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MondaySeptember 19, 2011

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Bipartisan Resolution Introduced to Honor Hispanic-Serving Educational Institutions

Bipartisan Resolution Introduced to Honor Hispanic-Serving Educational Institutions

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U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced a bipartisan resolution designating the week of September 19-24th as National Hispanic Serving Institutions Week to recognize the more than 300 non-profit Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) throughout our nation for their work, achievements, and critical role in educating and empowering Hispanic youth. 

This resolution also honors the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) for their work in promoting quality educational opportunities for Hispanic students on their 25th anniversary.  Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are defined as colleges, universities, or systems/districts where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of the total enrollment.

Senator Menendez said:

“Hispanic Hispanic-Serving Institutions are instrumental to providing opportunities for Hispanic students nationwide so they can achieve their full potential.  In fact, I myself graduated from a Hispanic-Serving Institution in my home state of New Jersey. As Chair of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, I am proud to introduce this resolution recognizing these institutions and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities for the important work they do on behalf of Latino students.”

Sen. Cornyn said:

“Hispanic-Serving Institutions open the doors of education and opportunity to thousands of Hispanic young people each year. We are fortunate that Texas is home to more than 40 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and I commend the staff and leadership at each of these HSI’s for the fine work they’re doing in preparing tomorrow’s generation of Hispanic leaders.”

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Routine Border Patrol Check Results in 330 lbs of Cocaine in Tractor Trailer, $4 Million in Value

Routine Border Patrol Check Results in 330 lbs of Cocaine in Tractor Trailer, $4 Million in Value

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U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley arrested a lawfully admitted permanent resident for smuggling more than 330 pounds of cocaine in a tractor trailer yesterday.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., agents encountered a 46-year-old male Mexican national as he arrived at the checkpoint driving a red 1998 Freightliner tractor trailer. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the truck driver’s nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection.

A Border Patrol canine team performed a cursory inspection of the tractor trailer resulting in a positive alert. Further inspection revealed two non-factory compartments inside the fuel tanks. Agents discovered 130 bundles of cocaine with a total weight of more than 334 pounds and an estimated street value of $3,346,600 inside the compartments.

Tuesday, in an unrelated incident, agents assigned to the Interstate 15 checkpoint near Temecula arrested a 21-year-old male United States citizen for smuggling 78 bundles of marijuana in the rear seat and trunk of a white 2004 Dodge Stratus. The total weight of the drugs was more than 416 pounds with an estimated street value of nearly $250,000.

In addition, Border Patrol agents stopped the 20-year-old male United States citizen driver of a silver 2004 Chrysler Pacifica near the I-15 checkpoint on Friday. A Border Patrol canine team positively alerted to the rear seat of the vehicle, resulting in the discovery of an electronically locked compartment below the vehicle’s third row seat. Agents opened the non-factory compartment and discovered 10 bundles of cocaine with a total weight of more than 25 pounds and worth an estimated $251,300.

The suspected smugglers and drugs from the three incidents were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The tractor trailer, Dodge Stratus, and Chrysler Pacifica were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

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STUDY: Half of Hispanic Americans Are at Risk of Breathing Unhealthy Air

STUDY: Half of Hispanic Americans Are at Risk of Breathing Unhealthy Air

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A major report to be released tomorrow, Tuesday, September 20, 2011, will show that one out of two Hispanic Americans faces serious health risks due to living in counties that frequently violate air quality standards.

In response, leading Latino organizations are urging Latinos everywhere to sign on to a major campaign urging elected officials to pledge to take action to protect and strengthen the federal Clean Air Act, which is currently under fire in some quarters in Congress.

The new report is co-authored by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Latino Coalition on Climate Change, the Center for American Progress and the National Wildlife Federation. Problem areas highlighted in the report are major markets that are home to large numbers of Latinos in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas, among other states.

More than 23 million Latino children, grandparents, siblings, and friends consistently face a higher risk of asthma, bronchitis, and even death from air pollution. As of 2008, 4.7 million Hispanics had been diagnosed with asthma in their lifetime. Latinos are three times more likely to die from asthma than other racial or ethnic groups.

The growing U.S. Latino population, including millions who are uninsured, faces special pollution-related burdens arising from the additional unforeseen costs that come from asthma attacks, medication, hospitalizations and lost work days.

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NV Gov. Brian Sandoval Says He Will Not Run as Gov. Perry’s Vice President

NV Gov. Brian Sandoval Says He Will Not Run as Gov. Perry’s Vice President

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Though Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has been public about his support of presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry, he recently stated that he has no plans to leave his present job to run as Perry’s vice president.

“I am extremely honored that my name has come up but I love the job I have and I intend to keep it,” he said to the Associated Press.

Tuesday, the Republican governor announced his support of Perry, saying he believes him to be the best candidate to fix the U.S. economy. This endorsement had many wondering if he was looking to run alongside Perry, but he stated that he’s not interested and wished to remain in his current position.

“I am absolutely committed to serving out my term.”

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Photo Exhibit “Riding With Pancho Villa” Opens in El Paso, Tx.

Photo Exhibit “Riding With Pancho Villa” Opens in El Paso, Tx.

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The Grandson and Great Grandson of the Mexican revolution icon launched a photo show aimed at keeping Villa’s memory alive.

Agustin Villa Cordova, the grandson of Pancho Villa, along with his son Francisco Villa Garcia, presented a photo exhibition Sunday in El Paso, Texas.

The show, titled “Riding with Pancho Villa” is a portion of the work of Mexican photojournalist Agustín Víctor Casasola, an eager documenter of Mexico’s history.

Casasola produced images for several Mexican newspapers; during the Mexican Revolution, Casasola took his camera to battle and captured many important moments in the life of Pancho Villa.

The 35-photo collection will be on display until Oct. 31 at the Main Public Library, in downtown El Paso.

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Zoos Having Trouble Accommodating Animals Confiscated from Mexican Drug Lords

Zoos Having Trouble Accommodating Animals Confiscated from Mexican Drug Lords

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After authorities captured a leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Jesus “The King” Zambada, his exotic animals were confiscated, many sent to Mexico’s zoos, but these zoos are having trouble taking care of the sudden increase in animals.

Though drug lords attain exotic animals as a sign of affluence and power, and house these “pets” in opulence, many of the animals are not properly fed or don’t receive proper medical attention. In many cases, panthers and tiger are even defanged and/or declawed.

And while the zoos are trying to accommodate the “drug lord zoo” animals, they are having trouble due to limited space and resources.

“Within the limited resources of the Mexican government, there are a lot of efforts to ensure the welfare of these animals,” Adrian Reuter Cortes of the conservation group the World Wildlife Fund in Mexico told the Associated Press. “But even the zoos have limits, and can’t welcome all the animals.”

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JUST IN:  NY Yankee’s Mariano Rivera Makes 602nd Save , Becoming All-Time Saves Leader

If anyone doubted it before it is official as of a few minutes ago, NY Yankee, Mariano Rivera,  is a talent all unto himself.  He just became the all time saves leader and will go down as one of if not the greatest relief pitchers in baseball.

Today in the New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins game the reliever passed Trevor Hoffman’s record by making his 602nd save and giving the Yankees a 6-4 win.  As the game proceeded and Rivera was called to relief pitch the crowd knew what was at stake and started chanting “Let’s Go Mo”.  Rivera had just tied Trevor’s record this past Saturday.

The 41-year old Panama native has been doing his saving since 1997 for the Yankees.  He also leads MLB with 42 career postseason saves and ranks ninth for games pitched , an incredible 1,038 times.

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Brazilian Lover Has 50 Children with Wives, Mother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law!

Brazilian Lover Has 50 Children with Wives, Mother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law!

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A 90 year-old Brazilian farmer is claiming to be a father of 50 children conceived by his first wife now deceased, his 2nd wife and her sister and the ladies mother, known as his mother-in-law. 

Meet Luiz Costa de Oliveira, from Campo Grande, Brazil who lost his first wife, with whom he had 17 kids. The widower then married Maria Francisca da Silva, who helped him raise the kids. He had a second batch of 17 kids with her.  And de Oliveira didn’t stop there but he did keep it all in the family.

Maria Francisca’s sister, Ozelita, spent a lot of time in her sister’s home giving the large family a hand with house chores. Ozelita eventually became romantically involved with her sister’s husband, Oliveira, and gave birth to 15 of his children. And if you are good at counting that makes 49 children which are cousins and siblings all at the same time. 

But the Brazilian lover didn’t stop there but did continue to keep it all in the family.

Francisca María, mother of the da Silva sisters also succumbed to Oliveiras’ latin lover ways, and gave him a son which makes for a total of 50 children.  Now the retired farmer has 100 grandchildren and 30 great grand children and everyone is on friendly terms just check out the photo here.

Oliveira told Brazilian news sources that he doesn’t know everyone’s name at his home; he also mentioned there might be a chance that there are more children ‘spread around,’ as he was always one to ‘enjoy female company’.

Oliveira’s family lives divided in two houses. Despite being 90 years old, Oliveira is healthy, strong, has no ailments and says he misses his days of Casanova.

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Cuban Dog Shows Gaining Popularity

Cuban Dog Shows Gaining Popularity

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Over the last few years, an event not often seen in communist countries has grown in popularity, dog shows.

In Cuba, much like in Hollywood and New York, it seems the new status symbol is owning a purebred dog, making dog shows increasingly popular. More popular, in fact, than they have been since Fidel Castro came into power in 1959.

In the 1980s, Cuba created a Cuban Canine Breeders Federation, which now covers about 50 different breeds. Included in the federation is the Bichon Havanese, which has been developed from the Cuban breed, Blanquito de la Habana or “little white dog of Havana”, which is now extinct.

While average pet owners in the U.S. can often struggle to care for their dogs, many in Cuba are scrapping together everything they have to purchase what they believe to be a symbol of wealth and status.

While the average monthly incomes for a Cuban in $25 US, large bags of imported dog food can cost nearly 4 months of income. Still, dog shows in Cuba are gaining momentum.

Read more at BBC Latin America →

JUST IN: Guatemala Hit by 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake, Followed by 5.8 After Shock

JUST IN: Guatemala Hit by 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake, Followed by 5.8 After Shock

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A 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit close to Guatemala City, Guatemala a couple of hours ago.  The epicenter was 25 miles southeast of the capital city and 685 miles south east of Mexico City, Mexico.

The noon earthquake was quickly followed by another quake at 12:34 p.m. registering 5.8 in magnitude.  The earthquake appeared to be centered on land versus in the earth’s depths. 

A spokesperson for President Alvaro Colom reported “There are people buried in rubble.  Firefighters are on the scene in the department of Santa Rosa.  We have one confirmed dead.”

The story is developing.

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Barcelona Elevates Fútbol to an Art, Beats Osasuna 8-0 (VIDEO)

Barcelona Elevates Fútbol to an Art, Beats Osasuna 8-0 (VIDEO)

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Watch Pep Guardiola’s fútbol machine produce spectacular goals left and right, including Messi’s first hat trick of the season.

Unbeatable, with absolutely flawless performances by Leo Messi, Xavi Hernández, David Villa and newcomer Cesc Fábregas, the Barça demolished Osasuna 8-0.

Even without key players Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Piqué, the Barcelona boys demonstrated they are a fútbol machine that works together so well, it feels like they have been playing together for ages.

Leo Messi scored thrice, including that hat trick; ‘La Pulga’ assisted another two goals bringing his tally to 9 goals and 7 assists in only 7 games this season.

Watch all the goals below, and join the discussion in out forums section.

 

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STUDY:  Notable Wage Gap for Latina Women Persists

STUDY:  Notable Wage Gap for Latina Women Persists

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The closing of the wage gap between men and women workers has remained essentially unchanged in the last two years—from in 77.0 2009 to 77.4 in 2010. According to an updated fact sheet from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), the wage gap closed by ten percentage points between 1981 and 1990, but closed by only four percentage points between 1991 and 2000.

“The sluggish progress on the gender wage gap demonstrates that women are not yet obtaining jobs that pay enough, despite increases in education and training,” said Dr. Heidi Hartmann, President of IWPR. “As the economy begins to improve, I hope we will see women’s lagging job growth improve, as well as their wages.”

The ratio of women’s to men’s median weekly earnings for full-time workers, an alternative measure of the wage gap, was 81.2 in 2010. If part-time and/or part-year workers were included, the ratios would be much lower for both the annual and weekly earnings wage gaps, as women are more likely than men to work reduced schedules to accommodate child rearing and caregiving. Due to the recession, 4.2 million women and 4.5 million men worked part-time involuntarily for economic reasons in 2010. These workers would prefer to work full-time.

With the exception of Asian American women, the gender wage gap is particularly marked for women of color. Hispanic women’s median earnings are little more than half of white men’s earnings at 54.5 percent and black women’s median earnings are only slightly higher at 62.8 percent.

Real annual earnings for full-time/year-round workers were almost unchanged compared to 2009 for both men and women.

According to Hispanic Business Magazine the study also showed Hispanic males also had the lowest median income of any demographic at $31,408 compared to white males that are at $51,838. 

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Tea Party Confonts Gov. Rick Perry, Urging Him to Hold Special Session on Immigration

Tea Party Confonts Gov. Rick Perry, Urging Him to Hold Special Session on Immigration

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Tea Party members and supporters in Texas are now pushing presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry to call a special session to take on immigration legislation, wanting to see measures taken to halt undocumented immigration.

In a letter to Gov. Perry, a coalition of Tea Party groups wrote, “Although we do not necessarily hold you completely responsible for the inexcusable actions of the House and Senate members during the regular and special sessions, the ball is now squarely in your court.”

At a CNN Tea Party debate last week, Gov. Perry was booed largely due to his support for allowing undocumented students who have graduated from high school in Texas to pay in-state tuition at universities and colleges in the state.

Monday, a press conference was held, headlined by Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee Chair JoAnn Fleming, who said, “We’re just asking him to fight for his emergency legislation. We understand that he’s running for president, but this is a serious matter in our state.”

Read more at The Texas Tribune →

Brazilian Fútbol Legends Launch Social Network To Find Talent

Brazilian Fútbol Legends Launch Social Network To Find Talent

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Brazil soccer Legends Ronaldo and Zico have launched Pnera, a social network dedicated to finding the soccer stars of the future.

Following a painless and free registration, users can upload photos, link to blogs, exchange messages and interact with professional and amateur soccer players.

Users between the ages of 8 and 18 are invited to submitting a minute-long video showcasing their fútbol abilities, these will be voted on, and those with more votes will be invited for tryouts in first division teams, according to founders Ronaldo, and Brazilian legend and current Iraqi coach, Zico.

The website is intended to cater not only to young talent, but also to professional players, coaches and experts, making it a one of a kind soccer social network.

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PBS Documentary Tackles Anti-Immigrant Violence in U.S.

PBS Documentary Tackles Anti-Immigrant Violence in U.S.

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The National Hispanic Media Coalition, NHMC, is promoting the documentary Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness because it addresses the growing problem of anti-immigrant violence in communities nationwide.

The documentary tells the story of a town standing together to take action after a hate crime killing devastates their community. Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness debuts Wednesday, September 21 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).

In 2008, a series of attacks by a group of seven local teenagers against Latino residents of the Long Island, New York town of Patchogue ended with the killing of 37-year-old Marcelo Lucero. An Ecuadorian immigrant, Lucero had been a Patchogue resident for 13 years. Filmed over a two-year period, the documentary follows Mayor Paul Pontieri, the victim’s brother Joselo Lucero, diverse community leaders, residents and students as they openly address the underlying causes of the violence, work to heal divisions and initiate ongoing action to ensure everyone in their village will be safe and respected.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition is hosting Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness screenings in key metro areas around the country as well as inviting community leaders to host screenings in their own towns.

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Atlanta Falcons Tony Gonzalez Now 5th NFL Receiver of All Time (VIDEO)

Atlanta Falcons Tony Gonzalez Now 5th NFL Receiver of All Time (VIDEO)

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Tony Gonzalez’s performance in the Falcons 35-31 victory over the Eagles on Sunday, brought his tally to 1,081 completed career receptions. Image

The Atlanta Falcons tight end not only helped his team overcome a 10-point deficit against the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, but in the process escalated one position on the list of top NFL receivers of all time.

Sunday’s game saw Gónzalez’s bring his tally to 1,081 completed career receptions—three more than Terrell Owens’ record of 1,078; Gonzalez did it in style, too, check out the last touchdown of the first half, probably one of the best plays of his career.

Watch the video below, and join the discussion in our Forums section!

 

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Spaniard Jordi Constans Named CEO of Louis Vuitton Parent Company

Spaniard Jordi Constans Named CEO of Louis Vuitton Parent Company

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Spaniard Jordi Constans has been named CEO of Louis Vuitton’s parent company LVMH (Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton), France’s upscale fashion brand.

The 47-year-old was managing director of the yogurt company Danone and he takes the place of former CEO Yves Carcelle, who is credited with making Louis Vuitton a house hold name over his 21-year tenure.

ImageCarcelle will become President of the “Fondation Louis Vuitton”, which is currently under construction, and will house a new cultural foundation designed by architect Frank Gehry. It is expected to open at the beginning of 2013.

Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive of LVMH, said, “I am delighted that Jordi Constans is joining the Group. Initially, he will have the privilege of working with Yves Carcelle, who has led Louis Vuitton with remarkable success since 1990. I wish him the very best for the future success of this iconic brand within the LVMH Group.”

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Coca Cultivation in Bolivia Remains Stable, Contributes $310 Million to Economy

Coca Cultivation in Bolivia Remains Stable, Contributes $310 Million to Economy

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The cultivation of coca bushes in Bolivia has remained stable over the past year with 31,000 hectares planted with the shrub, the raw material for the manufacture of cocaine, according to a new survey by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

“This is encouraging news,” said Cesar Guedes, the UNODC Representative in Bolivia, after the report’s release yesterday. “Cultivation levels have fallen well below those of the 1990s and that trend looks set to continue.”

The annual survey, jointly produced by UNODC and the Bolivian Government, indicated that the Andean nation accounted for 20 per cent of coca cultivation in Latin America last year.

The survey showed slight regional fluctuations within Bolivia, notably a decrease of 2 per cent in Yungas de la Paz, which was offset by an increase of 4 per cent in Chapare. Yungas alone was responsible for 66 per cent of cultivation nationwide.

A total of 2,228 hectares of coca bush was reported to have been cultivated in the national parks of Isiboro Sécure and Carrasco, both located in Chapare, which represented 22 per cent of total coca cultivation in that area. Coca bush cultivation increased by 9 per cent in Isiboro Sécure and by 6 per cent in Carrasco.

Coca leaf prices rose by 22 per cent in authorized markets and by 37 per cent in illegal markets. The value of coca leaf production in Bolivia was $310 million, or 1.7 per cent of the country’s gross national product (GNP).

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Sofía Vergara and her Colombian Jewels Dazzle at the Emmys (VIDEO)

Sofía Vergara and her Colombian Jewels Dazzle at the Emmys (VIDEO)

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‘Modern Family’ star Sofía Vergara didn’t win an Emmy herself, but the show took 5 Emmys, including ‘Best Comedy Series’.  The Colombian beauty did win on the red carpet wrapped in a spectacular red dress created by Vera Wang.

Ryan Seacrest could barely keep himself collected in the presence of the stunning Vergara and her enormous ‘Colombian jewels’; “The most exciting part of my outfit is my Colombian jewels,” she told Seacrest in her ultra-charming accent, while the E! host struggled with keeping his gaze off Vergara’s curves. “Everything that comes from Colombia is huge.”  Of course she was talking about the Lorraine Schwartz emerald chandelier earrings she was wearing not her other jewels. 

Vergara’s native Colombia is home to some of the world’s rarest emeralds.  The Incas and Aztecs of Latin America, considered the green stones as holy gemstones. 

In the comedy awards, Modern Family won five awards; it was named TV’s outstanding comedy series for a second straight year, won Emmys for its writing, directing and supporting actors Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen also won.

Watch Vergara’s red carpet interview, and hear her chat about her new clothing line!

 

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Mexico’s Caravan of Peace Faces Threats and Security Issues as It Approaches Mexico City

Mexico’s Caravan of Peace Faces Threats and Security Issues as It Approaches Mexico City

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The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD), led by the poet Javier Sicilia, has asked the authorities to ensure the safety of activists that give life to the Caravan of Peace, which has traveled to South Mexico and today will reach the capital.

Emilio Alvarez Icaza, a member of the MPJD, told the Efe agency,  that in the last two days there have been worrying signs for the safety of supporters and members of the Caravan, which had left on September 9 from the center of the country to the south, and now is heading back. He cited the violence against the Catholic priest Tomas Gonzalez, a defender of the rights of migrants, who participated in an act of the Caravan in Palenque, Chiapas. Brother Tomás González was arrested yesterday by the military in the state of Tabasco and one of his collaborators was slapped by a civilian, said Alvarez Icaza, who also complained that during the early hours of Sunday a few strangers tried to enter his home in the capital of Mexico.

He also said that on the evening of Sept. 17, when the caravan was traveling from Tabasco to Coatzacoalcos, the security staff asked the activists to stop the march due to an alleged presence of armed persons. After a check no irregularities were revealed. “These facts invite us to launch a strong message to protect the safety of the caravan”, said Alvarez Icaza.

The MPJD issued a statement which stressed that “the situation is worrying”, and urges the authorities to ensure “the integrity of the defenders of human rights”. The Caravan, which travels on buses, traveled yesterday past the Port of Veracruz and the city of Xalapa, to continue today towards the nation’s capital, where it will arrive in the afternoon. In “Zocalo”, the main square of Mexico, the march will end.

The Catholic Church has always been present in these peace initiatives. Mgr. Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, Bishop of the diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas, spoke in favor of the Caravan, and just a few days ago published a letter to the national community, remembering that this initiative seeks peace and reconciliation, raising his voice on behalf of victims of violence.

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Warning About Copycat Immigration-Help Sites

When you go online to download and fill out immigration forms, ensure that you know the difference between official government websites and websites run by private businesses.

Some private websites that charge to prepare immigration forms mimic the look and feel of official government sites, leading users to mistakenly believe they are dealing directly with the government and paying USCIS fees. Many copycat sites add to the confusion by charging applicants the same amount for preparing an immigration form that USCIS charges for filing that same form.

As a result, some applicants have sent forms to USCIS without submitting the filing fees. These applicants mistakenly believed they had paid the USCIS filing fee when they paid the private firm for preparing the forms.

In fact, USCIS has received applications with copies attached to them of cashed electronic checks that the applicants submitted to private businesses. Contrary to what the applicants believe, these electronic copies are NOT proof of payment of USCIS fees. And when filing fees are not paid, USCIS cannot process these applications and instead must return them.

You are encouraged to carefully check any website that offers assistance in filing immigration forms—and to clearly understand what services you are paying for.

Remember: You are NOT paying the USCIS filing fee when you pay a private business for help with preparing forms. Be particularly wary of paying for help from any Web page that claims to be an “official” site or that mimics the look of a government site but does not have “.gov” in its Web address.

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