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TuesdayApril 23, 2013

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Chile Fire Destroys Dozens of Homes in Valparaiso

Chile Fire Destroys Dozens of Homes in Valparaiso

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More than 30 houses have been destroyed by a fire burning on the La Cruz and Mariposas hills in the Chilean city of Valparaiso, located 120 kilometers (74 miles) west of Santiago, on the Pacific coast.

The Carabineros, Chile’s militarized police, said the fire has forced authorities to evacuate the occupants of another 150 homes that could also be affected by the forest fire that broke out after midday on the two hills.

Firefighters from the National Forestry Corporation, or Conaf, and Valparaiso are battling the blaze, which can be seen from different spots in the port city.

The characteristics of the area are making the firefighting work, both from the air and on the ground, difficult given that the focus of the fire is between the two hills among eucalyptus forests and pastureland.

Meanwhile, Gen. Julio Pineda, the commander of the 5th Carabineros Zone, said that so far nobody has been injured, and President Sebastian Piñera and Interior Minister Andres Chadwick are both traveling to the area.

On Feb. 14 another fire spread rapidly due to high winds along the coast, destroying some 150 homes, injuring 27 people and leaving more than 1,000 people homeless.

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Canadian Food Truck Will Promote Country in Mexico City

Canadian Food Truck Will Promote Country in Mexico City

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Though lacking a definitive cuisine, the Canadian government is sending a taxpayer-funded food truck to Mexico to promote the country.

A statement from the government stated the food truck, which will tour Mexico City for three weeks in May, will be helmed by Mexico’s celebrity chef Jorge Valencia.

“The special Canadian menu has a tasty array of Canadian agricultural products. It starts with a choice of either poutine a la Mexicana or a hardy lentil salad. The poutine features crisp Canadian french fries with melted Oaxaqueño cheese from Mexico — a fusion of two classic ingredients from two countries into one dish.”

The food truck will also offer maple-glazed Albacore tuna (because nothing says Canada like maple syrup and fish), and beef tourtière, a meat pie traditionally part of lower Canadian (Quebec) Christmases, New Years celebrations, or Thanksgivings.

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JUST IN:  U.S. Gov’t Lays Its Case Against “Unjustly Enriched” Lance Armstrong

JUST IN:  U.S. Gov’t Lays Its Case Against “Unjustly Enriched” Lance Armstrong

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The U.S. Government through the Justice Department has labeled disgraced Tour de France winner “unjustly enriched” through his U.S. Postal Service (USPS) sponsorship contract.

The government filed its formal complaint against Armstrong and joined in the lawsuit brought by fellow USPS team member Floyd Landis.  The USPS sponsorship gave Armstrong $17 million in direct payments and sponsored his Tour de France teams to the tune of $40 million from 1998-2004. 

The U.S. government is not only seeking to be made whole by the money it spent it is also seeking triple the amount in damages.  Armstrong’s team director Johnan Bruyneel and bicycling management company Tailwind Sports were also named in the DOJ lawsuit.

Armstrong, who has been banned from sports for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France victories, through his lawyers challenged the government to prove they were damaged by their association with his bicycling team.  It is reported that the USPS received over $130 million in brand exposure through the sponsorship.

Armstrong’s reputation and professional bicycling career ended when he finally admitted that he used performance enhancement drugs and illegal blood transfusions in order to win many of his professional bicycling races. 

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JUST IN:  Latina Women Injured During Police Search for Rogue Cop Dorner Get $4.2M Settlement

JUST IN:  Latina Women Injured During Police Search for Rogue Cop Dorner Get $4.2M Settlement

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The Los Angeles Police Department and the City of Los Angeles have reached a $4.2 million settlement with the Latina mother and daughter injured during the manhunt for rogue cop Christopher Dorner.

Back on February 7, 2013, 71-year-old Emma Hernandez and her 47-year-old daughter, Margie Carranza, were injured when LAPD opened fire on the pickup they were driving to deliver newspapers at 5 a.m.

The shooting occurred during the massive manhunt for former cop Christopher Dorner who eventually died in a shoot out in a Big Bear Lake mountain cabin.  The mother and daughter’s Tacoma pick up was mistaken for Dorner’s Nissan Titan truck.  The mother and daughter duo were traveling in the vicinity where Dorner was thought to be.

Just before the shooting incident with the Latina mother and daughter, Dorner had ambushed two police officers in their car.  He was also being sought for the ambush killings of the daughter of a former police official and her finance.

Carranza sustained two gunshot wounds to her back and Hernandez was injured by flying glass.  It is believe LAPD fired a total of 100-rounds of ammunition into their vehicle. 

In addition to the $4.2M settlement the women were paid $40,000 to replace their pickup truck.  LAPD acknowledged the error and noted that LAPD were on heightened alert and under “incredible tension” during the Dorner manhunt.

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BLOG DEL NARCO: 6 Bodies Dumped at Community Bus Stop in Zacatecas, Mexico

BLOG DEL NARCO: 6 Bodies Dumped at Community Bus Stop in Zacatecas, Mexico

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Six bodies were found by police Tuesday in a community outside General Enrique Estrada, a city in the north-central Mexican state of Zacatecas, state officials said.

“It was learned that members of a criminal organization left six dead bodies in the community of Felix Uresti Gomez,” the Zacatecas state government said.

State police heading to the city of Rio Grande, where a law enforcement operation was planned, made the grisly discovery.

The bodies were dumped by the bus stop in the community, which is on Federal Highway 45 on the way from Fresnillo to Zacatecas city.

The victims - five men and a woman - have not been identified, officials said.

“A message was left along with the bodies, noting the fight between two rival criminal groups with a presence in the state,” the state government said.

Zacatecas, like other states in northern Mexico, has been affected by a turf war between the Gulf and Los Zetas drug cartels.

After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent criminal organization, went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

The criminal organizations have been fighting for control of smuggling routes into the United States since 2010.

The war on drugs launched by former President Felipe Calderon, who was in office from 2006 to 2012, left about 70,000 people dead, or an average of 32 per day, in Mexico, officials say.

Calderon, of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, deployed thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to fight drug cartels.

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Red Sox’s David Ortiz’s Honest Words About Boston Now on Shirts

Red Sox’s David Ortiz’s Honest Words About Boston Now on Shirts

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Designated hitter David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox was nearly fined by the FCC for swearing at his team’s game against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, but it was in the name of unity and strength.

Ahead of the game, which was Boston’s first since the tragic bombings last week, Ortiz said, “This jersey that we were today, it doesn’t say Red Sox. It says Boston. We want to thank you, Mayor Menino, Gov. Patrick, the whole police department, for the great job that they did his past week. This is our f*cking city, and nobody [is] going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong!”

Ortiz, who is known as ‘Big Papi’ risked an FCC fine, but he spoke from the heart and it was clear the crown appreciated what he had to say.

Less than 24 hours after Ortiz’s speech, T-shirts with “This is our f*cking city,” were being sold, with all proceeds going to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. By Monday morning, the sellers, Barstool Sports Boston, announced the shirts, along with those reading, “Boston Strong” and “Massachusetts Invented America,” had raised more than $25,000.

As for the FCC, Ortiz was pardoned, with the FCC Twitter account saying, “I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston.”

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Couple Marries on Rio Grande River, but Groom Has a Secret

Couple Marries on Rio Grande River, but Groom Has a Secret

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A U.S.-based environmental group attempted to give a couple a special wedding on the Rio Grade earlier this month, but there was on detail the groom failed to mention.

On April 11, Mexican-born Ruben Alfonso Fierro, 27, and his fiancee, American Stephanie Guerro, 26, met on the river separating their two countries of origin.

Abiding by U.S. immigration laws, the couple took advantage of the 1848 treaty which, according to TIME, allows the freedom of navigation on both sides on Rio Grande.

A judge from Laredo, Texas officiated over the wedding as the couple floated on a raft moving from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to the U.S. side of the border.

Guerro and Fierro have four children together, but with Fierro not legally allowed to be in the U.S. the couple have been separated.

While this touching story appeared to be the start of positive immigration proceedings and a reunion of a happy family, there was one little detail Fierro failed to mention. He was already married.

Mexican reporters reportedly found the estranged wife, Lizeth Anabely of Monterrey, who says it has been years since she last saw her husband. She also said it came as quite a shock to see her husband marrying another woman on television.

Fierro and Guerro’s marriage has since been annulled and the environmental group that help fund the wedding, the Big River Foundation, has vowed to bring another wedding to the river in the hopes of drawing attention to the river. which they called an “underutilized resource.”

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Secretary Napolitano Testifies at Immigration Bill Hearings Today

Secretary Napolitano Testifies at Immigration Bill Hearings Today

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Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano testified today at the new immigration legislation hearings on Capital Hill.

Before the Secretary could present her testimony she was grilled on the travels of bombing suspect Tamarlan Tsarnaev trip to Russia in 2012 and what Homeland Security could of done better to monitor his whereabouts. 

Napolitano started her testimony by thanking the group of eight bipartisan Senators who crafted the bill formally known as “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744.”
 
Napolitano reassured the Senators that the administration is and continues to be committed to a secure border, citing apprehension and deportation statistics under President Obama.  Since 2004, she noted the number of Border Patrol agents has doubled from approximately 10,000 to more than 21,000 today.

“Attempts to cross the Southwest border illegally, as measured by Border Patrol apprehensions, have decreased 49 percent over the past four years, and are 78 percent lower than what they were at their peak. Since 2009, DHS has also seized 71 percent more currency, 39 percent more drugs, and 189 percent more weapons along the Southwest border, compared to the previous four-year period,” the Secretary noted.

The Secretary reaffirmed what the White House has been saying all along:

“For immigration reform to be successful, we believe these individuals [undocumented immigrants] should have a clear pathway to earned citizenship. The President and I, as well as the rest of the Cabinet, stand willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that comprehensive immigration reform becomes a reality as soon as possible.”

To read Secretary Napolitano’s complete testimony click here.

Her testimony comes on the heals of several conservative Republican Senators, including Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, urging a delay on immigration bill hearings until more is known about the Chechen immigrant brothers and their route to America as refugees seeking asylum .  The young men and their parents came to this country as refugees in 2002. 

 

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THE VOICE: Monique Abbadie, Luke Edgemon Make Team Shakira Proud

THE VOICE: Monique Abbadie, Luke Edgemon Make Team Shakira Proud

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On Monday, Team Shakira was well represented when Luke Edgemon and Monique Abbadie battled it out on The Voice stage.

Luke, a session singer and background vocalist, surprised the judges by hitting impressive notes. With his blend of pop and R&B the North Carolina proved to be the gem of Team Shakira.

Monique found success as a child singer, but has struggled to find that same success as an adult. The 20-year-old Florida Latina intrigued Shakira when she sang one of her songs during the blind auditions and stayed in her coach’s favor and won Monday’s battle against Luke.

After Monique and Luke wowed the coaches by singing Lady Gaga’s “You &and I” and brought the audience to their feet, Shakira announced she was making a strategic decision and believing Luke would be snatched up by one of the other coaches, she chose Monique.

Shakira was correct about Luke and he landed a spot on Team Blake.

Watch their powerful performance below.

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Mexico’s ‘Traveling Mummies’ Finally Return Home to Guanajuanto Under Tight Security

Mexico’s ‘Traveling Mummies’ Finally Return Home to Guanajuanto Under Tight Security

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A collection of 36 mummies belonging to Guanajuato, a city in central Mexico, has been returned from the United States, officials told Efe.

The “traveling mummies,” as they are known in Guanajuato, arrived at the Mexico City airport from Chicago on Sunday under “extremely tight security to ensure their perfect state of preservation,” an airport spokesman said.

Guanajuato’s Mummy Museum signed a deal in 2009 with a businessman who planned to exhibit the mummies at museums in the United States.

The businessman did not return the mummies when his contract with the museum expired in October 2012 and he failed to pay the $240,000 called for under the terms of the agreement.

The mummies are in exceptional condition because they were preserved by a natural dehydration process, officials said.

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Beijing Welcomes Julio Iglesias

Beijing Welcomes Julio Iglesias

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Twenty years have gone by since his first performance in the Asian giant, but the Chinese never forgot him - the voice of Julio Iglesias, “Huliao” in Mandarin, was heard once more over the weekend in Beijing at a concert where the audience gave itself up to the rhythm and charisma of an artist whose career goes on and on.

The singer’s voice and popular lyrics echoed Sunday through the theater of the Beijing Exhibition Center before more than 2,000 people, an audience he held in the palm of his hand and who “sang” along with the artist on some of his hits and those of other well-known performers.

“He’s a very good singer. It’s the first time I’ve heard him and he reminds me of Spain, a country with passion and with good music and dancing,” Zhou Li Na, who went to see the show, told Efe.

The language in no way hindered Julio from connecting with the audience, with whom he constantly interacted during the almost two-hour concert.

“Thank you China, thank you Beijing,” the artist said on numerous occasions, winning over the audience from the moment he went onstage by dedicating a few words to those hurt by the recent earthquake in Sichuan province.

“This is a difficult day for the Chinese people. The earthquake has changed the lives of thousands of people. My heart, my feelings, my emotions, my praise and my passion go out to those who are suffering,” the 69-year-old singer said.

After three stops in China, Iglesias leaves for Singapore and Taiwan, after which he will return to his own country, Spain, on a tour that has taken him around the world, from Russia to Asia.

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Brazil Not Happy with McDonald’s ‘Happy Meals’, Fines Company

Brazil Not Happy with McDonald’s ‘Happy Meals’, Fines Company

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The Brazilian consumer protection agency, Procon, has fined fast-food chain McDonald’s $1.6 million for targeting its advertising toward children through their Happy Meal toys.

Procon, that advocates for consumer rights in Sao Paulo, stated that McDonald’s targets their advertising toward youngsters that do not possess the maturity or rational to make smart consumption choices.  The consumer protection agency also hinted that more fines maybe on the way for McDonald’s Brazil operations.  “This is not an isolated case,” said Procon’s top lawyer in Sao Paulo, Renan Ferraciolli to Reuters.  The company came under investigation last year when a non-profit agency filed a complaint accusing the burger chain of “encouraging the formation of distorted values” by marketing Happy Meal toys.

The fine will not make a dent into McDonald’s earnings however it puts into question its future in the largest Latin American economy.  The corporation has identified Brazil as a key market for growth and is a sponsor of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.  This fine also comes in the heals of last month’s court admonishment for violating Brazilian labor laws by using illegal working hours and forcing McDonald’s employees to only eat McDonald’s at their mealtimes. 

McDonald’s can appeal Procon’s decision and fine.

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Ronaldo: Lionel Messi World’s Best Soccer Player

Ronaldo: Lionel Messi World’s Best Soccer Player

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Lionel Messi is the world’s best soccer player, retired Brazilian great Ronaldo said here Tuesday, ranking FC Barcelona’s Argentine forward “a little above” Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who is from Portugal.

Ronaldo, who is in Spain to present the plans for June’s Confederations Cup tourney in his homeland, said he expects to see Brazil and Spain square off in the final of the event.

Following the presentation, the former Real Madrid and Barça star shared his opinions on the current Spanish soccer scene.

“Messi and Cristiano are two fantastic players,” Ronaldo told reporters. “For me, Messi is a little better for how he moves the ball always in contact with his foot, but both do marvelous things very much above the other players.”

The Brazilian also predicted that Real Madrid and Barcelona will face each other in the Champions League final.

“I think there will be a Spanish final in the Champions. I will be in London to see it and I hope Real Madrid is the champion,” Ronaldo said.

Real Madrid and Barça must get past Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, respectively, to reach next month’s final at Wembley Stadium. EFE

rmm/dr

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FBI Most Wanted & Teacher-Child Porn Suspect Captured in Nicaragua

FBI Most Wanted & Teacher-Child Porn Suspect Captured in Nicaragua

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The FBI has announced the capture of Eric Justin Toth, one of its “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” in Nicaragua.

The former private school teacher was wanted on charges of producing and possessing child pornography, he has been on the lam since 2008.  Toth disappeared shortly after the investigation began and after losing his teaching job.

The third grade Washington D. C. teacher came under investigation in 2008 when pornographic images of young boys were found on the schools camera, a camera Toth was using with permission.  Toth, 31, had been on the run for nearly five years, last seen in 2009 in Arizona.  It is believed he traversed the country with spottings in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin – until a tip led the FBI to Nicaragua.

Nicaraguan authorities confirm that Toth was detained near the border with Honduras on Saturday.  The FBI had a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the former teacher.

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Federal Court OK’s Offer for Merger Between Grupo Modelo and Anehuser-Busch

Federal Court OK’s Offer for Merger Between Grupo Modelo and Anehuser-Busch

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A U.S. federal judge has approved a settlement proposed by the Department of Justice in the merger between Mexico’s Grupo Modelo and Belgium’s Anheuser-Busch InBev, the companies said.

“The Court today signed the previously announced stipulation and order between Anheuser-Busch InBev, Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V., Constellation Brands, Inc. and the Department of Justice that resolves the Department of Justice’s challenge to AB InBev’s proposed acquisition of the remaining shares of Grupo Modelo that it does not already own,” AB InBev said in a statement released Monday.

AB InBev agreed in June 2012 to acquire the 50 percent of Grupo Modelo that it did not already own for $20.1 billion.

The Department of Justice challenged the deal in January on the grounds that it would harm competition in the U.S. beer market.

Grupo Modelo, founded in 1925 by Spanish businessmen who had settled in Mexico, is the leading brewer in the country.

The company operates seven breweries with the capacity to produce 71.5 million hectaliters annually.

Grupo Modelo sells beer under 14 different brands, including Corona Extra, which has the biggest market share in the world, exporting its products to 180 countries.

The company is the exclusive importer in Mexico of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s brands, such as Budweiser and Budweiser Light.

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Panama Authorities Seize 1.5 Tons of Cocaine

Panama Authorities Seize 1.5 Tons of Cocaine

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Panama’s Senan aero-naval force seized 1.5 tons of cocaine and arrested four Colombians in an operation carried out in the Caribbean Sea 12 nautical miles from El Porvenir, authorities said Monday.

The suspects were traveling in a speed boat that was spotted early Saturday morning by a helicopter and then intercepted by two patrol boats, Senan chief Belsio Gonzalez told a press conference.

The drug shipment was divided into 59 packets and authorities are not ruling out the possibility that it could be linked to the cartel operating in Colombia’s Gulf of Uraba, he said.

Gonzalez said that the intelligence departments of both the Colombian army and police have been contacted about the drug shipment.

So far in 2013, Senan has seized more than 10 tons of illegal drugs, half of it cocaine.

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Billboard Latin Music Conference Kicks Off in Miami

Billboard Latin Music Conference Kicks Off in Miami

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The 24th Billboard Latin Music Conference kicked off Monday in Miami with the presence of some of the industry’s biggest stars and producers.

Artists such as Gloria Estefan, Carlos Vives, Jorge Drexler and Don Omar will take part in question-and-answer sessions.

During the meeting, which winds up next Wednesday with the presentation of the Billboard Latin Music Awards, such topics will be discussed as new ways artists and record labels can reach the public, and the importance of the Internet.

On Tuesday, execs from broadcast, satellite and Internet radio will discuss how to target the Hispanic listener with the new music services.

Urban singer Don Omar heads the list of finalists for the Billboard awards with 18 nominations, followed by Romeo Santos with 12 and the Wisin & Yandel duo with 11.

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Al Qaeda Terrorist Recruiters Arrested in Spain

Al Qaeda Terrorist Recruiters Arrested in Spain

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Two suspected members of an Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, cell were arrested Tuesday in Spain, the National Police said.

Spain’s National Court, however, has not confirmed that the two suspects have links to the terrorist group.

Nou Mediouni, an Algerian, was arrested in the eastern city of Zaragoza and Hassan El Jaaouani, a Moroccan, was detained in Murcia, a city in southeastern Spain.

Investigators searched the suspects’ residences, the National Police said.

Mediouni was a regular contributor to an online forum used by AQIM to recruit radicals, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The suspect had received instructions to report to a Jihadist training camp in northern Mali, but police pressure forced him to return to Spain, where he “showed a high level of frustration at not being able to die as a martyr,” the ministry said.

El Jaaouani also had links to AQIM leaders in Mali and to Islamic terrorist recruiters in Spain, the Interior Ministry said.

The Moroccan had contacts with one of the people implicated in the January 2011 kidnappings and killings of two French citizens, the ministry said.

The operation to arrest the two suspected AQIM members was ordered by National Court Judge Santiago Pedraz and investigators are still gathering evidence.

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How Will the Boston Bombing Affect Immigration Reform?

How Will the Boston Bombing Affect Immigration Reform?

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The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday analyzed at a packed hearing the elements of immigration reform at a time when last week’s deadly bomb attack in Boston has made the political climate more problematic for moving forward on the issue.

Although on a much smaller scale than the 9/11 attacks, which buried immigration reform in 2001, the emergence of a pair of Chechen immigrant brothers as the suspects in the Boston bombings has caused several Republican leaders to ask for a delay in implementing any reform.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who is in serious condition at a Boston hospital, immigrated to the United States legally in 2003 and obtained citizenship on Sept. 11, 2012. His older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, who died in a shootout with police on Friday evening, was a legal resident.

“Last week opponents of comprehensive immigration reform began to exploit the Boston Marathon,” the chair of the judiciary committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy, said at the start of Monday’s hearing. “I urge restraint in that regard.”

“Let no one be so cruel as to use these heinous acts of two young men last week to derail the dreams and futures of millions of hardworking people,” the Vermont Democrat said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), one of the authors of the bipartisan immigration bill introduced last week, complained that some people were trying to use the bombings “as an excuse to wait many months or years.”

“I never said that!,” shouted Iowa’s Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the judiciary committee, who has been saying since last week that immigration reform should not be “rushed.”

One of Schumer’s colleagues in the bipartisan “Gang of Eight,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said the events in Boston “should urge us to act quicker, not slower,” on reforming the system.

“I think now is the time to bring all of the 11 million (unauthorized immigrants) out of the shadows and find out who they are. Most of them are here to work but we may find some terrorists in our midst who’ve been hiding in the shadows,” Graham said.

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