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TuesdayAugust 23, 2011

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POLL: Most Voters Oppose Public Schooling, Tuition Breaks & Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

POLL: Most Voters Oppose Public Schooling, Tuition Breaks & Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

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The Obama administration announced last week that it was slowing the deportation process for “low priority” immigration cases to focus on illegal immigrants with criminal records. Critics complain the move is intended to get around Congress’ refusal to pass the so-called Dream Act aimed at providing a path to citizenship for those who came to the country illegally before age 16.  But a majority of voters remain opposed to giving the children of illegal immigrants the same educational opportunities as those who are here legally.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that only 32% of Likely U.S. Voters believe children of parents in this country illegally should be allowed to attend public school here. Fifty-three percent (53%) do not believe those young illegal immigrants should be allowed to attend public school. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.

Last September, just 20% said local government should be required to provide a public school education for a child brought into the United States illegally by his or her parents. Sixty-four percent (64%) disagreed and said local governments should not be required to educate them.
Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters believe parents should be required to prove they are legal residents of the United States when registering their child for public school. Twenty-one percent (21%) oppose such a requirement.

Several states have made illegal immigrants eligible for lower in-state tuition at colleges and universities, but 81% of voters oppose such a move in their state. Just 12% think illegal immigrants should be eligible for these tuition breaks in their home state. Opposition to allowing illegal immigrants to be eligible for in-state tuition is slightly stronger than it was back in October 2007.

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STUDY:  Mexican-American Children Have Lowest Prevalence Rates of ADHD

STUDY:  Mexican-American Children Have Lowest Prevalence Rates of ADHD

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The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Center’s official report on the rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in US children shows the trend is upward.  Nonetheless, there were different prevalence rates amongst different ethic groups.

Mexican children show consistently lower ADHD prevalence rates than any other ethnic or racial group.

From 1998–2000 through 2007–2009, the prevalence of ADHD increased among children aged 5–17 years, from 6.9% to 9.0%. These increases were seen among both boys and girls, among children in most racial and ethnic groups except Mexican children, and among children with family income less than 200% of the poverty level. By geographic region, ADHD was more prevalent in the South and Midwest regions of the United States than in the Northeast and West regions during 2007–2009.

ADHD is one of the most common mental health disorders of childhood. The symptoms of ADHD (inattention, impulsive behavior, and hyperactivity) begin in childhood and often persist into adulthood. These symptoms frequently lead to functional impairment in academic, family, and social settings.

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Did Columbus Give the World Lager Beer While Discovering the Americas?

Did Columbus Give the World Lager Beer While Discovering the Americas?

Photo: Galls on the beech trees of Patagonia in Argentina containing yeast alleged to be used in lager beer

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It seems that after years of believing that credit for the discovery of the fermentation process that led to the modern day lager beer belongs to the Bavarians, it turns out the Argentineans really deserve that credit, and perhaps Christopher Columbus the credit for bringing that process to back to Europe with him.

Worldwide, the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is used to ferment fruit and grains to make wine, cider, and ale, but the yeast used to ferment lager beer, Saccharomyces pastorianus is a hybrid of the former and what has now been discovered to be yeast from the beech tree forests of Patagonia in Argentina, named Saccharomyces eubayanus.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison stated:

The facile recovery of this species from Patagonia suggests that S. eubayanus may have been absent in Europe until it was imported from overseas after the advent of trans-Atlantic trade.

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…trans-Atlantic trips like those made by the famous Christopher Columbus.

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Allegations: Wiretaps & Other Abuses of Power in Colombia Financed With U.S. Aid

Allegations: Wiretaps & Other Abuses of Power in Colombia Financed With U.S. Aid

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The Washington Post published over the weekend a very comprehensive article providing significant information about the financing of illegal operations carried out by the Colombian government.

According to law enforcement documents obtained by The Washington Post and interviews with prosecutors and former Colombian intelligence officials, billions of dollars, special hardware and software and technical and military training provided over the last decade to elite units of the Colombian intelligence agency “DAS” (Administrative Security Department), were allegedly used to carry out spying operations, blackmail and to smear campaigns against Supreme Court justices, former President Alvaro Uribe’s political opponents and civil society groups.

Since the nineties, and under three administrations, Colombia has been Washington’s closest ally in Latin America, a title that comes with financial benefits: $6 billion in aid were awarded to the nation during Uribe’s 2002-10 presidency.

The Washington Post reports that a former DAS director said in an interview that “DAS units depended on U.S.-supplied computers, wiretapping devices, cameras and mobile phone interception systems, as well as rent for safe houses and petty cash for gasoline. “We could have operated” without U.S. assistance, he said, “but not with the same effectiveness.”

Uribe himself is under investigation by a special legislative commission whose constitutional power trumps Uribe’s Ex-President Diplomatic Immunity.

American officials denied having knowledge of or having been involved in questionable operatives committed by the DAS and Colombian prosecutors have not accused any Americans of wrongdoing.

The Colombian newspaper El Tiempo said on Tuesday that Colombia’s attorney general Viviane Morales met with Washington Post delegates to make clear that her office has no open investigations on the supposed irregular handling of U.S. aid tied to the wiretapping scandal; former President Alvaro Uribe said to be “profoundly disappointed” with the article and sent a protest letter to the Washington Post.

U.S. Embassy in Colombia officials said they didn’t know if the equipment sent by the U.S. was used for illegal operations, later they said the Washington Post’s version was “incorrect.”

 

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Immigration Rules Hit the Classroom

Immigration Rules Hit the Classroom

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A new immigration policy at Georgia’s five most competitive colleges has so far resulted in only one illegal immigrant being turned away after being accepted.

A policy adopted by Georgia’s Board of Regents last October requires that students prove legal immigration status before they can enroll at any state college that turned away qualified candidates in the past two years, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. That currently includes the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Georgia College and State University and Georgia Health Sciences University. Georgia State turned away one student who had been preliminarily accepted, while Georgia Tech canceled the applications for three academically qualified applicants when it learned they were illegal immigrants.

In Alabama, meanwhile, a new immigration law requiring public schools to document the immigration status of their students hasn’t led to reduced Hispanic enrollment, school officials tell the Associated Press. The law doesn’t bar illegal immigrants from attending schools, but requires school districts to keep track of how many illegal immigrants are enrolled so the state can estimate the cost of educating them. Schools code students differently, based on their immigration status, Education Week previously reported.

Read more at Ben Wider for Stateline →

Honduras-Born Inventor Using Disassembled Toys to Provide Medical Tools

Honduras-Born Inventor Using Disassembled Toys to Provide Medical Tools

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When medical supplies finally make their way to third world countries, they are sometimes broken or possess defects making them useless, but one man has found a way to turn toys into much needed medical tools.

Inventor Jose Gomez-Marquez has managed to turn his childhood interest of tinkering into a humanitarian mission to improve real world medical care in poorer countries.

Given a plunger and a few other pieces of things that were once probably toys or inexpensive gadgets, Gomez-Marquez made a cheap device to do the work of an expensive centrifuge that is so costly to fix that hospitals in poorer countries find it impractical to repair or replace.

Over the years, Gomez-Marquez has worked in his native Honduras, Nicaragua, and a number of other in-need countries when equipment needed just to diagnose people can be hard to come by, let alone treat.

In an interview with CNET Gomez-Marquez said, “Most of the devices that get donated to developing countries fail because they were not designed to be used in these environments. We need to make the Land Rover version of medical devices for these countries. Right now we are sending the Ferrari versions and they fail.”

Below, the MIT Innovations in International Health program director shows off some of his inventions he uses to help those in need.

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Quinceañera! People En Español Turns 15 Years Old!

Quinceañera! People En Español Turns 15 Years Old!

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To celebrate the first 15 years of People en Español, the magazine brought together four of the most influential Latinas: Gloria Estéfan, Cristina Saralegui, Adamari López and Maite Perroni.  Estefan and Saralegui were chosen for the 15th issue because they graced the cover on the first issue

The 15 year issue will be a flip cover, and will feature the 15 sexiest men in the other side.  The magazine was launched when People magazine ran a dual cover magazine - one covering the murder of Tejana singer Selena and the other on the popular TV show ‘Friends’.  Guess which one sold out??

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Don’t miss the special issue, packed with intimate details of the lives and quinceañera stories of the four cover Latinas, as well as a selection of the spiciest exclusive stories of the last 15 years.

 

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STUDY:  High Achieving Latinos & Blacks Suffer Most Academically from Bullying

STUDY:  High Achieving Latinos & Blacks Suffer Most Academically from Bullying

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Victims of bullying often suffer academically, and this is particularly true for high achieving black and Latino students, according to new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

“Although academic achievement is largely influenced by family background and school characteristics, our study suggests that the experience of being bullied also influences students’ grades,” said Lisa M. Williams, a doctoral student in sociology at Ohio State University, and lead author of the study. “We find that bullying has implications for achievement regardless of racial and ethnic background, but seems to be especially detrimental for subsets of certain racial and ethnic groups.”

The study relies on nationally representative data from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS), which, among other things, asked students whether they were bullied during the 2001-2002 academic year, when they were in 10th grade. Williams and her co-author, Anthony A. Peguero, a sociology professor at Virginia Tech, compared the academic achievement (the GPAs) of ELS participants in 9th grade, before the bullying occurred, with their academic achievement during the 2003-2004 school year, when they were in 12th grade. The scale for GPA ranges from zero (lowest) to four (highest). Their sample consisted of 9,590 students in 580 schools, including 1,150 Asians, 1,360 blacks, 1,470 Latinos, and 5,610 whites. Racial and ethnic minorities are oversampled in ELS to obtain a sufficient representation for statistical analysis.

According to the study, students who were bullied in the 10th grade experienced a .049 points decrease in 12th grade GPA. “This effect, though small, is highly significant and suggests that bullying negatively affects GPA even after factoring in previous grades, family background, and school characteristics often associated with achievement, which are all variables the study controls for,” Williams said.

But, Williams said, the most striking aspect of the study is the considerable negative effect bullying has on the GPAs of high achieving black and Latino students. For example, Williams and Peguero found that black students—who had 3.5 GPAs in 9th grade and were bullied in 10th grade—experienced a .3 points decrease in their 12th grade GPAs. The effect of bullying was even greater for high achieving Latinos. Latino students with 3.5 GPAs in 9th grade, who were bullied in 10th grade, had 12th grade GPAs that were .5 points lower. By way of comparison, white students—who had 3.5 GPAs in 9th grade and were bullied in 10th grade—saw their GPAs decrease by .03 points in 12th grade.

“Stereotypes about black and Latino youth suggest that they perform poorly in school,” Williams said. “High achieving blacks and Latinos who do not conform to these stereotypes may be especially vulnerable to the effect bullying has on grades.”

In terms of the study’s policy implications, Williams said the study makes the case that policy-makers and educators should be thinking about the effect bullying has on student achievement. “We urge them to invest resources into protecting students from bullying, which will have implications for achievement, especially the achievement of racial and ethnic minorities,” Williams said.

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Religious Artifacts Being Stolen from Churches Across Latin America

Religious Artifacts Being Stolen from Churches Across Latin America

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Gangs in Mexico and throughout Latin America are now turning their attention towards religious artifacts, as a string of robberies are being reported at churches and other religious institutions.

Some churches are being forced to close and lock their doors when Mass in not in session to prevent criminal gangs from stealing artifacts thought to be priceless.

Thieves have reportedly even gone into churches claiming to be restoration specialists to get close enough to the artifacts to swipe them from the church. They even show false references and documentation to support their claims.

Other robbers however have less refined plans and simply break in (or walk in in some cases) and steal whatever might be of value.

Catholic newspaper, El Observador, has reported that religious artifact theft has jumped 600 percent in just two decades.

In a town east of Mexico City, authorities have revealed that 600 pieces of religious art have been stolen in the last 10 years.

Sadly, the majority of artifacts have not been recovered, and Mexican authorities have said they believe at least 42 percent of thefts in the country are related to organized crime.

Mexico however, is not the only Latin American country to be faced with these thefts. In Peru, in the span of just three years, 659 religious pieces were stolen. Even artifacts from Colombia are being stolen and sent to Spain and Denmark by way of trafficking networks.

InSight has stated that although theft of these artifacts has increased over the years, it is not likely to become a primary source of revenue for thieves and gangs, with even the highest priced items $40,000 to $50,000.

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Emergency Aid Coming to Puerto Rico After President Declares An Emergency

Emergency Aid Coming to Puerto Rico After President Declares An Emergency

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President Obama has declared an ‘emergency’ exists in Puerto Rico after the island was hit by Hurricane Irene on Sunday.  Now the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Homeland Security can coordinate aid to all 78 municipalities affected.

The government will also provide equipment and funding resources for the recovery process.  The island is still being inundated with rain this morning, after the first hurricane since 1998 has hit the island. 

Hurricane Irene resulted in nearly one million islanders being without power, 100,000 lost their water service and there are many downed trees and flooded streets hampering the recovery.

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Pitbull Will Bring The Heat to 2011’s MTV Video Music Awards!

MTV today announced that international music superstar and two-time 2011 VMA nominee, Pitbull will be the next artist to bring the heat to the “2011 MTV Video Music Awards” stage.

Pitbull will perform his worldwide #1 smash “Give Me Everything” from the critically acclaimed album Planet Pit.

The artist’s energetic live performance will feature several special guests like Grammy nominated R & B soul-singer Ne-Yo, and up-and-coming songstress Nayer.

Presenters include: Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen, Kim Kardashian, Rick Ross, and Odd Future.

Pitbull joins the previously announced 2011 VMA performers including Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and Young The Giant. The “2011 MTV Video Music Awards” will air live from Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 9PM

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When You Gotta Go You Gotta Go: Angel Pagan’s Emergency Bathroom Break Delays Mets-Phillies Game

When You Gotta Go You Gotta Go: Angel Pagan’s Emergency Bathroom Break Delays Mets-Phillies Game

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Ángel Pagán may be feeling a bit embarrassed after his run to the bathroom caused a game delay, Monday night.

The New York Mets center fielder was feeling a bit unsettled at the end of the fourth inning. He said the rumble down below came suddenly and he had little time to react so he told trainer Ray Ramirez and ran to the washroom.

The Puerto Rican player thought he had plenty of time before he’d be up to bat, but before he was finished in the clubhouse bathroom he said he looked at a television and saw the inning was moving along more quickly then expected.

“When you’re up fourth in the inning and you have to do that, it’s just not fun,” Pagán told the NY Daily News.

Though he was doing his best to hurry up, Pagán, 30, wound up being booed by the crowd when umpire Mike DiMuro realized the next batter, Pagán, was no where to be found.

DiMuro walked over to the team’s dugout and asked if they planned on bringing out another batter. Pagán eventually made it back in time to bat.

In the end, it mattered very little as the game ended with Phillies 10, Mets 0.

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Border Patrol Answering More Heat-Distress Calls from Illegal Aliens

Border Patrol Answering More Heat-Distress Calls from Illegal Aliens

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With temperatures remaining high throughout south Texas, the number of illegal aliens who require assistance due to extreme heat continues to rise.

Over the past weekend U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued 16-illegal aliens whose lives were in jeopardy.

The first rescue took place Saturday when the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station was contacted by the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a 911 distress call they received from an illegal alien who was in need of assistance. Agents located the man in the brush near Falfurrias using information the man provided in the 911 call.

Another 14 illegal aliens were rescued Sunday when agents were again, notified by the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office about a 911 call from a man who said he was part of a group that was lost in the brush and needed help. Agents quickly located the group using GPS coordinates provided by the sheriff’s office.

Additionally, another man was rescued by agents from the Kingsville Station after receiving a call from Kennedy County regarding a 911 call from an illegal alien who was in need of assistance near Los Finados Lake. The agents located the man with the help of a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter.

None of the individuals rescued over the weekend required medical assistance. They will all be processed for return to their countries of origin.

So far this fiscal year agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector have rescued more than 180 illegal aliens whose lives were at risk due to a variety of circumstances.

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Baby, Baby, Baby, Ooooh. Bieber-Fever Reaches Lima, Peru (VIDEO)

Baby, Baby, Baby, Ooooh. Bieber-Fever Reaches Lima, Peru (VIDEO)

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Be a witness to the effect the 17 year old Canadian boy singer has on Peruvian teens. They are even planning a flashmob to greet him!

Justin Bieber’s Perú tour date is not until October, but already, the young members of the Peruvian chapter of the Bieber fan club are taking to the streets to scream, chant and plan massive events for the day the Biebs arrive in Lima.

Check out the video below and join the conversation in forums section.

 

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Take a Look at the New Martin Luther King JR. Memorial (VIDEO)

Take a Look at the New Martin Luther King JR. Memorial (VIDEO)

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The striking 28-foot statue of the civil rights leader marks the first time a member of a minority group, and a non president is memorialized on the National Mall. Image

The memorial opened to the public yesterday and will remain open through Thursday.

Friday and Saturday the site will be closed in preparation for the formal dedication ceremony this Sunday, when President Obama will unveil the artwork in front of a crowd expected to reach the half a million people.

Sunday’s ceremony coincides with the 48th anniversary of Mr. King’s emblematic “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Tell us your thoughts on the new monument, civil rights movement, equality and the wonderfully crafted new Martin Luther King Memorial on Washington’s National Mall. Join our forums section and share your thoughts with us!

 

 

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High Ranking Member of Mexican Gulf Cartel Extradited to U.S.

High Ranking Member of Mexican Gulf Cartel Extradited to U.S.

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Aurelio Cano-Flores, aka “Yankee” and “Yeyo,” a high-ranking member of the Mexican Gulf Cartel, has been extradited to the United States from Mexico to face drug conspiracy charges, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Administrator Michele M. Leonhart of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Cano-Flores, 39, made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola in the District of Columbia, after being extradited to the United States on Aug. 19, 2011.  Cano-Flores was ordered detained in federal custody pending trial.  Cano-Flores had been in the custody of Mexican authorities pending extradition since his arrest on June 10, 2009.

Cano-Flores was charged, along with 19 other defendants, in a superseding indictment returned on Nov. 4, 2010.  He is charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana for importation into the United States.

According to court documents, Cano-Flores was a high-ranking member of the Gulf Cartel when it worked in close partnership with Los Zetas, collectively known as “The Company.”  The Gulf Cartel allegedly transported shipments of cocaine and marijuana by motor vehicles from Mexico to cities in Texas for distribution to other cities within the United States.  The indictment alleges that Cano-Flores, his co-defendants and others organized, directed, and carried out various acts of violence against Mexican law enforcement officers and rival drug traffickers to retaliate against and to intimidate anyone who interfered with, or who were perceived to potentially interfere with, the cocaine and marijuana trafficking activities of the Gulf Cartel.

According to the indictment, from June 2006 until his arrest, Cano-Flores’s role was to oversee drug trafficking activities in Camargo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, including procuring for distribution significant quantities of cocaine, heroin and bulk marijuana.  Cano-Flores also is alleged to have coordinated the movement of illegal narcotics from Mexico into the United States as well as the repatriation of drug proceeds into Mexico.  The Gulf Cartel controls most of the cocaine and marijuana trafficking through the Matamoros, Mexico, corridor to the United States.  Los Zetas began as the enforcement wing of the Gulf Cartel, but has emerged in recent years as an independent drug trafficking organization.

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LATINO DECISIONS POLL:  President Obama’s Support Waning Amongst Latino Voters

LATINO DECISIONS POLL:  President Obama’s Support Waning Amongst Latino Voters

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The most recent poll of Latino voters reveals a continuing political problem for President Barack Obama, which he must address if he wants to get re-elected next year.  The number of Latinos who are certain to vote for Obama in 2012 does not reach the level needed to, at this point, obtain the supermajority of votes the president needs to win certain difficult states, such as New Mexico, Colorado and other western states. The most recent impreMedia/Latino Decisions poll, conducted between late July and early August, showed this result.

Currently, only 38% of Latino voters are certain they will vote for the president next year. This number was 43% in February, when impreMedia/Latino Decisions did a similar poll, and it had increased to 49% in June after the capture of Osama bin Laden and Obama’s speech in El Paso reaffirming his support on immigration. As reflected below, the poll also found that only half of Latino voters are “very enthusiastic” about voting in the presidential election next year, while 26% are “somewhat enthusiastic.”

Gabriel Sánchez, a political science professor at the University of New Mexico and Director of Research for Latino Decisions, said that President Obama still maintains a wide lead in his approval rating among Latinos compared to the rest of the population, but the movement of the numbers and the lack of enthusiasm for voting could signal a political problem for the Democrats.  “Without a doubt, as we can see, a majority of Latinos say they will vote for Obama, but will enough of them actually come out to vote?” said Sánchez. “In 2008, the Latino vote for Obama was 68%, and this time he will a similar showing among Latino voters.” The fluctuations of the vote right now, so far from the election, may not mean much for the final result. However, they are a sign for President Obama that he is losing ground with a group of voters he needs for re-election. “In certain states where the president will have a tough fight (to win the electoral college), great enthusiasm from groups like the Latinos is needed—a supermajority, as a way of saying it,” said Sánchez. “If he loses ground there, even if it is by a few points and with less participation at the polls, he could be in trouble.”

Latinos and African-Americans, among other specific groups of voters, were essential in 2008, providing supermajorities in key states and tipping the scales in Obama’s favor. A supermajority means obtaining a vote that is not a simple 50% majority, but rather 65% or more. Also, these voters need to be enthusiastic and come out to vote—just like the Republicans or conservatives who are trying to oust a Democratic president whom they have seriously criticized and tried to discredit probably are.

Matt Barreto, a professor at the University of Washington, Seattle and advisor to Latino Decisions, said that the voting intentions favoring Obama show a dangerous trend, since there is a percentage of Latino voters who are moving from the “strongly approve” column to “somewhat approve.”

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TuesdayAugust 23, 2011