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ThursdayJuly 14, 2011

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Sen. Marco Rubio’s Family has Connection to Drug Trade

Sen. Marco Rubio’s Family has Connection to Drug Trade

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Details are surfacing that Senator Marco Rubio’s older sister was caught up on the wrong side of one of the most notable antinarcotics operations in South Florida of 1987.

While Rubio spoke very kindly of his family, namely his parents, during his 2009 U.S. senate campaign and spoke of how proud he was of them for coming to this country to make a better life for their children, he failed to mention that his sister, Barbara Rubio, and her husband we suspected by the federal government of taking part in illegal drug activity.

According to public records, Miami’s federal prosecutors ordered the seizure of a home the couple lived in and another home they owned. Though Barbara was not arrested of indicted, her husband, Cicilia was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison “conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana belonging to a crime ring implicated in the death and dismemberment of a federal informant, as well as the bribing of several Miami police officers,” Univision News wrote.

At the time of the seizures and arrest of his brother-in-law, Sen. Rubio was 16.

When asked by Univision how the incident affected the Rubio family, the senator’s spokesman, who denied nothing, said he considered the matter a private family issue.

“Quite simply, the pursuit of this story and the targeting of the Senator’s relatives, who are private citizens, is outrageous,” said the spokesman, Alex Burgos in a letter to Univision CEO Randy Falco. He allegedly was trying to stop the story from being released. “They do not hold public office and are unrelated in every way to his service in the United States Senate.”

Burgos when on to say, “When Senator Rubio’s sister’s husband was a younger man 25 years ago, it is a fact that he made many mistakes.  He and his family have paid the price for them…This is not news.  This is tabloid journalism.”

Read more at Univision News →

Brazilian Model & Butt Beauty Suelyn Medeiros ARRESTED in L.A. (VIDEO)

Brazilian Model & Butt Beauty Suelyn Medeiros ARRESTED in L.A. (VIDEO)

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The video vixen was drinking and driving her DeLorean and failed a sobriety test after side-scrapping a parked car!

Medeiros’ model and friend Claudia Jordan was also in the car and apparently giggled through the test and subsequent arrest. The Brazilian butt model blew a 1.4, nearly double the legal limit in California.

TMZ published that Medeiros was extremely flirtatious with the police and is still behind bars on a $45k bail, as she had a previous warrant out for her arrest, why? No one knows.

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YMCA Receives $5.8 Million Grant to Provide Support to Hispanic Families

YMCA Receives $5.8 Million Grant to Provide Support to Hispanic Families

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The Goizueta Foundation has awarded YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for the nation’s 2,700 YMCAs, a grant for $5.8 million to expand YMCA early learning and afterschool programs for Hispanic and Latino families, with a focus on those from underserved communities. The grant will also help the Y further develop its early learning readiness model to better support Hispanic family members, friends and neighbors who serve as informal caregivers of young children.

The grant, to be awarded over three years, represents a renewed commitment from The Giozueta Foundation to the Y to support child care and early education programs for underserved Hispanic and Latino children and their families.

“We are grateful to The Goizueta Foundation for its ongoing relationship, support and guidance that helps the Y strengthen communities,” said Neil Nicoll, President and CEO of Y-USA. “Together, Y-USA and the participating Ys will continue to focus on ensuring access, inclusion and engagement of all, and lifting up early childhood education as a key program area for the Y.”

In 2007 the Foundation awarded YMCA of the USA a grant for $2.6 million to pilot the Welcoming Hispanic Families into YMCA Early Childhood Education and Care outreach program for Hispanic communities at five Y program sites in Georgia, and to conduct national research and program development on early childhood education and care for Hispanic and Latino children.

The learnings from these pilot studies indicated the need for additional supports for families and children throughout the state – beyond the age of five, and outside the walls of traditional center-based programs.

Among the key findings:

*  Hispanic/Latino families often place a strong importance on family members supporting one another and have a cultural tendency to keep young children at home, rather than place them in a traditional child care setting.

*  Often, Hispanic/Latino families distinguish between the role of the parent (to provide moral upbringing) and the role of the teacher (to provide an academic education). As a result, some Hispanic/Latino parents are unaware that children are expected to have so many school-readiness skills upon entering kindergarten and first grade.

*  Newer immigrants are less likely to have a trusted person with whom to leave their children and are often limited in their choice of informal home-care providers.


To address these findings, the Y will use this additional funding from The Goizueta Foundation to introduce two distinct yet interrelated program models designed to 1) serve even more young children, ages 5-8, in the Y’s afterschool programs through an expanded Welcoming Hispanic Families program, and 2) extend support to family, friends and neighbors who serve as informal caregivers of young children ages birth to 5, by providing activities and resources that focus on early cognitive development.

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VIRAL: Argentine Abuelito Swears, Cusses and Insults the TV for the Love of Futbol (VIDEO)

His favorite team, one of Argentina’s greatest, had a terrible season that ended with the team being demoted to the 2nd division.

River Plate, once the greatest soccer clubs in Latin América, and the soccer team in Argentina with the most titles got demoted to the second division a couple of weeks ago which upset many fans but maybe not as much as this senior citizen.

Watch as this abuelito flip his lid watching the team he loves crumble apart on the field; he screams obscenities that need not to be translated, then multiplies them by ten, combines them in hyphenated insults and all that after he has been fed a sedative!

 

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U.S. and Venezuela Diplomats Fight Over Everything, Including Fast Food

U.S. and Venezuela Diplomats Fight Over Everything, Including Fast Food

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According to documents released by Wikileaks, the strained relationship between the United States and Venezuela even extended to arguments over fast food.

In U.S. diplomatic cables describing the rising tension between U.S. officials and those of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, an argument Domino’s Pizza or McDonalds occurred.

Each incident, like that over the fast food, may seem silly, but when looked at as a whole they serve to highlight the strained relationship between the two countries.

In the cables, it is apparent that U.S. diplomats are well aware of the stakes behind the relationship.

“Overall, Chavismo poses a serious threat to democracy not just in Venezuela but throughout the region, and it directly competes against U.S. influence in Latin America,” a U.S. diplomat cabled confidentially to Washington in June 2009 at the end of his time in Caracas.

The cables go on to point to Chavez’s ego and hate rhetoric when speaking of the possibility that he is turning the people of Venezuela against the U.S.

One U.S. diplomat spoke of Chavez’s “hate-sowing rhetoric” and said the president had convinced many Venezuelans that the U.S. would one day invade the country in order to gain control of the oil-rich Venezuelan land.

Another reported seeing propaganda that “had an officer throwing a rifle to a reservist and screaming, ‘The gringos are coming for your women. What are you going to do?’”

In a 2007 cable, a diplomat wrote of how Chavez’s ego was getting out of control, and “so far, Chavez has not erected statues of himself or put his visage on Venezuelan stamps and currency, but it may only be a matter of time.”

Today, Caracas and Washington no longer have ambassadors in one another’s capitals.

Read more at McClatchy →

‘Operation Black Flag’ Nabs 99 Hispanic CA Prison Gang Members for Intimidation & Drug ‘Taxing’

‘Operation Black Flag’ Nabs 99 Hispanic CA Prison Gang Members for Intimidation & Drug ‘Taxing’

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Operation Black Flag, a multi-agency California-based investigation, netted a total of 99 defendants including 69 people in 57 federal indictments and 26 people in seven Orange County criminal complaints.

The defendants were charged for their participation in conspiracies to commit murders and aggravated assaults on inmates throughout California prisons at the direction of a violent, Hispanic California Prison Gang.

The Prison Gang operates throughout California and exercises control over “Southern Hispanic” inmates within the State prison and jail systems. Southern Hispanics are defined as any Hispanic person from Southern California.

The Prison Gang also controls criminal street gangs, whose members pay drug-sale “taxes” to the Prison Gang as a sign of respect and as an assurance that they will be viewed as loyal to the Prison Gang if and when they are arrested and incarcerated in jail or state prison. 

The two primary functions of the Prison Gang are to incite fear in other inmates and control the prison drug trade. Drugs may be sold in prison at five to 10 times the price on the street.

Southern Hispanic inmates are accused of receiving orders transmitted using “kites,” or small notes passed throughout the jail between gang members to target specifically named people.

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WATCH The Daily Show’s Coverage of the Protests About SB1070 at Arizona’s All-Star Game (VIDEO)

WATCH The Daily Show’s Coverage of the Protests About SB1070 at Arizona’s All-Star Game (VIDEO)

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Jon Stewart’s Latino Correspondent Al Madrigal goes on location in Phoenix to cover the impact of Arizona’s anti-immigration laws on the MLB’s All-Star Game.  Al Madrigal aka ‘The Naturalized’ noted that the community was ‘muy fu-row-so’.

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Sen. Durbin, Religious Leaders Pushing for DREAM Act Sabbath Initiative for September

Sen. Durbin, Religious Leaders Pushing for DREAM Act Sabbath Initiative for September

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Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is bringing people together once again to push for the passage of a nationwide Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, just as it hits its 10th anniversary.

The Democratic senator is putting together religious supporters to help spread the word about making the weekend of September 23-25 the DREAM Act Sabbath.

The DREAM Act Sabbath is an “initiative enlisting churches, synagogues, and mosques around the country to dedicate time during their regular weekly worship service to a conversation” about the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act would allow young people who were brought to the United States before age 15, who have earned a high school diploma or the equivalent and are admitted to college or enlist in the military.

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is one of the religious leaders backing Sen. Durbin and the DREAM Act Sabbath initiative.

“These young persons, who are for all practical purposes Americans like all of us, love this country so much that they risk deportation in order to advocate to become American citizens,” Cardinal McCarrick said in reference to the children of undocumented immigrants who would benefit. “Why would we not want to embrace their dedication, energy, talents, and courage—characteristics that have made our nation great? It would be to our detriment to forsake them.”

Read more at National Catholic Reporter →

Juan Luis Guerra Announces Fall World Tour (VIDEO)

Juan Luis Guerra Announces Fall World Tour (VIDEO)

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The Dominican artist has confirmed August dates in Colombia, Costa Rica, Perú, Uruguay and Panamá.

The tour, dubbed “ASonDeGuerra” will start mid-August in San Juan de Puerto Rico, and will tour through several Latin American countries, before going overseas to London and Belgium, among others.

Watch a clip from Juan Luis Guerra y Los 4.40’s latest album, featuring a collaboration with Juanes below!

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Prince Royce to Record First Album En Inglés

Prince Royce to Record First Album En Inglés

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Scheduled to be released in late 2011 Prince Royce’s first English language album release will be recorded at the same time as his 2nd Spanish album.

George Royce Rojas said his English language debut will sound like pop with “a little bit of Latino.”

American radio audiences got a taste of Prince Royce singing in English with his Spanglish bachata version of Ben E. King’s classic “Stand by Me.”

Prince Royce is planning to perform alongside reggaeton giant Daddy Yankee at the July 21 Premios Juventud awards, ceremony for which he got eight nominations.

 

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President-elect Already Facing a Possible Scandel as Brother Does Business with Russia Defense Dept.

President-elect Already Facing a Possible Scandel as Brother Does Business with Russia Defense Dept.

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The brother of Peru’s President-elect Ollanta Humala reportedly met with Russian arms dealers last week, despite early reports that he was not very involved in the Peruvian government’s dealings with Russian.

It has also been reported that Alexis Humala was never told by his brother of his political party, Gana Peru, to travel to Russia on the government’s behalf, where he met with Russia’s Defense Minister and Alexander Cheusov from the state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport.

Earlier this year, Rosoboronexport delivered helicopters to the Peruvian Defense Ministry to assist in their fight against illegal drug trafficking. Peru is one of South America’s main cocaine producers along with Bolivia and Columbia.

However, Gana Peru released a statement saying that while the president-elect’s brother is a member of the party’s National Executive Committee, he holds no official government post and was not sent for the meetings in Russia by them. Stating that any talks he had in Russia were personal in nature.

President-elect Humala, a left-leaning nationalist, will be sworn in on July 28 for a five year term following an election in which he promised to run a transparent, corruption-free government.

Columnist Augusto Alvarez Rodrich of La Republica said that Ollanta owes the people of Peru an “urgent explanation.”

“For a politician like Humala, who during his campaign significantly strengthened his candidacy thanks to his anti-corruption proposals, it would be regrettable that, so prematurely, he is using his term like the governments he criticized.”

Read more at Peruvian Times →

20% Teen Pregnancy Rate & 29% Teen Unemployment Worrisome for Dominican Republic’s Future

20% Teen Pregnancy Rate & 29% Teen Unemployment Worrisome for Dominican Republic’s Future

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The UN Population Fund (UNFP) is reporting on two fronts that Dominican Republican teens are facing large obstacles with a high unemployment rate and high teen pregnancy rate.

Over 20% of all Dominican teens have either been pregnant or are pregnant which is a rate that is above the Latin American average.  The report sites poverty, lack of education and job opportunities as the leading causes for this high pregnancy rate.

In terms of employment, the report also paints a bleak picture.  The country’s teens have a 29% unemployment rate or approximately 810,000 teens are with out work. 

Angela Polanco, speaking for UNFPA said that the government needs to implement more formal and informal policies to provide more information and access to family planning to youths through government programs, as reported in Hoy. UNFPA advocates more integral sex education in schools and better general instruction. Statistics show that the more educated the person, the less likely the person is to be a pregnant teen statistic.

Jose Miguel Guzman, chief of the Population and Development Branch of the UNFPA in New York highlighted that the large number of youths that are not studying nor working is a time bomb.

Read more at DR1 →

Actors Michael Peña And Jake Gyllenhaal Witness LA Gang Shoot Out (VIDEO)

Actors Michael Peña And Jake Gyllenhaal Witness LA Gang Shoot Out (VIDEO)

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The actors were in a ride-along with LAPD officers, as part of role research for an upcoming police drama when they faced a real crime drama that LAPD faces everyday.

The Hollywood actors were studying Sgt. Tammy Bowen’s every move as part of their character research for the upcoming film “End of Watch,” Wednesday night; suddenly, shots were fired at Van Ness Park in the 5700 block of South 2nd Avenue, and the actors got a taste of a real life police drama situation.

The victim, grazed by bullets in the lip and arm, refused to cooperate with the officers, reason why no arrests were made, nor suspects identified. The incident was written off as gang related violence.

 

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Beer Industry Looking to Increase Advertising to Latinos, Bud Light Sponsoring Pitbull Tour

Beer Industry Looking to Increase Advertising to Latinos, Bud Light Sponsoring Pitbull Tour

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Beer brewers are jumping on the Latino marketing band wagon as they realize Latinos in the U.S. are an important target audience to address.

Notable Latino celebrities like rapper Pitbull are being tapped as the new faces for Spanish-language advertising for the brewing giants, in hopes of grabbing a piece of the ever-growing Latino audience in the U.S.

MillerCoors is releasing bilingual advertising and product packaging this summer and adding Spanish to the cartons that hold the beer bottles and cans of its Coors Light and Miller Lite brands. MillerCoors is also the exclusive beer sponsor of the Mexico’s Primera Division soccer team.

For Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, Budweiser and Bud Light, which are the top-selling brands among Latinos in the U.S., will have an increased number of ads on Spanish-language media. Cuban-American rap superstar, Pitbull, will be also be performing a Bud Light-sponsored concert tour in the fall.

Mexican lager producers like Heineken NV (Tecate importer) and Crown Imports LLC (Corona) are looking to increase their already standing advertising to Latinos by putting out new ads in hopes of appealing to a broader Hispanic market.

This additional increase in advertising towards Latinos comes after an expected third straight year of declining beer sale were seen across the board.

The industry rivals appear to have finally taken notice of the fact that by 2030, Hispanics are expected to account for 23 percent of the population that is of legal drinking age in the U.S. In 2010, they accounted for just 16 percent of legal-to-drinkers.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal →

Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara and Carlos’ Edgar Ramirez Get Emmy Nod - See Complete List Here!

Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara and Carlos’ Edgar Ramirez Get Emmy Nod - See Complete List Here!

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Modern Family star Sofía Vergara and Edgar Ramírez, who played the title role in “Carlos” received nods from the academy of TV Arts and Sciences, better known as the Emmy’s.

Sofía Vergara has been nominated for a second consecutive time for her hilarious performance as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in ABC’s Modern Family, the comedy with the most nominations for a prime time television series (17).

This is the first nomination for Edgar Ramírez, whose performance in the 5 and a half hour long epic “Carlos” has been critically acclaimed.

Other nominated Latinos include American Idol Editor Oren Castro and Conan writer José Arroyo.

For the entire list of nominees, go here.

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Que Qué!!??  Univision’s Mario Moreno Gets Chicago Hot Dogs from President Obama?

Que Qué!!??  Univision’s Mario Moreno Gets Chicago Hot Dogs from President Obama?

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President Obama was wrapping up an interview with Mario Andres Moreno for Univision Miami’s Channel 23 at the White House in May when the conversation turned to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Bulls were one game away from facing the Miami Heat and a friendly wager was struck between the two loyal and competitive fans – if the Bulls won, Moreno would send the President some Cuban Fritas—a treat the President had enjoyed on a recent visit to Miami—and if the Heat won, the President would send Moreno some fully loaded Chicago Dogs. As fate would have it, the Bulls lost to the Heat and Moreno won the bet.

Last week, as promised, a large package of hot dogs with all the fixings arrived at Channel 23’s offices in Miami with everything needed to bring the Chicago Dog experience to the Sunshine State. Inside the insulated box were packages of all beef hot dogs, poppy seed buns, yellow mustard, bright green relish, onions, tomato wedges, pickle spears, sport peppers and celery salt – as well as a note from President Obama himself. The anchorman generously shared his victors prize with his Univision colleagues and everyone gathered together in the studio for an impromptu hot dog party, courtesy of the President himself.

During the evening news broadcast, Mario Andres Moreno sat in his anchor’s chair with his Chicago Dog waiting in front of him as he recounted the story with his co-anchors.  A screen shot behind them featured a picture of the President, a hot dog, and the tag, “Palabra Cumplida”– “Kept His Word.”

Fore sure, the President is looking forward to a delivery of Cuban Fritas to the White House next season!

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Children Rights Group Reports 1,300 Children Killed in Mexico’s War on Drug Cartels

Children Rights Group Reports 1,300 Children Killed in Mexico’s War on Drug Cartels

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The Network for the Rights of Children (Redim) is reporting that approximately 3.7 percent of all persons killed in Mexico’s war on drug cartels are children.

The report from Redim shows that 1,300 children and teens have been killed starting in 2006 when the country’s President Calderon declared war on the drug cartels operating in the country.  In addition, another 27,000 adolescents are believed to be victims of exploitation by the cartels and the very authorities working to take down the cartels – the Mexican military.

The report was prepared to present to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.  The UN in turn has urged Mexico to provide more safe guards for children. 

Overall 40,000 people have been killed in cartel violence since 2006. 

Read more at Wire Update →

WATCH: Demi Lovato’s Heartfelt Video for Her New Single “Skyscraper”

WATCH: Demi Lovato’s Heartfelt Video for Her New Single “Skyscraper”

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Ryan Seacrest spoke with Demi Lovato about the video for her new single “Skyscraper,” which she described as very personal.

The 18-year-old starlet, recently out of rehab for an eating disorder and other issues, spoke with the host on “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” and said, “As the world knows, I kind of went through a bunch this year.” Added that, “‘Skyscraper’ is about rising above those issues. That it’s going to be okay. No matter how hard your rock bottom is, you can rise above it and you can come back.”

The song has apparently struck a chord with her fans, as “Skyscraper” rose to No. 1 on the iTunes top 10 chart.

Watch the video below.

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Dominican Republic Obtains $78 Million in Loans to Build First-Ever Wind Farms

Dominican Republic Obtains $78 Million in Loans to Build First-Ever Wind Farms

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The Inter-American Development Bank on Thursday approved two loans for a total of $78.3 million to support the construction of two wind farms in the Dominican Republic. The projects, part of the country’s new investment in electric power production, will add a total of 80.6 megawatts to the existing electricity production capacity, estimated at 3000 megawatts.

The new wind farms, which are being developed by private companies, reflect the growing confidence in the Dominican energy sector. Progress in the sector’s operating management, the new leadership of the Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) and the development of a strategic plan represent determining factors for the sector´s future development of the sector and plans to expand sources of energy production.

These wind farms, among the first to be constructed in the Dominican Republic, will help the country diversify its energy matrix, which currently depends almost exclusively on fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas for electricity production. The projects will take advantage of incentives created by a recent law to develop electricity production from nontraditional, renewable sources.

The wind farms will sell the power produced to the CDEEE based on 20-year power purchase agreements.

These projects will increase the production of clean energy in the Dominican Republic and reduce its vulnerability to oil price fluctuations. In addition, the wind farms will allow the country to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by an average amount of 144.000 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Both wind farms may qualify for obtaining certified reductions of carbon dioxide emissions.

Similarly, the projects will foster the transfer of technology and specialized knowledge during both their construction and operating phases.

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House Judiciary Committee to Look at Two Immigraiton Bills

House Judiciary Committee to Look at Two Immigraiton Bills

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Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee took up two immigration bills that supposedly address community safety, but in reality are simply the latest attempts to restrict immigration and limit due process for immigrants. Neither Chairman Lamar Smith’s (R-TX) “Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2011,” or Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) “Security and Fairness Enhancement for America Act of 2011” (SAFE Act) offer solutions to the immigration crisis.

Instead, Chairman Smith’s bill would authorize indefinite detention for a wide range of immigrants, while Rep. Goodlatte’s bill would eliminate the diversity visa—a lottery that offers 50,000 visas per year to immigrants from countries that send few people to the U.S.

While studies have repeatedly shown that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans, “The Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2011” attempts to exploit the public’s fear of crime to advance an anti-immigration agenda. The bill would expand the authority of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to subject certain immigrants to indefinite—that is, potentially life-long—detention, even though the Supreme Court has held that such detention raises serious constitutional concerns.

The bill relies on the continued detention of immigrants—many of whom have never committed a crime—as a stand-in for fixing the underlying problems of our broken immigration system. Similarly, the deceptively titled SAFE Act simply eliminates 50,000 visas that currently go to immigrants from many countries in Africa and elsewhere that have less of a tradition of immigrating to the U.S.

Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Center, noted:

“The cynical use of public safety to justify dramatic changes in our immigration laws is a tired argument that must be put to rest. Whether the issue is eliminating visas in the name of public safety or justifying the detention of thousands in order to avoid dealing with institutional barriers to returning some individuals to their countries, the bills before the House Judiciary Committee offer no real solutions to our immigration problems. Proposing a bill that would increase governments costs, fail to use DHS resources against actual threats to public safety, put further strain on the judicial system and weaken due process protections by sanctioning indefinite detention does not make us safer. The pressure is on Congress to pass practical solutions to our very real immigration problems, not to use demagoguery and rhetoric—while ignoring the facts—to advance an anti-immigrant agenda.”

 

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Number Of Mexican Immigrants Returning Home Dropped During Latest Recession, Rand Study Finds

Number Of Mexican Immigrants  Returning Home  Dropped  During Latest Recession, Rand Study Finds

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Fewer Mexican immigrants returned home from the United States during 2008 and 2009 than in the two years prior to the start of the recession, a finding that contradicts the notion that the economic downturn has hastened return migration to Mexico, according to a new RAND Corporation study.


The study, published online by the journal Demography, is the first to track return migration trends by analyzing household survey information routinely collected by the Mexican government.


“The recession in the United States and the global financial crisis did not increase the number of immigrants returning to Mexico,” said Michael Rendall, the study’s lead author and director of the RAND Population Research Center. “Migration in both directions between the United States and Mexico slowed during the recession, but our findings show there was no rush by Mexican immigrants to return home.”


The researchers found declines in return migration among labor-migrant groups of men and 18- to 40-year-old migrants who have less than a college education, as well as a decline in total return migration in the fourth quarter of 2008 immediately after the triggering of the global financial crisis.


For example, while return migration to Mexico during the fourth quarters of 2006 and 2007 totaled 117,120 and 133,490, the numbers dropped to 95,238 and 79,959 during the fourth quarters of 2008 and 2009, according to the study.

The researchers say the findings are broadly consistent with earlier studies about migration patterns between Mexico and the United States during the U.S. recessions of the early 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The results also are consistent with findings from Europe that found no exodus of immigrants from France and Germany during the 1973 oil crisis or from Spain during the current financial crisis.


“Experience shows that economic troubles slow migration in both directions across a border,” Rendall said. “The Mexican immigrants who are in the United States have not been returning to Mexico in larger-than-usual numbers, but inflow into the United States has fallen sharply.”


The researchers say one explanation for the findings is the “target earner hypothesis,” which is based on the belief that an immigrant chooses the date of return to their country of origin based on when he or she achieves a planned savings level.

“This theory suggests that immigrants stay in the United States until they have achieved a certain levels of savings, even if they face a period when their earnings drop and employment becomes harder to find,” Rendall said.


They study is based on information collected by Mexico’s National Survey of Occupation and Employment, a quarterly survey of 100,000 households that asks a wide variety of questions about family members. Among the questions asked is whether households have new members who were in another country during the previous quarter.


Since the RAND study is the first to use the Mexican survey as a basis for evaluating return migration, researchers first conducted analysis to validate the National Survey of Occupation and Employment as an appropriate tool to use for tracking return migration.

The study was supported by funding from the National Institute of Aging and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Other authors of the study are Peter Brownell and Sarah Kups.


The research was conducted through the RAND Labor and Population program, which examines issues involving U.S. labor markets, the demographics of families and children, social welfare policy, the social and economic functioning of the elderly, and economic and social change in developing countries.

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