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FridaySeptember 30, 2011

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Federal Court Ruling Could Give Relief to Day Laborers

Federal Court Ruling Could Give Relief to Day Laborers

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Finding work on the streets without getting arrested by the police might get easier for day laborers in Arizona under a new federal court decision.

On Sept. 16, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 9-2 that a 1989 Redondo Beach, Calif. anti-solicitation ordinance aimed at day laborers was unconstitutional, because it “regulates significantly more speech than is necessary to achieve the city’s purpose of improving traffic safety and traffic flow.”

“It’s another affirmation that day laborers have the First Amendment right to seek work in public spaces,” said Chris Newman, legal programs director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). “This is the law of the land to the western U.S.”

The decision, according to Newman, will impact dozens of anti-soliciting ordinances nationwide, including one created by the City of Phoenix in the ‘80s.

“Cities cannot make it illegal to look for work in public spaces on sidewalks,” he said.

Yet, Newman said he couldn’t comment at this time on what kind of impact this decision would have on a pending NDLON lawsuit against provisions in Arizona’s SB 1070 related to day laborers.

In response to a U.S Department of Justice lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton enjoined key provisions of SB 1070 –among them the portion that made it a state crime for a person to be undocumented. But, Bolton refused to block the enforcement of a part of SB 1070 aimed at day laborers.

SB 1070 does not apply to all forms of solicitation. Instead, it makes it a crime only for someone to get into a vehicle to do work elsewhere “if the motor vehicle blocks or impedes the normal movement of traffic.”

Republican state Rep. John Kavanagh argues that Arizona’s SB 1070 day-laborer provision is different than the Redondo Beach ordinance, because the police has to clear an “extra hurdle” to arrest the day laborers.

“It’s not just them looking for work in or near a street,” he said. “In addition, traffic has to be impeded, and that’s not present in the other law,” he said, referring to the Redondo Beach ordinance.

Still, Kavanagh disagrees with the U.S. 9th District Court decision, arguing that “it’s not a free speech issue, but a public safety issue.”

Salvador Reza, an organizer from the PUENTE movement and founder of Phoenix’s only day labor center said it is unclear whether the Redondo Beach decision would change things in terms of SB 1070.

Reza said that in practice different police departments have been using the SB 1070 to pull over contractor vehicles, blocks away from the place where they picked up a day laborer because is easier to charge them after they get into the car.

“Things have gotten worse in the sense that police are pulling over more vehicles, for a small traffic violation to ask them for papers,” he said. “They feel more empowered to do that.”

In the recent federal court ruling, judges decided the restrictions were so broad they could be applied to “children selling lemonade on the sidewalk in front of their home, as well as to Girl Scouts selling cookies on the sidewalk” and even “protesters imploring donations to a disaster relief fund.”

Giving a dissenting opinion, Judge Alex Kozinski wrote: “Nothing in the First Amendment prevents government from ensuring that sidewalks are reserved for walking rather than loitering; streets are used as thoroughfares rather than open air hiring halls; and bushes serve as adornment rather than latrines.”

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USDA Launches MiPlato: A Visual Reminder to Help Spanish-Speakers Make Healthier Food Choices

USDA Launches MiPlato: A Visual Reminder to Help Spanish-Speakers Make Healthier Food Choices

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Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin honored National Hispanic Heritage Month by joining with key Hispanic leaders to celebrate the federal government’s new Spanish-language food icon, MiPlato, that serves as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices.

MiPlato is a new generation icon that prompts consumers to think about their food choices before they eat, to build a healthy plate at meal time, and to seek more information by going to ChooseMyPlate.gov. MyPlate and MiPlato emphasize the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy and are supported by consumer messages including ‘Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables.’

“Mi Plato is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “As a mom, I can attest to you how much this is going to help parents all across the country, because when a mom or dad comes home from a long day of work, we’re already asked to be a chef, a referee or a cleaning crew - so we rarely have time to be a nutritionist too. But we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates, and as long as they’re eating proper portions, as long as half of their meal is fruits and vegetables alongside their lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, then we’re good. It’s as simple as that.”

MiPlato will complement the MyPlate image as the government’s primary food group symbol, an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Washington Latinos Victims of Suspected Hate Crimes

Washington Latinos Victims of Suspected Hate Crimes

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Latinos in the state of Washington have had a rough couple weeks. Near Seattle, a man was assaulted by a drunk man who is suspected to have attacked the first man due to his ethnicity. Just a few days earlier, a family in a car in Union Gap, WA was attacked by a transient who said he was angry because they did not stop to pick him up.


Saturday, Peter M. Weller, 30, threw a can of beer at a Hispanic family as they passed him on their way into a restaurant parking lot. He later told police that he believed the car was going to stop to give him a ride, and he grew angry when it did not.

He chased them into a parking lot and pounded on the driver’s side window until it broke. Through the broken window, Weller bit the father.

Weller was arrested for malicious harassment, and told police he hated Mexicans and accused the father of being in the Mexican Mafia.

The week prior, Kurt Randall Madsen, went after a Latino man in what is suspected of being a racially motivated attack.

Madsen, 42, was drinking with a Latino man outside an Applebee’s restaurant where they both worked when an argument began. Madsen started spouting racial slurs when another coworker came out and separated them.

Madsen was told he was too drunk to go inside and was told to go home. He then confronted the Latino man again and accused him of being an “illegal immigrant”, then punched him in the face until he fell. He then straddled the fallen man and slammed his head into some rocks, according to reports.

It took four people to pull Madsen off the man. Once off, he unlocked his bike and started shouting racial slurs again, provoking the Latino man, who managed to get through coworkers and go after Weller.

Weller began swinging his bike lock, which was attached to a chain, at the man and landed a blow on his face, knocking him down.

Police reports state Madsen then started yelling for the Latino’s “papers”. The lead investigator said Madsen’s slurs and comments lead him to believe “that Madsen’s perception of [the Latino man’s] race and citizenship status was a factor” in the attack,

Last Thursday, Madsen was arrested, and Monday, was charged with second-degree assault and malicious harassment.

The Latino man suffered significant facial injuries, including a fractured orbital bone, which is the bone around the eye.

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Number of Ethnic TV Household Grows, Lead by Asian Households Followed by Hispanic Families

Number of Ethnic TV Household Grows, Lead by Asian Households Followed by Hispanic Families

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The number of Hispanic/Latino households in the U.S. for the 2011-2012 TV season will grow by 4.6 percent (over 600,000) compared to last year according to Nielsen.  While Asian TV household use will show the greatest increase compared to last year, this demographic is expected to show a 9.6 percent increase (over 400,00).

The TV Universe Estimate for the 2011-2012 season marks the first integration of the 2010 Census counts and adjusted TV penetrations, introducing a number of shifts nationally and within local markets.

“The rapid growth of the Hispanic market has generated a number of headlines since the Census numbers were revealed, but the increase of Asian households should not be overlooked,” said Pat McDonough, Senior Vice President, Insights and Analysis, Nielsen. “The rate of change in Asian TV households outpaces that of Hispanic homes.”

Los Angeles remains the top market for both Hispanic and Asian TV households, while New York holds onto the top spot for African-American TV homes.

“We’re also seeing increased geographic diversity of Hispanic and Latino consumers. While Los Angeles, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale and Houston remain in the top five for Hispanic TV homes, we’re seeing growth in markets that defy conventional wisdom. Hartford & New Haven, Conn., Washington, D.C., Milwaukee, Raleigh and Minneapolis are all in the top 50 and saw a bump up in their rankings in the past year,” McDonough added.

Nielsen’s total household and population estimates are based on the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau as well as auxiliary sources such as state governments and the U.S. postal service.  These estimates are projected to January 1, 2012.

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Gentlemen, Stacey Dash is Single! - Judge Grants ‘Clueless’ Actress Divorce From Emmanuel Xuereb

Gentlemen, Stacey Dash is Single! - Judge Grants ‘Clueless’ Actress Divorce From Emmanuel Xuereb

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After filing for divorce last year, actress Stacey Dash was finally granted a divorce from Emmanuel Xuereb, to whom she was married for more than two years.

Dash, whose family is of Mexican (Aztec Indian) and African decent, said Xuereb hit her in the face, head, and body during the marriage, but she was afraid to go to the police.

Court reports obtained by TMZ show the 45-year-old claimed that a drunken Xuereb once pinned her down and told her that it was going to be the worst night of her life.

ImageThe same day the actress, known for her role as Alicia Silverstone’s best friend Dione in the hit movie Clueless, filed for divorce, she also filed for a restraining order against Xuereb.

The couple have no children together, though Dash has two from a previous relationship.

This is Dash’s third divorce.

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Mitt Romney Video Bashes Perry on Immigration and Features Praise from Former Mexican President

Mitt Romney Video Bashes Perry on Immigration and Features Praise from Former Mexican President

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A new Mitt Romney campaign video once again paints Governor Rick Perry as soft on immigration and shows former Mexican President Vicente Fox praising Perry for in-state tuition for ‘Mexican migrants.’

If conservative Republicans were just starting to leave the Perry camp they will now do so in droves, thanks to this video.  Romney reminds us at the end of the video that “Believe[ing] in America” means don’t give undocumented students an education. 

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United States, Mexico Announce Results of Repatriation Program

United States, Mexico Announce Results of Repatriation Program

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Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that 8,893 Mexican citizens agreed to voluntarily return to their hometowns in the interior of Mexico by participating in the Mexican Interior Repatriation Program (MIRP).

MIRP is a bilaterally beneficial voluntary program that ensures the safe and swift return of Mexican nationals found unlawfully in the Sonora Arizona desert region of the United States to their places of origin in the Mexican interior. The program is run by ICE, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mexican Ministry of the Interior.

The last flight for 2011, carrying 139 people, departed Tucson Wednesday for Mexico City.

“MIRP reflects our mutual commitment to strong and effective enforcement of both nations’ immigration laws, and this program is proof that we can do so in a humanitarian way,” said Katrina S. Kane, field office director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations in Arizona. “This program prioritizes the humane treatment of detainees throughout the removal process.”

MIRP was designed in 2004 as a bilateral effort between the United States and Mexico to reduce the loss of human life and combat organized crime linked to the smuggling, trafficking and exploitation of persons.

Under MIRP, Mexican nationals apprehended in U.S. Border Patrol’s Yuma and Tucson Sectors are taken to DHS facilities in Nogales and Yuma, Ariz., where candidates are medically screened, meet with officials from Mexican Consulate and are offered the opportunity to voluntarily participate in the program.

This year’s first repatriation flight departed Tucson International Airport on July 11. Of the 8,893 people returned this year, 85 percent were men and 15 percent were women. A total of 328 juveniles accompanied by their parents participated in MIRP as well.

A total of 125,164 Mexican nationals have been safely returned under MIRP over the program’s eight summers of operation.

Read more at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement →

First Solar Powered Car Rally in Latina America Starts in Chile (VIDEO)

First Solar Powered Car Rally in Latina America Starts in Chile (VIDEO)

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Today is the first day of the “Atacama Solar Challenge” a three day rally where participants will cross the Atacama desert on board of solar powered vehicles!

With the departure of Chilean vehicles “Eolian 2” and “Intikalpa,” the first solar powered vehicle race in Latin America has officially started.

The vehicles, designed by students from two different Chilean universities left the city of Humberstone, and over the course of the weekend will cross the Atacama desert to get to the finish line, in Iquique.

11 teams from 4 Latin American countries are participating in the 660 mile long competition,check out the video below for more details about this competition.

 

 

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Justin Bieber in a Quest to Find Mexican Crying Fan (VIDEO)

Justin Bieber in a Quest to Find Mexican Crying Fan (VIDEO)

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Justin is trying to locate a young fan who broke into tears when she found out his Monterrey, Mexico show was sold out.

Justin Bieber’s Monterrey show sold out in 2 hours, much to the dismay of several fans who were unable to purchase tickets.  But one fan in particular earned the sympathy of Bieber because of her heartfelt tears of despair, and now the teen idol has put the word out that he’s trying to find her.

Bieber tweeted earlier today “need everyone’s help. we have LESS than 24 hours. we need to find this girl.. she is at the 30 sec mark. HELP! thanks.”

So if you know who the girl at the 30 sec. mark is, tweet the Biebs!

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‘Til Death Do You Part? - Mexico City Considering “Temporary Marriage License

‘Til Death Do You Part? - Mexico City Considering “Temporary Marriage License

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Though traditional wedding vows read, “’Til death due us part,” legislation being proposed in Mexico City may have some couples saying, “”Til we break up in a couple years.”

Some Mexico City lawmakers are pushing for temporary marriage licenses for couples who what to get married, but are worried about the arduous divorce process should the marriage not work out.

The statute would allows for these marriage licenses to be for a minimum marriage length of 2 years, and would allow the couple to renew the license should they remain happy.

In the event that the relationship does not work out, the provisions in the marriage “contract” would have the division of assets and the custody of children already laid out.

The bill’s co-author, Leonol Luna, a Mexico City assemblyman, told Reuters , “The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends.” Adding, “You wouldn’t have to go through the tortuous process of divorce.”

The legislation is coming from leftist lawmakers in a city where half of all marriages end in divorce, many of them in the first two years.

Though Mexico as country tends to be more conservative, Mexico City has veered away from tradition, allowing same-sex marriage and now considering these “temporary marriage licenses.”

However, some, including the Mexican archdiocese, are not so eager to welcome this type of license.

A spokesman for the archdiocese stated, “The reform is absurd. It contradicts the nature of marriage. It’s another one of these electoral theatrics the assembly tends to do that are irresponsible and immoral.”

A vote on the proposal is expected to be had later this year.

Read more at Reuters →

Two Arkansas Men Sentenced for Hate Crimes Against Five Hispanic Men

Two Arkansas Men Sentenced for Hate Crimes Against Five Hispanic Men

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Frankie Maybee, 20, and Sean Popejoy, 19, both of Green Forest, Ark., were sentenced for their roles in committing federal hate crimes, announced the Justice Department.  These are the first defendants to be sentenced under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was enacted in October 2009.

Maybee was sentenced today to 135 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.  Popejoy, who testified against Maybee, was sentenced yesterday to 48 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.  Maybee and Popejoy were also sentenced to pay $5,440 in restitution to the victims, jointly and severally.

Maybee was convicted on May 19, 2011, by a federal jury of five counts of committing a federal hate crime and one count of conspiring to commit a federal hate crime.  Popejoy pleaded guilty on May 16, 2011, to one count of committing a federal hate crime and one count of conspiring to commit a federal hate crime.

Evidence presented at trial established that in the early morning hours of June 20, 2010, Maybee and Popejoy targeted five Hispanic men who had pulled into a gas station parking lot.  Though Maybee and Popejoy did not know the men and the five did not do or say anything to provoke them, Maybee and Popejoy yelled racial epithets at the men and told them to “go back to Mexico.”  When the victims drove away, the co-conspirators pursued them in Maybee’s truck.  When Maybee and Popejoy caught up to the victims, Popejoy leaned outside of the front passenger window and waived a tire wrench at the victims, and continued to threaten and hurl racial epithets at the victims.  Maybee, driving his truck, rammed into the victims’ car repeatedly, causing the victims’ car to cross the opposite lane of traffic, go off the road, crash into a tree and ignite.  The victims were badly injured and one of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries.

“The facts of this case shock the conscience.  Five men were almost killed for no reason other than the fact that they are Hispanic.  The Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act allowed us to bring these men to justice in a way that we could not have done just a few years ago,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.  “These sentences send a clear message that the Justice Department will aggressively prosecute those who perpetrate violent acts of hate.”

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man, 28, Impregnates 12-Year-Old New Mexico Girl

LATINO BLOTTER: Man, 28, Impregnates 12-Year-Old New Mexico Girl

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A man was arrested and charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor, after a pre-teen entered a hospital complaining of stomach pains.

Upon medical examination, it was discovered that a 12-year-old Albuquerque, NM girl was in fact 12 weeks pregnant.

Capt. Aric Wheeler, of the Albuquerque Police Department told local news station KOAT, “It actually sickens you as an individual to feel that somebody would find a 12-year-old female attractive in that way.”

Alejandro Ortiz-Badillo, 28, has been charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor, after admitted he had sex with his girlfriend’s daughter. He reportedly told police he had a consensual sexual relationship with the girl when her mother wasn’t home.

However, a relationship like this cannot be consensual, as the state’s legal age of consent in 16 and the other person cannot be more than two years older.

The girl was admitted into the hospital on Monday. That same day, Ortiz-Badillo was arrested and booked into the Santa Fe County jail.

According to court documents, the victim claims Ortiz-Badillo had sexual intercourse with her more than once, with the last time being more than two months ago. The girl also said she never told her family of the assault.

Due to information that Ortiz-Badillo may try to flee to Mexico, he was determined to be “a flight risk due to his connections in Mexico” and that he is a danger to the girl and her family “based on the nature of the allegations.”

His bond was set at $100,000, cash only.

Read more at KOAT →

Manchester United Named Top Fútbol Brand, Above Barça and Real Madrid

Manchester United Named Top Fútbol Brand, Above Barça and Real Madrid

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The red English team Manchester United has bumped Real Madrid as the fútbol brand with the most value, according to Brand Finance PLC.

According to a study conducted by Brand Finance PLC, Manchester United’s brand valuation of $642 million, grew 11% since last year, and is $17 million greater than that of Real Madrid, and $31 million bigger than the current champions and world favorites Barcelona FC.

“The commercial team at United have developed such a compelling and well-protected brand that global partners are willing to pay premium sums to be affiliated with the champions,” said Brand Finance, which advises companies like brewer SABMiller Plc and bank Standard Chartered Plc.

Earlier this month the team announced a sponsorship agreement for its training apparel worth $60 million with logistics company DHL.

But while Manchester United may have a stronger brand than Real Madrid and Barcelona FC, the red team, owned by the U.S.-based Glazer family is not the biggest money-maker. In terms of revenue, according to a list published by accountant Deloitte LLP in February, Manchester is behind both Real Madrid and Barça. Madrid announced record sales of $654 million last week, more than any other team. United had revenue of $516 million, according to a Sept. 1 filing.

Which team is your favorite? The one that you recognize the most? Tell us in our forums section!

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LISTEN to Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer López Singing Mouth2 Mouth (AUDIO)

LISTEN to Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer López Singing Mouth2 Mouth (AUDIO)

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Listen to Jlo collaborate in Enrique Iglesias’ “Mouth2Mouth,” which will be featured in the repackaged edition of Iglesias’ album Euphoria, out in November.

Listen to the track, produced by Justin Franks (aka DJ Frank E) below and join us in our forums section for the conversation!

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Eva Longoria, Highest Paid Actress on Television, Second Only to Tina Fey

Eva Longoria, Highest Paid Actress on Television, Second Only to Tina Fey

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According to Forbes Magazine Highest Paid TV Actresses list, Eva Longoria is the best paid actress in TV, second only to Tina Fey.

All four “Desperate Housewives” made it to the top ten list, of best paid television actresses, but highly profitable endorsement deals with L’oreal and LG Fashion Phones boosted Longoria’s estimated income to a whopping $13 million.

Despite the fact that the current (and final) 8th season of the series got the lowest rated season premiere in their history, “Desperate Housewives” remains one of ABC’s insignia shows, and regardless of how the season unfolds, “Lifetime” will be writing them syndication checks for as long as they broadcast re-runs.

No other Latinas made it to the list, topped by “30 Rock” star, producer and head writer Tina Fey.

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Brazilian Cattle Ranchers Blamed for Another Amazon Indian Killing

Brazilian Cattle Ranchers Blamed for Another Amazon Indian Killing

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A Guarani man in his 20s has died of his wounds following a violent attack, allegedly by gunmen employed by Brazilian cattle ranchers.

Teodoro Ricardi was left fatally injured, and died at the side of a road in the central-western state of Mato Grosso do Sul on Tuesday.  He had been stabbed seven times and his body was covered with bruises.

The attack occurred close to the São Luiz ranch, from where two Guarani witnesses say they saw men running into the forest after the incident.  The ranch occupies the Guarani’s ancestral land. Teodoro’s community, Y’poi, has been besieged since it reoccupied part of its land in 2010.

The Guarani are trapped by the ranchers, who are restricting the Indians’ access to medical care.

A Guarani from Y’poi told Survival International, ‘We are being persecuted. We are treated like animals, killed and thrown on the streets.’

The Guarani of Mato Grosso do Sul, who are desperately trying to recover a fraction of their original territories, face bitter and violent resistance from wealthy ranchers and soya and sugar cane plantation owners.

Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘The Guarani have suffered enough without Teodoro’s murder adding to their grief. His death, like those before him, could have been prevented if the Brazilian government had allowed the Guarani to live on land that is in fact rightfully theirs.’

In 2009 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay displayed her shock at the Guarani struggle, by describing the tribe as ‘astonishingly invisible.’

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Governors from U.S. and Mexico Skip Out on Border Conference

Governors from U.S. and Mexico Skip Out on Border Conference

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For the second year in a row, three of the four U.S. governors whose states adjoin Mexico are skipping an annual conference with their counterparts from south of the border, highlighting the frosty relations between Mexico and the United States over U.S. immigration policy.

Jan Brewer of Arizona, Jerry Brown of California and Rick Perry of Texas are not attending this year’s meeting with Mexican governors in Ensenada, Mexico, leaving Susana Martinez of New Mexico as the only U.S. governor in attendance. All three governors who are skipping the event said their schedules would not allow them to go, The New York Times reports.

While scheduling may be an issue, it is U.S. immigration policy that has overshadowed the meeting for the last two years.

Last year, Brewer canceled the meeting — scheduled to be held at a resort in Phoenix — after her Mexican counterparts threatened to boycott it over her state’s controversial new immigration law, which was then the toughest state measure in the nation. (Alabama has since passed a law, partially upheld by a federal judge this week, that is considered stricter.) Last year’s conference eventually took place in New Mexico after then-Governor Bill Richardson agreed to host it, but Richardson was the only U.S. chief executive to attend. Then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger backed out at the last minute.

This year, Alabama and several other states, including Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina, have approved their own Arizona-like crackdowns on illegal immigrants, making the subject even more sensitive as the border governors’ conference gets under way. The states’ crackdown on immigration is so aggressive that the Justice Department plans to take the unusual step of suing to block most of the measures, as The Washington Post reports today (September 30).

Read more at John Gramlich for Pew Center on the States



FridaySeptember 30, 2011