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TuesdayJuly 19, 2011

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

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 Condemns Killing of 3rd Mexican Journalist in One Month

UN Condemns Killing of 3rd Mexican Journalist in One Month

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The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of a Mexican journalist, the latest addition to what she called “the long list of victims sacrificed at the altar of freedom of expression.”

Angel Castillo Corona wrote about local politics for the regional newspapers Puntual and Diario de México in Ocuilan. On July 4th, unidentified assailants beat him to death on the highway from Ocuilan to Tiaguistenco in an attack in which his 16-year-old son was also killed.

Irina Bokova, the Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), condemned the murder of Mr. Castillo, the third journalist killed in Mexico in just one month.  Pablo Ruelas Barraza of the Diario del Yaqui in Huatabampo and El Regional de Sonora in Hermosillo was killed in Sonora on June 13. While his colleague, Miguel Ángel López Velasco, a columnist for the local online daily Notiver, was killed in the east coast city of Veracruz on June 20. 

“Sadly, the name of Mr. Castillo is but the newest addition to Mexico’s alarmingly long list of victims sacrificed on the altar of freedom of expression,” she stated in a news release.

“I call on the authorities to spare no effort in pursuing criminals who use violence to curb the media.”

Mr. Castillo’s son was killed in the attack when his father’s attackers ran him over with their car, according to the non-governmental watchdog Reporters without Borders.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Mexico and Volkswagen’s 50 Year History Keeps Growing with New $400 Million Investment

Mexico and Volkswagen’s 50 Year History Keeps Growing with New $400 Million Investment

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At the launching of the production of the New Beetle, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon said that he was pleased to be in Puebla to begin a new chapter in the long history of successes Mexico and Volkswagen have jointly achieved over nearly 50 years.

Announcing that production of the New Beetle involved a $400 million investment by the leading German company in Mexico, the president said that this will have a positive, multiplying effect in the country by creating jobs and promoting the region’s production chains.

“Every New Beetle sold in the world will be a testament to the strength of the Mexican automobile industry,” said the president.

In addition to congratulating the directors of Volkswagen Mexico, the president did not overlook the efforts of the workers, who are really the ones behind every major success such as this one. “Thanks to their technical capacity and the commitment they have made to the firm’s success.”

President Calderón said that in 2010 alone, national car production rose by 50% over the previous year and that exports increased by 52%, achieving a record figure of nearly 2 million vehicle in international markets.

The president ended his speech by saying that it is a priority for Federal Government to keep the Mexican economy on the route to growth and create jobs so that there are more and more Mexicans with better jobs and more families with better living standards.

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California’s Rural Minority Communities Struggling More than Most

California’s Rural Minority Communities Struggling More than Most

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California’s rural minority communities are facing striking poverty unmatched by many in the U.S. in the face of the struggling economy.

Compared to Silicon Valley of Santa Clara County, which in 2009 had an average yearly income of $94,715, San Benito County, which is largely made up of Mexican immigrants, the average annual income was $37,623.

Also, when California’s unemployment rate reached 12 percent last year, San Benito County saw 20.6 percent, twice that of Santa Clara.

However, what is happening in San Benito is not an isolated occurrence. Rural unemployment across the entire state is higher than the state’s average, and the incomes lower. In March, Imperial County had a 30 percent unemployment rate, the highest in the state. In Fresno County, the per capita annual incomes were $8,000 and $7,500 in 2009.

When incomes fall during a recession, the income in rural areas drops faster and farther.

In San Benito County, a food pantry that once only needed to help 35 families just 20 years ago. Last year, the Community Pantry hand out 1,750 bags to more than 5,000 people.

Read more at Truthout →

TONIGHT Don’t Miss “Biblioburro” on PBS (VIDEO)

TONIGHT Don’t Miss “Biblioburro” on PBS (VIDEO)

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Tune in to local PBS tonight at 10pm for a special airing of the incredibly heartwarming “Biblioburro: The Donkey Library.

The documentary tells the story of Luis Soriano, a humble man from La Gloria in northern Colombia who armed with two donkeys—Alpha and Beto, and a bunch of books, spends his weekends taking literature and reading materials to children in some of the poorest arias, plagued also by armed guerrillas and corrupted bureaucrats. 

“Biblioburro provides a bracingly up-close sense of the determination and hard work required to saddle up each Saturday in the early morning darkness, and the sheer nerve and patience — not always expressed quietly by man or donkey — needed to brave Colombia’s poor and violence-torn hinterlands. Why would a man, and his family, persist in bearing such a burden? It soon becomes clear that Soriano is bringing more than books to the education-starved children of northern Colombia. He is bringing a gospel of education as the way the members of the next generation can transform their troubled country and their lives.”

If you miss it tonight, be sure to watch it online at the PBS website, from July 20, to September 18.

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Hot? Drink a McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie, Featuring Alejandro Chabán (VIDEO)

Hot? Drink a McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie, Featuring Alejandro Chabán (VIDEO)

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McDonald’s is trying to change its junk food image by offering healthier options, like fruit smoothies.

“We are excited to introduce the new McCafé Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie featuring real mango and pineapple tastes, two favorites with Latinos,” said Cristina Alfaro, Public Relations Manager, McDonald’s USA. “The blend of these two exotic fruit flavors create a delicious cold beverage perfect to enjoy on warm summer days like this.”

Chabán, whose book “From Fatty to Hottie” tells the story of how he went from being an overweight kid to an athletic heartthrob, encouraged fans and followers at the event to continue working towards their healthy lifestyle goals.

“I have always said that healthy eating habits are about the decisions we make, not the places where we go to get our food,” said Chabán at McDonald’s Summer Fiesta. “I want Latino kids to improve their health and happiness back by learning about nutrition and how to make the right choices when eating.”


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Businesses Struggling after Immigration Audits Cost them Workers, No One Willing to do the Work

Businesses Struggling after Immigration Audits Cost them Workers, No One Willing to do the Work

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Though some are praising the immigration audits of businesses that are suspected of hiring undocumented workers, business owners are not so happy.

Businesses that had previously employed undocumented workers are having major issues keeping their operations going after they were forced to remove a number of people from their workforce, as they were not authorized to work there.

In 2009, 1,444 businesses were audited by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which was three time the number from 2008. In 2010 however, that number jumped to 2,196.

When audited, businesses are given letters informing them they have a certain number of days to hand over I-9 employment-eligibility forms for all current employees. While some businesses are not fined for hiring undocumented workers if it determined they did not break any laws by not knowing they were not legal to work in the U.S., other do not get away so easily.

For some, just having to let go large portions of their work force can mean disaster, especially for those that lose farm workers, as even though many Americans are without work, many are not wanting to take these jobs.

During the G.W. Bush administration, “headline-making raids” resulting in immigrant worker arrests were more common, while but under the current administration employers are the targets. The current I-9 audits are pushing the idea that the fact that employers are looking to hire undocumented workers for cheap labor is the reason for the majority of “illegal” immigration.

But for business owners like David Cox, of L.E. Cook nursery in Visalia, California, which grows deciduous trees and shrubs, having to let go of so much of his work force is increasing his expenses as his remaining workers are having to pick up the slack. In turn, this requires many of them to work overtime, earning time and a half, which is beginning to cripple Cox.

The New York Times reported that his 2009 audit had revealed that 26 of his 99 employees were not authorized to work in the U.S. Though he was not fined since he acted reasonably, he was left without half of what is called his budding crew, a highly specialize team that grafted trees. Those workers had been with him at least five, but as many as ten years.

Finding replacements hasn’t been easy, despite California’s high unemployment rate.

“I’ve gone through more workers this year than I have in the past 10 years combined,” Cox said.

Monte Lake, an immigration lawyer in Washington said that while the human side of the immigration issue can be difficult, employers still must comply with the law. He said there is no way to avoid an ICE audit, but following the law and staying with procedure will ensure that if an audit were to happen, the business would be protected from fines or other legal action.

Still, for Mr. Cox, “Telling [the undocumented workers] was probably the worst day of my life.”

Read more at New York Times →

MEET iPop: Chilean Band that Uses iPads as Instruments (VIDEO)

MEET iPop: Chilean Band that Uses iPads as Instruments (VIDEO)

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The five piece band made their debut at the launch of iPad 2 in Chile, only a week after learning how to “play” the iPad!

Pablo Martínez taps on the screen of his iPad, and sets the beat; the app he has loaded features a whole lot of drums and cymbals that under the pressure of his fingers, become the backbone of this Chilean new cyber-musical-outfit.

Sebastián Gómez plays his iPad like a keyboard, but don’t be fooled, despite the position of his fingers, he is strumming on an iPad version of a bass.

Darío Aste, a pianist, has found a new inspiration by playing the guitar app, and Gonzalo Farías balances out the whole thing with the iPad keyboard arrangements app.

The four men support the only band-member without an iPad, singer Constanza Lüer, together they make up iPop, a band that plays “simple songs, that fit out format, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and voice.”

They have 18 recorded tunes, and though they admit the quality is not the same, they agree that it’s an interesting approach to music, “like a game” and far more practical, as their setup takes 2 minutes to plug and no tuning.

Read more at Emol →

Skype Was Key to Deported Parents Getting Their Children Back

Skype Was Key to Deported Parents Getting Their Children Back

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When Alfonso Mejia and Margarita Almaraz were deported from the U.S. and sent back to Mexico, their children, remained in America. The couple feared they may never be able to see their children again as the cost to hire a video conferencing facility in order to testify in the custody case was far more than they could afford.

In the end, the wonders of the internet helped reunite the family after the parents were allowed to testify in the case.

In 2009, Mejia and Almaraz were deported, and had been living in a low-income neighborhood just outside Mexico City without their children.

Ashley, 4, and Ashanti, 8, were kept from their deported parents after allegations arose in Pennsylvania that Mejia had abused two of Almaraz’s children from a previous relationship.

ImageLawyers assisting the parents in both the U.S. and Mexico say the allegations were never proven and were actually based on cultural misunderstandings.

The court proceedings were held in Pennsylvania and due to their status, is was near impossible to get back into the U.S. to testify, and video conference equipment was just too expensive an option.

Luckily, U.S. lawyer Deirdre Agnew helped convince a court in Chester County, Pennsylvania to allow the parents to testify via the increasingly popular Skype, which is a software application that allows users to make voice calls over the internet.

The parents were reunited with their children on Monday, after they proved they were fit parents.

The family had been apart for more than two years.

Mejia stated that he hoped their case’s use of Skype opens up the door for similar cases in which travel to the U.S. is simply not economically viable.

“I would like to make a call that this not only be a precedent, but that it be continued, to help us to make this a reality for other parents as well, so that they can be with their parents once again.”

Read more at Miami Herald →

Siempre Mujer and CNN en Español Team Up to Empower Latinas to Believe in and Follow Their Dreams

Siempre Mujer and CNN en Español Team Up to Empower Latinas to Believe in and Follow Their Dreams

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New Multi-Platform Program Will Leverage Siempre Mujer and CNN en Español

Leading Hispanic media properties Siempre Mujer magazine, the Spanish-language lifestyle magazine for women published by Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP), and CNN en Español, the global news voice for, and of, Spanish speakers across the Americas, announced today a new multi-media initiative, “Querer es poder,” to celebrate U.S. Latinas and empower them to achieve their own dreams.

Using the media assets of CNN en Español and Siempre Mujer, the new initiative will promote the “Querer es poder” series through in-book, broadcast and digital content across both of the company’s platforms. “Querer es poder” (“Where there is a will there is a way”) kicks off this fall and will cover the motivations, challenges and achievements Latinas face in the process of becoming successful.

“Our media companies are uniquely aligned in their focus of providing Spanish-language lifestyle content to women,” said Enedina Vega, Publisher, Meredith Hispanic Ventures. “This collaboration will enable Siempre Mujer, which reaches over 3 million homes, and CNN en Español, distributed in 5 million homes in the U.S. and 26 million in Latin America, to provide marketers with an unprecedented opportunity to reach Latinas across multiple platforms.”

Image“At CNN en Español, we are always looking for new ways to deliver relevant, engaging content to our viewers,” said Cynthia Hudson, senior vice president and general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S. “This partnership with Siempre Mujer is a powerful way to enrich our programming offering to women, with fresh perspective and expertise designed to enrich their lives.”

Starting this fall, Siempre Mujer will highlight personal journeys of Latinas who are taking steps to change their lives. In conjunction, CNN en Español’s daily program Notimujer will feature weekly segments with host Mercedes Soler and Editor in Chief of Siempre Mujer Maria Cristina Marrero that bring the in-book content to life. CNN en Español will also Skype with the women profiled in Siempre Mujer and answer questions from viewers. Soler and Marrero will also explore various other lifestyle topics including health, wellness, beauty, fashion, finance, business, travel and relationships that impact the daily lives of Latinas.

Siempre Mujer and CNN en Español will also host a co-branded, “Querer es poder” channel on SiempreMujer.com that will highlight participant profiles and broadcast segments and also serve to recruit women to be profiled. The digital extension will also include robust social media elements within Facebook and Twitter.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Dominican Republic Bans “Calle 13” Songs

Dominican Republic Bans “Calle 13” Songs

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The government alleges that the Grammy winning Puerto Rican duo’s lyrics incite violence, objectify women and promote drug use.

Dominican Republic’s Public Spectacle Commission member Carlos Cepeda Suriel told Inter News Service said Dominican radio listeners and TV viewers should “get the purest music.”

“We are jealously vigilant in the defense of our country against contamination from the ills in certain songs,” he said. “What sounds bad, what does not please the Dominican ear, we will not allow that to be played by Dominican broadcasters.”

The ban means these songs can’t be played on radio, TV or any public event or show in Domincan Republic soil.

The Commission said the ban came in response to the petitions of NGO “Vida sin Violencia,” and other institutions that offer aid to mistreated women, who see in the band’s songs negative messages for children.

René, singer of Calle 13 reacted to the ban via Twitter posting “What can you expect of a government that won’t give even a 4% for education despite their people beg for it?”

Calle 13 will perform in Dominican Republic August 6th.


Shakira Performs for 150,000 Fans for FREE in Mérida, MX.

The Colombian singer offered a free two-hour concert in southeastern Mexico where she even covered Metallica!

Shakira dazzled her Mexican fans with a two hour long performance of her songs, including “Pies Descalzos,” “Loba,” “La Tortura,” and the 2010 World Cup anthem Waka-Waka, for which she had a dozen audience members come upstage.

Shakira put the icing on the cake when she covered Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.”

Despite the threats of a boycott by some city residents upset by the lack of transparency as to whom was sponsoring and producing the concert, the show went on smoothly to become one of the most attended in years. 

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Troubled Juarez Set to Spend $498M on Public Works Projects

Troubled Juarez Set to Spend $498M on Public Works Projects

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The Mexican government at a city, state and federal level is investing heavily in the beleaguered border city of Juarez and has just announced $498.4 million in funding for pubic works projects.

The funds are being given in a effort to improve the city’s economy and employment outlook all with the hope that this will help the violence diminish.  Some of the public works projects, which include a new convention center, infrastructure upgrading and a new rail bypass, are starting later this year and the rest in 2012.

The most recent Mexican census puts the city’s population at 1.3 million with over 3,000 killings in 2010 and currently averages eight homicides per day.

The city sits right across the border from El Paso, Texas.

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Ryan Phillippe Appears to be Robbing the Cradle by Dating Demi Lovato

Ryan Phillippe Appears to be Robbing the Cradle by Dating Demi Lovato

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Serial dater and baby daddy to his two-week old daughter, Ryan Phillippe, is apparently now dating the barely legal Demi Lovato.  The former tween star of “Sonny With a Chance” is just coming out of her self-described ‘dark period’ that consisted of self-mutilation, addiction and rehab.

Phillippe, age 36, is the ex of Reese Witherspoon with whom he has two children.  Interestingly his daughter Ava is just seven years younger than Lovato who is 18 years. 

The age issue may not be a problem for the duo but Phillippe’s habit of date and dash might be.  He has recently been spotted with Amanda Seyfried and was at the side of former girlfriend Alexis Knapp when she gave birth to their daughter – just 12 days ago.

As the rumor mills were churning a People magazine source said “This is not true.  He’s totally single.”  Well we know that he’s single but that doesn’t mean he’s not added a youngster to his dating rounds. 

Cuidado Demi. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

“El Ponchis” Trial Begins, Teen Assassin Faces Only 3 Years in Jail for Gruesome Murders

“El Ponchis” Trial Begins, Teen Assassin Faces Only 3 Years in Jail for Gruesome Murders

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The trial for the now 15-year-old alleged assassin known as “El Ponchis” began Monday. The young man is on trial in Mexico for murder, kidnapping, drug dealing, and weapons possession.

At just 14, Edgar “El Ponchis” Jimenez was arrested by Mexican soldiers in December and publicly confessed to killing four men whose bodies were found hanging from a highway overpass last summer. It is believed he began his criminal career at the age of 11.

Even if convicted, Jimenez faces just three years in prison since he is being charged as a minor. Though he has been residing in central Mexico, he was born in San Diego, California, and as a U.S. citizen, he is entitled to move to the U.S. after/if he serves time in prison.

The trial will be closed to the public, and is expected to take about two weeks. The case will be heard by a single juvenile judge in Cuernavaca, where he was arrested when attempting to board a flight en route to Tijuana to continue on to San Diego to join his mother.

Only family of both the boy and his victims will be allowed in the court room, along with the 65 witnesses expected to testify. No media is allowed in.

The location of he trial is being kept secret.

Since President Calderon declared his war on the drug trade in 2006, roughly 40,000 people have died in drug-related violence. The case of “El Ponchis” only suits to highlight that there has been a surge in the number of minors being prosecuted for organized crimes.

Juan Carlos Castro, a juvenile court official told the Houston Chronicle, “Organized crime seeks out these young people because they face almost nothing as far as punishment.”

Two of Jimenez’s sisters have also been arrested for their part in the drug world, and all three are accused of working for Julio “El Negro” Radilla, local boss of the Beltran Levya cartel (Cártel de los Beltrán Leyva). The cartel was once aligned with the Sinaloa Cartel, but are now allies of Los Zetas.

Nearly, 4,000 minors have been detained in connection to cartel violence since 2006, according to the Mexican attorney general’s office. A recent congressional report estimated that 23,000 young people have been recruited by gangs in Mexico.

Read more at Houston Chronicle (My San Antonio) →

Are Hispanics For or Against Illegal Immigration?

Are Hispanics For or Against Illegal Immigration?

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Submitted by Patrick Osio who is Editor of HispanicVista and co-founder of TransBorder Communications dedicated to binational economic development and author of the OsioReport.

Knowing that I am an American of Mexican descent, you ask me with a scowling and suspicious look seemingly saying – let’s see if this guy is a true American so you ask:

“Are you against illegal immigration?” The question begins in a mid 70 decibel scale, rising to over 80 decibels. 

I answer, “Yes.”

Your scowl nearly disappears and in a moderate and steady voice, you ask:  “Do you want illegal immigration to stop?’ 

“Yes, I do.”

Your face completely undergoes a change; you smile with approval thinking “this guy is OK.”  So you say:  “Good, let’s throw their children out of school; and let’s deny the children of illegal aliens the right to birthright citizenship. That’ll stop any more free hand outs and make them go back to Mexico.”

And I say, “Whoa, there big-guy, whoa.”

It’s all down hill after that. Your scowl reappears, your voice raises to shouting decibels heavy with contempt, there is fire in your eyes, your teeth are gnashing and you now consider me a non patriot in fact, a traitor, a scum bag, an open border let them all come in promoter.

And I consider you a bigot, racist, nativist, ignorant beyond the limits of ignorance, pompously draped with the false mantle of patriotism and the American flag.

You shout, “What part of illegal do you Mexicans not understand?” Ah yes, I am no longer an American, a U.S. citizen – now I am a Mexican. In your state of ignorance you have no idea that “Mexican” is a nationality not a race, and only citizens of Mexico have the right to that name.

I yell, “The Constitution is the highest law of the land. What part of Unconstitutional do you not understand? The Supreme Court, the highest court of the land, ruled that no child in the U.S. can be deprived of an education – that was back in 1982 when Texas tried to do what you now propose – do you live so far in the woods that you haven’t got the word yet? And in 1868, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution clearly provides birthright citizenship to those born in the U.S.- is your education so limited that you don’t know this?”

What you answered, I have no idea. I was no longer listening. What I answered, you have no idea; you’re no longer listening. We are shouting at each other, rambling on about the treachery to the nation, to the Constitution, to all things sacred to each of us – We walk away with contempt for each other.

Lost in the exchange and subsequent arguments were the initial questions, which in a broader sense is meant for all U.S.-Hispanics, not just me. Are we as a majority against illegal immigration and would we like it stopped?  I don’t believe I go on the limb suggesting that yes, as a majority we are in agreement.

What separates us in the proposed methods, distasteful rhetoric and draconian laws enacted by various states with long history of racial and ethnic discrimination. Hispanics of all colors are not willing to surrender their civil and constitutional rights at the altar of discrimination And most assuredly will resist any attempt at punishing children for the presumed misdeeds of one or both their parents.

Qualified and credible sources peg the illegal immigration population at 11.2-million with around 58 percent from Mexico and 9 percent from other Latin America countries totaling 7.5-million, a little under 3 percent of the better than 317-million U.S. population.

How is it that 3 percent of the population mostly made up of low wage, manual labor workers, can be responsible for all the economic, unemployment and social disasters the US faces? Were such the case, the nation is in far deeper trouble than imagined. And why left out of the rhetoric are the other 3.7-million undocumented immigrants from countries other than Latin America and still claim racism is not in play?

To attempt changing the Constitution and once again attempt to deprive children of an education in lieu of enforceable immigration reform makes no sense to me. And frankly, I don’t understand how it can to anyone.

Though I recognize that we all tend to be clannish, we must ponder where the line to racism and its brethren, bigotry, cross? And as Hispanics, we must answer, were the target group other than Latin Americans, would our anger and repugnance be the same?

Let’s pray we would.

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STUDY: Hispanics Need to Practice Sun Safety Procedures Regardless of Skin Color

STUDY: Hispanics Need to Practice Sun Safety Procedures  Regardless of Skin Color

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Many Hispanics especially those that have not been in the U.S. for long periods of time tend to ignore sun-safety procedures that most others follow.

A recent study by dermatologists pointed out that many Hispanics “misunderstand” their risk for skin cancer or melanoma.  Many do so because they already have dark skin tones and assume there is no risk for skin cancer. 

Hispanics that have lived in the U.S for many years and have a command of the English language tend to wear sun screen but do not follow other sun safety procedures such avoiding the sun, covering up when working out doors, etc… .

Experts fear that Hispanics, especially those with darker skin, are not aware that approximately 70,000 Americans will get melanoma this year.

Though Hispanics have a lower rate of melanoma occurring than whites, when they do get this type of cancer it is typically at a later, more dangerous stage. 

Read more at Reuters →

LATINO BLOTTER:  Brave Chihuahua Dog Foils Armed Robbery by Hispanic Suspects (VIDEO)

LATINO BLOTTER:  Brave Chihuahua Dog Foils Armed Robbery by Hispanic Suspects (VIDEO)

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The dog may be only 6-10 inches tall and weighing a mere 6 pounds but that did not stop this mighty brave Chihuahua dog from barking and attacking two armed robbers in Los Angeles.

In a recently released police video two suspects described as Latino males, were attempting to rob the Ace Smoke Shop when the dog became angry and barked, snapped and chased them out of the store on July 7th.

As the store owner complied with the armed robbers demand for cash the dog starts ferociously barking and lunging at them and if that wasn’t enough he chased them out of the store.  For a mere moment it looked like the villains were going to either shoot the dog or hit it with their gun. 

Los Angeles authorities are hoping the video will help identify the two robbery suspects.  The store owner and dog were unharmed in the incident. 

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How Does Deportation Work?

How Does Deportation Work?

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Immigration policy is often discussed in sweeping, over-simplified terms. Beyond the op-ed commentary is the complicated reality of how an illegal alien travels from point A, their first contact with law enforcement, to point B, their country of origin. Discretion, logistics, and copious paperwork by law enforcement and judicial officials separate the two points.

A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies, “Deportation Basics: How Immigration Enforcement Works (or Doesn’t) in Real Life,” discusses the ground-level process of what is now called ‘removal proceedings’ and the issues that surround it. The report is available by clicking here

Among the findings:

*  A large percentage of aliens flee from removal proceedings – perhaps as many as 59 percent of all those released to await hearings. On a cost basis from the alien’s perspective, this makes sense. If you are in proceedings and have little chance of relief, why not treat the bond money (if it’s even required) as the cost of having been caught, and then flee, hoping to stay under the radar for as long as possible, perhaps until the next amnesty?

*  Though fashionable in the Obama administration, the exercise of “prosecutorial discretion” is problematic for ICE field officers. If the alien that they decline to remove goes on to commit a heinous act, they could be subject to lawsuits from victims and will be held accountable by their own agency (even if agency leadership encourages them to use the tool).

*  Even in today’s technology-driven world, charging an alien with immigration violations is a paperwork-intensive, cumbersome process that requires agents to fill out nearly 20 different forms each time.

*  ICE officers are supposed to consider two key factors in determining whether to detain or release an alien in proceedings – if the alien is a flight risk and if he is a risk to the community. The latter factor obviously is given serious consideration, but it is equally obvious from the large number of absconders that officers don’t give the same weight to the likelihood of flight, especially considering the scarcity of funded detention space.

*  The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for several types of due process for aliens, depending on their circumstances of arrival and stay. The law does not require that all removals be ordered by an immigration judge.

*  The option of Voluntary Return, where the alien requests to be returned home in lieu of formal removal proceedings, is not really “voluntary,” but is beneficial to the alien because it carries fewer consequences if the alien returns illegally. It also has become subject to overuse or misuse in recent years as a tool to increase the volume of removals, at the expense of more formal methods of removal that have more deterrent value.

*  Immigration law provides for seven ways to remove an alien, which are explained in the report. Four of these options are relatively efficient, but used less frequently. If ICE chose to expand their use, the workload of the immigration court could be reduced and the immigration enforcement system would be less dysfunctional.

*  The total number of apprehensions of illegal aliens by immigration enforcement agencies is less than half of what it was five years ago. For instance, the drop in apprehensions by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is often explained by improvements in border security; however, this rationale is suspect, as has been pointed out by the Rand Corp. in a study of border metrics. But ICE apprehensions also have dropped steeply, although there has been only a modest drop in the size of the illegal population inside the United States.


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TuesdayJuly 19, 2011