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WednesdayJanuary 18, 2012

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U.S Government Officials Meet with Honduran President Lobo

U.S Government Officials Meet with Honduran President Lobo

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Senior U.S. government officials met with the president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, and the president of the Honduran Congress, Juan Orlando Hernandez, on January 18 to review security cooperation and acknowledge the leadership and efforts that President Lobo and the Honduran Congress have taken to improve citizen security.

Over the past several months, Honduras has strengthened its legal framework to better combat organized crime, appointing judges with national jurisdiction, approving a security tax, authorizing wiretapping, and establishing a police advisory board, among other reforms. The U.S. government is pleased to see that the Government of Honduras is moving ahead with a plan to reform the Honduran National Police and strengthen its institutional capabilities.

President Lobo and the U.S. delegation agreed to continue working closely to improve citizen security in Honduras and throughout Central America, including through the Central American Integration System (SICA). The U.S. government will continue to use all available resources to assist the Government of Honduras. In a demonstration of its sustained support, the U.S. government is sending a team of technical experts to Honduras to deepen bilateral collaboration on citizen security issues.

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Building Collapses in Cuba, 3 Killed

Building Collapses in Cuba, 3 Killed

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Three people died and six others were injured when one of the many dilapidated buildings in Havana collapsed, Cuba’s official media said Wednesday.

The three-story building was declared uninhabitable several years ago, but several families continued to live in the structure, area residents told Efe.

Four of the six people hurt in the collapse were hospitalized, Radio Reloj said.

The building’s third floor gave way shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, one of the residents, 23-year-old Teresa Reve Lopez, told Efe, adding that she barely had time to grab her two young daughters and dash out onto the street.

Authorities have tried several times to clear people from the dilapidated structure, neighbors said.

Cuba, a nation of 11.2 million people, had a housing shortfall of roughly 600,000 units in 2010, partly as a result of the damage caused by three hurricanes that pounded the Communist-ruled island in 2008.

More than half the buildings in Cuba are in disrepair, according to official figures.

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HS News Narco Blog: Murder Victims Dumped in Mexican Port City

HS News Narco Blog: Murder Victims Dumped in Mexican Port City

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Four people were found dead in a vacant lot in this port city on Mexico’s Gulf coast, authorities said.

The bodies were wrapped in plastic, police sources said.

Marines and army troops were quickly deployed to the Dos Caminos district of Veracruz to search for the killers, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

The investigation is being directed by the Veracruz state Attorney General’s Office.

The police force responsible for law and order in Veracruz city was shut down last month as part of a national effort to root out corrupt, abusive and incompetent cops.

Mexican naval personnel are replacing the 900 uniformed municipal cops on a temporary basis.

The Veracruz-Boca del Rio Intermunicipal Police serves a metropolitan area of around 700,000 people that has been rocked in recent months by a bloody turf war among rival drug cartels.

Residents were stunned on Sept. 20 by the discovery of 35 bodies dumped on a busy thoroughfare in Boca del Rio, home to tourist hotels and affluent residential areas.

A week later, 32 bodies were found at three cartel “safe houses” in the metro area.

Within days of taking office in December 2006, President Felipe Calderon gave Mexico’s armed forces the leading role in the struggle with drug cartels, a policy that has been accompanied by intensifying violence and 50,000 deaths.

The military has replaced local police in several crime-plagued municipalities.

Mexican soldiers and marines also carry out mass arrests of police suspected of colluding with organized crime, but those dramatic, high-profile operations have led to few prosecutions.

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Three-Year-Old Mia Rivera Being Denied Life-Saving Transplant, Doctors Cite “Mental Retardation”

Three-Year-Old Mia Rivera Being Denied Life-Saving Transplant, Doctors Cite “Mental Retardation”

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A three-year-old girl is being denied a life-saving kidney transplant because she is “mentally retarded” and is not expected to live very long.

Amelia “Mia” Rivera has a genetic disorder known as Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. It causes both mental and physical impairments, including the deterioration of her kidneys.

Outrageously, even though the little girl’s family has agreed to donate an organ to save her life, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is refusing to perform the operation.

Mia’s mother Chrissy Rivera says that she and her family arrived at the hospital Friday to, they thought, discuss the transplant/donation process, but instead, and doctor came in with paper on a clip board with the words “Mentally Retarded” highlighted on one sheet and “Brain Damage” highlighted on the either.

The doctor would go on to tell them that Amelia will never be able to get on the waiting list because she is mentally retarded. The mother, now crying and speaking through tears, interrupts him and says Mia not being able to get on a list doesn’t matter because a number of people from their large family have already agreed to donate if they are a match.

The doctor, who Chrissy describes only as being a small man with a Peruvian accent, then speaks the next few words slowly, “No. She is not eligible because of her quality of life, because of her mental delays.”

Today, Mia’s parents, Chrissy and Joe, are fighting the doctor’s decision to not recommend their daughter for a transplant.
A petition on Change.org has been started, and Mia’s mother is not giving up the fight for her daughter’s life.

It has been estimated, that Mia will need a transplant in 6 months to a year, and without it, she will die.

Read the Rivera family’s story here.

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GALLUP Poll:  Majority of Americans Want Less Foreigners, Immigrants Coming Here

GALLUP Poll:  Majority of Americans Want Less Foreigners, Immigrants Coming Here

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According to a recent Gallup poll a majority of Americans (64%) want to see less foreigners migrate into this country.  The poll taken from January 5-8, 2012 show that nearly two out of three Americans are dissatisfied with the level of immigration.  Of 17 issues Gallup presented during the polling, the immigration issue came in third place.

According to Gallup, when posing a follow-up question only to those who say they are dissatisfied with the current level of immigration, asking whether the level of immigration should be increased, decreased, or remain the same. The net result is that 42% of all Americans are dissatisfied with the level of immigration and want it decreased—down from 50% four years ago. Just 6% are dissatisfied and want the level of immigration increased, unchanged from 2008 but slightly higher than in previous years.

It is important to note that Gallup’s question does not distinguish between legal and illegal immigration.

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Univision Announces TeleFutura Will Add “Family Guy” to Its Primetime Lineup

Univision Announces TeleFutura Will Add “Family Guy” to Its Primetime Lineup

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Univision has announced that TeleFutura, as part of its plant to expand its programming, will add Seth MacFarlane’s “Family Guy”.

Family Guy is one the most successful franchises in television, and TeleFutura adding it to their primetime lineup will make it the first time the animated series will be shown on Spanish-language television in the U.S.

“Family Guy” follows the adventures of endearingly ignorant dad Peter Griffin and his hilariously odd family of middle-class New Englanders – wife Lois, daughter Meg, son Chris, baby Stewie and dog Brian – in Quahog, Rhode Island. The animated series, which features the voice talents of Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green and Mila Kunis, is a 20th Century Fox Television production and is distributed by Twentieth Television. Seth MacFarlane is creator/executive producer. Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan serve as executive producers/showrunners, while Chris Sheridan, Danny Smith, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild are executive producers.

The network also announced a new talk show will be debuting this spring, and will be hosted by one of Hispanic America’s most beloved television hosts, Charytín.

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Colombia’s FARC Now Selling Cows to Fund Operations

Colombia’s FARC Now Selling Cows to Fund Operations

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In an attempt to increase its funding, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have begun selling cattle.

With limited income from their cocaine trafficking, FARC is now selling cattle to increase its resources.

For more than five decades, Colombia has been fighting its war on drugs, but drug traffickers have made so much money that buying off law enforcement and government officials has allowed them to continue their business.

FARC’s is the longest running rebellion in South America’s history, and while it is weaker than it has been in years, it is still continuing its attacks, including detonating a bomb in the Catatumbo in Norte de Santander province.

The organization has suggested that it is ready for peace, but Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stated, “The government does not have any indication nor demonstration at this time that can convince us of the good will of the other party in reaching a peace agreement.”

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Chevy Tahoe Stuffed with 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana Found, Narcos Jump in Rio Grande Fleeing

Chevy Tahoe Stuffed with 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana Found, Narcos Jump in Rio Grande Fleeing

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More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana were seized Saturday in Escobares, Texas, by agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station. The agents were working near the river when they saw several people loading large bundles of marijuana into a Chevy Tahoe. The agents approached the group and identified themselves as Border Patrol agents, at which time the smugglers dropped the bundles, jumped into the river and swam to Mexico.

Another large seizure was made Monday near Mission, Texas, when agents observed several people carrying bundles of marijuana. As agents approached, the smugglers abandoned the marijuana and ran toward the river.

A helicopter from the Office of Air and Marine as well as agents patrolling the river by boat responded to the scene to provide assistance. Agents thoroughly searched the area with a Border Patrol K-9 and found nearly 900 pounds of marijuana.

Additional seizures from Friday through Monday brought the total amount of marijuana seized to more than 10,600 pounds, with an estimated value of more than $8.5 million. The marijuana was turned over to the appropriate authorities for further investigation.
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CHECK OUT: Will Ferrell as Mexican Armando Alvarez for ‘Casa de Mi Padre’ Movie (VIDEO)

CHECK OUT: Will Ferrell as Mexican Armando Alvarez for ‘Casa de Mi Padre’ Movie (VIDEO)

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Check out, Señor Will Ferrell say “Te voy a dar una paliza con estas manos” and become the Mexican Armando Alvarez.

The movie that is premiering on March 16, 2012 and centers on:

Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) who has lived and worked on his father’s ranch in Mexico his whole life. As the family ranch struggles with financial troubles, Armando’s little brother Raul (Diego Luna), comes back with his new fiancé, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez), and flaunting a higher status as an international businessman. But then Armando falls for his brother’s fiancé, and as it is discovered that Raul’s entrepreneurial efforts are not particularly legal, all hell breaks loose as they find themselves in a war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord, the cruel and heartless Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal).

This official movie trailer is hilarious as Ferrell does his own take on spaghetti Mexican westerns en español with English subtitles. 

 


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Are Justin Bieber and Pitbull Planning a Duet?

Are Justin Bieber and Pitbull Planning a Duet?

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Latin American news is abuzz with rumors that Cuban-American rapper Pitbull is planning a duet with teenage super star Justin Bieber.

The rumors began after the two performed at Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve special in New York, and some say they made an plan to collaborate.

By working together, Pitbull stands to tap in to Bieber’s younger fan base, while the Beibs may just gain some Latino fans.

Both Pitbull and Bieber had a wildly successful 2011, so who knows, maybe the match will make 2012 just as memorable.

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59 Undocumented Guatemalans Located in Mexico in Cargo Truck

59 Undocumented Guatemalans Located in Mexico in Cargo Truck

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Federal police intercepted 59 undocumented Guatemalans traveling in a cargo truck in the western state of Sinaloa, Mexico’s public safety department said.

Officers patrolling the highway that links Mexico City with the border town of Nogales, Sonora, ordered the vehicle to pull over for a routine check.

The driver, 18-year-old Isaias Rojas Sanchez, displayed “marked nervousness” as he told the police he was hauling cleaning products and air mattresses to Obregon, Sonora.

The officers inspected the truck, finding 39 people under a canvas cover and 20 more in a hidden compartment, the public safety department said.

The 53 men and six women were taken to the main federal police post in Sinaloa, where they received food and medical attention, and will likely be repatriated to Guatemala.

Rojas and a minor who was riding with him in the cab of the truck were handed over to the Attorney General’s Office.

An estimated 300,000 Central Americans undertake the hazardous journey across Mexico each year on their way to the United States. The trek is a dangerous one, with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials preying on the migrants.

Gangs kidnap, exploit and murder migrants, who are often targeted in extortion schemes, Mexican officials say.

Central American migrants follow a long route that first takes them into Chiapas state, which is on the border with Guatemala, walking part of the way or riding aboard freight trains, buses and cargo trucks.

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Caifornia Mother Says 10-Yr-Old Who Stabbed Her Son is NOT a “Terrible Human Being”

Caifornia Mother Says 10-Yr-Old Who Stabbed Her Son is NOT a “Terrible Human Being”

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A 12-year-old descendant of California’s last Mexican governor is dead after being stabbed in the chest by his friend earlier this week.

Ryan Carter had been sleeping over at a 10-year-old friend and neighbor’s house when the young friend fatally stabbed Carter in the chest with a kitchen knife in the driveway.

Carter’s mother says the boy who stabbed her son however, is not a monster. She told U-T San Diego, ‘Please don’t make it out that he was this terrible human being.’

The boy who stabbed Ryan is said to have emotional problems that cause occasional outbursts, but had reportedly calmed down and become “a new kid” since he began taking medication.

A friend and neighbor of the two boys says though the younger boy, whose name is not being released because he is a minor, had his issues, he and Carter were close friends and often played together with other kids as well.

The younger boy was adopted years ago, and is said to have had emotional issues since birth. His mother was home at the time of the incident, and was described by a neighbor as “the best mom I’ve ever met.”

Brian Richeson told U-T he’d seen the boy have verbal outbursts, but never saw him become physically violent. He added that his mother knew how to calm him down and handle his problems head-on.

ImageThe families lived in the Knoll’s mobile home park in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon. The younger boy lived with his mother and her father.

It is not clear whether charges will be filed against the boy, but after being taken into custody on Monday, authorities decided that Juvenile Hall would be the best option for the boy at the moment, stating that the close supervision at the facility is the safest option for him.

California law states that a child has to be at least 14 years old to be charged as an adult. However, state law allows children to be detained until the age of 25. For the 10-year-old, that could be he spends the next 15 years of his life in detention.

Ryan Carter was an sixth-grade honor roll student at Foothills Christian Elementary in Lakeside. His parents tried for years to conceive, and once he was born, sold their home to save money so they could send him to private school and save up for his college education.

He was the descendant of one of San Diego County’s first sheriff’s, George Lyons, and the last Mexican governor of California, Pio Pico.

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SURVEY: Strong Majority of Latinos Oppose Political Interference on Abortion Issue

SURVEY: Strong Majority of Latinos Oppose Political Interference on Abortion Issue

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A new survey conducted by Lake Research Partners found that strong majorities of Latino voters opposed politicians interfering in personal, private decisions about abortion, affirmed that they would offer support to a close friend or family member who had an abortion, and are willing to disagree with church leaders on abortion.

Nearly seven in ten Latino voters agreed with the statement, “even though church leaders take a position against abortion, when it comes to the law, I believe it should remain legal.” This groundbreaking poll, conducted on behalf of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, sheds new light on Latino/a attitudes by going beyond legality to gauge feelings related to judgment and support around abortion and a woman’s decision to end a pregnancy.

Latino/a voters might reject judgmental attitudes toward abortion or a woman who has an abortion, with nearly three in four Latino/a registered voters agreeing that we should not judge someone who feels they are not ready to be a parent.

The research shows that there are widespread misconceptions about Latino/a attitudes and reproductive choice.

Key findings:

• Latinos support a woman’s right to make decisions.
74% of Latino registered voters agree that a woman has a right to make her own personal, private decisions about abortion without politicians interfering.
• Latinos don’t think we should judge other women’s decisions.
73% of Latino registered voters agree that we should not judge someone who feels they are not ready to be a parent. 57% strongly agrees with this statement.
• Latinos are supportive of close friends and family members choosing abortion.
67% of Latino voters say they would give support to a close friend or family member who had an abortion. 43% say they would provide a lot of support. Only 23% says they would not feel comfortable offering support.
• Latinos don’t think money should determine access to abortion.
61% agree that the amount of money a woman has or does not have should not determine whether she could have an abortion when she needs one.
• Latinos are willing to disagree with church leaders.
68% agree with the statement “even though church leaders take a position against abortion, when it comes to the law, I believe it should remain legal.”

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Efforts Underway to Promote Accurate Latino Perspectives on Local TV

Efforts Underway to Promote Accurate Latino Perspectives on Local TV

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The National Hispanic Media Coalition, NHMC, will increase its efforts to promote accurate Latino perspectives in local television markets thanks to a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation headquartered in Battle Creek, Mich.

This grant will allow NHMC to identify 10 experts in each of the top 12 television markets who are qualified to speak on the issues of education, health, immigration, public safety, the economy and civil rights. NHMC will train these experts to meet the requirements of television news and public affairs programming, focusing on effective on-air presentation.

Selected markets include: New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; Dallas - Ft. Worth; San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose; Boston; Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; Houston; Detroit; and Phoenix. Each of the local ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX owned-and-operated stations will be contacted and encouraged to use the NHMC Latino media expert list as a resource for future stories on these issues.

“Currently, the Latino community is invisible when it comes to expressing its point of view on television news shows. Having local Latino media experts counter unsubstantiated and inaccurate rhetoric and to offer a Latino perspective on the issues shaping our country is essential,” affirms Alex Nogales, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

After training Latino leaders to become media spokespeople, NHMC will introduce them to local television station managers to begin a dialogue about offering a wider range of experts on their programs to better serve their local communities.

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Mexican Actress Daniela Romo Recovering from Breast Cancer Surgery, Chemo Next

Mexican Actress Daniela Romo Recovering from Breast Cancer Surgery, Chemo Next

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Mexican actress Daniela Romo is recovering after surgery to remove a malignant breast tumor, one of her friends told Efe.

“Daniela is fine,” theater producer Tina Galindo said. “They detected a malignant tumor, but thanks to their finding it in time they operated and now she is undergoing chemotherapy.”

The surgery took place on Nov. 4, Romo said Tuesday night in a letter to the media, thanking fans for their support and explaining that she had not discussed her condition because she did not want to upset them.

The entertainment publication TV Notas recently reported on Romo’s cancer and said she has been dealing with the illness since October “in silence and surrounded by love.”

TV Notas published photos of the actress arriving at a hospital that specializes in cancer cases and provided some details of her treatment.

The 52-year-old Romo has been in show business for nearly four decades as a singer and actress.

She has appeared in telenovelas such as “Triunfo del amor,” “Alborada” and “Sortilegio.”

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Food Emergency Declared in Paraguay Due to Prolonged Drought

Food Emergency Declared in Paraguay Due to Prolonged Drought

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At least 313 indigenous communities are mostly affected by lack of food caused by the drought which has affected Paraguay since the end of November, for this reason President Fernando Lugo signed a decree yesterday which declares food emergency for 90 days.

About 110,000 natives, belonging to twenty ethnic groups living in poverty in Eastern and Western regions of this Latin American country are those mainly affected by the gravity of the situation. The scarcity of rainfall has also caused a series of fires that have destroyed acres of pasture, thereby reducing food for animals. What also raises concern is the lack of water for domestic use, which may cause the spread of diseases related to the use of polluted water.

The decree orders state to take all necessary administrative and financial measures to provide an immediate response to problems related to food production. Drought affects mainly the cultivation of soy, the main economic source of Paraguay, of cotton, corn, sesame and peanuts.

Commercial shipping is also impossible due to low water levels in rivers.

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Objects Left by Immigrants en Route to U.S. Tell a Part of History

Shoes, backpacks and other objects discarded in the desert by undocumented immigrants have been collected by a team of anthropologists to document the difficult journey they make to get into the United States.

“For me these objects aren’t trash - they reflect the history of all the great migrations,” Jason de Leon, assistant professor at the University of Michigan and director of the Undocumented Migration Project, said in an interview with Efe.

Since 2008, De Leon and his team have managed to collect 10,000 objects which, he says, “are part of the heritage of the United States and also of Mexico. It’s important for Americans to understand the history of the Mexican migration.”

“I wanted to show Americans what the desert is like, what the trek across it is like, and I also wanted to show people’s faces, give their names, recount the experiences that for most people are horrible experiences, the suffering is so severe,” he said.

Approximately 1 million migrants try to cross the border into Arizona every year, and 90 percent of them are Mexicans. Some 200 people are estimated to die every year from what they suffer on the journey, hypothermia being one of the lethal ailments.

This American of Mexican and Filipino heritage does not want any of this to go unnoticed, so after working several years as an archaeologist in Mexico, he felt he ought to do something with a story being played out not so very far away.

During excavations in Mexico he listened to stories of local laborers helping with the field work about how they emigrated to the United States or about their intentions to do so.

“They told me how people suffer in the desert, the things they have to go through,” and he thought, after many years dedicated to archaeology, that he wanted to research something altogether different.

He subsequently took a trip to the desert to see what was happening at first hand.

Accompanied by Robert Kee, a member of the Samaritans organization that helps migrants in the Sonoran Desert, he found his first discarded items.

“It was very hard for me because it’s very moving to see things like children’s shoes, dirty clothes sometimes stained with blood or sweat, they’re hard to look at,” he said.

His goal was to collect data on the social phenomenon of crossing borders, “using the viewpoint of an anthropologist to create a window into the reality of this process.

For De Leon, the stories of people who cross the southern border of the United States are comparable to those that crossed the Atlantic to America a century ago, and the need that pushes them to do it is more powerful than “a wall or surveillance technology.”

He regrets that while “politicians talk a lot about immigration and many have very strong opinions about the border, most of them know nothing about immigration and what the experience is like. They have no idea how much people suffer.”

Among the objects found, the most painful are the photos and personal letters. Up to now he has not contacted any of the families because “I’m not ready,” though maybe he will do it “sometime in the future.”

The collection has caught the interest of the Smithsonian Institution, though the first exhibition is expected to be at the National Theater of Anthropology in Mexico City.

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WednesdayJanuary 18, 2012