Cain to Leave Presidential Race

National Hispanic GOP Group Calls on Herman Cain to Leave Presidential Race

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Somos Republicans is a national watchdog group and the largest Hispanic Republican grassroots organization that is pro-immigration reform.  This organization’s Republican members are calling on Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain to withdraw from the presidential race.  The call for withdrawal are a result of his approach to immigration and off-the-cuff comments on a border fence that consist of a “moat and alligators”.

Somos Republicans noted in some excerpted statements:

As a civilized society we need to seek civilized solutions that meet the needs of our free market economy. We fail to see how anyone can seriously consider alligator filled moats and a new “wall of China” a practical solution to our broken immigration system.

The U.S. has seven million undocumented immigrant workers at present. The quotas of guest worker visas are a ‘drop in the ocean’ for unskilled or low skilled workers, and quotas for highly-skilled workers are also low, and lead many high tech employers to relocate research facilities overseas. Some family members of U.S. Citizens have been waiting since September 1992 for immigrant visas. For those who are not relatives of citizens or highly skilled professionals, there is essentially ‘no line to stand in.’

One need only look at the worker shortages in Georgia and Arizona agriculture sectors to see the dire consequences of enforcement-only strategies that don’t address the needs of America’s economy. 40% of Yuma Arizona’s lettuce crop went un-harvested after 100,000 Hispanics fled Arizona following passage of SB1070, even though Yuma has unemployment rates rivaling those of the great depression. Georgia passed a similar law, and now farmers are struggling to find migrant farm workers and now must decide which crops to leave rot.

We call on Herman Cain to drop his candidacy for President. His recent comments and lack of practical solutions to solving illegal immigration show he’s not a serious candidate. Many Hispanics find his recent comments comparing immigrants to “invading Huns” offensive, and also insensitive when thousands of immigrants died crossing the desert. We’re looking for practical and humane solutions, and find Cain’s pandering to xenophobes disgusting.

 

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JOIN IN NOW:  White House Hispanic Policy Conference LIVE - July 11 and July 12th

JOIN IN NOW:  White House Hispanic Policy Conference LIVE - July 11 and July 12th

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On Monday July 11th and Tuesday July 12th, the White House will host a Hispanic Policy Conference, bringing community leaders from across the country together with a broad range of White House and Cabinet officials for an in-depth series of interactive workshops and substantive conversations on the Administration’s efforts as they relate to the Hispanic community.

Participants, including community leaders and local elected officials, will have the opportunity to interact with federal policy makers on the issues that matter most to Hispanics and all Americans, including creating jobs and strengthening the economy, expanding access to affordable and quality health care, reforming our nation’s education system, protecting civil rights, and fixing the broken immigration system so that it meets our nation’s 21st century economic and security needs.

The first day of the policy conference, held at the White House, will consist of plenary sessions and dynamic breakout sessions designed to provide participants with an opportunity to interact with every participating Administration official. The second day of the policy conference, held primarily at the Department of Health & Human Services, will include an innovative open space dialogue, in which individual participants will have the opportunity to define the agenda and shape the format themselves.

Even if you cannot be here in person, you can have a front row seat.  Watch the LIVE webcast of the plenary session and the daylong of breakout sessions below.


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Troubled U.S.-Mexico Border Becoming Newest Tourist Destination for Arizona Tourists

Troubled U.S.-Mexico Border Becoming Newest Tourist Destination for Arizona Tourists

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If you haven’t made summer travel plans or are looking for a travel bargain how about Gray Lines $89 “Border Crisis: Fact or Fiction” bus tour that takes you up close and personal to the troubled U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.

Gray Line Tours operates out of Tucson and is now taking daily excursions to the border where curiosity seekers can meet with the folks that patrol the border and peer to the other side of the fence to Sonora, Mexico.

The bus trip is becoming popular especially amongst people trying to see what all the fuss with the border fence.  Tourists also can enjoy lunch with Border agents who regale them with stories of arresting border crossers and drug confiscations.  They can also meet with the beleaguered ranchers and others who make their living at the border. 

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Mexican Man Convicted of Using US Citizen ID & Passport to Smuggle Meth

Mexican Man Convicted of Using US Citizen ID & Passport to Smuggle Meth

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A Mexican man was convicted on Wednesday of smuggling methamphetamine, and misusing a U.S. citizen passport during his smuggling attempt. The conviction was announced by U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno, Southern District of Texas. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) in conjunction with U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of State.

Ramiro Ramirez-Macias, 30, pleaded guilty on July 6 before Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa.

According to court to documents, Ramirez-Macias obtained a U.S. birth certificate, passport and driver’s license in another person’s name. But a fingerprint database check at the Port of Entry identified him as Ramiro Ramirez-Macias, a Mexican citizen.

Ramirez-Macias admitted that on March 16 he drove a vehicle from Mexico into the U.S. through the Anzalduas Port of Entry. He presented a U.S. passport in the name of another person to a CBP officer. A vehicle search in secondary inspection resulted in discovering nine bundles of methamphetamine weighing more than two kilograms (4.4 pounds) concealed in the vehicle. He was arrested following the discovery. Ramirez-Macias also admitted in court that he had been hired to smuggle the methamphetamine into the U.S. from Mexico to deliver it to an unidentified person.

Ramirez-Macias has been in custody without bond since his arrest. Judge Hinojosa has set sentencing for Oct. 25. Ramirez-Macias faces up to life in federal prison with no parole and a $10 million fine.

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