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TuesdaySeptember 20, 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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Texas Border Patrol Rescued Undocumented Salvadoran Woman, Gives Birth 1 Hour Later

Texas Border Patrol Rescued Undocumented Salvadoran Woman, Gives Birth 1 Hour Later

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Recently, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued three illegal aliens, including a pregnant woman who gave birth shortly thereafter.

The woman was rescued on September 17, when agents assigned to the Falfurrias Station received a call from a concerned citizen about a pregnant woman on Farm-to-Market Road 755 near Rachal, Texas. Agents responded to the area and found that the woman, a Salvadoran national, had gone into labor. The agents called Emergency Medical Services and an ambulance arrived to transport the woman to Christus Spohn Kleberg Hospital in Kingsville, Texas. The woman gave birth about an hour after arriving at the hospital.

Another two illegal aliens, both from Mexico, were rescued on September 18, after agents received information from Brooks County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers, who received a 9-1-1 call from two people who were lost in the brush. Agents located the two people using GPS coordinates that were provided by the dispatchers. The two did not require medical attention and were taken to the Falfurrias Station to be processed for return to Mexico.

So far this fiscal year, agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector have rescued nearly 220 people whose lives were at risk due to a variety of circumstances.

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Mexico Health Ministry Announced Required HPV Vaccination for Young Girls

Mexico Health Ministry Announced Required HPV Vaccination for Young Girls

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As the American media covers the debate going on between presidential candidates Gov. Rick Perry, who tried to require young girls in Texas to be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), and Michelle Bachman unfounded claims that the vaccine causes mental retardation, Mexico’s government is moving ahead with its plan to have all of its girls vaccinated.

The country’s health ministry made the announcement recently that starting in 2012, all Mexican girls will be vaccinated at the age of nine, though between 2008 and 2010, 1.25 million girls were already vaccinated. The human papillomavirus is said to be the leading cause of cervical cancer among Mexican woman though it affects women around the world. The leading cause of death of women in parts of southern Mexico is cervical cancer.

Many U.S. states are following Mexico’s lead and are considering requiring the vaccinations as well, though Gov. Perry’s 2007 attempt to do so failed, with his opponents said he had no right to cast such an executive order and should have consulted with the Texas Legislature first.

The Mexican government is not the only one with such a mandate, as 23 states filed similar mandates in 2006 and 2007.

Read more at The Texas Tribune →

Mexican Anti-Discrimination Groups Say Snickers Ad is Sexist, File Suit (VIDEO)

Mexican Anti-Discrimination Groups Say Snickers Ad is Sexist, File Suit (VIDEO)

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A Spanish version of the “You Are Not Yourself When You Are Hungry” ad campaign for snickers featuring singer and actress Anahi, has sparked some controversy and been labeled sexist by Mexico’s National Council to Prevent Discrimination. 

In the ad singer and actress Anahi, who stars in the video, falls off her bicycle and complains and moans until another biking friend delivers the predictable “Carlos, you really act like a girlie when you’re hungry, here, have a snickers bar;” she takes a bite, and next time we see “her” she has turned into Carlos, who feels less whiny after eating the chocolate bar.

“The persistence of homophobic, sexist and misogynist messages in the media as part of a sales strategy is of concern, since invoking violence, prejudice and negative stereotypes of women and feminine things helps gender inequality to take root,”

said The National Institute for Women in the joint complaint filed against the ad, along with Mexico’s National Council to Prevent Discrimination.

The company disagrees with the allegations, and said a poll conducted before the campaign’s launch found those surveyed did not consider the ad discriminatory.

The star of the commercial, Anahi didn’t provide a official statement, but it is very likely that much like Betty White before her, she did the ad because she found it humorous and its content light hearted, rather than insulting and demeaning.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Video Games Lacking Hispanic and African American Characters

Video Games Lacking Hispanic and African American Characters

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Though recent studies have shown that blacks and Hispanics make up the majority of gamers in the U.S., both in players and game purchasers, the majority of game characters are white males.

A 2009 study by the USC Annenberg School for Communication, “The virtual census: representations of gender, race and age in video games. New Media Society,” found that only 3 percent of all videos game characters were Hispanic, with none of them being “playable characters.”

Nearly all other identifiable groups except white men were under-represented as well; one exception, African-American men, appeared in proportion to their presence in the population but were confined to a narrow range of game genres such as sports titles and games tied to celebrities such as 50 Cent. An additional study found that African-American characters were more likely to be represented as villains and were often given particularly frightening characteristics, resulting in a negative portrayal of that ethnic group, often by way of stereotypes.

The USC study concluded that “the world of game characters is highly unrepresentative of the actual population and even of game players. For developers, this is a missed opportunity. For players, it is a potential source of identity-based problems.”

Unfortunately, it seems as though video game industry professionals fail to see the issue, as the “status quo” appears to be serving them well, as the games continue to sell as they are.

Another issue was uncovered at last year’s DICE summit (a video game conference in Las Vegas) in which industry insiders and Dmitri Williams of the USC study had a panel discussion over diversity in games.

Williams asked, “What population do [the video game characters] reflect?”

He revealed that according to those in his study, game makers create characters that look like themselves. “So it’s really just a reflection of the industry.”

In the end, it appears that game characters are set to remain the same until those creating the games feel the need or have the “want” to create more ethnically diverse characters, since there really is no way to force their creation upon developers and game artists.

Read more at New Media and Society →

Two Locations in Spain Added to UN List of Globally Significant Sites

Two Locations in Spain Added to UN List of Globally Significant Sites

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Nine geological sites of exceptional scientific and educational importance, rarity or beauty have been added to the Global Network of National Geoparks that include two locations in Spain.  These geological sites are part of a United Nations-backed list launched to promote greater cooperation in the management of the world’s geological heritage.

The new members come from seven countries, with Spain and China having two entries, and France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Japan each having one.

The network, launched with the backing of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), now has 87 sites from 27 countries.

To qualify, sites must not only be of scientific importance, but should also possess an effective management structure which allows for sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on sustainable tourism.

Spain’s two sites are: Sierra Norte di Sevilla, one of the largest natural parks in Andalucía, and containing rocks that date back to the earliest stages of Earth’s history; and Villuercas Ibores Jara Geopark with its famous peak La Villuerca and a landscape complimented by vestiges of a mining culture and decorated menhir stones, or monoliths, dating to the Bronze and Iron ages.

The nine sites were selected out of 16 applicants, which were examined by the Bureau of the Global Geopark Network at the three-day 10th European Geoparks Conference.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Jason Castillo vs. Netflix: The Battle For the Twitter Name “Qwikster”

Jason Castillo vs. Netflix: The Battle For the Twitter Name “Qwikster”

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Recently, the stream/DVD company Netflix split up its services, making DVD rentals and online movie streaming now run under two different brands. DVD renters will have to go to the new site known as Qwikster, which will also offer , but those looking to stream movies online will still go to Netflix.

Normally, when a business wishes to join the social media world via Twitter, it chooses its company name as its handle (screen name), but for Qwikster, that name was already taken by one, Jason Castillo.

While not much is known about Castillo, from what we’ve taken from his tweets, he’s a marijuana lover – judging by his former profile photo of Elmo smoking pot - who likely knew nothing about the Netflix/Qwikster splintering until people started tweeting him about it. He gained about 3,000 followers in the matter of 36 hours, and says he’s been hearing about offers for the @Qwikster name.

ImageNetflix’s corporate communications VP, Steve Swasey, however, said the company is not yet thinking about marketing for Qwikster.

Swasey told Gizmodo that the company name has only just been announced and Netflix is “not getting into the minutiae of marketing” yet.”

Castillo claims that he’s been fielding offers, but as of now, it is unclear where these offers are coming from.

Since he started getting attention for his Twitter handle Castillo has changed his profile photo and seems to have deleted some of his previous tweets.

Read more at Twitter →

Study Shows Drinking Beer After Exercise Hydrates as Much as Water

Study Shows Drinking Beer After Exercise Hydrates as Much as Water

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Beer hydrates the body after exercise as much as water does, according to a study presented at Brussels’ “VI Symposium on Beer and Health”

Doctor Manuel Castillo from the University of Granada presented a study that demonstrates that the moderate consumption of beer after practicing sports is as effective as water for rehydration.

Castillo measured the reaction of both water and beer after intense physical exercise in a group of young males, and found drinking beer doesn’t interfere with the rehydration process that follows exercising.

Castillo also said that during the symposium, his team will present another study that shows there is no relationship between beer consumption, and the development of a “pot belly.”

Visit the symposium webpage for more information!

 

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Check Out Jlo’s new Video “Papi” (VIDEO)

Check Out Jlo’s new Video “Papi” (VIDEO)

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Last week we brought you 30 seconds of Jlo’s new video, featured in a Fiat ad. Here’s the full song, watch Jlo become irresistible after eating a “love cookie,” in “Papi”

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Giselle Esteban Charged with Murder of Missing Nurse, Remains Confirmed

Giselle Esteban Charged with Murder of Missing Nurse, Remains Confirmed

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Giselle Esteban has been charged in the killing of nursing student Michelle Le who disappeared from the San Francisco Bay area on May 27th.

The two women were former high school classmates and were also connected in knowing the same man, which authorities believe, was the motive for the killing.  Esteban is said to have been jealous that Le knew the father of her 5-year-old daughter.  That man, Scott Marasigan, has confirmed that he has been a friend of Le for 9 years and was fearful of Esteban and asked for a restraining order three days before Le disappeared.

Le disappeared from work where video surveillance camera shows Esteban at Le’s work place before and after her disappearance.  Esteban was an early suspect and was arrested on September 7th on suspicion of murder.

This past Saturday searchers found human remains in Alameda County and today the coroner confirmed those were the remains of Le. 

Esteban who is seven month pregnant continues to deny she had anything to do with Le’s disappearance and murder.  In a court appearance on Monday she did not enter a plea. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

“¡Viva Los Redskins!” Washington’s NFL Team Debuts Spanish Version of Fight Song

“¡Viva Los Redskins!” Washington’s NFL Team Debuts Spanish Version of Fight Song

Photo: The Washington Redskins debuts Spanish language fight song and new website

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Washington Redskins revealed a Spanish language version of their fight song, “Viva Los Redskins,” which was written by two fans.

Listen to it here.

Throughout the Sunday’s game, the Redskins celebrated the diversity of their fan base with several pregame and in-game tributes:

1. Before the game, the team played the Spanish version of the Redskins fight song, “Viva Los Redskins!“

2. The Junior Redskins Cheerleaders performed a Hispanic-themed routine during the halftime show.

3. Also on the field, Guillermo Enrique Lopez received the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, recognizing the contributions he made in the community. Lopez has been on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Bobby Mitchell Hall of Fame Golf Classic Committee that has raised over $7 million for LLS since the tournament’s inception.

Included in the Redskins’ celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month was the debut of their “Redskins en Español” website created in partnership with Univision Interactive Media. The new site has the same features as the English version.

“The Redskins en Español site is a tremendous opportunity to extend the fan experience with exclusive Spanish-language football content,” said Kevin Conroy, president of Univision Interactive Media. “We are thrilled to continue delivering on our commitment to present Hispanic football fans with first-class sports offerings and access to the latest about their favorite teams, including the Washington Redskins.”

Read more at Washington Redskins →

Colombia Releases First Feature-Length Animated 3D Film (VIDEO)

Colombia Releases First Feature-Length Animated 3D Film (VIDEO)

Photo: Pequeñas Voces” by director Fernando Carrillo

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The Film “Pequeñas Voces” by director Fernando Carrillo tells the stories, fears, and dreams of displaced children aged 8-13 years old and it is also Colombia’s first feature-length animated 3D film.

Carillo was born in Cúcuta and raised in Bogotá, where he first encountered the harsh realities of displaced children in Colombia.

In 2000, Carillo met around 120 children who had been victims of violence in Colombia through Bogota’s Red Cross; he decided to tell their story on film.

First a critically acclaimed 19 minute short, “Pequeñas Voces” underwent seven years of retouching and is now making history in Colombia.

 

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Latinos Lag in Cancer Screening

Latinos Lag in Cancer Screening

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A recent study found that Latinos were less likely to get screened for colon cancer than whites. The California study also found that knowledge of their family history widened the Latino-white gap in colorectal cancer screening among adults.

While racial/ethnic disparities were more evident in colorectal cancer screening, the authors found no significant breast cancer screening disparities by race/ethnicity or income in the family history risk groups.

The researchers were unsure of the reasons the Latinos in the study had or had not gotten screened, but believe it may be due to communication issues and fear and anxiety about being screened.

Heather Orom, who was not part of this study, but studies racial disparities in cancer at the University at Buffalo, said, “It seems very plausible that this is not happening for Latinos because of access barriers and language barriers.” Adding, “we don’t know if those messages about family history and risk are resonating culturally with Latinos.”

The data came from a 2005 telephone survey of more than 30,000 adults under 65 in California. They were asked how recently they had been screened for breast cancer (with mammography) and colon cancer (with a stool test, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy), as well as whether anyone in their family had ever had those cancers—which would put them at higher risk.

The researchers, led by Ninez Ponce of the University of California, Los Angeles, used U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines at the time to determine if participants were getting screened according to recommendations.

That meant mammograms every two years for women starting at age 40, and colon cancer screening every one, five or ten years, depending on the method, for men and women 50 and older.

In total, about 76 percent of women with no family history of breast cancer and 84 percent with a family history had been screened for the disease within the recommended window. Latinas with or without a family history of breast cancer were just as likely as white women to report recent screening.
But for colon cancer, it was a different story. Fifty-one percent of all adults with no family history were screened according to guidelines, versus 71 percent who had a relative with colon cancer.

Compared with average-risk whites, Latinos with no family history of colon cancer were 26 percent less likely to say they had been screened. And those with a family history were 72 percent less likely than whites with a family history to get recommended screening.

In the U.S., Hispanics are no more likely than whites to be diagnosed with colon cancer or to die from it. The disease kills about 50,000 people each year nationwide.

Read more from Reuters Health here.

JR Martínez, Steals the Show in Dancing With the Stars Premiere (VIDEO)

JR Martínez, Steals the Show in Dancing With the Stars Premiere (VIDEO)

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Check out the smooth moves that got J.R. Martínez and dance partner Karina Smirnoff to a 22 point lead in “Dancing With The Stars.”

“For me J.R. Stands for “Just Right” said Dancing With The Stars judge Len Goodman after the performance of J.R. Martínez and dance partner Karina Smirnoff. “The best performances of the night, you were right up there.”

Martínez became the favorite after the opening night, and is tied in first place and 22 points with Cyanna Phillips and partner Toni Dovolani.

Don’t miss tonight’s first results show of the season during which one couple will be eliminated; Harry Connick Jr. and LMFAO are set to perform, and if you missed it, tune in an hour earlier for a one-hour special called “Dancing with the Stars: Meet the Cast,” featuring the “most exciting moments from Monday night’s performances, along with commentary from the judges and never-before-seen footage from the teams’ first weeks of training.

Below J.R Martínez’s performance.

 

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All Gold Mined in Venezuela Must Now be Sold to Chavez’ Government

All Gold Mined in Venezuela Must Now be Sold to Chavez’ Government

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Effective this week in Venezuela all gold mined in the country must be sold to the government.  The decree was authored by President Hugo Chavez and his administration in an effort to control gold mining production in the country.

In addition, private enterprises will still be allowed to mine but will be forced to maintain a minority ownership position to the government.  This particular initiative was an effort to deter illegal mining of gold throughout the country which are usually small-scale operations. 

All miners from small scale to foreign owned to illegal miners are ordered to create joint ventures with the government within the next 90 days.  The government going forward will always control a majority stake of 55% in all these ventures and receive a 13% royalty.

Several foreign enterprises with mining operations in the country are suing Venezuela in international courts for billions in loses when Chavez seized their operations.

Chavez last month announced his gold initiative by repatriating about $11 billion in gold reserves held in foreign banking including the U.S.  The country produces 11 metric tons of gold a year.

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This Is Not The Way To Drink Tequila! (GROSS VIDEO)

This Is Not The Way To Drink Tequila! (GROSS VIDEO)

Photo: Guy Tries to Chug Patron. Fails.

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This guy wastes a perfectly good bottle of Patrón Tequila trying to ‘chug’ it; DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.

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Country’s First 24-Hour Deportation Hotline Launches in Chicago

Country’s First 24-Hour Deportation Hotline Launches in Chicago

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The country’s first 24-hour Deportation Family Support Hotline launched yesterday to help Illinois families and children left behind in deportations. The HELP-MY-F(amily) hotline will serve callers from Illinois in English, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese.

This is the first time in the country’s history that a dedicated 24-hour crisis hotline (855-435-7693) is being used for immigration issues.  The call center is located in Chicago but during its month-long trial run it has fielded calls from all over the U.S.

In the past five years, 48,330 people have been deported from the Chicago ICE region.  Nationwide, 400,000 individuals were deported in 2010 leaving an estimated 80,550 children without a parent.  Callers can expect to be given information on legal aid, social services for family members and immigration law information.

Currently the majority of calls are “from people asking questions about the 300,000 deportation cases under review,”  said Stephen Smith director of Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).

The hotline is being launched by ICIRR in partnership with 35 Chicago social service agencies; the Catholic Church and other ministers; 17 private law firms and the National Immigrant Justice Center; Mexican hometown federations; the Adler School of Professional Psychology; the Mexican Consulate; and 67 trained bilingual volunteers.

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HBO Premieres “The Latino List” In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (VIDEO)

HBO Premieres “The Latino List” In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (VIDEO)

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“The Latino List” a documentary that spotlights Latino including Pitbull, Eva Longoria and the Estefans (Gloria & Emilio) will premiere tonight in Miami.  The documentary is an HBO and AT& T production.

The documentary is a collection of video portraits of Latinos who have richly contributed to the fabric of contemporary society.

Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (HBO’s “The Black List”), the film provides the unique perspectives and stories of success of Latino celebrities from a variety of backgrounds, including Cuban, Colombian, Honduran, Mexican, and Puerto Rican.

Interviewees include:

“Acclaimed writer Sandra Cisneros; Grammy®-winning singer Gloria Estefan; Golden Globe-winning actress America Ferrera; NASA astronaut Jose Moreno Hernandez; military veteran Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch; actor/writer/producer John Leguizamo; actress Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives); U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ); rapper Pitbull; PGA golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez; ACLU Exec. Director Anthony D. Romero; radio host Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; financial advisor Julie Stav; and scholar Dr. Marta Moreno Vega.

Tonight’s premiere is being hosted at the Colony Theatre in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

 

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How Do Ethnic Media Say “Illegal Immigrant?”

Before publishing a story on immigration, every editor faces a question: What term should be used to describe an immigrant who is in the United States illegally?

The AP Stylebook states that the preferred term is “illegal immigrant”—but that “illegal” should not be used as a noun. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists advocates the use of the term “undocumented immigrant” or “undocumented worker.” A campaign headed by the Applied Research Center and its news site ColorLines – called “Drop the ‘i’ Word” – considers “illegal” a slur and is calling on media outlets across the country to take a pledge to stop using the term.

But for editors of U.S. ethnic media—whose news outlets serve the nation’s ethnic and immigrant communities, in multiple languages—the choice may not be as clear. Undocumented immigrants may be described as anything from “living in hiding” in Punjabi to “illegal overstayers” in Korean.

Some ethnic media sectors have taken a stand on the issue: Spanish-language media, for example, generally use the term “undocumented.” But for many, the question of what term to use remains the individual choice of each writer and editor.

‘Undocumented’ in Spanish – Years Ahead of the English-Language Media

While English-language media is starting to debate the issue, Spanish-language media have used the term “inmigrantes indocumentados” (undocumented immigrants) for years.

“La Opinión never uses the term ‘illegal inmigrant.’ For us, it’s unacceptable,” said Amelia Estades-Santaliz, managing editor of the Los Angeles Spanish-language newspaper.

“We had this discussion 10 years ago, maybe more,” said Juan Antonio Ramos, executive editor of La Estrella En Casa in Fort Worth, Tex., which consistently uses the term “inmigrante indocumentado” (undocumented immigrant). “I think this is a healthy discussion and I hope English-language media start using the term we’ve been using for years.”

“It’s a decision every newsroom is going to have to make sooner or later,” said Alfredo Carbajal, chief editor of Al Día in Dallas, Tex., which has used the term “undocumented” since its founding in 2003.

But the newspaper’s editorial policy has not been without opposition by some readers.

“There are many diverse sentiments about immigration, even within the Hispanic community,” said Carbajal. “We’ve had readers call in, saying, ‘By not calling illegal immigration “illegal,” you’re already taking a side.’”

Al Día’s response, he said, has been to be “careful” to publish content that is “accurate but also sensitive,” and to “represent all points of view” – including the perspectives of those who are anti-illegal immigration.

“We shouldn’t label those people racist. We have to listen to their concern too,” said Carbajal.

Read more at New America Media →



TuesdaySeptember 20, 2011