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ThursdayFebruary 23, 2012

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New California Senate Committee to Review English Learner Programs

New California Senate Committee to Review English Learner Programs

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Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) announced that he has been named Chair of the newly created Senate Select Committee on English Learners. The committee will focus its efforts on how to improve the academic success of California’s 1.5 million English Learner students.

The committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing on March 28 at the State Capitol.

“One in four of all K-12 students in California is an English Learner and only one in ten is successfully reclassified to English proficient on an annual basis.  It has become painfully obvious that we are failing to adequately teach English to the vast majority of these students.  I’m appalled that nearly half of all English Learners never graduate from high school,” said Senator Padilla.  “This committee will raise awareness and focus policy on how best to help California students learn English and be college and career ready,” he added. 

English Learners are students whose primary language is not English and who fail to pass the California English Language Development Test (CELDT).

• 89% of all English Learner students do not reach English proficiency annually

• 49% do not graduate from high school

• 87% do not go to college

• 60% of English Learner students come from families who live in poverty

Senator Padilla introduced three bills today to help reform California’s English Learner system—SB 1109 would create a statewide master plan for English Learners, SB 1108 would improve the successful transition of English Learners to mainstream classrooms, and SB 754 would focus attention on “Long Term English Learners”; students who, after several years of instruction, are still not considered English proficient.

“I introduced these bills because it is imperative that we reform the English Learner system.  Grim performance data confirms that California schools are not meeting the academic needs of these students.  It is both a moral and economic imperative that we do better.  California’s workforce of tomorrow is in our classrooms today,” added Padilla.

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Venezuelan President Chavez Heading to Cuba for Surgery

Venezuelan President Chavez Heading to Cuba for Surgery

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Thursday his impending departure for Cuba to undergo an operation for a lesion in the same part of his body where Cuban surgeons found and removed a cancerous tumor last June.

The operation is likely to take place early next week, the socialist head of state said during a nationally broadcast Cabinet meeting.

Chavez, 57, said he will be in contact with the Cabinet “every day” of his absence and that chief of staff Erika Farias and his top military aide would be accompanying him to Havana.

The National Assembly gave unanimous approval Thursday for Chavez’s request to leave the country, required under Venezuela’s constitution for presidential trips abroad of more than five days.

The president first disclosed the existence of the new lesion two days ago, following his return from an unscheduled visit to Cuba last weekend.

“I am bringing things up to date, leaving things in order, in the hands of Elias (Jaua, Venezuela’s vice president) and in your hands, the hands of the people,” Chavez said Thursday.

Opposition lawmakers called on Chavez to formally delegate power to the vice president for the duration of his absence, but National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello said the president is not constitutionally required to do so.

Chavez, who has never provided details on the precise nature of the tumor removed last year, underwent several rounds of chemotherapy after the initial surgery before announcing in October that he was cancer-free.

News of a new medical problem has roiled the campaign for Venezuela’s October presidential election, in which Chavez - who took office in 1999 - will face Henrique Capriles, a former state governor backed by a broad coalition of opposition parties.

The former army colonel was first elected in 1998 and then confirmed in a fresh vote after the enactment of a new constitution. Chavez survived a recall referendum in 2004 and won a second full six-year term in 2006.

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Last of the 17 Peru Prison Escapees Caught

Last of the 17 Peru Prison Escapees Caught

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Police captured the last two prisoners still at large from a group of 17 who escaped last weekend from Challapalca prison in southern Peru, the Interior Ministry announced Thursday in a communique.

Without providing additional details of the capture, the document said that within “the framework of the directives given for the fight against crime, the government is carrying out the necessary measures to provide security and calm to the population.”

Early on Sunday morning, 17 inmates escaped from the Challapalca prison, located in a very rugged Andean area, with the help of accomplices who waited for them outside the facility in two trucks.

Authorities arrested two prison guards for allegedly collaborating in the escape in exchange for money and it is conducting an investigation of the other 11 guards.

In an operation in which 3,000 police officers and a number of army personnel were deployed throughout the country, the majority of the fugitives were captured near the border with Bolivia.

One of the prisoners was found dead on Tuesday under circumstances that remain to be investigated.

Among the first group of escapees captured on Monday was Jose Torres, a convicted murderer.

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Salma Hayek to Turn Gibran’s “Prophet” into Animated Film

Salma Hayek to Turn Gibran’s “Prophet” into Animated Film

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Mexican actress and producer Salma Hayek plans to make an animated film based on Lebanese author Khalil Gibran’s novel “The Prophet,” The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.

The book, written in 1923, consists of 26 chapters devoted to topics such as love, marriage, childhood, joy, freedom, death and faith.

Hayek, whose father hails from Lebanon, has teamed up with the Doha Film Institute and Participant Media to bring Gibran’s classic to the screen.

Each of the chapters is to be directed by a different director under the coordination of Roger Allers, Oscar-nominated director of “The Lion King.”

Directors who have already signed on to the project include Oscar nominees Marjane Satrapi (“Persepolis”), Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells”), Joan Gratz (“Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase”) and Bill Plympton (“Guard Dog” and “Your Face”).

“‘The Prophet’ has been an incredible source of wisdom and inspiration for millions of people all over the world,” Hayek said. “Being of Lebanese descent, I’m particularly proud to be part of a project that will present this masterpiece to new generations, in a way never seen before.”

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Singer Romeo Santos Working with Voto Latino to get Latinos Registered to Vote

Singer Romeo Santos Working with Voto Latino to get Latinos Registered to Vote

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Voto Latino has announced that it will be offering non-partisan voter registration at the upcoming tour dates of Romeo Santos, whose new album ‘Formula Vol. 1’ has already claimed eleven weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. By fusing elements of Urban, Pop and Latin styles into the syncopated rhythms and passionate lyrical expression of bachata, Romeo Santos is creating a representative new sound for our evolving bicultural and bilingual world. Santos’ music has become the soundtrack for a new generation of Latino youth that is coming of age and will be going to the polls for the first time in 2012.

Says actor and Voto Latino co-founder Rosario Dawson: “When I started Voto Latino in 2004, we wanted to be part of a movement of people of every color, from every background, using art and music and politics to make a difference for all of us—every single American. Our dream is coming true. Artists like Romeo Santos and dozens more we’ll work with in 2012 are pitching in to do everything they can to help us represent for our country.”

Born and raised in the Bronx, Romeo Santos has spearheaded the chart revival of bachata, fully embracing the traditional Dominican sounds of his heritage, while incorporating modern urban elements into a definitive new style. Having already taken his innovative musical fusion from the school hallways and street corners of the Bronx to stages at The White House and the country’s leading concert venues, Romeo is now redefining crossover and taking Bachata mainstream with his widely heralded solo album “Formula Vol.1.”

Click here to view the list of venues where people will be able to register to vote.

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Needs a New Hairstylist

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Needs a New Hairstylist

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As a result of her opposition to same-sex marriage, Gov. Susana Martinez (R) will have to find a new hairstylist.  Her former stylist, Antonio Darden, owner of Antonio’s Hair Studio in Santa Fe, refuses to continue seeing the Governor.

According to KOB Eyewitness News 4, Darden states, “The governor’s aides called not too long ago, wanting another appointment to come in.  Because of her stances and her views on same-sex marriage, I told her aides no.”

Gov. Martinez has stated in the past that she believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman.  During her campaign, she did not believe that a domestic partnership bill would be “necessary” and said she would vote ‘no’ on any such bill.  Yet, her recent appointment of openly gay Doug Howe to the Public Regulation Commission brought her some praise among gay activists. 

This issue, however, just hits too close to home for the popular hairstylist.  “I think it’s just equality, dignity for everyone.  I think everybody should be allowed the right to be together.  My partner and I have been together for 15 years,” explains Darden.

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DHS Ending 287(g) Program in Favor of Added Support of Secure Communities

DHS Ending 287(g) Program in Favor of Added Support of Secure Communities

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USA Today is reporting that the immigration program known as 287(g) is coming to an end.

The program gives authority to local law enforcement officials to act somewhat like immigration agents and enforce immigration law in their areas.

Being deputized as agents, local law enforcement officials are allowing to check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally or anyone stopped for various other reasons (speeding, DUI, violence, etc.)

The Department of Homeland Security recently released their budget proposal. It the proposal the DHS states that it will not sign new contracts with ICE to continue 287(g)’s implementation, and will instead focus on the expansion of Secure Communities.

In the budget request, DHS wrote, “The Secure Communities screening process is more consistent, efficient and cost-effective in identifying and removing criminal and other priority aliens.”

Secure Communities is similar to 287(g) in that it involves local law enforcement in immigration matters, but different in that it allows them to run the fingerprints of those suspected of being in the country illegally through a federal databases.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Throws Lunch at Wife Because he Said the Food was Bad

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Throws Lunch at Wife Because he Said the Food was Bad

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An Arizona man was so upset about his wife’s cooking that according to police he threw the meal at her.

Police in Chandler, Arizona say Isidro Curiel, 37, didn’t the meal his wife made so much that he actually threw the spaghetti at her on Monday.

With his five children in site, Curiel threw the spaghetti at his wife, the plate hitting the sink. He then tried to take her cell phone as he left the apartment and smashed it on the ground.

Police found Curiel and arrested at his parents’ home. He was charged with criminal damage, disorderly conduct, and interfering with judicial proceedings by violating an order of protection. He claimed the phone he broke was his and said he was angry because the food tasted bad, but still denied throwing the plate of food.

His wife had taken out an order of protection against him in May, they were once again living together because, as she put it, things were “going good.”

Maybe this man should hook up with the cupcake combat lady and have a food fight.

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U.S. Revokes Visas of Dominican Republic Presidential Advisors, Narco Ties are Alleged

U.S. Revokes Visas of Dominican Republic Presidential Advisors, Narco Ties are Alleged

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The government of the United States revoked the visas of three close advisors to the Dominican Republic’s President Leonel Fernández, as well as the Dominican Chief of Border Security according to Univision.

Victor Manuel Crispín Zorilla, the head of the Dominican Intelligence Services, General Rafael Guillermo Guzmán Fermín, the National Police Chief, Héctor Medina y Medina, armed forces minister and most importantly, General Manuel Florentino y Florentino, the chief of border security all were stripped of their visas allegedly for ties with potential drug traffickers.

The United States embassy had warned President Fernández previously of the conduct of both Florentino as well as Medina.  Florentino allegedly has ties to drug trafficker, Quirino Ernesto Paulino Castillo, according to wires from WikiLeaks

Another paragraph states, “El Mayor General Florentino y Florentino, an individual which the United States Embassy has great concern about possible illegal activity, was named Chief of Border Development where opportunities for corruption related with the Haitian border are significant.”

According to WikiLeaks, President Fernández responded that he feared the corrupt military leaders would overthrow him if they were removed from their positions.  However this crisis does not come at an ideal time for the Dominican leader.  Various opposing groups are requesting an investigation into the millions of dollars of bills supposedly charged in the name of the First Lady, Margarita de Fernández.

State Department officials involved in the revocation have yet to comment on the story.

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Demi Lovato Opens Up in New MTV Documentary ‘Stay Strong’ (VIDEO)

Demi Lovato Opens Up in New MTV Documentary ‘Stay Strong’ (VIDEO)

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Over the last few years, singer/actress Demi Lovato has been through a lot.

In a matter of a few short years, the former Disney princess was dealing with worldwide fame, full-time jobs in television and movies, national and international singing tours, and she did all this while battling depression, eating disorders, and heartbreak in the public eye.

In a new MTV documentary, the 19-year-old opens up about her life, her struggles, and her fight to get her life back.

ImageThe documentary, “Demi Lovato: Stay Strong” shares the inspiring words she has tattooed on her wrists, which she revealed on Tuesday.

In 2010, Lovato left her tour with the Jonas Brothers to enter an Illinois treatment facility. In the special, viewers see her travel back to the facility and speak with those currently undergoing treatment.

The special premiers Tuesday, March 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

Check out the trailer below.

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New Mexico Detective Served a Burrito With Glass in It

New Mexico Detective Served a Burrito With Glass in It

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An on-duty detective in New Mexico received a little something extra in her burrito Wednesday, one that sent her to the hospital.

The detective with the Albuquerque Police Department says she stopped by Empire Burritos around 11:30 a.m. for lunch.

Not expecting out of the ordinary, the detective bit into the burrito and chomped down on something hard inside an olive.

Northeast Area Commander Steve Warfield told KRQE News 13 the detective “bit into the food and felt some pain. She felt that maybe she bit into bone or something to that effect.”

Upon looking at the burrito, it was revealed that there was glass in the food, and the detective went to the hospital worried she had swallowed glass after finding a shard in her cheek.

She has since been released and is doing fine, but an investigation has begun.

The owner of Empire Burrito, Clifton Callicotte, prepared the detective’s burrito, and he has reportedly been accused of poor behavior before.

A woman says she was pushed out of the restaurant by Callicotte, and police say that claim is being taken into consideration.

Police also say Callicotte was aware that the detective was a law enforcement official.

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Upcoming Ceremony Acknowledges Forced Removal of Mexican Americans during Great Depression

Upcoming Ceremony Acknowledges Forced Removal of Mexican Americans during Great Depression

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On Sunday, February 26, 2012, MALDEF and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes will host a formal commemoration ceremony and acknowledgment of the apology made regarding the massive Mexican American repatriation/expatriation drives of the 1930’s. 

The private ceremony, which will be followed by a series of public educational events, will expose the Los Angeles community to the government’s role in the forced removal of 400,000 California citizens and residents of Mexican descent between 1929 and 1944.  The commemoration falls on the 81st anniversary of the infamous La Placita raid by government officials, who seized hundreds of Mexican American community members.

Special invited guests include expatriation survivors and their families as well as prominent elected officials and community leaders.  Eva Longoria will serve as Moderator.  Following proclamations and presentations, a commemorative memorial monument will be unveiled.  The monument will be permanently housed at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

In the 1930s, local, state, and federal authorities were involved in the forced repatriation and expatriation of nearly 2 million Mexican American individuals, disrupting and in many cases permanently separating families.  In California, an estimated 400,000 people were removed.  This aggressive uprooting involved massive raids and roundups targeting Mexican Americans, even though many were native-born United States citizens.  In 2005, the State of California passed legislation to issue a formal apology to the victims of the repatriation/expatriation.

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Puerto Rican Pol and San Juan Mayoral Candidate Arrested for Verbally Abusing Wife

Puerto Rican Pol and San Juan Mayoral Candidate Arrested for Verbally Abusing Wife

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Puerto Rican Sen. Hector Ferrer, who is running for mayor of San Juan, was arrested after a verbal altercation with his wife, the Puerto Rico Police Department said Thursday.

The 41-year-old Ferrer was detained Wednesday at his home in the capital.

The senator damaged the home and verbally abused his wife in the presence of the couple’s two children, the PRPD said.

Ferrer’s attorney, Osvaldo Carlo, told reporters the justice department will investigate to determine whether a special independent prosecutor should be named to pursue possible charges.

The senator was not physically aggressive toward his wife, Carlo said.

“He has an image he has tried to protect, and he is suffering very much from this situation,” the attorney said in a radio interview. “He has two children, one 5 years old and the other, 12, and they both reside in the same home.”

San Juan’s incumbent mayor, Jorge Santini Padilla, expressed regret about the arrest of his electoral rival.

“We lament any incident that family is experiencing,” Santini said in a statement.

“No incident like this should be cause for celebration,” the mayor said, but instead “should serve for reflection and to allow authorities to be the ones who have the opportunity to hear the parties and act appropriately.”

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Gabriel Trujillo Dies at Age Four, Victim of his Grandmother’s Abuse

Gabriel Trujillo Dies at Age Four, Victim of his Grandmother’s Abuse

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Found unconscious in the home of his grandmother on Valentine’s Day, little Gabriel Trujillo died Friday at Colorado’s Children’s Hospital in Aurora. 

According to the Adam’s County Coroner, Gabriel, 4, died of blunt force to the head and neck and they have since ruled his case a homicide.  The grandmother, Doris Becky Trujillo, 60, arrested on February 14th, has now been charged with child abuse and first degree murder. 

Gabriel has lived with his grandmother and two older sisters, Krista (13 yrs) and Monique (10 yrs) since she received custody in March of 2011.  His father, José Serna, had visitation rights.

Although Trujillo told dispatchers that Gabriel had fallen off a chair backwards and ‘won’t wake up,’ this tragic event was the last evidence of abuse for little Gabriel.  In September of 2011, concerned neighbors requested a welfare check after reportedly witnessing possible child abuse.  This past January, Gabriel was seen with a broken arm as well as numerous bruises on his face and lips. 

His paternal step-grandmother, Elizabeth Trujillo, also concerned with Gabriel’s well being requested a welfare check a week before his death.  After contacting social workers about her concerns, they then advised her to contact police.  On February 7, police did check on the family, however stated they would not return as the family seemed ‘normal.’ 

Elizabeth Trujillo told 9 News, “He was sweet, full of life. He loved his sisters, he loved his mom.  And then he laid there lifeless, he didn’t even get a chance with life.”

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Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Betty White and More Punk’d by Zac Efron and Taylor Swift (VIDEO)

Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Betty White and More Punk’d by Zac Efron and Taylor Swift (VIDEO)

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Knowing how much Ellen loves jokes and pranks, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift took the opportunity to perform a number of “dance dares” for a video to show the host on The Ellen Show.

Among the “victims” of the dance dares were Selena Gomez, her boyfriend Justin Bieber, and the loveable firecracker Betty White.

The trick is to dance behind people without them knowing.

Swift and Gomez has been friends for awhile and Gomez even helped her country star friend end last year’s 17-country tour, coming on stage to sing her hit “Who Says” with bff Swift.

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Missouri Business Owners Indicted for Charging for Free Immigration Forms

Missouri Business Owners Indicted for Charging for Free Immigration Forms

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Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that the owner and two managers of a Sedalia, Mo., business have been indicted for their roles in a conspiracy to defraud consumers who purchased immigration forms that were available at no charge from the federal government.

Thomas Joseph Strawbridge, 49, Thomas Barret Laurence, also known as Thomas Barnes, Thomas Laurente and Thomas Johnson, 30, and Elizabeth Lindsey Meredith, 24, all formerly of Sedalia, were charged in a 14-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo., on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon Strawbridge’s arrest and initial court appearance.

The indictment alleges that, from March 2009 to April 2011, Strawbridge, Laurence and Meredith participated in a conspiracy to defraud consumers who were seeking assistance with immigration-related matters by inducing them to purchase government immigration forms that were available from the government at no charge. They allegedly gave consumers the false impression that the company was affiliated with the federal government and that sales representatives were government agents.

IFP advertised immigration services on the Internet, the indictment says, particularly through search engines such as Google. Websites directed consumers to call a toll-free number, where they were connected to IFP sales representatives. IFP sales representatives allegedly answered calls by saying “agent” followed by their first name. IFP employees, in subsequent conversations with customers, allegedly referred to a sales representative as an “immigration agent.”

Sales representatives spoke with potential customers and attempted to determine which government form best matched each caller’s immigration situation. According to the indictment, these sales representatives had no particular expertise in immigration matters and sometimes sent customers the wrong form for their situation. Other customers allegedly received none of the promised assistance from IFP in completing their immigration forms.

IFP sales representatives, including Laurence and Meredith, allegedly made materially false statements to customers, including claims that IFP handled excess call volume related to immigration matters for USCIS, that fees paid to IFP included government application and processing fees, and that forms purchased through IFP would be processed more quickly than if customers dealt directly with USCIS.

According to the indictment, IFP sales representatives explained that the company would send the forms via FedEx to the customer’s address and help the customer correctly fill out the forms. The customer would pay IFP up front by giving a money order to FedEx upon receipt of the forms. IFP sales representatives allegedly quoted prices for the various immigration forms that were the same or similar to government processing fees for the same forms. For example, the USCIS fee to process an Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (I-90 form) was $290. IFP charged $290 to send customers an I-90 form, according to the indictment.

Many customers who sent their forms to USCIS were surprised to learn that the fees they already paid IFP did not cover government processing charges. None of the money that customers sent to IFP went toward government processing fees, the indictment says, and IFP sales representatives did not inform consumers that USCIS routinely charged processing fees, which they would be required to pay in addition to IFP charges.

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Activists Call for School Cops to End Cooperation with Immigration Officials

Activists Call for School Cops to End Cooperation with Immigration Officials

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A young Hispanic activist denounced the fact that there are new cases of cooperation between school police and immigration agents in three Colorado counties, and she asked for the help of state lawmakers to put an end to that situation.

Anahi Araiza, 18, a 12th-grader at the Basalt preparatory school and head of the Asociacion de Jovenes Unidos en Accion (Association of Young People United in Action or AJUA) said that since possible cooperation between a Carbondale police officer and immigration agents was detected in September 2011, other cases have turned up in that town and nearby areas.

Araiza specifically mentioned Garfield, Pitkin and Montrose counties.

The young activist said that such cooperation “isn’t right,” adding that the AJUA has enough testimonials by students and their families to validate the complaints.

Araiza was referring - without mentioning him by name - to the case of Carbondale police officer Alvaro Agon. He worked for that police force from 2008 until the beginning of this year, but the date and the reasons for his dismissal have not been made public.

Agon, who was born in Colombia, worked as a “resource officer in schools,” but - as the AJUA complained - he used that position to obtain information which he then shared with local Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, personnel.

Last Nov. 11, Araiza was one of two students who appeared before the board of the Roaring Fork School District to ask that school authorities prohibit cooperation between school police and ICE agents.

On Feb. 10, the school board announced that it was ready to modify its relationship with the local police to ensure that “resource officers” would not participate in immigration operations.

But, Araiza said, “new descriptions for work will not resolve the problems of school police officers who cooperate with immigration.”

“What we need is a new law,” she said.

This law, she said, “should not come down from the legislature to the people but rather go up from the people to the legislature.”

Therefore, on Monday Araiza went to the state capitol in Denver, where she spoke with state Sen. Gail Schwartz, a Democrat, whose district includes parts of western and southern Colorado. Araiza asked for the approval of a new state law preventing school police from cooperating with ICE.

“We young people are angry because this isn’t the way to treat us. We’re concerned and we want changes. And we know that those changes begin with us,” said the youth leader.

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International Organizations Voice Alarm Over Killing of Inmates in Mexico

International Organizations Voice Alarm Over Killing of Inmates in Mexico

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The United Nations human rights office has called on Mexican authorities to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the killing over the weekend of 44 inmates at a prison in the country’s north, apparently by members of an organized criminal group.

Another 26 detainees – most of them accused of grave crimes – escaped from the prison in the state of Nuevo León on Sunday, the same day that the killings took place.

Sunday’s killings and mass escape occurred little more than a month after 31 prisoners died and 13 others were injured during a confrontation between rival groups at a jail in Tamaulipas, a state which borders Nuevo León..

Meanwhile, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expresses its concern over the violent death of 44 inmates at the state prison of Apodaca, in the State of Nuevo León, México. The IACHR urges the State of Mexico to implement the necessary measures to prevent the repetition of similar incidents, and to investigate and sanction the perpetrators.

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