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MondayAugust 1, 2011

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Sinaloa Cartel Head and 2 FBI Agents Missing from Hospital- HS News Narco Blog

Sinaloa Cartel Head and 2 FBI Agents Missing from Hospital- HS News Narco Blog

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Authorities on Wednesday confirmed that Hector Guajardo Hernandez, aka El Huicho, who was interned in a hospital in Mexico City has gone missing along with two elements of the Mexican Federal Bureau of Investigation who were guarding him.

The Huicho was captured May 9 in Baja California . He is considered to be the head of the Sinaloa cartel operating in that area. He has been called the heir of the cell formed by Teodoro Garcia Simental, known as El Teo.

Medical reports are that Huicho was in the hospital recovering from a gunshot he suffered on the day her was captured.


To date, the whereabouts of the drug trafficker and the two agents, remain unknown. Authorities are searching for the men.

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JUST IN:  JLo Signs up For 2nd Season of Idol and Gets a Big Raise

JUST IN:  JLo Signs up For 2nd Season of Idol and Gets a Big Raise

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The Wrap is reporting that Jennifer Lopez has inked a deal to return to ‘American Idol’ as a judge.  It is also being reported that the Puerto-Rican beauty is getting a whopper raise from the Fox Network. 

Jenny from the Block laid down the Latina law – pay me $20 million or I go adios – and they paid.  Lopez made $12 million last season.  She is definitely busy from putting the finishing touches on several movie projects while working on her joint venture with ex Marc Anthony - “Q’Viva!” and then of course there’s her singing career.

Insiders are noting that most of the details are done on the J Lo - Fox Network deal it just needs to be signed. 

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Can ICE Enter Homes in the Middle of the Night and Arrest Undocumented Immigrants Without Warrants?

Can ICE Enter Homes in the Middle of the Night and Arrest Undocumented Immigrants Without Warrants?

Photo: Immigrants await their fate as courts decide whether or not ICE violated their rights

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More than a dozen immigrants await their fate as courts decide whether or not Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) violated their rights.

In a number of 2007 raids, 14 undocumented immigrants were taken in to custody when ICE officials entered their homes in the middle of the night.

What has immigrant and civil rights groups outraged is the fact that none fo the 14 had any kind of order or notice from ICE before they were detained.

One of the men, Jose Matias Pretzantin said his building was raided at 5 a.m., and that no one knew what was happening.

“We were all so scared. They didn’t give us time to get dressed, they handcuffed us all barefoot,” he told the NY Daily News.

He and his family were interrogated by agents until about 6 p.m. he said, and when the questioning was over they were ordered to be deported.

Anne Pilsbury, director of Central American Legal Assistance, is representing the 14 immigrants and pointed out that the addresses the raids occurred at were for those used by immigrants that no longer lived there. In the end, those that were arrested were not the ones agents had been looking for.

Pilsbury has argued that evidence collected during the raids cannot be used to deport these individuals because they are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. Immigration judges agreed with her to start with, but when Homeland Security appealed those decisions, the Board of Immigration Appeals sided with the government three times, and just once in favor of the immigrants.

Even in the best case scenario, the b immigrants can only hope to not be deported and simply be released, allowing them to go back in to hiding.

Read more at New York Daily News →

Hugo Chávez Makes 1st Public Appearance With Shaved Head & Now Has an Exercise Video(VIDEO)

Hugo Chávez Makes 1st Public Appearance With Shaved Head & Now Has an Exercise Video(VIDEO)

Photo: Hugo Chávez Over The Weekend

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We also bring you a video of the Venezuelan leader directing his cabinet’s fitness routine a la Richard Simmons.

President Hugo Chávez has made his first televised appearance since he had his head shaven earlier today in the oath ceremony for several new ministers.



This only 48 hours after the government released a video of the president leading ministers and other government members in an exercise routine:

This video has reignited speculations about Chávez’s actual health condition, as opponents of the current government wonder if the leader’s illness is anything other than a carefully planned show before next year’s elections.

What do you think? Do you think Chávez is ill, or do you think he’s just after the sympathy vote? Let us know your opinion in the forum section!


 

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Poverty Rising in Mexico, Govt Blames Global Financial Crisis

Poverty Rising in Mexico, Govt Blames Global Financial Crisis

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Friday, Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s administration received word that despite an improving economy, just under half of the country’s population lives in poverty, and that number is rising.

According to a report from the National Political and Social Development Commission (Coneval), 46.2 percent of Mexico’s population (52 million people) is living in poverty, which is up from 48.8 million in 2008. Poverty is described not only by having a low income, but by access to education, food, health care, housing and other basic services.

And though the percent of those living in extreme poverty dropped from 10.6 to 10.5 percent, the number of people remains at 11.7 million people.

ImageThe report showed that in between 2008 and 2010, Veracruz, Guanajuato, Chihuahua, Oaxaca, and Baja California were the states with the greatest increase in the number of people living in poverty.

President Calderon and his administration have worked hard to portray Mexico as having a blossoming economy, and was quick to blame the figures on the global financial crisis.

Minister of Social Development Heriberto Felix Guerra, who is responsible for the programs aimed at reducing poverty levels in the country. He defended the government’s actions to date, saying great strides were made in coming back from the global financial crisis that occurred between 2008 and 2009, and says the government’s achievements should be recognized.

Human rights groups are so quick to support Calderon’s administration however, and say it has failed to make the abolishment of poverty enough of a priority.

Conveal identifies poverty as living on less than 2,115 pesos (about $180) a month in urban areas, and extreme poverty as have less than 978 pesos (roughly $83) a month.

Read more at Los Angeles Times →

DON’T MISS Ana de la Reguera in “Cowboys & Aliens” (VIDEO)

DON’T MISS Ana de la Reguera in “Cowboys & Aliens” (VIDEO)

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The former love interest of Univisión’s Jorge Ramos is a part of the most successful box office hit this week!

Watch as Aliens abduct Ana’s character María, in the trailer for Aliens & Cowboys, featuring Ana next to Hollywood icons Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell.

Mun2 published this hilarious pitch interview with Ana…  Batos & Aliens? Comment on our forums!

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LATINO BLOTTER: Virginia Butt Slasher Attacking Women in Malls

LATINO BLOTTER: Virginia Butt Slasher Attacking Women in Malls

Photo: The Virginia butt slasher attacking women in malls is believed to be Hispanic

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Police are on the lookout for a Hispanic male they believe has been attacking young women in shopping centers.

The slasher’s most recent victim was an 18-year-old girl who was shopping at Forever 21 in Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Last Monday night, the girl said she felt a sharp pain in her rear-end and thought she had gotten caught on a hanger, but when she looked at her backside, she realized she was bleeding and that her denim short had been . The wound was superficial and only 1.5 in. police say.

Tuesday, police released additional information, stating that this method of attack has been happening since February, around Valentine’s Day. The victims have all been in their teens to early 20s.

ImageSpokeswoman for Fairfax Co. Police, Lucy Caldwell, said in each case, the victim was distracted when the suspect cut her with either a box cutter or a razor.

“The attacks do appear random,” Caldwell told reporters. “Certainly no one would be expecting or suspecting anything like this to occur.”

The suspect has not been identified, but is described as being a heavy set Hispanic male in his late 20s, and roughly 5’ 6” tall.

Monday’s attack was the third reported at Fair Oaks Mall, and two other incidents happened at other shopping centers in the area.

“We want young women to take precaution and be aware of their surroundings,” said Caldwell. “Don’t hesitate to report anything unusual.”

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Illinois Gov. Quinn Signs State DREAM Act (VIDEO)

Illinois Gov. Quinn Signs State DREAM Act  (VIDEO)

Photo: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Signs State's DREAM Act at Benito Juarez H.S. in Pilsen (Chicago)

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Today, at Benito Juarez High School in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, Governor Pat Quinn signed historic legislation to increase education opportunities to children of immigrants in Illinois. The Illinois DREAM Act creates a privately-funded scholarship program for high school graduates from immigrant families who wish to attend college.

“All children have the right to a first-class education,” Governor Quinn said. “The Illinois DREAM Act creates more opportunities for the children of immigrants to achieve a fulfilling career, brighter future and better life through higher education.”

Senate Bill 2185, sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and Rep. Eddie Acevedo (D-Chicago), establishes a nine-member Illinois DREAM Fund Commission to manage the program, whose members are appointed by the Governor. The commission will help establish privately-funded scholarships for students who have resided with their parents while attending high school in Illinois, earned their high school diploma, attended school in Illinois for at least three years, and have at least one parent who immigrated to the United States.

In addition, the new law allows any person with a Social Security or taxpayer identification number to participate in a state-operated college savings pool. It also requires high school counselors to provide college information to all children of immigrants. Children of immigrants will have unprecedented opportunities to access higher education as a result of the Illinois DREAM Act.

“Immigrants are a driving force in our city’s cultural and economic life, and opening the way for all Chicago students to earn an excellent higher education will make our city even stronger,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I am proud that families and students across Illinois will now have a better shot at the American Dream — which starts with a great education.”

“We thank Governor Quinn for his continuous support and his tireless work for the immigrant community,” said Lawrence Benito, Deputy Director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). “The signing of this bill into law is historic and it confirms that Illinois is not only an immigrant-friendly state but also a national leader on moving fair, humane, and practical solutions.”

The DREAM Act passed with bipartisan legislative support and with the strong support of the education community. The commission will provide training to school service personnel and work with admission and financial aid officers and high school counselors across Illinois to help students utilize the wide array of higher education opportunities.

Read more at Illinois Government News Network →

Charlie Sheen Rescues Ex From Xtreme Rehab in Mexico

Charlie Sheen Rescues Ex From Xtreme Rehab in Mexico

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The master winner and king of altruism went south of the border in his private jet to pick his ex, Brooke Mueller up and bring her to drug rehab safety!

Mueller was in México for a total of 12 hours, before knight Charlie in his shining armor took a jet down and scooped her up.

TMZ reported that Sheen thought the Ibogaine treatment that Mueller was going to put herself through in México sounded dangerous, so he summoned his private outfit of physicians (the same team that treated him after he stormed “Two and a Half men”) to come and help her kick her wicked vices in an undisclosed location, all paid in full by the Sheen himself.

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U.S. Farmers Opposing GOP E-Verify Mandate

U.S. Farmers Opposing GOP E-Verify Mandate

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It seems likely that Republicans will to lose the support of farmers, as their immigration legislation will cost farm owners a number of their workers.

Farmers are coming together to fight a bill sponsored by Texas Rep. Lamar Smith that would require all employers to use E-Verify to check the immigration status of those applying for work.

If required to do so, farmers fear they would lose workers, since many of them give false information when applying or after being hired.

Immigrants, mostly undocumented, work in the fields for low pay, and farm owners are worried that their workers will simply stop coming in, leaving crops unharvested and spoiled.

It is not just crops farmers are worried, the dairy industry would also be affected, as 1 in 4 dairy farmers are immigrants.

President of the U.S. Apple Association, Nancy Foster, said that if the bill were to pass, it would force farms to shut down, because there would be no one willing to work them at wages undocumented immigrants accept.

This bill has a good chance of getting through the Republican majority House, but the Senate is controlled by Democrats, and the bill is likely to see more hesitance.

Smith has claimed that this bill is a “jobs bill” and that undocumented workers are taking jobs from legal U.S. residents.

Read more at New York Times →

Televisa and Azteca’s Telenovelas to be Streamed on Netflix but not in U.S.

Televisa and Azteca’s Telenovelas to be Streamed on Netflix but not in U.S.

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Starting in September Netflix will offers its Latin American clients telenovelas from the King’s of telenovela production: Televisa and Azteca.

The deal calls for the Mexican owned, Spanish-language networks to offer 3000 hours or approximately 125 days of annual programming to Netflix customers.  In turn the Netflix customer can opt to hear their fave novella in either Spanish, Portuguese or English. 

Earlier in the month the on-demand internet streaming company announced its expansion into Spain and Latin America.  Televisa and Azteca are the first content partners in Latin America for Netflix.

Televisa who owns the largest collection of telenovelas will allow Netflix to stream its videos a year after they air on Spanish-language stations and will not allow them to be streamed in the U.S.

Read more at Variety News →

Bullfighting to Stay in Spain: “Artistic Discipline and Cultural Product”

Bullfighting to Stay in Spain: “Artistic Discipline and Cultural Product”

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Zapatero’s government called the Ministry of Culture to be in charge of the “development and protection” of bullfighting from now on.

Animal rights activists were outraged at the decision of the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to protect bullfighting as an art form, and cultural patrimony of Spain.

The Spanish government announced that the Ministry of Culture will oversee the proper “development and protection” of bullfighting, work previously assigned to the Interior Ministry.

“Since it has been understood that bullfighting is an artistic discipline and a cultural product, it was considered that the ministry of culture was the correct place for its development and protection,” said Ministry of Culture officials.

The political move to protect the practice follows an intense campaign by professional matadors and bullfighters who pressured the government to protect their art and the profitable spectacle within.

Silvia Barquero, spokeswoman for Pacma, an anti-bullfighting political party, told newspaper Público the decision was ‘complete nonsense ... a measure which sends us back to the Middle Ages’.

 

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Immigration Judges at Border Have Higher Rate of Denying Asylum Petitions

Immigration Judges at Border Have Higher Rate of Denying Asylum Petitions

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According to a new study by the Transactional Records Access Clearninghouse immigration judges working at the border are more likely to deny asylum petitions from Mexican nationals than anywhere else in the country.

The study looked at the decisions of 265 immigration judges located throughout the country who have rendered decisions on 100 asylum cases over the last five year.  Overall, there was a 53.2% denial rate but border judges had a 83.3% denial rate.  The majority of asylum seekers were from Mexico and Central America.

When someone is granted political asylum the petitioner must show the court they have been persecuted or have a highly likelihood of being persecuted in the future.  The grounds for persecution are either on the grounds of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a specific social group. 

Last year 19,500 foreign nationals applied for asylum in the U.S.

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Mexican President Calderon’s Sister to Run for Governor of Michoacan

Mexican President Calderon’s Sister to Run for Governor of Michoacan

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Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon’s sister has won her primary gubernatorial election in the state of Michoacan.  State Senator Luisa Maria Calderon was a National Action Party candidate and won the primary with over 60 percent of the votes.

Michoacan is the home state of the President and his sister while it is also home to the La Familia drug cartel.  The gubernatorial elections are set for November 13, 2011.

Calderon served in Mexico’s upper house of Congress until 2006 but has held numerous positions for the National Action Party including being a local deputy.

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MALDEF Secures Court Victory: Texas Can’t Deny Drivers Licenses to Legally Working Immigrants

MALDEF Secures Court Victory: Texas Can’t Deny Drivers Licenses to Legally Working Immigrants

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This week, the 345th District Court in Travis County granted a declaratory judgment and enjoined the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) from enforcing rules it created that deny driver’s licenses to immigrants living and working in Texas with authorization from the federal government. The court granted the relief in a suit brought by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) together with co-counsel Graves, Doughtery, Hearon & Moody (“Graves Dougherty”) in Austin, Texas, on behalf of six individuals who hold visas authorizing them to reside and work in the United States, as well as a landscaping business that employs foreign workers under the federal H-2B program. MALDEF’s case challenged recently-adopted rules and policies of DPS that prevented thousands of persons across Texas from receiving standard-issued licenses even though they possessed valid immigration documents issued by the federal government.

Judge Orlinda L. Naranjo held that DPS acted outside the scope of its legislative authority when it adopted the new rules, and that DPS does not have the authority to deny legal immigrants Texas licenses, to require them to present proof of their lawful presence, or to issue them non-standard licenses in a vertical format that identify them as “TEMPORARY VISITORS” and include their “status date.”

The court entered the judgment following a hearing yesterday on a motion for judgment. A one-day trial was held in Austin on May 10, 2011 in which the plaintiffs challenged the rules adopted by the Public Safety Commission in 2008 that effectively allowed DPS to exclude otherwise qualified persons from receiving driver’s licenses solely on the basis that they held less than one-year visas or had less than six-months remaining of permission on their visas.

DPS also changed the appearance of driver’s licenses for persons with legal permission to reside in the U.S., but who are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, and shortened the expiration term of licenses for such persons-all without the Texas Legislature ever passing a law authorizing DPS to do such. 

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MondayAugust 1, 2011