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ThursdayJune 14, 2012

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Customs Agents Seized 45 Paleontological Artifacts Dating Back Millions of Years

Customs agents seized 45 paleontological pieces at an airport in western Argentina that were being transported by a private plane that arrived from Colombia, officials said Thursday.

The fossils, which were found during a routine inspection at an airport in Mendoza province, “date back millions of years and have an important cultural and historical value,” the Federal Public Revenue Administration, or AFIP, said in a statement.

“On observing what appeared to be strange stones, the agents suspected they were not dealing with conventional pieces and called for the assistance of official experts,” the AFIP, which oversees the customs service, said.

Prosecutors will determine “the legal situation” of the pieces and who they belong to, the AFIP said.

Argentine law punishes the smuggling of antiquities with prison terms of two months to two years.

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Costco Buys Out Mexican Partner for $760 Million

U.S. membership warehouse club chain Costco Wholesale Corp. on Thursday announced a deal to acquire the 50 percent stake it did not already own in its Mexico unit from Controladora Comercial Mexicana for $760.4 million.

The press release also said Costco Mexico has declared a cash dividend of approximately 4.8 billion pesos ($340.85 million), 50 percent it payable to a Costco Wholesale subsidiary and the other half to CCM, the holding company of a group of Mexican hypermarkets.

Costco Wholesale will fund the acquisition in part with the dividend proceeds, while CCM will use the dividend and the buyout proceeds to pare debt, the release said.

The transaction is subject to approval by Mexico’s Federal Competition Commission.

The release also said CCM’s chairman, Guillermo Gonzalez Nova, and CEO, Carlos Gonzalez Zabalegui, will remain on the board of directors of Costco Mexico, whose CEO will continue to be Jaime Gonzalez Solana.

Costco currently operates 602 warehouses: 435 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 82 in Canada, 32 in Mexico, 22 in Britain, 13 in Japan, eight in Taiwan, seven in South Korea and three in Australia.

Costco Wholesale’s share price on the Nasdaq was up 2.42 percent Thursday afternoon to $89.59 and has risen 7.56 percent in 2012 and 13.1 percent over the past 12 months.

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Kentucky Derby, Preakness Winning Jockey Hopes His Success Will Bring Latinos to the Races

Kentucky Derby, Preakness Winning Jockey Hopes His Success Will Bring Latinos to the Races

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Mexican jockey Mario Gutierrez, who lost his chance to win horse racing’s Triple Crown because of an injury to I’ll Have Another, said he hopes his success attracts Hispanics to horse racing.

“It’s a world where stories are born and dreams come true - it’s only when you get to the race track and start following the horses that you begin to understand the complexity of the sport,” the jockey, now in Los Angeles to compete at Hollywood Park race track, said.

Gutierrez, who said that just four or five months ago “no one knew I existed,” believes that the decision of owner Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill was correct when they withdrew the 3-year-old from competition after the horse was discovered to have developed tendinitis in one of his forelegs.

“I’m a little sad because people wanted to see us in the race. We had prepared to close triumphantly” at the Belmont Stakes after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.

“They did what they did thinking of the horse. He was the one that got me where I am today, we had to think about his well-being. You get what I was given only once in a lifetime, all that victory and joy,” he said.

Gutierrez said that the week before the Belmont Stakes he was under intense media pressure with reporters investigating every detail of his life, about how he grew up in a poor rural area of Veracruz state, about his move to Mexico City and later to Vancouver, Canada…

“It’s been a really beautiful experience. I met famous people like Jimmy Fallon and Chris Rock, as well as actors in a series I like a lot, “CSI.” Thousands of people who had never gone to a race track went to see us,” he said.

His family, which still lives in Veracruz, has followed his victories closely, Gutierrez said, particularly his father, who was also a jockey.

The jockey, who stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs less than 115 pounds, said that the media fever has died down considerably.

“Those reporters never got tired of asking questions,” the jockey laughed, adding that he wanted to concentrate on his routine of competing four days a week at Hollywood Park, getting up in the morning to train the race horses before doing his exercises.

“Some days I have to get up at 5:00 in the morning. You go to the race track, work with the horses, talk to the agents and trainers,” Gutierrez said.

“Every race has a prize. We earn 10 percent of what the horse wins if we finish among the first four. If not, you earn something like $60 or $70 for a race you lose. In other words, if you don’t win, you don’t earn,” Gutierrez said.

The jockey said that he must now “give a million thanks” to all the people who followed him in the Triple Crown and asked them to continue their support because there are more races ahead and “I have to find the next horse.”

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Former Battalion Commander,14 of His Men to be Tried for Murder in Colombia

Former Battalion Commander,14 of His Men to be Tried for Murder in Colombia

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A former battalion commander and 14 of his men will be tried for murder in the deaths of six civilians falsely reported as rebels killed in combat, the Colombian Attorney General’s Office said Thursday.

Lt. Col. Isnardo Polania Delgadillo, now retired, led a motorized infantry battalion that was operating in the eastern border province of Vichada in late 2006.

The unit reported having killed six guerrillas during a Dec. 22, 2006, engagement in the remote jungle village of Cumaribo, but it subsequently emerged that the fatalities were civilians.

Such killings are known in Colombia as “false positives.”

The phenomenon came to light in October 2008 with the discovery in northeastern Colombia of the bodies of a score of young men from a poor Bogota suburb who had been buried in mass graves as if they were insurgents killed in battle.

With Colombian politicians and the military brass demanding results in the war against leftist guerrillas, inflating body counts became a way for troops to earn promotions, bonuses and extra leave.

The AG’s office has investigated more than 2,000 instances of “false positives” and probes are ongoing.

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All Female Band Las Fenix Hopes to Hold Their Own in Male-dominated Musical Genre

All Female Band Las Fenix Hopes to Hold Their Own in Male-dominated Musical Genre

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The five sisters who make up Las Fenix are making a video of their most recent single “Perfume” as they try to find their niche in the male-dominated world of Mexican regional music.

“It’s really hard, because many men think we don’t know what we’re doing, and there are those who don’t even believe we’re playing our instruments live,” Nadia Rodriguez, who together with Berna, Adela, Lesli and Anahi makes up the quintet, said.

The sisters not only play their instruments but also compose some of their own songs.

But some in the industry have no faith in the commitment that women have to a career in music, so consequently they don’t give them the same chances that they do to male groups.

“They think that when we get married and have kids we’re going to give it all up, so they don’t take us seriously. But we’ve been making music for 12 years and we’re just as committed to our career now as we ever were. We’re going to show that women can work in harmony and not give up their dreams,” she said.

The young women, who range in age from 15 to 20, began singing in 1999. It all began with the idea of surprising their dad with a song for his birthday.

But they were genuinely surprised to discover that he loved their music and urged them to take it seriously and make it a career.

Since then, Las Fenix have won accolades across the United States with tours that included New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Atlanta.

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Over 50 Suspected Zetas Arrested in Mexico

Over 50 Suspected Zetas Arrested in Mexico

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Police arrested 52 suspected employees of the notoriously violent Los Zetas drug cartel in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, officials said Wednesday.

The detainees include two municipal police officers and two ex-cops, state Attorney General Adrian de la Garza told a press conference here.

He said those four individuals are believed to be the leaders of a Zetas cell.

The 39 men, eight women and five minors were arrested over a four-day period in the towns of Linares, Allende, Galeana, Iturbide and Montemorelos.

The five underage suspects are accused of acting as lookouts to alert the Zetas to movements of the security forces, the attorney general said.

Police seized assault rifles and torture devices during the raids, state government security spokesman Jorge Domene said.

Nuevo Leon, which borders Texas, and other states in northern Mexico, have been battered in recent years as the upstart Zetas battle the more-established drug cartels for control of territory and smuggling routes.

To earn extra cash, some cartel “sicarios” (hit men) engage in kidnapping, extortion and armed robbery.

Conflict among rival cartels and between criminals and the Mexican security forces have claimed more than 50,000 lives since December 2006, when newly inaugurated President Felipe Calderon militarized the struggle against organized crime.

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Son Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Head During Drunken Night with Father

Son Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Head During Drunken Night with Father

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Hidalgo County authorities in Texas say Israel Torres had been drinking with his father Monday night when he accidentally shot himself in the head.

Torres, 17, was reportedly playing with the gun and had removed the magazine. Not realizing a bullet was still in the chamber, he pointed the gun at a butane tank but did not pull the trigger. Instead, the teenager did pull the trigger after pointing it at his own head.

Deputies received a call about a shooting at around 11:15 p.m. and responded to the South Tower Estates home, but the teen had already been taken to the hospital.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office has said it will not be bringing any charges against the father for allowing his son to play with the .380-caliber, semi-automatic weapon.

However, the family is in the U.S. illegally and though Hidalgo County authorities won’t be pressing any charges, that does not mean federal immigration officials won’t pursue their charges of their own. Torres’ parents had been living the in U.S. for several years, but their two sons only arrived six of seven months ago.

At the time of the accident, officers said the father was “highly intoxicated.”

Torres’ girlfriend was also present.

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Faces of the DREAM Act: “Limbo” Captures the Story of Three Los Angeles DREAMers

Faces of the DREAM Act: “Limbo” Captures the Story of Three Los Angeles DREAMers

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After winning the 25k Grant from the Vimeo Awards, Director Eliot Rausch partnered with Producer Mark Schwartz and the Dreamers of Los Angeles to create LIMBO. This 19 minute film exposes the lives of 3 undocumented students, living in the US without legal status. Never having touched a camera, the 3 students were gifted with a small handycam and trained for half a day by Lukas Korver and Matt B. Taylor. They were asked to film everyday for 3 months. Through their lens, this is their story.

LIMBO from Eliot Rausch + Phos Pictures on Vimeo.

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7 Arrested in Connection With Brazilian Journalist’s Murder

7 Arrested in Connection With Brazilian Journalist’s Murder

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Police in the northeastern Brazilian state of Maranhao arrested seven people on Wednesday in connection with the April 23 murder of a journalist.

Decio Sa, a political reporter and blogger, was gunned down at a bar in Sao Luis, the state capital.

One of those detained on Wednesday was a 24-year-old man with a history of murder for hire, Sa’s colleagues said on the slain journalist’s blog.

Another person wanted in connection with the murder, Valdênio Jose da Silva, was killed Monday in Sao Luis.

Chief investigator Marcos Afonso Junior said the killing of Da Silva might have some connection to Sa’s murder.

The slaying of the 42-year-old Sa sparked denunciations from journalists in Brazil and abroad, as well as an official condemnation from the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay.

Noting that Sa was the fourth journalist killed in Brazil this year, the Inter American Press Association called for a prompt and effective investigation.

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Happy 235th Birthday to the American Flag Today!

Happy 235th Birthday to the American Flag Today!

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On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring June 14th National Flag Day. In 1949, Congress officially declared June 14th as National Flag Day, acknowledging President Wilson’s proclamation.

American Memory from the Library of Congress explains the history of the flag design:

According to legend, in 1776, George Washington commissioned Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross to create a flag for the new nation. Scholars debate this legend, but agree that Mrs. Ross most likely knew Washington and sewed flags. To date, there have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag, but the arrangement of the stars varied according to the flag-makers’ preferences until 1912 when President Taft standardized the then-new flag’s forty-eight stars into six rows of eight. The forty-nine-star flag (1959-60), as well as the fifty-star flag, also have standardized star patterns. The current version of the flag dates to July 4, 1960, after Hawaii became the fiftieth state on August 21, 1959.


Learn more about the American flag and the protocol for flying the flag.

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Virginia Teen, Heydi Mehia, Granted Last-Minute Reprieve from Deportation

Virginia Teen, Heydi Mehia, Granted Last-Minute Reprieve from Deportation

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Monday afternoon, 18-year-old Heydi Mejia received the news she and her family had been praying for. Just a few days after her high school graduation, Mejia was granted a reprieve from deportation.

At the ago of 4, Mejia was brought to the U.S. from Guatemala and until the last-minute reprieve, she had been preparing to go back.

In December, immigration officials entered her family’s Virginia apartment and stated she was scheduled to be deported shortly after she graduated from Meadowbrook High School in Richmond.

Friday was her graduation and Mejia, but what was a happy time for her fellow graduates was the start of a very short countdown for her.

However, just three days later came a dramatic change in her story. On Monday afternoon, Mejia’s attorney, Ricky Malik, received a fax from immigration officials saying Mejia’s deportation has been postponed.

The fax read, “the Deferred Action will expire June 11, 2013.”

The deferment always Malik more time to file a motion with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to reopen Mejia’s case and hopefully lead to a dismissal of the deportation order or at the very least grant a longer referral.

As for Mejia, she can now continue the pursuit of higher education she thought she had lost.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Latino Fathers in the U.S.A.

INFOGRAPHIC: Latino Fathers in the U.S.A.

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In preparation for Father’s Day, Hispanically Speaking News has created an infographic celebrating Latino fathers.

Happy Father’s Day / Feliz Día del Padre!

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Hookers and History: Brothel Operating Next to Ancient Archeological Site in Peru

Hookers and History: Brothel Operating Next to Ancient Archeological Site in Peru

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An area in Peru appears to be catering to a very specific clientele.

Near an ancient archeological site in Huánuco, there currently sits something called the “Las Vegas” nightclub and brothel, for those interested in both the history and hookers of Peru.

Huánuco authorities recently petitioned the municipality to close the nearby brothel saying it is too close the tourist route and is not the image locals want to portray.

Some against the brothel’s location have gone so far as to say it is illegal, claiming it “violates constitutional rights and principles, such as the human right to cultural heritage.”

Petitioners are asking Mayor Jesus Giles to repeal the permit he gave to the business.

The ancient site the brothel is near is home to Kotosh and Cruz Pata Archaeological Centers.

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ING Bank to Forfeit $619 Million for Illegal Banking Transactions with Cuba and Iran

ING Bank to Forfeit $619 Million for Illegal Banking Transactions with Cuba and Iran

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ING Bank N.V., a financial institution headquartered in Amsterdam, has agreed to forfeit $619 million to the Justice Department for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA) and for violating New York state laws by illegally moving billions of dollars through the U.S. financial system on behalf of sanctioned Cuban and Iranian entities. 

According to court documents, starting in the early 1990s and continuing until 2007, ING Bank violated U.S. and New York state laws by moving more than $2 billion illegally through the U.S. financial system – via more than 20,000 transactions – on behalf of Cuban and Iranian entities subject to U.S. economic sanctions.  ING Bank knowingly and willfully engaged in this criminal conduct, which caused unaffiliated U.S. financial institutions to process transactions that otherwise should have been rejected, blocked or stopped for investigation under regulations by OFAC relating to transactions involving sanctioned countries and parties.

According to court documents, ING Bank committed its criminal conduct by, among other things, processing payments for ING Bank’s Cuban banking operations through its branch in Curaçao on behalf of Cuban customers without reference to the payments’ origin, and by providing U.S. dollar trade finance services to sanctioned entities through misleading payment messages, shell companies and the misuse of ING Bank’s internal suspense account.

Furthermore, ING Bank eliminated payment data that would have revealed the involvement of sanctioned countries and entities, including Cuba and Iran; advised sanctioned clients on how to conceal their involvement in U.S. dollar transactions; fabricated ING Bank endorsement stamps for two Cuban banks to fraudulently process U.S. dollar travelers’ checks; and threatened to punish certain employees if they failed to take specified steps to remove references to sanctioned entities in payment messages.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has Rough Game in Portugal-Denmark Match, Misses Open Goals (VIDEO)

Cristiano Ronaldo has Rough Game in Portugal-Denmark Match, Misses Open Goals (VIDEO)

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For someone who recently claimed to be better than Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is likely feeling quite silly after missing not one but two nearly open goals during a Euro 2012 match this week.

During Portugal’s opening match, Ronaldo had many realizing, once again, that he has a serious issue when playing on the international level.

Not only did Ronaldo fail to score at all in the match, he actually missed his shot on a wide open goal.

Twice Ronaldo had no one standing between him and the Denmark goal but goalkeeper Stephan Anderson, and twice he made embarrassing miscalculations, missing near-perfect opportunities to score. Once he shot the ball directly at Anderson, who easily prevented the score, while another of Ronaldo’s shots was simply too far to the right.

In the end, Portugal still pulled out a much-needed 3-2 win, but won has to wonder, where is Ronaldo’s head?

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U.S. Diplomat Travels to Brazil Ahead of Rio+20

U.S. Diplomat Travels to Brazil Ahead of Rio+20

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Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis is traveling in Brazil, June 14-23. She is visiting the cities of Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro.

While in Belo Horizonte, Lewis will participate in the ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) World Congress 2012. On June 14, in support of Global Economic Statecraft Day, she will deliver remarks to AC Minas, the state of Minas Gerais’ chamber of commerce.

Lewis will also serve as a member of the U.S. delegation to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, June 20-22. Three U.S. city and county officials will serve as private sector advisors to the delegation.

This Saturday, Special Representative Lewis will host “Green Growth: A State Perspective,” and, on Tuesday, June 19, she will host, “Cities: Where the Rubber Meets the Road.”

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Only 1.2% of Books Reviewed by NY Times are Hispanic Authors

Only 1.2% of Books Reviewed by NY Times are Hispanic Authors

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According to a study recently published in the online cultural magazine, ‘The Rumpus,’ close to 90% of books reviewed by the New York Times in 2011 were written by white writers.  Writer Roxanne Gay led the study along with her research assistant finding that of the 742 books reviewed 655 were written by Caucasian writers.  Only nine works were written by Hispanic authors.  The numbers were also low among other racial backgrounds.

Using research released by Vida, a United States organization which supports women in literary fields which showed a significant difference between male and female authors, Gay decided to delve deeper into the list by focusing on the racial backgrounds of the authors.  She stated, “Race often gets lost in the gender conversation as if it’s an issue we’ll get to later.”  The original results by Vida showed that of the 742 books, 437 were written by men while only 217 had female authors.  Of the nine Hispanic works, eight were written by men while only one by a woman. 

The statistics did not come as a surprise to British writer, Malorie Blackman.  Her young adult series, ‘Noughts and Crosses,’ reopened the topic of racism by making the majority race in her series black.  She stated, “These statistics don’t surprise me.  It’s not just about the books getting reviewed, but about the diversity of the authors actually getting published.  The publishing industry needs to be more diverse.”

Gay continued to show concern regarding the study’s results.  “These days it is difficult for any writer to get a book published.  We’re all clawing.  However, if you are a writer of color, not only do you face a steeper climb getting your book published, you face an even more arduous journey if you want that book to receive critical attention.  Writers deserve that same fighting chance regardless of who they are.”

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Mexican Actor Carlos Cobos Dies, Age 52

Mexican Actor Carlos Cobos Dies, Age 52

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Award-winning actor Carlos Cobos died Wednesday of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage, Mexico’s National Council for Culture and the Arts said. He was 52.

The veteran of stage and screen passed away less than two week after receiving the Ariel - the Mexican equivalent of the Oscar - for best supporting actor on the strength of his performance in the comedy “Pastorela,” which took best picture honors.

Cobos, who suffered the cerebral hemorrhage last month, was unable to attend the award ceremony.

“Thank you for your genius, for your friendship, for so many hours of laughs,” the film’s director, Emilio Portes, wrote on Twitter after learning of Cobos’ death. “Good journey, brother.”

Cobos began his career at the end of the 1970s in independent theater and made his screen debut in 1986.

His films include “Pachito Rex” and “The Legend of Zorro,” starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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Jeb Bush Advises Mitt Romney to Change his Tone on Immigration

Jeb Bush Advises Mitt Romney to Change his Tone on Immigration

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will have to work up a more convincing message on immigration if he wants to win any votes among the Hispanic electorate in November, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said.

Without hiding his frustration at his party’s unyielding attitude, Bush made it clear Monday, at an event organized by Bloomberg View in New York, that Romney needs to change what he says about immigration.

“Don’t just talk about Hispanics and say immediately we must have controlled borders. Change the tone would be the first thing. Second, on immigration, I think we need to have a broader approach,” Bush said in summing up his advice.

The son of President George H.W. Bush and younger brother of President George W. Bush suggested that Ronald Reagan, who promoted an amnesty that legalized 3 million undocumented immigrants in 1986, would not agree with the immovable orthodoxy of today’s Republican Party.

If Reagan were alive he would seek “some degree of common ground” with Democrats to find solutions and would not fan the flames of hostility so that cooperation becomes impossible, Jeb Bush said.

He said that his father and Reagan “got a lot of things done with bipartisan support, but right now it’s just difficult to imagine.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney, Bush believes, “needs to broaden the message out when talking about immigration, to make it an economic issue as much as it is a question of the rule of law.”

“Have a broader message and have a more intense message,” the man who governed Florida from 1999-2007 said.

Wise counsel from one ex-governor to another, for even though Hispanics are sorely disappointed that President Barack Obama did not fulfill his 2008 promise to promote immigration reform, they have even less enthusiasm for Romney. Obama won in 2008 with 67 percent of Hispanic support, compared with 31 percent for his Republican rival, Arizona Sen. John McCain.

McCain lost the Hispanics from the time he changed his tune and, instead of supporting immigration reform - as he had done together with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy - he began to demand an “iron fist” against the undocumented.

The road to the White House depends on getting at least 40 percent support from the close to 12.2 million Hispanics who will go to the polls in November.

According to Bush, if he had to rate the Republicans’ approach to the Hispanic community, he would say it “needs improvement.”

During the primaries, Romney always sought to appease the most conservative element of his party with a hard-line message about the urgent need to safeguard border security and encourage the “self-deportation” of the undocumented.

For now, official statistics show a drop in arrests on the border with Mexico, together with a decline in attempts to cross into the United States.

Several Republican leaders in the border state of Texas have come to the same conclusion as Jeb Bush about the need to lower the fiery tone of his party’s immigration rhetoric.

Well aware they are inciting anger among their party’s right wing, these leaders nonetheless approved last week a political platform for the state Republican Party that includes a guest-worker program and measures for boosting border security.

Scarcely two years ago these same leaders approved a platform that stripped the undocumented of preventive health care, imposed sanctions on anyone who hired them and eradicated employment centers for day laborers.

But now, with the electoral race fully underway, Republicans are slowly waking up to the fact that they need the Hispanic vote to achieve their political goals.

It remains to be seen whether Romney will heed the advice offered him by Jeb Bush, who, in any case, is part of the candidate’s Hispanic steering committee, Juntos con Romney.

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Sinaloa Cartel Member Facing Possible U.S. Extradition

Sinaloa Cartel Member Facing Possible U.S. Extradition

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A Guatemalan court has given the United States 40 working days to present evidence against Walter Alirio Montejo, a Guatemalan suspected of belonging to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel and the subject of a U.S. extradition request, judicial officials said.

Montejo was arrested Sunday in Huehuetenango, a province on the border with Mexico.

The suspect appeared before a criminal court in Guatemala City on Tuesday and refused to make a statement.

The court has given a U.S. federal court in the District of Columbia time to present evidence to back the extradition request.

The 38-year-old Montejo allegedly belongs to the Sinaloa cartel, Mexico’s oldest and most powerful drug trafficking organization, and is wanted on drug charges in the United States.

An arrest warrant was issued for Montejo by U.S. authorities in 2010, judicial officials said.

Montejo allegedly received drugs in Guatemala from South America that were bound for the United States.

The suspect belonged to the Los Lorenzana gang, which smuggled drugs into Mexico from Huehuetenango, judicial officials said, adding that the narcotics were later smuggled into the United States.

Montejo, according to Guatemalan authorities, was the target of a hit in November 2008 that sparked a shootout between Mexican and Guatemalan drug traffickers that left 17 people dead in a village in Huehuetenango.

Waldemar Lorenzana, the suspected leader of the Los Lorenzana gang, was arrested in April 2011 at the request of the United States, where he is the subject of an extradition case.

Guatemalan authorities have not yet acted on the request for the extradition of Lorenzana, who faces drug charges in the United States.

Elio Lorenzana, Waldemar’s son, was arrested in Guatemala in November 2011 and his extradition was authorized in February.

The Sinaloa cartel is led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, who was arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and pulled off a Hollywood-style jailbreak when he escaped from the Puente Grande maximum-security prison in the western Mexican state of Jalisco on Jan. 19, 2001.

The Sinaloa organization is sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel.

Guzman, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration has offered a reward of $5 million for him.

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ThursdayJune 14, 2012