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SundayJanuary 1, 2012

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Ricky Martin to Wed Boyfriend this Month in New York

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin and his boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez will marry on Jan. 28 in New York, the El Nuevo Dia newspaper reported on its Web site Sunday.

Martin and his partner, according to a source close to the Puerto Rican daily, will wed in the U.S. city which last June 24 approved marriage between homosexual couples.

Since he announced his sexual orientation in March 2010, the artist, who on Dec. 24 turned 40, has expressed his support for marriage among people of the same sex.

He also said last June that he favors homosexual marriage in Puerto Rico, where it is still illegal.

“What I want is for them to say no to discrimination so that equality among us human beings may be a reality in my country,” said Martin at that time.

Martin, who on Nov. 4 was granted Spanish citizenship, admitted he is gay on March 27, 2010, calling his homosexuality “a gift,” on his Web page in a communique.

From that point on, the popular artist has participated in events supporting homosexuals, among them one last March in New York when he received the Vito Russo prize from Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for his promotion of rights equality for the gay community.

Martin took advantage of the event to confirm his much-speculated-about romantic relationship with Gonzalez.

“I only wanted to be free and I can say that today I’m free,” said Martin at the event at which he especially thanked “my partner, my boyfriend, Carlos. You’re the greatest.”

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Demi Lovato Going Country?

Demi Lovato Going Country?

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Demi Lovato has left her mark on pop/rock music with her debut Don’t Forget, and proved she could tackle more than one genre by adopting a more pop/R&B sound with her hit album Unbroken, but could she soon be giving Taylor Swift a run for her money and tackling country music?

19-year-old Lovato seemed to be in a country music mood listening to songs like “Crazy Girl” by Eli Young Band and “The Good Stuff” by Kenny Chesney, and it appears it gave her inspiration to write her very own tune.

“Wrote my first country song today. smile” she wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

Demi didn’t further elaborate on the new song or say whether it is for a new project or just for fun, but if she were to record a country album in the future, it wouldn’t be all that surprising because she has long desired to try all types of music, including country.

At the time of her album release in September, Demi said she jokes about singing country music, but she’s very serious about it.

“I like to experiment with my music,” she told MTV News. “Someday, I joke around, but I’m actually pretty serious about coming out with a country album. I want to do everything. I love music and I love all types of music.”

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BREAKING: Mitt Romney Promises to Veto DREAM Act If Elected (VIDEO)

BREAKING: Mitt Romney Promises to Veto DREAM Act If Elected (VIDEO)

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Matt Viser of the Boston Globe reports that during a campaign stop in Le Mars, Iowa yesterday, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney promised to veto the DREAM Act if it ever passed while he was president. 

Romney’s promise to veto the legislation is merely the latest escalation in a campaign that has already been marked by extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric from Romney and his fellow Republican candidates.

A Pew Hispanic Center poll released earlier this week showed Romney losing Hispanic voters to President Obama by a 3:1 margin, far worse than John McCain did in 2008.

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Chile Detains Israeli Tourist Over Forest Fire

Chile Detains Israeli Tourist Over Forest Fire

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Chilean authorities have detained an Israeli tourist on suspicion of starting a massive forest fire in Chile’s Torres de Paine national park. The officials did not release the name of the suspect when announcing his arrest Saturday.

High winds fanned the blaze that has already destroyed more than 11,000 hectares of the park in southern Chile.

More than 500 firefighters have been trying to contain the fire, which forced the evacuation of 400 tourists, most of them foreigners.  More than 100,000 people each year visit the 240,000-hectare park.

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Anderson Cooper Joins in Univision’s Time Square Celebration (VIDEO)

The American silver fox, Anderson Cooper, showing a bit of anchor booth envy checked out the ample set up at Univision’s New Year’s Eve telecast.

Apparently, CNN’s Cooper has been commenting how festive the Univision’s New Year’s telecast appears with lots of champagne and goodies and even twittered some envy regarding the large stage Univision’s telecast has versus CNN. CNN’s New Year’s countdown telecast is staged close to Univisions.

Clearly there were no hard feelings, Anderson just stopped by to say hello and was barraged with praise by Raul De Molino (El Gordo) calling him the American Silver Fox and noting how handsome he was, comparing him to the distinguished Jorge Ramos.  If that wasn’t enough Univision co-host Jackie Guerrido gave him a double-cheek kiss and appeared awed by the impromptu visit.

Check it out.

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Most Anticipated New Year Holiday is Also American’s Least Important According to Poll

Most Anticipated New Year Holiday is Also American’s Least Important According to Poll

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One of the most highly anticipated holidays of the year is also one of the least important in the eyes of many Americans.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 12% of American Adults consider New Year’s Day to be one of the nation’s most important holidays.  Thirty-two percent (32%) view it as the least important, while 52% see it as somewhere in between.

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on December 26-27, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports.

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2011: A Tough Year for Latinos

2011: A Tough Year for Latinos

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The year 2011 was very tough for Latinos, especially for undocumented immigrants, according to an editorial in this weeks La Opinión.

The Latino community is still feeling the severe impact of the Great Recession. Thousands of families had to leave their homes due to foreclosures resulting from the real estate crisis. At the same time, unemployment and underemployment rates are higher among Hispanics than the national average.

The harmful effects of a rocky economy and budget cuts have negatively impacted Latinos in various ways, including public education.

Meanwhile, in 2011 undocumented immigrants became the target of numerous restrictive and discriminatory state laws. Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina, Georgia, Indiana and Utah enacted their own immigration laws, which in some cases were lessened by the courts. The issue of whether or not these laws are constitutional will be decided in 2012.

The good news happened in California, with the arrival of Governor Jerry Brown: DREAM Act laws and a law stopping arbitrary car impounds were approved.

On the other hand, the undocumented did not fare well on a federal level. Under the wide net of the Secure Communities program, the U.S. set a new record for deportations. The majority of those being deported were not the dangerous criminals sought by the program, but fathers and mothers who were separated from their families.

Cooperation between local law enforcement agencies and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) yielded disastrous results; it impacted public safety by undermining the trust between the Latino community and the authorities.

This has been a difficult year, filled with challenges and dangers for Latinos. 2012 will not magically change the situation, but there will be elections at all levels next year, so there is hope for positive changes.

La Opinión, Editorial

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Republican Presidential Candidate Romney Vows to Veto ‘Dream Act’ if Elected

Republican Presidential Candidate Romney Vows to Veto ‘Dream Act’ if Elected

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As the Republican presidential contenders prepare for the Iowa caucus tomorrow they fielded questions from audiences throughout the weekend.

One such question brought to light what leading contender, Mitt Romney, would do if the ‘Dream Act’ would reach his desk once elected President

Veto it he says.  If conservative Latino voters who are in favor of the DREAM Act wondered where Romney stood it is pretty clear cut.

No surprise when Romney has officially staked out ‘the most extreme immigration position possible: the removal of every undocumented immigrant in the nation.’

The Dream Act that would give legal status to undocumented students under certain conditions has been around the halls of Congress for over 10 years and suffered its last defeat in December of 2010. 

“The question is, if I were elected and Congress were to pass the Dream Act, would I veto it? And the answer is yes,” said the candidate, speaking in Le Mars, Iowa.  He did however add that he approved of offering legal status to people who serve in the U.S. military.

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Mexican Civil Servant Sentenced 48 Years for being Ghost Payroll Cheat

Mexican Civil Servant Sentenced 48 Years for being Ghost Payroll Cheat

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A civil servant has been sentenced to 48 years in prison for presenting fake documents to get paid for time away from the office, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said.

The AG’s office did not identify the former civil servant or the agency he worked for, but a public affairs representative told Efe the statement announcing the stiff sentence was correct.

A federal court in Mexico City handed down the tough punishment to the former official, who must also pay a fine of 119,848 pesos ($8,560), the AG’s office said.

“The public official, who presented unauthentic documentation and used supposedly official documents to justify absences from his work location, was proven to have committed” the violations, the AG’s office said.

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As Deportations Rise to Record Levels Most Latinos Oppose Obama’s Policy

As Deportations Rise to Record Levels Most Latinos Oppose Obama’s Policy

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By a ratio of more than two-to-one (59% versus 27%), Latinos disapprove of the way the Obama administration is handling deportations of unauthorized immigrants, according to a new national survey of Latino adults by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

Deportations have reached record levels under President Obama, rising to an annual average of nearly 400,000 since 2009, about 30% higher than the annual average during the second term of the Bush administration and about double the annual average during George W. Bush’s first term.

More than eight-in-ten (81%) of the nation’s estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants are of Hispanic origin, according to Pew Hispanic Center estimates. Hispanics accounted for an even larger share of deportees in 2010——97%.

Not all Latinos are aware that the Obama administration has stepped up deportations of unauthorized immigrants. A plurality (41%) says that the Obama administration is deporting more unauthorized immigrants than the Bush administration. Slightly more than a third (36%) say the two administrations have deported about the same number of immigrants. And one-in-ten (10%) Latinos say the Obama administration has deported fewer unauthorized immigrants than the Bush administration.

Disapproval of Obama’s policy is most widespread among those who are aware that deportations have risen during his tenure. Among this group, more than three-quarters (77%) disapprove of the way his administration is handling the issue of deportations. Among those who are not aware that an increase has occurred, slightly more than half disapprove.

The 2012 Presidential Election and Latinos

The Pew Hispanic survey also reveals that, heading into the 2012 presidential campaign, Obama and the Democratic Party continue to enjoy strong support from Latino registered voters.

In a hypothetical match-up against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Obama wins 68% to 23% among Latino registered voters. And in a match-up against Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Obama wins the Latino vote 69% to 23%. These results closely match the outcome of the 2008 presidential election, when Obama carried the Latino vote over Republican John McCain by 67% to 31%.

Even among those who disapprove of the way Obama is handling the issue of deportations, a majority support his reelection over either of these two potential Republican challengers. Obama would carry this group by 57% to 34% against Romney and 61% to 31% against Perry.

The survey also shows that identification with the Democratic Party among Hispanic registered voters remains strong. Two-thirds (67%) of Hispanic registered voters say they identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, while 20% say the same about the Republican Party.

And when asked which party has more concern for Hispanics, 45% of Hispanic registered voters say it’s the Democratic Party, while 12% say it’s the Republican Party. The share that identifies the Republican Party as the better party for Hispanics is up six percentage points since 2010.

Obama’s Job Rating among Hispanics

Despite Obama’s strong showing among Latinos when compared with potential 2012 Republican rivals, he has suffered a decline in his overall approval rating as president. Today 49% of Latinos approve of the job he is doing, down from 58% in 2010. Among the general public, Obama’s approval trend has been more stable during the past year. His current rating——46%——is still somewhat lower among the general public than among Latinos, but this gap has narrowed significantly in the past year.

Among Latinos who disapprove of the Obama administration’s deportation policy, just 36% approve of the president’s overall job performance while 54% disapprove.

These and many other findings are from a new national survey of 1,220 Hispanic adults ages 18 and older conducted by landline and cellular telephone, in English and Spanish, from November 9 through December 7, 2011.

The report, “As Deportations Rise to Record Levels, Most Latinos Oppose Obama’s Policy,” authored by Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center, Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, Research Associate, Pew Hispanic Center and Seth Motel, Research Assistant, Pew Hispanic Center is available at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website, www.pewhispanic.org.

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Pledge Now to Make 2012 the Year for Immigrant Families

Pledge Now to Make 2012 the Year for Immigrant Families

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The end of the year is a time for reflecting on the past, and planning for the future. This has been a tremendous year for immigrant rights—we were able to secure prosecutorial discretion on the national level, and declare major state victories in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, California and Arizona.

Yet we know how quickly victories can be taken away. When our representatives continue to cave to anti-immigrant zealots, our achievements can we undone. Only when we unite our energy and efforts can we overcome, as we saw just this weekend with our allies in Alabama.

I’m calling on all of us to make a resolution for 2012: let this be the year immigrant families show our strength, in our communities and across the country. Will you join us in this pledge?

I am so proud of the work we have done together. Let’s rededicate ourselves, no matter where we are, to defending and empowering our families—join me in making the pledge for 2012.

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SundayJanuary 1, 2012