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ThursdayApril 19, 2012

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FOR REAL:  Mayor of “Presidente Kennedy” Nabbed for Corruption in Sting Dubbed “Oswald” in Brazil

FOR REAL:  Mayor of “Presidente Kennedy” Nabbed for Corruption in Sting Dubbed “Oswald” in Brazil

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The mayor of the Brazilian city of Presidente Kennedy was arrested Thursday for corruption in a Federal Police operation ironically dubbed “Lee Harvey Oswald.”

Reginaldo Quinta was detained along with 27 other people on charges they conspired to embezzle 50 million reais ($26.6 million) in public funds, the Federal Police said in a statement.

Cops also searched 51 municipal offices and private residences in search of evidence against the alleged corruption ring.

Operation Lee Harvey Oswald arose out an investigation launched six months ago that identified Presidente Kennedy’s mayor as the boss of an criminal organization.

Besides the mayor, the people arrested Thursday included a niece of Quinta’s who was running three municipal departments, the local federal prosecutor, members of committees responsible for awarding government contracts, several business owners and two police officers.

Presidente Kennedy remains one of the poorest cities in the southeastern state of Espirito Santo despite its having a per capita GDP higher than that of some developed countries thanks to generous support from other levels of government, the Federal Police said.

The discrepancy between the nominally high incomes and the poor living standards can be attributed to the diversion of resources by the alleged corruption ring, according to the police statement.

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California DREAM Act Applications Now Available

California DREAM Act Applications Now Available

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The California DREAM Act application, approved in October of last year, is now open for students who qualify.  Students who qualify under the ‘Student Aid Application for Dream Act Students (SAADAS) will receive student financial aid. 

The California Dream Act of 2011, authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law through the passage of two Assembly Bills, AB 130 and AB 131.

AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.

AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.

Click here to apply

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Mexican Actress Ana Brenda Contreras Says She Preferes Playing Characters Who “Take a Stand”

Mexican Actress Ana Brenda Contreras Says She Preferes Playing Characters Who “Take a Stand”

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Mexico’s Ana Brenda Contreras says the character she plays in the Univision telenovela “La que no podia amar” is the strongest of her career so far.

The 26-year-old actress portrays protagonist Ana Paula, a brave, honest and hardworking nurse.

“All the characters you play leave you with something,” Contreras told Efe. “Ana Paula taught me to take a stand, to be stronger, braver.”

“The elements of the typical romance story remain in place, but the character of the heroine has changed. She’s no longer the innocent girl of before, who waits for a man to give her a place,” the actress said.

“In the case of Ana Paula, for example, she is a woman who men want to save, but what’s interesting is that she can save herself,” Contreras added.

Ana Brenda Contreras began her career in 2005 with a part alongside Aaron Diaz in the telenovela “Barrera de amor,” before a stint on “Juro que te amo” and a role as the villain in the 2009 series “Sortilegio.”

“The villains are more entertaining, because they’re always causing commotion, flirting, scheming,” the actress said. “But I like the role of a real woman. The heroine is the greater challenge.”

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“Mi Vida Con Toty” -Check Out What Life is Like With a Mom Like Sofia Vergara (VIDEO)

“Mi Vida Con Toty” -Check Out What Life is Like With a Mom Like Sofia Vergara (VIDEO)

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“Big Brother? No no, Big Mother,” says 20-year-old Manolo Gonzalez about seeing his mom, Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara everywhere.

In the first episode of the “mockumentary” Mi Vida Con Toty, we get a glimpse in to what it’s like to be the son of a Hollywood A-lister, what his mom is like when the cameras aren’t rolling – well cameras other than his of course – and the start of his mother’s career.

You can also check out the early look at Mi Vida Con Toty, released ahead of the first episode, which includes a hilarious “dart accident” that leads Gonzalez to say, “Keegan, my mom’s assistant, has yet to sue us, but that could change at any second.”

Though we’re only one episode in, it definitely looks like Mi Vida Con Toty will be a hilarious addition to NuevOn’s YouTube channel.

What do you think?

 


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Footballers File Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’

Footballers File Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’

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The makers of ABC’s looking-for-love shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have been slapped with a class-action lawsuit by football players Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks who say the shows racially discriminates.

According to the complaint, Johnson, a former Tennessee wide receiver preparing to tryout for the NFL, and Claybrooks, a minor-league player with the Nashville Storm, accuse Warner Horizon Television, Inc., Next Entertainment, Inc., NZK Productions, Inc., and ABC of “intentional exclusion of people of color from the lead role on ABC’s popular television shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.”

It goes own to claim that “never, over 10 years and a combine total of 23 season of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, has either show ever featured a single person of color – whether African American, Latino, Asian, or any other minority race or ethnicity – in the central role of the The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

The men say when they auditioned for the show, their interviews were substantially shorter than white auditioners’ with Claybrooks saying he was “rushed through the process.”

In response to the lawsuit, Warner Horizon issued a statement to Deadline saying:

This complaint is baseless and without merit. In fact, we have had various participants of color throughout the series’ history, and the producers have been consistently — and publicly — vocal about seeking diverse candidates for both programs. As always, we continue to seek out participants of color for both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

 

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Mexico to Pass Climate Change Act, Only Second in World to Do So

Mexico to Pass Climate Change Act, Only Second in World to Do So

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Last Friday, Mexico’s House of Representatives passed a Climate Change Act, the second in the world after the United Kingdom.  Once it is approved by Mexico’s Senate, the law will require the reduction of carbon emissions by 50 percent by the year 2050. 

As the law goes into effect, carbon emissions will begin to be decreased by 30 percent by the year 2020, fossil fuels will be phased out, and renewable power will be made more competitive with oil, coal and gas.  There will be a concerted effort as well to encourage citizen participation while helping to conserve Mexico’s environment.

This law, while helping improve Mexico’s ranking as the 11th largest GHG emitting country in the world, also will serve as a wakeup call for the developed countries of the world, primarily the United States.  In 2009, the U.S. attempted without success to pass a similar climate change bill.  Since then, the country has retreated from the discussion with many Republicans arguing about the existence of global warming while Democrats avoiding it for fear of seeming too liberal.  Many of these politicians rely on the fossil fuel industry for campaign contributions while others fear that a drastic change could harm the already fragile U.S. economy. 

More than 50 percent of the population in Mexico lives below the poverty line, they are considered a developing country, and are also suffering from the economic recession, yet this new law demonstrates the importance Mexico places on the environment.  Hopefully other countries, the United States in particular, will learn from them.

Read more at Triple Pundit →

MAD MAX: Mel Gibson Loses it in Costa Rica, Screenwriter Provides Audio Proof

MAD MAX: Mel Gibson Loses it in Costa Rica, Screenwriter Provides Audio Proof

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Just a few months after formerly-troubled actor Robert Downey Jr. asked the world, Hollywood in particular, to forgive Mel Gibson for his drunken anti-Semitic rants just a couple years ago, the Mad Max star is just that, completely mad.

During a visit to Gibson’s Costa Rican home in December, the son of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who had been working with him on The Maccabees, a film Gibson once said would be “the Jewish Braveheart,” recorded the actor on going postal and screaming at his houseguests.

In the recording obtained by The Wrap (see below), Gibson is heard yelling to Eszterhas, “Why don’t I have a first draft of ‘The Maccabees’? What the f*ck have you been doing?”

Gibson is also heard ranting about the mother of his daughter, ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, saying, “I am earning money for a filthy little cocksucker who takes advantage of me!”

In a 9-page letter to Gibson, which was leaked to The Wrap, Eszterhas details his shock at both Gibson’s rants and his apparent disinterest in actually making The Maccabees, and only using the screen writer to boost his image after his highly publicized anti-Semitic rant during a drunk driving arrest.

Though the recording is less than 3 minutes, Eszterhas assures everyone Gibson’s tirade went on for longer and that this was not the only occurrence. Eszterhas says he felt compelled to release the recording after being called a liar and hearing Gibson was plotting to interfere with his career.

Eszterhas was not the only houseguest. Members of his family, as well as friends of Gibson, and also his Costa Rican house staff were present.

Read more at The Wrap →

Nine Latinos/Hispanics Make ‘TIME Magazine’ 100 Most Influential List

Nine Latinos/Hispanics Make ‘TIME Magazine’ 100 Most Influential List

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Each year, TIME Magazine releases “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” list, and this year, 9 Latinos/Hispanics made the list.

From political figures to a red-headed funny man, the Latinos on the this years list span all walks of life.

In the “Influential…” issue, Joan Rivers wrote comedian Louis CK, who grew up in Mexico and holds dual citizenship in Mexico and the U.S., “knows the future — that it’s all about the Internet and social media.” The 44-year-old comedian has seen great success his most recent stand-up comedy special Live at the Beacon Theater, which he sold online only for just $5. He also garnered great acclaim with his FX show Louie, for which he serves as writer, producer, director, and editor.

Fresh-faced Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida joins C.K. on the list, with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush calling Rubio “an eloquent voice for limited government, entrepreneurial capitalism and a robust foreign policy.” The 40-year-old senator has been making headlines since the moment he took office, with the most recent rumor being that he is being prepped for the VP spot in the upcoming presidential election.

A young Latina you may not have heard of, but is certainly doing notable work is Dulce Matuz, an undocumented immigrant who after earning a college degree in electrical engineering went on to be president of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition. Becoming one of the major players in the undocumented student debate, Dulce takes on her opponents with what actress/activist Eva Longoria described as “grace and conviction.”

Lionel Messi. The name itself is enough of a description for many around the world, but for those not certain of his influence, the Argentine soccer star is a big deal. At just 24, Messi is the winner of three Ballon d’Or Player of the Year awards and a FIFA Player of the Years. But more than just awards, Messi has something so many major athletes seem to lack. As U.S. soccer star Mia Hamm put it, “Messi…is unbelievably talented and incredibly humble.” And if that is not enough to sway someone, Hamm adds, “He certainly has the potential to be remembered as the best player of all time.”

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Latinos Bearing the Brunt of Foreclosure Crisis

Latinos Bearing the Brunt of Foreclosure Crisis

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The effects of the housing market’s collapse can be felt far and wide, though perhaps no more so than by Latinos and other communities of color.

While the overall number of foreclosure filings has recently decreased, foreclosure remains a disproportionately significant problem for these communities. The continued instability that Latinos and other communities of color face in the housing market is particularly troubling because housing and homeownership is the best way for these communities to build their wealth and assets.

Prior to the housing market’s collapse in the final years of the Bush administration, Latinos were disproportionately targeted for risky subprime loans and were victims of predatory lending practices from major banks. In some cases, people of color were pushed into subprime loans by these lenders, even when their income and credit scores qualified them for a less-expensive mortgage.

One study of 14 major banks found that this kind of discrimination was systematic: 30.9 percent of Hispanics and 41.5 percent of African Americans were offered these risky, expensive loans, while only 17.8 percent of whites were offered a similar mortgage.

Considering that subprime mortgages can add over $100,000 in interest payments over the course of the loan repayment, these figures are especially troubling.

In the wake of the housing and financial crises and the Great Recession of 2007-2009, Latinos and other communities of color continue to bear the brunt of the struggling housing market. A Latino Decisions poll revealed just how painful the housing market collapse has been for these communities.

Over half of Latinos interviewed admitted to having used up all or most of their savings in order to make pricey mortgage or rent payments, and 34 percent have been forced to forego basic necessities such as food, utilities, and other bills in an attempt to make ends meet and not default on these obligations. Falling home prices only compound these problems, and approximately 31 percent of homeowners of color now find themselves “underwater,” or owing more in mortgage payments than the market value of their home, which is about eight percentage points higher than the national average.

Latinos are also disproportionately plagued by foreclosure. The current foreclosure rate among Latinos is staggering. They face a foreclosure rate of 11.9 percent, significantly higher than the foreclosure rate among African Americans (9.8 percent), and appallingly higher than among whites (5 percent), according to the State of Communities of Color report. Latinos are also twice as likely as whites to be at risk of foreclosure today. Approximately 25 percent of Latinos and African Americans have been foreclosed upon or are struggling with serious delinquency, in comparison to just 12 percent of whites.

Disconcertingly, these discrepancies remain when differences in income and credit rating are accounted for.

Read more at Jennifer Rokosa for Center for American Progress →

Spanish Technology Brings ‘Robocop’ to Life

Spanish Technology Brings ‘Robocop’ to Life

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Using Spain’s Ex-Sight Technology, police officers and other security personnel will now have superhuman powers.  Using this new technology, police will be able to scan 100,000 faces per second, cross reference them in a database and identify potential criminal or terrorist suspects.  The technology is currently being tested in Brazil as their police force prepares for the next World Cup as well as the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics. 

Elazar Lozano Vidal, of Ex-Sight Spain, explains the technology to Smart Planet.  “The officer moves his face and with the glasses detects a lot of people and sends these faces by Internet to the central control of the stadium.  Then if someone is detected in the system as suspicious, the computer detects that person and the force is notified.”  Static cameras will also be placed at different locations and will have the same capabilities as the glasses. 

This technology is also being implemented on a United States military base in Egypt.  Instead of using security cards to enter the base, Ex-Sight technology provides a more heightened sense of security.  If a face is not recognized by the system, the doors will not open and the vehicles may not enter the base. 

Ex-Sight is currently negotiating the use of this technology in Football Club Barcelona’s stadium, however it may be difficult to use in Spain.  Spain’s security laws do not allow a private company such as Ex-Sight to share photos with the police.  The different levels of police within Spain also add to the difficulties for implementing Ex-Sight into the country.  Yet, Lozano Vidal truly believes that this technology can fight terrorism and would have been essential in the investigation of the Madrid Atocha train bombings on March 11, 2004 which killed 191 people while wounding 1,800 more.  He believes that with this technology the investigators and police could have been quicker to act. 

Ex-Sight, an eight year old company, has had success with computer security while also creating a secure USB flash drive.  Currently they are designing a camera that can detect fire from 40 centimeters to seven kilometers from the camera.  According to Lozano Vidal, “It’s perfect for a fire in a forest.”

Read more at Smart Planet →

Check out Boyce Avenue’s Latest Video for “Broken Angel” (VIDEO)

Check out Boyce Avenue’s Latest Video for “Broken Angel” (VIDEO)

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The Manzano brothers, aka Boyce Avenue recently released the official music video for their song “Broken Angel”

Staying true to their heartfelt songs, “Broken Angel” and its video tug at the viewers’ heartstrings. The song tells the story of a daughter doing everything she can to make her father proud, only to realize it’s never enough Lyrics: And now you’ve grown up with this notion that you were to blame, and you seem so strong sometimes, but I know that you still feel the same.”

Though the song may lead listeners to cry, many on YouTube are praising and thanking Boyce Avenue for making a song they feel was made just for them.

One user, Gril2018 writes:

And I just want to say THANK YOU to Boyce Avenue, because they help me with their songs to MOVE ON, to BELIEVE, to BEING STRONG. THANK YOU! ♥

Earlier this year, the Puerto Rican-born brothers played two of their original songs at the MTV EMA’s in Belfast. They are currently on tour in the U.S. but will soon head across the pond for a European tour.


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Mexico Looking to Overturn Death Sentences of Mexicans on Death Row in U.S. Prisons

Mexico Looking to Overturn Death Sentences of Mexicans on Death Row in U.S. Prisons

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The National Human Rights Commission in Mexico is pushing the government to increase their efforts towards overturning the death sentences of 58 Mexican nationals currently imprisoned in the United States.  According to a press release by the Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, as of 2011, the majority of the prisoners came from Mexican states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Jalisco, and Michoacán.

The group stated, “The commission considers it necessary to intensify actions to avoid the death penalty in cases of Mexicans held in foreign prisons and to safeguard their rights to life, dignity, and bodily integrity.  This is the most severe penalty against people, its compliance is irreversible, and it is a measure that does not guarantee the delivery of justice.”

The commission also noted that the Mexican government has filed a lawsuit before the International Court of Justice.  The lawsuit states that in 39 of the 58 cases, procedural safeguards provided in the Vienna Convention for Consular Relations were violated.  These requirements state that people sentenced to death outside of their native country are entitled to consular support from their own government.

In 2011, President Obama opposed the execution of a Mexican national in Texas.  The administration argued that it “would place the United States in irreparable breach of its international law obligation and cause irreparable harm to U.S. international interests.”  The administration hoped to at least delay the execution until a new law mandating the review of international death sentence cases which did not receive help from their consulates.  The Supreme Court, however, denied this request by a vote of 5 to 4.

The commission did not state the crimes these 58 prisoners allegedly committed in their report.  It did state however, that “from 2000 to 2011, 745 Mexicans have benefited from a reversal of the death penalty” in the United States.

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Honduras Set to Jail Teens and Rape Victims if They Use Morning After Pill

Honduras Set to Jail Teens and Rape Victims if They Use Morning After Pill

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A human rights group is advocating members of Honduran congress to not pass a law which would jail teens and possibly rape victims for use of the contraceptive, ‘the morning after pill,’ known as Plan B.  Although according to the World Health Organization, the pill is only a form of contraception and cannot cause an abortion if a pregnancy has already begun, many religious groups argue that the pill is an ‘abortion pill.’ 

In 2009 Honduras passed a law against the use or sale of the morning after pill. 

According to Avaaz, a not for profit human rights organization, “Honduras is just days away from approving an extremist law that would put teenagers in prison for using the morning after pill, even if they’ve just been raped.  Some Congress members agree that this law, which would also jail doctors or anyone who sells the pill, is excessive, but they are bowing to the powerful religious lobby that wrongly claims the morning after pill constitutes an abortion.”

A petition with more than 100,000 people has already been circulating with hopes of reaching 400,000 signatures.  Once this amount is reached, Avaaz would send it to local women’s groups.  These groups would then ultimately present it to government officials hoping to force them to reconsider their decision. 

The CDM, or Women’s Rights Center, has been running ads for the morning after pill, even though since 2009 the drug is considered illegal in Honduras. 

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American Citizen Caught Bringing in 268,000 Rounds of Assault Rifle Ammo into Mexico

American Citizen Caught Bringing in 268,000 Rounds of Assault Rifle Ammo into Mexico

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Customs agents seized 268,000 rounds of assault rifle ammunition being hauled by a truck that entered northern Mexico from the United States and arrested the American driver, officials in Ciudad Juarez said.

Truck driver Bogan Jabin Akeem, a 37-year-old from Dallas, Texas, “told the customs agents that he was not carrying any cargo,” a customs agent told Efe on condition of anonymity.

“But when they inspected the truck, they found 250,000 rounds of 7.62 x 39 caliber (ammunition) of the type used in the so-called ‘goat’s horns’ rifles (AK-47s), as well as another 18,000 rounds of the 5.56 x 45 caliber (ammunition) used by AR-15 (assault) rifles,” the customs agent said.

The ammunition seized Tuesday in Ciudad Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, was worth about $80,000, officials said.

The driver and truck, which came into Mexico from El Paso, were turned over to federal prosecutors.

President Felipe Calderon called on the United States during a visit in February to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital, to crack down on arms smuggling.

The president unveiled a sign that said “No more weapons!” at the same border crossing where the ammunition was seized on Tuesday.

The security forces have seized 63,641 rifles, 44,332 handguns and nearly 11 million rounds of ammunition since Calderon declared war on Mexico’s drug cartels in December 2006, the Mexican government said.

About 90 percent of the firearms seized by Mexican authorities and traced back to their source came from the United States, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, said in a 2009 report.

Mexico’s drug war death toll stood at 47,515 from December 2006 to Sept. 30.

The murder total has grown every year of Calderon’s military offensive against the well-funded, heavily armed drug cartels.

Unofficial tallies published in December by independent daily La Jornada put the death toll from Mexico’s drug war at more than 50,000.

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos Apologizes for Going on African Safari During Country’s Financial Crisis

Spain’s King Juan Carlos Apologizes for Going on African Safari During Country’s Financial Crisis

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“I’m very sorry. I made a mistake. It won’t happen again,” Spain’s King Juan Carlos said Wednesday regarding a hunting trip to Botswana that became headline news after he was injured in a fall.

The monarch made his remarks to reporters upon leaving his room at the hospital where he underwent surgery for a shattered hip.

Supporting himself on two crutches, Juan Carlos said that he wants to resume his royal duties, adding that he feels “much better.”

He also thanked the medical team and all the hospital personnel, as well as the reporters for their interest in the progress of his recovery.

The king broke his hip in a fall last Friday in Botswana on an elephant hunt. He was immediately transported back to Spain after the incident.

His unprecedented apology came after significant controversy arose in Spain over the situation, both within the political parties as well as in society as a whole over the monarch’s trip to the African nation to hunt.

The public and the country’s political forces are currently debating whether the king should inform the public about his private trips, not to mention whether the hunting trip was proper amid Spain’s economic crisis and whether big-game hunting is an appropriate activity in general.

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Stop Racial Profiling: It is Too Costly to Our Families, Our Communities, and Our Country

Stop Racial Profiling: It is Too Costly to Our Families, Our Communities, and Our Country

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The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR), which the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) co-lead, applauds Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights for yesterday’s hearing on racial profiling. Racial profiling—the use of a person’s racial, ethnic, or religious appearance in determining whether they should be investigated, arrested, or detained—has increased substantially over the past decade, mainly under the guise of “immigration enforcement” and “anti-terrorism.” However, there has not been a Senate hearing on this issue since before September 11, 2001.

At the hearing, Senators and House Representatives voiced support for the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA- S. 1670, H.R. 3618) and emphasized that racial profiling is ineffective, discriminatory, and a waste of state resources. Witnesses stressed that civilians play a critical role in law enforcement by communicating with the police about crimes, and that racial profiling prevents this by increasing mistrust and fear.

“Racial profiling makes a mother afraid to take her children to school or go to the store to buy food for her family,” said Miriam Yeung, executive director of NAPAWF. “But that’s not all: it also makes women reluctant to call the police after witnessing or surviving a crime. When residents view the police as the problem, this reduces safety for everyone living in the community.”

“People of color, including immigrants, see their families torn apart by racial profiling and discriminatory policing every day,” said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH. “They call the police to report a crime, but instead of receiving help they find themselves face-down on the pavement, in a jail cell, or in deportation proceedings, too often losing their partners or children in the process.”

The spread of racial profiling has affected all communities of color, but Latinos have been particularly hurt by the spread of so-called “immigration enforcement” programs such as 287(g) and Secure Communities (S-Comm).

“Latinos have been arrested disproportionately under S-Comm, which suggests that appearing Latino—whatever that means—puts individuals at greater risk of arrest,” said González-Rojas.

“The impact of racial profiling on the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community, particularly the South Asian and Muslim community, has been tremendous in the aftermath of 9/11,” said Yeung. “National origin, religious identity, and physical appearance have caused members of our communities to be viewed as suspects and enemies, leading us to be treated poorly by law enforcement and even by our own neighbors.”

NCIWR opposes racial profiling and supports ERPA. We look forward to supporting further efforts to bring an end to the harmful and costly practice of racial profiling in the United States.

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