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MondayJuly 18, 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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Brazil-Argentine Nuclear Disarmament Agency Celebrates 20 Years

Brazil-Argentine Nuclear Disarmament Agency Celebrates 20 Years

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC) for its 20 years of working for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

“On the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials, the Secretary-General congratulates both governments on this significant milestone,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.

“ABACC has made a very substantial contribution to regional nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation by providing for a sound regional framework for the application of International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] safeguards and facilitated the entry into force of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, the nuclear-weapon-free zone encompassing of the entire Latin America and the Caribbean region,” the statement said.

Brazil and Argentina signed the Guadalajara Agreement for the Exclusively Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy (Bilateral Agreement), in which created the ABACC, in June 1991.  It calls for information exchanges and inspections.

Brazil, Argentina, the IAEA and the ABACC signed an agreement on 13 December 1991 that consolidated the system for application of safeguards that is currently in force in both countries.

The Tlatelolco treaty, named after the district in Mexico City where it was signed, is also known as the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Rep. Smith Still Convinced Obama is Planning “Backdoor” Amnesty, Tries to Take (Unused) Power Away

Rep. Smith Still Convinced Obama is Planning “Backdoor” Amnesty, Tries to Take (Unused) Power Away

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U.S. Representative Lamar Smith from Texas (R-San Antonio) is still pushing to strip the Obama Administration of all immigration enforcement duties because he believes the president is setting up some sort of “backdoor” amnesty for undocumented immigrants.

Congressman Lamar introduced HR 2497, known as the Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation (HALT) Act to stop the president, and only the current president, from implementing the yet-unused power to stop deportations.

In a statement, Smith the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee wrote, “Congress has defeated amnesty for illegal immigrants several times in recent years but this has not stopped President Obama from trying a backdoor amnesty.” Adding, “Over the course of the last year, the Obama administration has ignored the will of Congress and the American people by using executive branch authority to allow illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S.”

HALT is in response to a directive issued to Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices that urged ICE prosecutors to use “prosecutorial discretion” in issuing “a notice of detainer” when they decide who is detained and who is released.

If passed, the HALT Act would take the away the power to stop the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants from the Obama administration and “restore these powers to the next president whom the American people elect – on January 22, 2013.”

Democrats and the New York Timeshave called Smith a hypocrite for signing a letter in 1999 to the Clinton administration to use more prosecutorial discretion in immigration case and take into account the hardship involved in each case. According to that letter, one would believe he was asking for the same discretion the Obama administration is asking of immigration officials.

Smith claims that the letter was only in regards to legal immigrants and not those in the country without documentation, and accusing his opponents of being “dishonest”.

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Watch New York Mets’ José Reyes Shortstopping Reggaetón Rhymes (VIDEO)

Watch New York Mets’ José Reyes Shortstopping Reggaetón Rhymes (VIDEO)

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Take a look at the video of the Mets player with Voltio, Vakero, Poeta Callejero & Big Mato. What do you think? What do you think?

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Marc Anthony Announces ‘I’m Single’, While Rumors of a J.Lo – William Levy Affair Steam Up

Marc Anthony Announces ‘I’m Single’, While Rumors of a J.Lo – William Levy Affair Steam Up

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As Marc Anthony was performing in Colombia declaring himself single the gossip rumor mills were churning with reports that Jennifer Lopez cheated on him with Cuban-model William Levy.

Apparently the only proof available is that both J. Lo and Levy starred in a music video together and since then both have left their respective spouses. 

Levy was married for eight years to Mexican actress Elizabeth Gutierrez and they have two children together. 

Meanwhile Marc Anthony was all business, as in the entertaining business. He was in Colombia over the weekend performing and joked with his fans, “They’re saying I’m single.”  All the while he was very flirty with his female fans. 

Check out the “I’m Into You” video featuring both J. Lo and Levy and where their alleged love affair might of started. 


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Maná Encourages Audiences to Take A Stand Against Racism (VIDEO)

Maná Encourages Audiences to Take A Stand Against Racism (VIDEO)

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Thursday night thousands of Latinos in Fairfax, Virginia were told by Maná‘s Fher Olvera to “never forget your roots.” 

“Never forget your roots ... we have to keep fighting those lousy damn racists.”

Virginia is one of several states that have passed a law that punishes businesses for hiring undocumented immigrants.

Maná, that originate from Mexico, dazzled the audience with an array of tunes from their new album “Drama y Luz.”

Frontman Fher Olvera also said he was grateful for the presence of advisers to President Barack Obama, whom the band supported in the 2008 election.

Mana also used a giant screen to convey its pro-environment and pro-immigrant messages against “a wave of racism against immigrants in the United States, where Mexicans make up around 60 percent of the Latino population.”

Below, a video of Maná earlier this month, delivering another anti-racism message, one with a comment to a certain Arizona senator.

 

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Surge of Undocumented Coming Into U.S. are Not From Central or South America, but India

Surge of Undocumented Coming Into U.S. are Not From Central or South America, but India

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As the immigration debate continues, there has indeed been a surge of undocumented immigrants coming through Central and South America, but most of those coming into the U.S. are not Latin American.

Due to the struggling economy, the number of Central and South American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped considerably in recent years.

Over the last two years authorities have notices the surge of migrants traveling through the south are from India.

Since fewer people are heading into the U.S., smugglers are looking for more “high-value cargo” like Indians, as some are willing to pay as much as $20,000 to make the trip.

The Associated Press stated that between October 2009 and March 2011, Border Patrol detained more than 2,600 undocumented immigrants from India. In previous years, the number ranged from just 150 to 300 annually.

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Number of Hispanics in Nursing Homes Rose by 54%, While White Population Declining

Number of Hispanics in Nursing Homes Rose by 54%, While White Population Declining

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In the last decade, minorities have poured into nursing homes at a time when whites have left in even greater numbers, according to a new Brown University study that suggests a racial disparity in elder care options in the United States.

At first blush the analysis, published July 7 in the journal Health Affairs, suggests that elderly blacks, Hispanics, and Asians are gaining greater access to nursing home care. But the growing proportion of minorities in nursing homes is coming about partly because they do not have the same access to more desirable forms of care as wealthier whites do, said the study’s lead author Zhanlian Feng, assistant professor of community health in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

“Seemingly, we are closing the gap in terms of minority access to nursing home beds, but I don’t think that is something to celebrate,” Feng said. “They are really the last resort. Most elders would rather stay in their homes, or some place like home, but not a nursing home unless they have to.”

The new analysis shows that between 1999 and 2008 the nation’s nursing home population shrank by 6.1 percent to just over 1.2 million people. In that time period the number of whites in nursing homes decreased by 10.2 percent nationwide, while the number of blacks rose 10.8 percent, the number of Hispanics rose by 54.9 percent and the number of Asians rose by 54.1 percent. The study also looked at nursing home population changes in the top 10 metropolitan areas for each minority.

Prior research has shown that the nursing homes in predominately minority areas are often of lower quality and are more likely to close, while assisted living facilities are more likely to be built in areas where residents have high incomes. The result, reflected in the figures in the new Health Affairs paper, is a disparity that plays out not only economically and geographically, but also racially, Feng said.

“We know those alternatives are not equally available, accessible, or affordable to everybody, certainly not to many minority elders,” he said.

As policymakers look to “rebalance” elder care from nursing homes to other forms of care, for instance with shifts in Medicaid funding to support home and community-based services, they should account for these disparities, Feng said. As it is, whites are clearly more likely to be using more desirable alternatives; more concerted efforts may be required to promote minority elders’ use of them too, he said.

“Rebalancing is a recognition of most people’s preferences for long-term care,” Feng said. “For that effort to be successful you have to consider who is using what.”

To determine the figures, Feng and his co-authors used the federally mandated Minimum Data Set, which tracks the population of nursing home users and assesses their care needs on a routine basis, because they receive substantial Medicare and Medicaid funding. Similar data is not available for other kinds of elder care, which is predominantly paid for with private insurance dollars.

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Sheen Gets New Show While His Ex Goes for a Extreme Rehab in Cancún

Sheen Gets New Show While His Ex Goes for a Extreme Rehab in Cancún

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The Lionsgate TV show will be based on the 2003 Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler “Anger Management” and be starring none other than Charle Sheen.

It’s official, Charlie Sheen is set to return to television, and beyond that, to have a “significant ownership stake” in the project.

“I chose Anger Management because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept,” Sheen said in the press release. “It also provides me with real ownership in the series, a certain amount of creative control and the chance to be back in business with one of my favorite movie producers of all time, Joe Roth.”

Roth and Sheen have worked together on five other movies, including Major League, Young Guns and Three Musketeers.


“Who better than Charlie Sheen to tackle Anger Management,” Roth said. “With Charlie’s incredible talent and comedic gifts, he remains the leading man of TV sitcoms. I’m excited to collaborate with him once again.”

In the meantime, less than a month after her last 45-day stint in rehab, Sheen’s ex-wife—Brooke Mueller is checking back in, this time in México, as her extreme form of rehab is not available, or legal in the U.S.

Mueller will spend seven days in sunny Cancún while undergoing a treatment of Ibogaine, a hallucinogenic drug that has been known to help break addictions to alcohol, cocaine and heroin.

 

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LATINO BLOTTER: Update -Grocery Store Clerk Indicted for Giving Semen-Tainted Yogurt to Shopper

LATINO BLOTTER: Update -Grocery Store Clerk Indicted for Giving Semen-Tainted Yogurt to Shopper

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The New Mexico man who allegedly gave a female grocery shopper a sample of yogurt with his semen in it was indicted Wednesday on federal charges.

Anthony Garcia, 32, was named in a two-count indictment in a U.S. District Court for allegedly giving a woman a yogurt containing his semen. The second count is for making false statements to the police.

According to the police report from the Albuquerque Police Department, the victim told officers that she was shopping at the grocery store with her daughter when a “pushy” store clerk, Garcia, offered her a yogurt sample.

She tasted the yogurt and said she immediately thought it tasted “gross and disgusting” and cops noted that she “said it tasted like ‘semen.’”

DNA was taken from Garcia and the yogurt sample, and tests confirmed that his semen was in yogurt the shopper consumed.

Friday, a federal judge denied Garcia bail, stating that his behavior was getting worse, and that he’s a danger to society.

He has at least three prior offenses on his record including being detained for indecent exposure and masturbating in public. Garcia is also not allowed to live with children, though he violated that order by living with his sister and her 14-year-old son at the time of arrest.

He pleaded not guilty to the changes. If convicted, Garcia faces the maximum sentence of three years for contaminating the yogurt, and a maximum of five years for providing a false statement.

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Weekend Wedding Crashers - Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

Weekend Wedding Crashers - Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

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Imagine you are getting married this weekend in California, your guests have survived Carmageddon and are enjoying the beautiful Malibu sun set when you have a weekend wedding crasher.

Since its Malibu, its no ordinary wedding crash but none other than tween, teen sweethearts Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

As the love birds were taking a stroll on the Malibu beach they heard Bieber’s “One Less Lonely Girl” and decided to see who was enjoying his music.  They saw the wedding and decided to join newlyweds Jeanine and Rob McCool.

They announced their arrival to the very surprised guests and tooks some pics with the newlyweds.  Bieber even tweeted that he was as ‘wedding crasher’ with no shame. 

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Hispanic’s Self-Esteem Trail Others as Teens, Than Surpasses Whites at Age 30

Hispanic’s Self-Esteem Trail Others as Teens, Than Surpasses Whites at Age 30

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Although Hispanics tend to have lower self-esteem than blacks or whites in the teen years, by age 30 their self-esteem has increased to the point that they have higher self-esteem than whites, a new study suggests.

And in both adolescence and young adulthood, blacks have higher self-esteem than whites. By age 30, whites trailed both Hispanics and blacks in terms of self-esteem, according to the report published online July 4 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland made this finding after analyzing U.S. survey data of more than 7,000 young adults from 1994 to 2008. The participants ranged in age from 14 to 30 years. Over the course of 14 years, the study authors examined how five personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism) affected the youth’s self-esteem.

In addition, the researchers also looked at the participants’ sense of life mastery, risk-taking tendencies, gender, ethnicity, health and income.
“We tested for factors that we thought would have an impact on how self-esteem develops,” the study’s lead author, Ruth Yasemin Erol, said in news release from the American Psychological Association. “Understanding the trajectory of self-esteem is important to pinpointing and timing interventions that could improve people’s self-esteem.”

The researchers found that conscientiousness, emotional stability, a feeling of mastery and being extraverted are key to predicting the direction a person’s self-esteem will take as they grow up, and that income did not affect this course. These findings, they pointed out, could assist health professionals in targeting treatments.

And, contrary to popular belief, there are no significant differences in the way men and women feel about themselves during those periods of development, the investigators found.

“The converging evidence on gender similarity in self-esteem is important because false beliefs in gender differences in self-esteem may carry substantial costs,” said Erol. “For example, parents, teachers and counselors may overlook self-esteem problems in male adolescents and young men because of the widespread belief that men have higher self-esteem than women have.”

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COPA AMERICA UPDATE: Paraguay Wins! Brazil Eliminated (VIDEO)

COPA AMERICA UPDATE: Paraguay Wins! Brazil Eliminated (VIDEO)

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The Brazilians dominated the entire game but weren’t able to score a single goal, even in the penalty kick tie-off!

In a surprising turn, both favorites were eliminated of the Copa América this weekend and both lost their games in penalty kicks.

Uruguay and Paraguay will go to semifinals, and face Perú and Venezuela, respectively, after the Venezuelans eliminated Chile, and Perú eliminated the best team of the first round, Colombia.

Don’t miss Uruguay Vs. Perú, tomorrow at 9:00 PM, and watch below the highlights of the game that eliminated the current Copa América Champions!

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Family of Slain Immigration Officer Zapata Demand to Know Where Murder Weapon Came From

Family of Slain Immigration Officer Zapata Demand to Know Where Murder Weapon Came From

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The family of slain U.S. immigration agent Jaime Zapata is now demanding to know where the gun he was killed with originated.

“What happened with Jaime needs to come out,” the family’s lawyer, Raymond L. Thomas said to the Los Angeles Times. “And the likelihood that these were Fast and Furious guns is certainly plausible.”

“Fast and Furious” refers to the government program that was supposed to help track where illegally obtained weapons ended up in order to help stop the smuggling of U.S. weapons used to aid the drug war to the south. However, it has been dubbed a failure by most, as many of the weapons were lost only to be found later at a number of crime scenes in Mexico.

Since Zapata’s death just five months ago, the family has asked to authorities in both Texas and Washington D.C. to answer their questions about the February 15th ambush on the Pan-American Highway in northern Mexico, but they have only been told by the FBI that it could not be discussed.

Though nine arrests have been announced by Mexican authorities in connection with the case, the family is still without answers.

In mid June, Thomas sent the U.S. attorney’s office and Homeland Security agents a request for FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration documents on Los Zetas and the ambush, and asked for an inspection of the bullet-filled vehicle. No answers were given.

“Where did the guns come from that were used in his murder?” he asked. “Who provided the guns?”

Texas officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said they believed that at least one of the weapons used in the slaying was bought at a Texas gun shop in October. It is suspected that as many as 40 firearms sold at that shop have wound up in the hands of the dangerous Zetas cartel.

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POLL:  Young Hispanics (18-29 Yr Olds) Prefer Spending Cuts Over Taxes by Close to 3-to-1

Generation Opportunity, the new, non-profit, non-partisan organization educating, engaging, and mobilizing young Americans 18-29 years old on the immediate and long-term economic challenges facing the nation – such as the lack of job opportunities and increasing debt and federal spending – is releasing telling new polling numbers on the views of young Hispanics.

Hispanics 18-29 years old want to see less government interference, lower taxes on business profits, reduced federal spending in general, and specifically prefer more cuts in federal spending over raising new taxes to get the economy on track.  The majority believe taxes On business profits are a barrier to more hiring.

Generation Opportunity is a non-profit, non-partisan 501©(4) of young engaged adults that boosts 835,000 fans on Facebook. 

“Young Americans in every community across the nation have been negatively impacted by unemployment and the lack of opportunity, especially within the Hispanic community, and they know the solution to recovery is not more federal spending, taxes and interference with those who have the courage and resources to create jobs. If elected leaders in Washington think the generation they encouraged to get involved in reshaping the future of America is now simply going to sit back, take instructions to be patient and remain hopeful as they watch their dreams and country put at risk – then they are out of touch with the very citizens who granted them their trust and vote,” says Paul T. Conway, President of Generation Opportunity.

Some of the highlights from the poll include: 

• By nearly a 3:1 ratio, Hispanic young adults prefer “reducing federal spending” (69%) to “raising taxes on individuals” (27%) in order to balance the federal budget.
• 70% of Hispanic young adults would decrease federal spending if given the chance to set America’s fiscal priorities.
• A 57%-majority of Hispanics agree that “if taxes on business profits were reduced, companies would be more likely to hire.”

 

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Drug Violence Making Travel to Mexico Dangerous

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Drug Violence Making Travel to Mexico Dangerous

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The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez is issuing this Emergency Message for U.S. citizens in the state of Chihuahua (“Emergency Messages” were formerly known as “Warden Messages”).  The Consulate has distributed the following message to our staff:

Mexican authorities have captured key members of the cartels active in Juarez. These successes also bring with them the potential for an increase in violence. The cartels may seek to retaliate and increase their attacks against rival cartel members, Mexican law enforcement and/or the public in general.

Information has come to light that suggests a cartel may be targeting the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez or U.S. Ports of Entry.  In the past, cartels have been willing to utilize car bombs in attacks.  We ask American citizens to remain vigilant.

If the Consulate should receive any credible threat information that provides a specific time and place, that information will be disseminated immediately.

U.S. citizen victims of crime or their families are urged to contact the American Citizens Services unit of the Consulate for advice or assistance.  During regular work hours, the American Citizens Services unit of the Consulate can be reached at (656) 227-3411, by fax at (656) 227-3264 or by email at cdjamericancitizens@state.gov.  In the event of an after-hours serious emergency, the duty officer may be reached at (656) 327-7877.

Americans residing or traveling in Chihuahua are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and to update their contact information online or at the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez.  Enrollment in STEP may be done well in advance of travel.  For more information on STEP or to enroll, please visit the Department of State’s Consular Affairs website:  https://travelregistration.state.gov.  We also encourage you to download our free iPhone App, Smart Traveler.  The app allows you to enroll in STEP and to review information on countries around the world.  The U.S. Consulate’s website is http://ciudadjuarez.usconsulate.gov.  You can also like us on Facebook to receive emergency messages and routine updates.  Our pages are U.S. Consulate Juarez- American Citizen Services and Communidad Fronteriza.  U.S. citizens should also consult the Country Specific Information for Mexico and the Travel Alert for Mexico at the Department’s website: http://travel.state.gov.  The same information is available in the iPhone Application.

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Recent Poll Shows Immigration Policy is Personal for Latinos

Recent Poll Shows Immigration Policy is Personal for Latinos

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The most interesting trend from the June impreMedia/Latino Decisions (LD) poll is the personal relationship that the Latino community has with immigration policies.

As reported earlier, a majority of these voters (53%) said they know someone who is undocumented, while one-fourth (25%) said they know a person or family member who is facing deportation or who has been deported.

These are striking numbers, particularly given that the sample for the poll is registered voters, who by definition are citizens of the United States. When the percentage of respondents is explored, who know someone who is undocumented across key demographic indicators, factors like nativity and language use do not have any marked impact on personal experiences with undocumented immigrants.

In fact, Latinos who were born in the United States and who are English speakers are more likely to know someone who has faced detention or deportation due to immigration reasons compared to Latinos who are closer to the immigration experience. Latino Decisions, believes that this firsthand knowledge of the consequences of immigration policy has led to a significant change in the attitudes toward immigration among the Latino electorate.

Over the past year more than 400,000 people were deported by Immigration Customs and Enforcement, and several states have passed controversial immigration laws in line with Arizona’s SB1070.  Furthermore, just this week when speaking about potential solutions to immigration, Congressman Mo Brooks (Republican from Alabama) promised that he would do “anything short of shooting” undocumented immigrants. This is just the latest indicator of the growing hostility that has characterized the political climate surround immigration policy over the past several years.

As reflected in the data presented, the Latino population is very conscious of this tension, as a robust 76% of Latino registered voters believe that an anti-Hispanic and anti-immigrant environment exists today.

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After 15 Yrs Renown Migrant Safe House in Mexico to Close, Less Passages Being Made

After 15 Yrs Renown Migrant Safe House in Mexico to Close, Less Passages Being Made

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Casa del Migrante in San Luis Potosi,in Mexico closes down according to Father Ruben Perez who operates the safe passage house.

Among the reasons: lack of security for migrants, the request of the property on behalf of the parish of San Sebastian, and the precarious health services provided to migrants. In 15 years of pastoral commitment about 120,000 migrants in Mexico have received assistance, shelter, food, clothing, medicine and human warmth. On an annual basis 8,000 to 9,000 Central American migrants are welcomed.

However, compared to a year ago, the passage to San Luis Potosi has dropped by 50%. Father Perez, however, has ensured that the closure is temporary and another house designed specifically for the dignified reception of thousands of migrants who pass through Mexico and to San Luis Potosi will open.

Meanwhile, the Central Americans will find a reference point at the railway stations, where meals will be offered to them.

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Peru’s Discloses Plans to Open ‘Uncontacted Tribes’ Land to Oil Companies

Peru’s Discloses Plans to Open ‘Uncontacted Tribes’ Land to Oil Companies

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Peru’s Indian Affairs Department has revealed plans to open up uncontacted tribes’ reserves to oil companies – just days before the country’s new government takes office.

New laws would allow the state to grant oil and gas companies open access to the reserves, despite the extreme risk this would pose to the Indians’ lives.

The proposal has generated a wave of criticism from indigenous organizations.

Around 15 tribes have chosen to resist contact in the Peruvian Amazon; all face extinction if their lands are opened up.

Critics have highlighted the timely coincidence of the proposal with plans to expand the massive Camisea gas fields in south-east Peru.

The controversial gas project covers a significant part of the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti reserve, where several uncontacted tribes are known to live.

According to Peru’s leading Amazon Indian organization, AIDESEP, any new exploration in the reserve would breach conditions set by the Inter-American Development Bank, which funded the development of Camisea.

Both Peruvian and international laws state that indigenous people should be consulted about projects affecting their lands. In the case of uncontacted tribes, this consultation is impossible.

Survival is calling for all oil and gas exploration on uncontacted tribes’ land to cease immediately.

Survival’s Director, Stephen Corry, said today, ‘This is an unbelievably cynical move by the outgoing government. If it keeps up this kind of work, the Indian Affairs Department will have no Indians to look after. Opening up uncontacted tribes’ reserves will almost certainly lead to their extinction and if the new administration has any commitment to protecting tribal peoples, it will abandon the plan.’

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Homemade, Bootleg Liquor Kills 21, Injures 103 in Ecuador

Homemade, Bootleg Liquor Kills 21, Injures 103 in Ecuador

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Authorities in the province of Los Rios, Ecuador are investigating the deaths of 21 people from homemade alcohol that appeared to be contaminated with methanol.

Overall there were 103 people treated for consuming the deadly homemade brew of adulterated alcohol.  Police have seized some 55 gallons of the toxic brew.

The Public Health Minister David Chiriboga has put in an emergency law that will prohibit the sale and consumption of homemade alcohol.  The owner of the toxic brew is still being sought by police.

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