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FridaySeptember 2, 2011

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Increasing Access to Naturalization- A List of Resources

Increasing Access to Naturalization- A List of Resources

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According to a 2010 study, it is estimated that 8.16 million lawful permanent residents across the country are eligible to naturalize as U.S. citizens, and many more become eligible each year. As immigrants’ rights organizations continue to promote the economic and social benefits of U.S. citizenship, they have also assessed the reasons why eligible applicants do not naturalize, including filing fees, English and civics requirements, and other barriers. Many organizations are focusing their efforts on increasing access to naturalization by creating applicant-friendly resources, promoting the fee waiver application process, and calling attention to special exceptions and exemptions for seniors and long term permanent residents, individuals with disabilities, military applicants, and other special groups. We want to alert you to resources on naturalization.


The “Library” contains:

- A policy paper with recommendations on how to improve the naturalization process to increase access

- A comprehensive library on naturalization, which includes folders on special applicant groups.


Upcoming Trainings and Webinars:

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINC) is offering a free webinar, “Strategies for Naturalizing the Most Vulnerable Applicants,” on September 12, 2011. This webinar will discuss key strategies for helping vulnerable applicants to overcome barriers in the naturalization process.  To register for this webinar, visit here.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is offering an audio seminar, “Strategies for Success in Problematic Naturalization Cases,” on September 22, 2011. For more information and to register for this seminar, visit here.


Other resources on naturalization:

Catholic Legal Immigration Network
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) offers “Citizenship for Us: A Handbook on Naturalization & Citizenship,” a comprehensive guide to the naturalization process that provides detailed information on citizenship eligibility, requirements, and benefits and a step-by-step explanation of the N-400, Here.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) offers resources, including a naturalization fee waiver packet, to promote and increase access to naturalization Here.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides the Citizenship Resource Center, which includes resources for teachers, organizations, and naturalization applicants, Here.

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Romney to Republican National Hispanic Assembly: As President, I’d Crack Down on Illegal Immigration

Romney to Republican National Hispanic Assembly: As President, I’d Crack Down on Illegal Immigration

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Friday, presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Obama’s immigration policies, saying, “Our country must do a better job of securing its borders and as president, I will. That means completing construction of a high-tech fence, and investing in adequate manpower and resources.”

Romney shared these remarks in Tampa, Florida at the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, adding that he would go after employers who hire undocumented immigrants, requiring companies to use an employment verification system.

He also went on to say that those like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s parents, who came to the U.S. legally from Cuba are the perfect example of using the system as he believes it was intended.

Romney was the only top tier presidential candidate to speak to the RNHA, though fellow-candidate Herman Cain also spoke, along with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Read more at The Hill →

20 Year Sentence for Monster Who Trained Dog To Rape in Colombia (VIDEO)

20 Year Sentence for Monster Who Trained Dog To Rape in Colombia (VIDEO)

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Jorge Alberto Walteros Aldana from Chiquinquirá, Colombia will be 75 years old when he gets out of prison… if he does.

The Colombian Attorney General Office was able to prove that Jorge Alberto Walteros Aldana, 55, trained a dog to sexually assault a 12 year old boy.

The boy’s testimony matchs the forensic tests performed on sperm found in his underwear.  A veterinarian expert also demonstrated the dog responded to certain words and stimuli with sexual attacks.  The dog was seized by authorities and as you can see in the photo is behind bars.  It is not known if the dog will be destroyed or rehabilitated. 

Colombian justice does not issue life sentences or the death penalty regardless of the crime. In any case, a 20 year life sentence at age 55 is pretty much a life sentence, and considering that for the next twenty years Walteros will have to carry a gigantic scarlet letter of shame inside a vicious prison, he has a pretty good chance of receiving the inmate-to-inmate death penalty.

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WATCH “Pop Up Video” Parody of Enrique Iglesias’ “Escape” (VIDEO)

WATCH “Pop Up Video” Parody of Enrique Iglesias’ “Escape” (VIDEO)

Photo: Rob Riggle and Lauryn Kahn chatting about Enrique Iglesias’ 2002 hit “Escape”

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Remember VH1’s “Pop Up video? Watch this Funny or Die, take on the classic VH1 show, featuring hilarious “Info Nuggets” of comedy actor (and Reserve Corps Lieutenant Colonel) Rob Riggle and Lauryn Kahn chatting about Enrique Iglesias’ 2002 hit “Escape”

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Opponents of Costa Rican International Airport Say it Could Ruin the Precious Ecosystem

Opponents of Costa Rican International Airport Say it Could Ruin the Precious Ecosystem

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Environmental groups are protesting plans to build an international airport in Coast Rica, saying it poses dangers to the diverse ecosystems.

Plans for the airport, which would be located near the Osa Peninsula, have been shaky to say it best since they were first seriously considered in 2006.

Carolina Herrera of the Latin American Advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council says construction and operation of the airport could severely harm the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetland, which it just 3miles from where the airport would sit, and the Osa region overall.

Osa is considered one of the most biologically diverse places remaining in the world, and though Coast Rican President Laura Chinchilla claims that the international airport is “of national importance” and supporters saying it would be a “green” airport, opponents point out that it takes just one mistake to ruin the area’s diverse ecosystem, and with “few rules, limited government resources and little planning or control could readily lead to the same negative effects seen in Guanacaste Province,” wrote the Center for Responsible Travel.

Opponents point to the expansion of the airport in Guanacaste and how it failed to reduce poverty and create jobs as anticipated.

The New York Times wrote:

Guanacaste expanded its local airport to an international terminal in 2002. Studies of the area have tied this expansion to social instability from a rapid influx of international real estate investment and an overgrown luxury resort industry. Many of the new jobs created — an oft-cited benefit of development — have gone to people from outside the region. Additionally, the cost of living in Guanacaste has risen, while wages for many have not kept pace.

“Costa Ricans describe ecological damages in Guanacste through their nickname for the residential and commercial development that has taken hold: desarrollo hormiga, or “ant development.”

Read more at New York Times →

Mexican Food Giant “Chipotle” Wants You to Know They are Green and Humane (VIDEO)

Mexican Food Giant “Chipotle” Wants You to Know They are Green and Humane (VIDEO)

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Take a look at this gorgeous stop-motion animation video that shows how Chipotle abstains from inhumane food farming practices, and strives to go 100% green. Image

Chipotle has been making great efforts to be perceived as a “hand-crafted, local farm supporting, food culture changing” Mexican food chain that serves what they call “food with integrity.”

Take a look at their super cool website to learn more about their naturally raised, organic and generally more humane food production; in the meantime check out this amazing stop-motion video made by London designer Johnny Kelly, with music by Willie nelson covering Coldplay’s “the Scientist.”

 

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Sen. Rubio, Angry About Attacks by Maddow and Schultz, Asks Supporters to Fight Back by Donating $$

Sen. Rubio, Angry About Attacks by Maddow and Schultz, Asks Supporters to Fight Back by Donating $$

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Senator Marco Rubio is not letting up on his war with MSNBC television host and political commentator Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz, also a political commentator, as well as a radio host, but this time he’s doing it in a fundraising pitch.

Maddow and Schultz have both spoken out against Rubio in recent months, calling him out on his ever-changing stance on Medicare. Most recently, Rubio said programs like Medicare “actually weakened us as a people,” inferring that they make people far too dependent on government programs.

Maddow responded by pointing out that he had once praised Medicare, saying how important it was for his family.

Schultz went after Rubio’s seemingly flip-floppy stance as well last Thursday, when he said, ““I’ll tell what’s weakening our society: political hacks like Marco Rubio, who want to get rid of social safety nets.”

But Rubio’s team was not sitting quietly. On Wednesday, his political action committee known as Reclaiming America, released a letter to its supporters, in which Maddow and Schultz were called “extreme liberals” who “have no interest in finding common sense solutions to the challenges facing our country.”

It also says Marco’s speech at the Reagan Library, in which he made his “weakened society” comment, was considered “thoughtful”, important”, and “powerful” – by those who were no doubt already his supporters.

But what is possibly the most awkward part of the letter is the end. It reads*:

Which is why we need your help us fight back. Your contribution of $100, $50, or even $25 will help us defend conservatives like Marco all across the country.”

In other words, “If you hate Maddow and Schultz like we do, give us money.”

Schultz has since fired back saying Rubio turned down an offer to appear on Schultz’s show, with Schultz saying the door is always open for a debate.


This was directly taken from the letter, and all errors remain.

Read more at Huffington Post →

Colombian Magician Arrested After Hypnotizing 41 Kids (VIDEO)

Colombian Magician Arrested After Hypnotizing 41 Kids (VIDEO)

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Magician Miller Zambrano Posada was taken into custody after 41 students went into hypnotic trance after his show in Mocoa, Colombia.

A Mocoa, Colombia high school’s “fun day,” complete with circus acts, clowns and the much awaited hypnotism act turned awry after several kids went into a mass panic attack and had to be taken to the hospital.

In what was supposed to be the highlight of this “fun day,” 590 high school students paid 700 pesos (about $0.40) to witness a few of their class mates obey several harebrained suggestions given by a hypnotist magician.

Twelve kids were called to the stage, and then four were returned to their seats; the remaining eight were put into trance by Zambrano with hand movements, deep eye contact and a monotone voice.

Zambrano made them lift their arms, walk in circles, cry like babies, laugh hysterically, bark like dogs, act like chickens and whatnot.  Students laughed and clapped at the end of the show and when Zambrano left the stage, the students were ushered back to their classrooms.

Suddenly, as the students walked back, several students developed bizarre symptoms.  Police at the scene reported some of the students were crying, others dived into the ground for no reason, others hit their chest with their palms.  One girl went as far as to scream that she was seeing the devil, and before too long a larger group of kids went into a mass panic attack.

Strangely enough, only one of the 36 girls and 5 boys affected, had shared the stage with the hypnotist, who was put in police custody as parents, students and a few teachers were accusing him of witchcraft.

Doctor William Orlando Galarza, director of the José María Hernández hospital where the kids were taken, said that to different degrees, all children presented symptoms of collective hypnosis.

Most kids have been released from the hospital and only one had to be readmitted.

The mortified Zambrano told police that he has been doing this very act for many years in different places, and it is the first time something like this happened.

 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Dogs Left Homeless in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Irene Now Up For Adoption in South Florida

Dogs Left Homeless in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Irene Now Up For Adoption in South Florida

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When natural disasters like Hurricane Irene occur, the people in the affected areas are often the first priority, and pets are often left behind, not allowed in shelters, or for strays, never had homes at all. But those rescued from a shelter in Puerto Rico are being given a new chance at life after they too lost everything, including their families.

A number of dogs were rescued from San Juan, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irene damaged the area. They were sent to the Humane Society of Broward County in South Florida to be adopted.

Dozens of dogs are up for adoption at the shelter, and every Wednesday through October, adoptions will be half-priced.

The rescue group from which they came, Adopt-A-Sato, had its roof torn off by the hurricane and the animals could not be cared for properly so they were shipped off the island to safer quarters.

The 47 dogs arrived at Miami International Airport on Tuesday morning, and were driven to Broward County were hopefully, all will be put up for adoption.

Each dog is being examined by a veterinarian before being put up for adoption, and they will all be spayed or neutered, and be microchipped.

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Watch Shakira’s Mexican Burro Race! (VIDEO)

Watch Shakira’s Mexican Burro  Race! (VIDEO)

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Check out this hilarious video of the Colombian singer enjoying her last few days in México, on her “Sale El Sol” World Tour.

A couple months ago, a few pictures of Shakira riding a donkey made it to the popular Mexican TV show “El Gordo y La Flaca.”

The Colombian singer was at the time in Hermosillo, killing some time with her entourage before her “Sale El Sol” tour date finished there.

Check out the video below, and watch Shakira blow kisses at the donkey to make it go faster and win the race!

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Mexican Female Journalists Found Murdered, Bodies Dumped in a Mexico City Park

Mexican Female Journalists Found Murdered, Bodies Dumped in a Mexico City Park

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The bodies of Marcela Yarce, a reporter for “Contralínea” and Rocío González, who worked for Televisa, were found abandoned in a garden park.  The women were found naked and bound, and had apparently been strangled.

Contralínea” Magazine director Miguel Badillo said the women were close friends, and had agreed to meet to go out Wednesday night, August 31st, and that’s the last he heard from them until they were found murdered.  Authorities believe the women were killed sometime in the late evening this past Wednesday or early yesterday morning. 

Contralínea issued the following statement:

“Those of us who belong to the team of journalists and reporters of this publication demand—with profound sadness and indignation, for the authorities to clarify this regretful incident. We join friends and families of these reporters in their grief, and demand justice.”

Contralinea is a news magazine with a reputation for reporting on government corruption and Yarce founded a related weekly magazine that does investigative pieces. Gonzalez was a freelancer for Televisa, which is a national television network in Mexico. 

The brutal murder of these two reporters bring to 74 the number of journalists assassinated in México since the year 2000; this is the first time however, that violence against journalists happens in the relatively safe Mexico City metro area.

 

 

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LATINO BLOTTER: NY Sees Its Youngest Murder Suspect - Alvin Diaz, 14, to be Tried as Adult

LATINO BLOTTER: NY Sees Its Youngest Murder Suspect - Alvin Diaz, 14, to be Tried as Adult

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A teenager from the Bronx has now become the youngest murder suspect in New York after he allegedly stabbed another teen over the weekend.

Alvin Diaz is just 14 years old, but has the arrest record some would think is for someone much older. And sadly, murder may be added to the list after he turned himself in for stabbing Derek Cabejas, 18, in the chest on Saturday.

Diaz and his brother were reportedly having a water fight with Cabejas on Thursday, but this play-fighting escalated into a real fight on Friday after Diaz became angry that Cabejas had slapped him in the childish game the day before. In retaliation, Diaz says he went to Cabejas’ apartment after midnight Saturday night and stabbed him.

Cabejas was later pronounced dead at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital.

According to NY Daily News, before turning himself in on Monday, Diaz posted on his Facebook that he hoped his friends would visit him in prison.

Diaz is now New York’s youngest murder suspect, and due to the “Willie Bosket Law”, he stands to be tried as an adult. Willie Bosket is the name of a 15-year-old boy who killed two subway passengers in cold blood back in the 1970’s. The law allows for people as young as 13 to be tried as adults in situations like this.

Diaz’s family did not attend his arraignment. He was ordered held without bail, and will be tried as an adult.

Read more at Village Voice →

Perú Releases New Currency, See It Here (VIDEO)

Perú Releases New Currency, See It Here (VIDEO)

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The new Peruvian bills have been embedded with state of the art anti-counterfeit features, in an attempt to cut down on forgery announced the Central Reserve Bank of Peru. Image

The 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 New Sol bills have been redesigned, and will circulate along with the old currency, to ensure a smooth transition between the bills the people are accustomed to, and the new bills with extra security features.

Watermarks, reliefs, uv sensitive microfibers and security strips are some of the new security features, that also include offset printing techniques, color changing ink, micro-impressions and hidden numbers.

See the new bills here.

 

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Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Hits North Argentina

Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Hits North Argentina

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No victims or major damages have been reported, though several buildings were evacuated in Buenos Aires—hundreds of miles away from the epicenter.

U.S. Geological Services say the epicenter was 400 miles below the surface of the earth, and some 80 miles southeast of Santiago del Estero, the 12th-largest city in Argentina.

News in development.

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Adventurous Individuals Needed for World’s Largest Raft Race on the Amazon

Adventurous Individuals Needed for World’s Largest Raft Race on the Amazon

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This is not for the faint of heart and the skittish and you have to love snakes, bugs and rare rodents.  The Great River Amazon Raft race, in its thirteenth year, is looking for individuals willing to travel along the Amazon river for three days covering about 112 miles in a skimpy log raft. 

And in case we forgot to tell you, you and your other adventuresome friends are paired together to build your own raft.  If it’s faulty and sinks good luck – the Amazon is known to house some of the deadliest animals in the world.  You might encounter the 500 pound Anaconda that can kill a full-size donkey.  Or the Arapaima fish weighing some 440 pounds might just decide to nibble on your toes so keep them in the raft and if they don’t the fierce piranha that kill in groups might do the job.  On the positive side you will see some of the world’s greatest ecological treasures and flora and fauna not seen anywhere else.

This year’s event takes place from October 4 – 9th launching in Iquitos, Peru and last year 50 teams of four competed coming from all over the world.  The organizer’s “Peru Experience” call it a life changing trip.  If you are interested click here and mucho mucho bueña suerte, you will need it.

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Panama to Improve Health Services in Indigenous and Rural Areas

Panama to Improve Health Services in Indigenous and Rural Areas

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Panama will revamp its primary health care system and improve maternal, neonatal and chronic disease care with a loan of up to $50 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The project is expected to increase the number of people served by the country’s primary care network to 184,000 annually by 2016 from the current 78,000, and to improve quality of health services. This will contribute for a reduction in maternal and infant mortality rates as well as the prevalence of chronic malnutrition among children under the age of five in indigenous and rural communities.

The IDB loan will finance the redesign and establishment of health care networks, a payment and a performance-based system for health care providers as well as the introduction of new services aimed at child nutrition, reproductive health, and dental health. The project will help Panama to address the double burden of chronic and infectious diseases by supporting the acquisition of supplies for screenings to detect chronic disease risk factors and spot-test equipment; training to improve the management of chronic diseases and medications.

The project is expected to increase the use of family planning services, the percentage of women receiving prenatal checkups from skilled personnel, and the percentage of children receiving a complete supplementation and immunization package. Moreover the project is also expected to lead to an increase laboratory services for the treatment of communicable diseases and non-communicable chronic diseases and in the number of women receiving institutional birth care.

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Mexican Journalists are an Endangered Species

Mexican Journalists are an Endangered Species

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Mexico’s National Commission on Human Rights received 608 complaints of injuries against journalists, 66 murders of reporters, and 12 disappearances of journalists, between 2000 and 2011.

“Drug dealers aren’t concerned about killing one reporter or 20 or 30 because nothing is going to happen to them,” said Jorge Luis Aguirre, editor of LaPolaka.com, a news web site that covers drug trafficking and related topics.

Aguirre says the attacks and threats against journalists pose a threat to a free press in México and to the democratic institutions in that country.

Aguirre was recently granted political asylum in the U.S. based on claims he received death threats from the state government of Chihuahua. The journalist continues working as the editor of LaPolaka.com from his residence in El Paso, Texas.

According to México’s National Commission on Human Rights, during the last 10 years, five government agencies – Attorney General of the Republic, Secretary of Public Safety, Secretary of National Defense, Attorney General of Justice in Oaxaca and its counterpart in Veracruz – accounted for the most complaints of rights abuses.

Aguirre says there is complicity between some Mexican politicians and the drug traffickers. “They bought off the governments, bought all the wealth and they took over everything; now the laws are only for them, justice is only for them, the money is for them and the people are defenseless with no place to turn,” he said.

Manuel Zermeño, a business administrator for the town of Rosarito in Baja California, said it’s tough for local police and authorities to combat organized crime with limited resources.

“The war is about power at the city level,” Zermeño said. “It’s hard because we have no tools, old cars, old weapons, but the narcos do have them.”

México is the most dangerous country in the world to work as a journalist, according to a report by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

According to the México Secretariat of the President’s Office [Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública] during the last 10 years at the national level extortions have increased sevenfold and kidnappings have doubled.

Adela Navarro Bello, general manager of the weekly Zeta in Tijuana, said her publication has witnessed first hand the impact of government corruption and narco trafficking on journalists.

“Impunity is the norm in the case of assassination attempts against journalists and this puts all reporters at risk,” said Navarro Bello. “In México you can assassinate a reporter and come out unpunished.”

The news magazine’s founder Jesus Blancornelas survived several assassination attempts, but died of cancer November 23, 2006. At El Diario de Juárez, veteran crime reporter Armando Rodríguez, known as “el chuco,” was shot to death outside his home in 2008 and a young photographer was assassinated in 2010.

Some news outlets acknowledge they have stopped reporting about organized crime or drug trafficking for fear of also becoming targets.

“Journalists themselves have begun to censor what they write about drug trafficking,” said Jorge Morales, a writer for La Opinión, a Spanish language paper in Los Angeles. “Self censorship began because of the reprisals, because reporters are fearful when they write about narco trafficking, and because of the messages sent by the mafia itself to the media,” he said.

Journalism in México has had to adapt to the criminality the cartels have brought upon the country. Many Mexican media have changed how they publish their stories about corruption and drug trafficking.

“Based on our experiences we’ve learned to practice journalism with greater caution, added responsibility and additional confirmation,” said Navarro Bella of the weekly Zeta.

Zeta no longer publishes the bylines of journalists who write stories that might put their lives in danger; instead it uses the more generic “Zeta investigation.” El Diario de Juárez has also stopped using bylines on stories about drug trafficking, crime and other sensitive subjects.

Eileen Truax, who has worked as a journalist in the U.S. and Mexico, said that reporters are not the only ones who have changed how they write about crime and corruption.

“What has changed is the manner in which news companies are questioning how to react to this,” said Truax.

Organizations like “We Want You Alive” [Los Queremos Vivos in Spanish], founded by a group of Mexican journalists, are fighting for the human rights of journalists and against the violence directed at them. In 2010 the organization carried out marches and protests in several Mexican cities to provide information on the issue. Hundreds of participants have joined the struggle.

Journalists say that their duty as a journalist is to continue to present reality and the news.

“The issue of drug trafficking is a subject that should be covered by all the media and should be exposed,” said Morales. “In a certain sense if you don’t expose it, if you don’t say what’s happening, you are part of the corruption that exists.”

Navarro Bello says that Mexican citizens should use the democratic processes available to them to vote for changes that will end the drug wars and the corruption within the Mexican government.

Truax said he believes Mexican journalists will directly or indirectly continue to report about organized crime and drug trafficking.

“Although they will try to silence journalists, a reporter will continue to be the voice of his society,” she said.

Read more at Borderzine →

History of Executive Branch Authority in Immigration

History of Executive Branch Authority in Immigration

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Today, the Immigration Policy Center releases Using All the Tools in the Toolbox: How Past Administrations Have Used Executive Branch Authority in Immigration by Mary Giovagnoli, Esq. The paper examines the political battle over implementation of provisions of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) during the late 1990s.

It also looks at the role of executive branch authority during a key moment in the Bush Administration’s work on comprehensive immigration reform.  Using the tools of executive branch authority, both the Clinton and Bush Administrations made the most of what the law had to offer, staying within the letter of the law, but opting for interpretations that reflected differing, but legally permissable, readings of the law. This lesson is worth recalling in the fight over prosecutorial discretion and administrative relief today.

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) plan to review 300,000 immigration cases to assess whether they fall within the Administration’s enforcement priorities has already inflamed critics. Because the Administration may close some low priority cases in order to focus its limited resources on more serious cases, critics are immediately claiming this is an “amnesty.” But the DHS announcement is about using executive branch authority—in this case, prosecutorial discretion—to carry out its policy priorities.

The debate is not whether the President has the authority to revisit existing interpretations of laws. As the Bush Administration made clear, an administration has a duty to carry out the law to the best of its ability, which includes its interpretive ability. The Obama Administration has taken a first step in laying out clear guidance on prosecutorial discretion and forming a review committee, but it can’t stop there. Clear and transparent guidance on the implementation of the priority review process, and how that guidance will be implemented in making decisions about new cases, is needed and must be put out quickly.

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FridaySeptember 2, 2011