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TuesdayJuly 26, 2011

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Senate Subcommittee Concludes- Immigration Reform Imperative for Economic Growth

Senate Subcommittee Concludes- Immigration Reform Imperative for Economic Growth

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The Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security held hearings today highlighting the economic importance of immigration reform. The economic benefits of immigration are underappreciated according to Policy Analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Alex Nowrasteh.

“Removing barriers to legal immigration would be an enormous benefit to our economy,” said Nowrasteh. “Immigrants of all skill levels, from the highly skilled to the lower skilled, create jobs and economic opportunities for Americans.”

In a recent report published by CEI, Nowrasteh highlights the enormous benefits of highly skilled immigrants:

“Highly skilled immigrants and workers are typically well educated, English speaking, and young.  They are well paid, do not take many government benefits, and are not prone to criminality.” “Because the skills of highly skilled foreigners are different from Americans, there is little direct competition between them and natives. In fact, they work well together and increase productivity.”

The hearings today invited experts and industry representatives to testify on the benefits of immigration. “Creating legal pathways to immigration like our ancestors enjoyed would quickly make the unauthorized immigration problem evaporate. The goal of any sensible immigration reform should be to increase legal immigration of non-violent and healthy people. Restrictions should be only limited to accessing the welfare state, legitimate security, and health concerns,” said Nowrasteh.  “Recognizing that immigration is a net economic benefit is the first step toward taking real reform.”

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Juan Valdez Café Reaches One Million Facebook Friends!

Juan Valdez Café Reaches One Million Facebook Friends!

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The iconic Colombian coffee brand with the man in the hat and the burro, has become the top Colombian brand on Facebook with over one million “friends”

With over 40 million visits to their online content this year and Facebook fans in Colombia, USA, Venezuela, Ecuador, Spain, Panamá and Spain, Juan Valdez Café‘s friend base has grown at a rate of more than 30k Fans per month!

“Even when our job at Juan Valdez Café is oriented toward generating new experiences around Colombia’s premium coffee, and while this is objective is achieved in every encounter that customers have with our products, the fact that we are on Facebook adds a new dimension to our relationship with our customers and to what Juan Valdez Café means to them” said Hernán Méndez Bages, president of Procafecol, Colombia’s Coffee promoting association.

 

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Hispanic Student Harassed by Teacher Sues School District for Civil Rights Violations

Hispanic Student Harassed by Teacher Sues School District for Civil Rights Violations

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MALDEF Suit Seeks Reforms of Practices that Created Hostile Learning Environment and Deprived Student of Equal Opportunity

When Diana Aviles received her crying daughter’s phone call last year, she couldn’t believe what she heard - - her daughter had just suffered public harassment and racial discrimination by a teacher at Big Bear Middle School. Following the incident, school administrators allowed the student to spend the class period picking up trash outside with the custodian, rather than learning inside with her classmates. Despite repeated efforts by Mrs. Aviles to work with the school, the Bear Valley Unified School District, the district’s Board of Trustees and other named defendants have refused to address the violation of federal and state civil rights laws suffered by the then middle-school student.

[Last Monday], on behalf of the student minor, MALDEF filed suit in the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, charging that defendants have violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Announcing the lawsuit at a press conference held July 21 at MALDEF National Headquarters, MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz stated, “Our current national environment seems to condone increasingly open and undeserved hostility toward Latino immigrants. We must draw the line at the schoolhouse door; every child deserves the opportunity to learn, free of discriminatory practices and statements from those running the schools. The district’s inaction was wholly inadequate in response to a teacher’s verbal assault on a child. This lawsuit serves as a warning to any teacher with similar views to keep those views out of the classroom and to serve all children—as the vast, vast majority of educators do on a daily basis.”

MALDEF’s lawsuit addresses the right of all students to an education free of unjustified and unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, national origin and actual or perceived immigration status. With this lawsuit, MALDEF seeks to demonstrate to this school district, as well as other districts, schools, and educators, that permitting a hostile educational environment violates the basic right to an education.

The young plaintiff provided the following statement: “Last year, during the World Cup I wore a ‘Mexico’ soccer jersey to school. I walked into my performing arts class, and my teacher asked me in front of the class if I was Mexican. I responded ‘yes.’ She then asked me in a loud voice: what was I doing in her country? She said that it was because of people like me that she had to pay high taxes and high insurance rates. I tried to speak with the principal about it. When I returned, the teacher asked me to leave the classroom because I was crying so much. I never expected to be treated so badly because of who I am.”

The plaintiff’s mother, Diana Aviles, added, “My daughter did nothing to deserve the discriminatory harassment by her teacher. I taught my daughter to acknowledge and to be proud of her family’s heritage because that is the American way for all people. When I learned that she spent her class period picking up trash when she was supposed to get an education, I was outraged. I have asked for answers from my daughter’s principal, teacher, school administrators and the school board, but they have completely ignored me. My daughter continues to suffer. I decided to file this lawsuit in the hope that no other child or parent will have to endure this.”

Nancy Ramirez, MALDEF Western Regional Counsel and lead attorney on this case, stated that “The school district’s failure to respond in a meaningful way to address race discrimination in its school is an abdication of its responsibility. The district unlawfully discriminated against a young student and deprived her of the benefit of a public education by violating her Fourteenth Amendment constitutional rights and her federal and state civil rights. The District has a duty to provide an educational environment free from racial discrimination, harassment and intimidation, and when it fails to do so, the courts will hold it accountable.”

Named defendants include the Bear Valley Unified School District, the Bear Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, the district’s interim superintendent Dr. Kegham Tashjian, the principal of Big Bear Middle School Julie Chamberlin, and the plaintiff’s former teacher Suzy Carpenter.

To access a copy of the complaint, visit here.

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Sofía Vergara Quits “The Paperboy” Written by Almodóvar

Sofía Vergara Quits “The Paperboy” Written by Almodóvar

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Sofía Vergara has quit the new production of Spanish Director-Writer Pedro Almodóvar “The Paperboy” due to schedule conflicts with filming of “Modern Family.”  The Colombian actress will be replaced by Nicole Kidman in the film directed by Lee Daniels.

Vergara said she had rehearsed the character and even auditioned with director Lee Daniels, and other actors in the cast.

Vergara confirmed her role will be played by Australian star Nicole Kidman.

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Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s Family Has Mexican Roots

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s Family Has Mexican Roots

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In a 2007 interview with “60 Minutes” the now-presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he couldn’t “imagine anything more awful than polygamy,” when asked about his family’s polygamist-Mormon history, a history that actually roots members of his family to Mexico.

ImageNearly 100 years ago, the Romney family was divided in two when Mexican revolutionaries forced nearly all Mormons to leave due to the family’s practice of polygamy. Half the family remained in the U.S., while those wishing to continue remain polygamists fled to an already established Mormon colony in Mexico, where Mitt’s great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, settled his part of the family.

As a result of the division, Mitt’s father, George W. Romney was born to American parents in Colonia Dublán, Galeana in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1907. George would go on to become the Governor of Michigan, where Mitt would be born in 1947.

So while the presidential candidate has taken a staunch stand against undocumented immigration in recent years, many point to his family’s ties to Mexico as signs of possible hypocrisy.

Though he has not spoken with much of the “other side” of the family, those whose ancestors fled to Mexico all those years ago have had their share of dangerous Mexican run-ins.

ImageIn June of 2009, Mitt’s (distant) cousin Meredith Romney, a rancher living just outside of Janos – about 140 miles southwest of Juárez – was kidnapped. He was released two days later after being held in a cave. The Romney cousin is the former president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple in Colonia Juárez. The church is just 15 miles from Casas Grandes, Chihuahua and the Colonia Dublán, where Mitt’s father was born.

In early June 2011, Mitt confirmed that he will be running for president in 2012.

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Venezuelan Scientists Unsure of Simon Bolivar Cause of Death

Venezuelan Scientists Unsure of Simon Bolivar Cause of Death

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Despite running tests, and analyzing the Libertador’s remains for over a year, what killed Simón Bolívar remains a mystery.

Venezuelan government said on Monday that experts have not been able to identify the cause of death of Latin América’s independence hero, Simón Bolívar.

Vice President Elías Jaua said that the neither the publicly accepted version of death by tuberculosis nor Chávez’s conspiracy theory of murder have been able to be proved or disproved at this time.

Jaua said experts will continue to work trying to identify the causes of death adding that in his opinion,  doubts remain about the causes of The Liberator’s death.

 

 

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Republican Presidential Candidates Turn Down Chance to Speak at NCLR Conference

Republican Presidential Candidates Turn Down Chance to Speak at NCLR Conference

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Monday, President Obama spoke at the National Council of La Raza annual conference and recommitted himself to working towards getting the DREAM Act passed and work towards immigration reform, but along with the President, Republican presidential candidates were invited to address the conference. However, NCLR’s President said all nine turned down the invitation.

Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the NCLR said when she was planning this year’s conference, she made sure to invite each of the nine candidates currently entered in the 2012 presidential race, to give them the opportunity to speak to a large group of Latinos.

By turning down the invitation, Murguîa told Latina, “To me, it reflects that we are not a priority.” The NCLR conference is one of the largest Latino events in the country. “Even Republican political analysts have been saying that the next president needs to have 40% of the Latino vote to get elected, and yet there is this failure among Republicans to even be part of the conversation.”

As for President Obama, at the NCLR 2008 conference, he promised to deliver on comprehensive immigration reform in his first year in office. Murguía is one of many who remember this promise, and are quick to point out that the country has seen “higher levels of deportations than under President Bush.”

More than two years later, and Latinos are still waiting for him to deliver, wondering if maybe there’s another candidate who can push it through.

One thing is for sure though, if Republicans want any Latino votes, they’re going to have to actually speak to them.

As Wealth Gap Widens – Hispanics Wealth Declined by 66% from 2005-2009

As Wealth Gap Widens – Hispanics Wealth Declined by 66% from 2005-2009

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The median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanic households, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available government data from 2009.

These lopsided wealth ratios are the largest since the government began publishing such data a quarter century ago and roughly twice the size of the ratios that had prevailed between these three groups for the two decades prior to the Great Recession that ended in 2009.

The net worth of Hispanic households decreased from $18,359 in 2005 to $6,325 in 2009. The percentage drop—66%—was the largest among all groups.

Hispanics derived nearly two-thirds of their net worth in 2005 from home equity and are more likely to reside in areas where the housing meltdown was concentrated.

Thus, the housing downturn had a deep impact on them. Their net worth also diminished because of a 42% rise in median levels of debt they carried in the form of unsecured liabilities (credit card debt, education loans, etc.).

In addition, about a quarter of all Hispanic (24%) and black (24%) households in 2009 had no assets other than a vehicle, compared with just 6% of white households. 

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TRAGEDY: 6-Year-Old Rebecca Maria Herrera Dies in a Microwave

TRAGEDY: 6-Year-Old Rebecca Maria Herrera Dies in a Microwave

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The body of a little girl was found in a microwave over the weekend, and police are still trying to put all the pieces together to figure out exactly what happened.

Saturday, at around 7 p.m., San Antonio police and dozens of volunteers began a search for Rebecca Maria Herrera, who was reportedly missing for several hours until she was found in an old microwave in her family’ backyard.

Police believe the little girl crawled into the microwave, possibly playing hide-and-seek and became trapped.

Her father, John Herrera, an officer with the San Antonio Police Bike Patrol, was in Florida at the time of the incident.

Rebecca’s 10-year-old brother and a police officer found her when he decided to open the old-fashioned microwave on a whim, since it was just sitting atop a pile of old heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment, officials say.

One of the volunteers, Stephanie Almendarez, lives across the street from the girl’s family and said she heard someone yell, “I found her,” which was then followed by crying.

Police told reporters that Rebecca was small for her age, and liked to hide inside small spaces. It is believed this was simply a tragic accident and is being investigated as an accidental sudden death, though an autopsy report is pending.

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“Americans With Disabilities Act” 21 Years Later, Kathy Martinez’ Story (VIDEO)

“Americans With Disabilities Act” 21 Years Later, Kathy Martinez’ Story  (VIDEO)

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Watch disability rights advocate Kathy Martínez of Berkeley, California explain how the law has helped people with disabilities in our nation, and hear her point out the difficulties still to overcome.

Today, twenty one years ago, the “Americans With Disabilities Act” was signed, protecting the 36 million people with disabilities in the U.S.

This afternoon, a coalition of disability groups is rallying together to protest sub-minimum wage jobs for those with disabilities, which they say U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk supports. Disabled Americans Want Work Now (DAWWN) and the National Federation of the Blind will protest from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Federal Building in Chicago.

Kathy Martínez was nominated by President Obama for assistant secretary for the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

Martínez, who has been blind since birth, is the executive director of the World Institute on Disability (WID), where she specializes in employment, asset building, independent living, international development, and diversity and gender issues of populations with disabilities; her impressive résumé includes Proyecto Visión, WID’s National Technical Assistance Center to increase employment opportunities for Latinos with disabilities in the United States, and Access to Assets, an asset-building project to help reduce poverty among people with disabilities.

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JUST IN:  U.S. Teen Edgar “El Ponchis” Jimenez Found Guilty of Four Beheadings in Mexico

JUST IN:  U.S. Teen Edgar “El Ponchis” Jimenez Found Guilty of Four Beheadings in Mexico

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Mexican authorities have just announced the guilty verdict against 15-year old Edgar Jimenez Lugo, also known as El Ponchis. 

The San-Diego born teenager was charged with working with the Gulf cartel and being one of their executioners.  He was charged with beheading four male rivals and having the killings video taped.  The killings took place in Cernvaca in August of 2010 when El Ponchis was between 12 and 13 years old.

The Mexican judiciary sentenced him to the maximum allowed by law of three years in juvenile detention.  His mother and family that lived in the U.S. was deported shortly after his arrest. 

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Who Should be On the “Dance Floor” with Obama on Immigration Reform?

Yesterday when President Obama addressed the NCLR Conference and spoke about immigration reform or rather the lack of it, he pointed out the following:  “Let’s be honest, I need a dance partner here, and the floor is empty.” Well we invited our Cuban-American tea loving Senator Marco Rubio to the party.

But to the President we say:  personally we love dancing by ourselves and maybe you should try it and its called the Executive Power rumba.

Come visit our Amigo ó Enemigo section as we analyze and dissect what is said by and about Hispanics. 

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California Gov. Brown Signs Half of State’s DREAM Act, Advocates Say It’s Good, but Not Enough

California Gov. Brown Signs Half of State’s DREAM Act, Advocates Say It’s Good, but Not Enough

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Monday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s Assembly Bill 130, which increased access to college financial aid for undocumented students.

AB 130 is only the first part of a legislative package known as the California DREAM Act, and allows undocumented students to apply for private scholarships. The second part is AB 131, which would give undocumented students the same access to public financial aid options as citizens and legal residents.

Though DREAM Act advocates were glad to see AB 130 signed, they made it clear that they are still only half way there since AB 131 has yet to make it to the Senate floor for a vote, with signs stating, “The glass is still half empty. Free AB 131 to fill it up!”

Yesterday, President Obama once again shared his commitment to a national version of the DREAM Act at the annual National Council of La Raza Conference (NCLR).

“I promised you I would fix our broken immigration system and make the DREAM Act a reality,” he said.

He added that during his trip to El Paso two months ago he reaffirmed his support for the education/immigration legislation.

“I went down to the border of El Paso to reiterate…my vision for an immigration system that holds true to our values and our heritage, and meets our economic and security needs.”

He went on to say, “As long as I am President, this country will always invest in its young people.”

The national DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act would grant conditional legal status to qualifying undocumented youths brought here before age 16 if they go to college or enlist in the military.

However, the California DREAM Act, of which Gov. Brown signed half of Monday, does not proposes legalization, which is why advocates remain vigilant in their fight for a federal DREAM Act.

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Senator Menendez Responds to President Obama’s Remarks at the NCLR Annual Conference (BILINGUAL)

Senator Menendez Responds to President Obama’s Remarks at the NCLR Annual Conference (BILINGUAL)

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US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Democratic Task Force and author of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s remarks at the National Council of La Raza Annual Conference:

“I appreciate the President’s commitment to the Latino community and his stated desire to move the ball forward on comprehensive immigration reform. Although our immigration legislative reforms have been blocked by Republicans, the President has the power to help this community in the interim. I agree with the audience members who chanted “yes you can” in rebuttal to the President’s statement that his powers over immigration policy are limited.  The President does have the power to grant temporary immigration benefits to Dream Act students who have lived here since childhood and he should allow Americans who are sponsoring loved ones to complete the visa process within the United States, a change that would result in the reunification of family members who now face years of separation.”

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Puerto Rican Roberto Alomar Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame (VIDEO)

Puerto Rican Roberto Alomar Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame (VIDEO)

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The Former Toronto Blue Jay and probably best second-base man of all time was inducted into the hall of fame this week.

Alomar, who played second base for the Blue Jays in the 1992 and 1993 World Series Championships has become the first Blue Jay to be inducted to the HOF, and the twentieth second baseman. He is the third Puerto Rican to be inducted, the other two are Orlando Cepeda and Roberto Clemente.

Watch Alomar’s nervous but heartfelt acceptance speech at Sunday’s ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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Colombian Salsa Legend Joe Arroyo Dies (MUSIC VIDEO)

Colombian Salsa Legend Joe Arroyo Dies (MUSIC VIDEO)

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The legendary salsa artist from the Northern Colombian Caribbean, passed away this morning in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Salsa virtuoso Joe Arroyo has passed away this morning from multi-organ failure; his lungs, kidneys and heart presented complications from both hypertension and diabetes.

Arroyo’s 40 year career was at a great point; Joe and his orchestra were ready to tour the US, a ‘novela’ based on Joe’s life has been airing in Colombia for the last month and the singer was due to receive the Lifetime Achievement Latin Grammy award this coming November.

Below, some of this maestro’s music, may he rest in peace. 

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Jose Fellicano, Alex Lora, Linda Ronstadt & Others to be Honored with Lifetime Latin Grammy’s

Jose Fellicano, Alex Lora, Linda Ronstadt & Others to be Honored with Lifetime Latin Grammy’s

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Joe Arroyo, Gal Costa, Jose Feliciano, Alex Lora, Les Luthiers, Ruben Rada, and Linda Ronstadt will be honored with The Latin Recording Academy®‘s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Manuel Alejandro, Jesus “Chucho” Ferrer and Ray Santos are the recipients of the prestigious Trustees Award, it was announced today by The Latin Recording Academy. These honorees will be acknowledged at a special invitation-only ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas as part of the weeklong Latin GRAMMY® Awards celebration.

Lifetime Achievement Awards: This Special Award is presented by vote of The Latin Recording Academy’s Trustees to performers who have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording during their careers.

Colombian singer, songwriter and composer Joe Arroyo began his musical journey at the young age of 8, singing in one of his hometown’s most popular music halls. In 1971 he joined the very successful band Fruko Y Sus Tesos (Fruko And His Buddies) and toured throughout Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and the United States, sharing the stage with legends such as Bobby Cruz, Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Tito Puente, and Richie Ray.

One of Brazil’s most popular singers, Gal Costa has recorded more than 35 albums in a five-decade career. In 1981 her double album Fantasia became her biggest hit yet, reaching multi-platinum status.

Seven-time GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY winner Jose Feliciano has recorded nearly 70 albums, earned more than 45 gold and platinum records, toured all around the world, and is the recipient of countless prestigious awards the world over. Feliciano, one of the huge crossover acts who paved the road for Latinos to follow, was born in Puerto Rico and began his musical career in the streets of New York where he taught himself how to play the accordion and guitar, earning the title “the world’s greatest living guitarist” by critics around the world. Throughout his 50-year career he has given the world such compositions as “Feliz Navidad,” “Rain,” “Chico And The Man,” “Destiny,” “Ay Carino,” “Cuando El Amor Se Acaba,” and “Por Que Te Tengo Que Olvidar.” A consummate philanthropist, Feliciano established the Jose M. and Susan L. Feliciano Charitable Foundation for Children and the Arts to help give back to the community.

Mexican born Alex Lora is a rock pioneer, emerging in the early ‘60s to invigorate rock while becoming one of the genres’ most important writers, composers and active performers. As the leader of the group Three Souls In My Mind (known better by their short name El Tri), Lora has received three GRAMMY nominations and two Latin GRAMMY nominations and numerous gold and platinum records.

With more than 34 performances delivered to approximately 8 million international spectators and many unforgettable albums, the Argentinean-based ensemble Les Luthiers have been entertaining audiences with music since 1967.

Ruben Rada, also known as “El Negro Rada,” is an Afro-Uruguayan percussionist, composer and singer who has recorded more than 30 albums, which today are considered Uruguayan classics.

Ten-time GRAMMY winner Linda Ronstadt isone of the ‘70s most popular interpretive singers and has released more than 30 solo albums, 15 compilations and greatest hits albums, with several reaching certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum status. Released in 1987, her first all-Spanish album, Canciones De Mi Padre, stands as the best-selling non-English-language album in U.S. music history. Nicknamed the Queen of Rock, Ronstadt has recorded in several genres such as jazz, R&B, gospel, opera, country, choral, tropical, and mariachi. Additionally, she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Rosemary Clooney, Billy Eckstine, Philip Glass, Flaco Jimenez, the Chieftains, and Dolly Parton. She currently devotes time to her family and continues to support many Hispanic social causes.

Trustees Award: This Special Award is presented by vote of The Latin Recording Academy’s Trustees to individuals who have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording during their careers.

With a career that spans more than 40 years as a songwriter, composer and producer, Manuel Alejandro has a repertoire of more than 500 songs, which have established him as one of the most popular and sought after composers of Latin love songs.

Mexican arranger and musician Jesus “Chucho” Ferrer’s career has seen him to arrange 8,000 musical works in various styles ranging from pop and mariachi to classical and children’s music. Throughout his career he has collaborated with such artists as Marco Antonio Muniz, Aida Cuevas,  Placido Domingo, Maria Felix, Vicente Fernandez, Lucero, Luis Miguel, and Joan Sebastian, among others.

Heralded as “El Maestro” of the mambo sound, Ray Santos has performed, composed and arranged music for dozens of premiere Latin orchestras throughout his more than 50 year career. He has produced music for several projects, including films such as The Mambo Kings and arranged music on Linda Ronstadt’s Frenesi and Paquito D’Rivera’s Tropicana Nights, both GRAMMY-winning albums.

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Criminal Alien Turns Snitch, Turns in Fellow Drug Smuggler & Stash-House Location

Criminal Alien Turns Snitch, Turns in Fellow Drug Smuggler & Stash-House Location

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An illegal immigrant working for a drug-trafficking organization was apprehended Wednesday in the West Desert. While being interviewed by Ajo Station Border Patrol agents, the subject provided information leading to yesterday’s arrest of fellow drug smugglers, as well as the location of a stash-house.

Border Patrol agents and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted surveillance of the designated location. When they observed a vehicle leave the house, agents followed the vehicle. Eventually, the driver of the vehicle pulled into a gas station and walked inside. Agents walked by the vehicle and saw bundles of marijuana in plain view. Agents apprehended the driver and seized the vehicle containing about 330 pounds of marijuana.

Based on intelligence gathered from the driver of the vehicle, agents executed search warrants for the house – still under surveillance. HSI agents and detectives from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office apprehended one subject at the residence and seized 20 additional bundles of marijuana weighing 440 pounds. They also retrieved a shotgun, a revolver, roughly 200 rounds of ammunition, scales, ledgers, U.S. currency and cellular phones.

ICE HSI took custody of the two subjects, now being held on various federal charges.

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Thugs Disarm 21 Police Officers in Michoacan Mexico- HS News Narco Blog

Thugs Disarm 21 Police Officers in Michoacan Mexico- HS News Narco Blog

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Authorities in Michoacán have confirmed that criminals disarmed 21 Officers of the States Police command. The uniformed policemen were going to watch a rodeo in the community of San Miguel del Monte, located south of Morelia when hooded men armed with AK-47 have surprised them. The gunmen questioned the officers individually and proceeded to disarm them one by one. The policemen said they could not defend themselves for fear of being executed, as the criminals had threatened.

Elements of various enforcement agencies are conducting operations to find those responsible for stealing the guns from the police, but no positive results have been obtained.

In total 21 police officers were disarmed and the weapons are now in the hands of organized crime.

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