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TuesdayOctober 15, 2013

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House Republicans Fail Again to do Any Good for Anyone, No Vote on Shutdown

The U.S. House of Representatives will not vote Tuesday evening after all on the bill prepared earlier in the day by Republican lawmakers to attempt to end the government shutdown, which has been going on since Oct. 1 due to the lack of a budget agreement, and avoid a default.

The chairman of the House Rules Committee, Pete Sessions (R-Texas), confirmed Tuesday evening that “there will be no vote” on the bill, despite the fact that earlier in the day the spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner had said that the matter would be brought to a vote before midnight.

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Spain’s National Team Qualifies for World Cup Play

Spain’s national soccer team secured its berth in the 2014 World Cup with an easy 2-0 win here Tuesday over an injury-ridden Georgia.

Besides giving Albacete a chance to honor native son Andres Iniesta, long a key member of La Roja, the match served to put the shine back on a Spanish side that has lately fallen short of its characteristic excellence.

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REPORT:  Latino-Owned Businesses Contribute $100 Billion Annually to California Economy

REPORT:  Latino-Owned Businesses Contribute $100 Billion Annually to California Economy

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Hispanic-owned businesses contribute more than 650,000 jobs and more than $100 billion annually to the California economy, which makes them fundamental to the prosperity of one of the nation’s largest states.

“Hispanic businesses are vital for the California economy,” Hugo Merida, president of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, told Efe.

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Puerto Rico is Setting for NBC Pirate Series “Crossbones”

Puerto Rico is Setting for NBC Pirate Series “Crossbones”

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Starting Wednesday, Puerto Rico will be the setting for the NBC television series “Crossbones” starring John Malkovich in the role of the pirate Blackbeard.

“I hope Puerto Rico feels honored by the work we’ll do here,” Malkovich said at a joint press conference with Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla in San Juan.

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Nativist Group Pretends That All Unauthorized Immigrants Are Criminals

Nativist Group Pretends That All Unauthorized Immigrants Are Criminals

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Unauthorized immigrants come to this country primarily for two reasons: to work, and to be reunited with family members who are already here. They would obviously prefer to come to this country legally, but our legal limits on immigration have for decades not matched either the realities of U.S. labor demand or the natural human desire for family unity. And so they opt to make the expensive, difficult, and dangerous decision to come without authorization because that is what they judge to be the best chance they and their families have for a better future. In other words, the overwhelming majority of unauthorized immigrants are as far from being hardened criminals as you could possibly get. They are gardeners and housekeepers; husbands and wives; parents with children. They are members of U.S. society and integral to the U.S. economy. How much damage are we willing to inflict upon U.S. society and the U.S. economy in the process of expelling unauthorized landscapers and nannies from the country?

However, in its latest report, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) would have us believe that unauthorized immigrants are Public Enemy #1. The CIS report is basically a laundry list of every federal law which an unauthorized immigrant might break in coming to, living in, and working in the United States without authorization. Although the report is very thorough in its cataloging of statutes, it demonstrates a superficial understanding of criminality and how people—especially immigrants—come to be defined as “criminals.” Moreover, the report offers no practical, realistic guide to dealing with the presence of 11 million unauthorized men, women, and children. The chances are slim that they will all be deported in a modern-day redux of Operation Wetback. Nor are they likely to “self-deport.” Among the more serious flaws of the CIS report is its failure to recognize the degree to which immigrants in general and unauthorized immigrants in particular are actively criminalized by the U.S. justice system. That is, new categories of criminality are created which are applied only to immigrants, but not to the native-born. For instance, both unauthorized immigrants and Legal Permanent Residents are subject to mandatory deportation if they have been convicted of an “aggravated felony.”

However, under the 1996 immigration law, the crimes which qualify as an “aggravated felony” are different for an immigrant than they are for a native-born American. For an immigrant, an “aggravated felony” need not really be “aggravated” or even a “felony.” Instead, it includes many nonviolent and relatively minor offenses such as filing a false tax return or shoplifting—neither of which would be considered an “aggravated felony” for native-born citizens. Similarly, in the case of unauthorized immigrants, Congress has generally defined “illegal entry” into the country as a misdemeanor, but “illegal re-entry” (coming here again without authorization) as a felony. Yet neither of these offenses is violent or threatening. This is why nonviolent immigration offenders comprise the vast majority of unauthorized immigrants who are apprehended and deported each year. In fact, research has shown that those immigrants most likely to be unauthorized—Mexican, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan men without a high-school diploma—are incarcerated at far lower rates than native-born men. In other words, in the overwhelming majority of cases, these are not “criminals” in any commonly understood sense of the word.

They have not committed violent crimes or property crimes. And they are not threats to public safety or national security. Leaving aside the dubious definitions of “criminal” which are applied to unauthorized immigrants by federal law, some practical questions remain. How far should we go—how many scarce law-enforcement resources and personnel should we devote—to expelling unauthorized landscapers and nannies from the country? How much damage are we willing to inflict upon U.S. society and the U.S. economy in the process? And to what end? If you’re worried that the man who picks your vegetables or mows your lawn may have used a false Social Security number to get his job, the most realistic solution is the creation of a program by which he can earn legal status. That is far more practical than trying to track him down, and his coworkers, and his family and friends, in a crusade to remove from the country any non-citizen who has ever broken any law.

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Mexican Author Ana Clavel Wins Ibero-American Novel Prize

Mexican writer Ana Clavel was announced Tuesday as the winner of the 6th Elena Poniatowska Ibero-American Novel Prize for her work “Las ninfas a veces sonrien.”

Born in 1961 in Mexico City, Clavel is the author of “Fuera de escena” (1984), “Amorosos de atar” (1992) and “Paraisos tremulos” (2002).

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Selena Gomez Unhurt After Taking a Spill on Stage (VIDEO)

Mexican-American pop star Selena Gomez took a spill while she was performing in Virginia on October 10th.  Check out the video that shows Selena performing her hit “Slow Down” when she takes a spill and is quickly helped by her fans.  Gomez was unhurt in the incident.  Gomez premiered the song on June 3, 2013 which was the second single from her ‘Stars Dance’ video.  Reportedly the song has sold over 200,000 copies since its launch.


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Latino Texas Politician Serves Seven Terms Under Alias Name

Latino Texas Politician Serves Seven Terms Under Alias Name

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Ferdinand Frank Fischer III would be a great name for a Mexican monarchist trying to reclaim the crown of Emperor Maximilian, but it’s a lousy name for an ambitious American politician from a Latino district of San Antonio.

That’s why Fischer ditched it years ago, trying on a couple of monikers before building a name for himself as Trey Martinez Fischer, politician on the rise.

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Mexico City Reporting over 150 Cases of Cholera since Sept. 1

Mexico City Reporting over 150 Cases of Cholera since Sept. 1

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A total of 159 cholera cases have been registered since Sept. 1 in Mexico, with the cases concentrated in four states in the central part of the country, officials said.

The central state of Hidalgo has accounted for 145 of the cases, or 92 percent of the total, Health Secretary Mercedes Juan Lopez said.

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Argentine Government Blames Narcos for Attack on Governor of Santa Fe Province

Last week’s shooting incident at the home of the governor of Santa Fe province was retaliation for a recent crackdown on drug trafficking, Argentine Defense Minister Agustin Rossi said Monday.

No one was hurt last Friday when hooded assailants on a motorcycle fired shots outside the home of Gov. Antonio Bonfatti in Santa Fe city, the provincial capital, as the politician and his family sheltered inside.

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Blog del Narco: Drug Cartels Deliver Aid to Storm Victims Before Government Does

Blog del Narco: Drug Cartels Deliver Aid to Storm Victims Before Government Does

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Members of the drug cartel “Los Zetas” distributed groceries to residents of various colonies of the city that suffered the ravages of Tropical Storm “Ingrid”.

The groceries were packed in plastic bags and each was marked with the letters zeta. The supplies were transported in cars and vans to nearby primary schools located in neighborhoods that were affected by heavy rains.

The bags contained canned goods and perishables. They were given to people who identified themselves as victims and gathered around the transportation trucks.

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Migrant Crisis Continues Off Coast of Italy

A barge with 137 immigrants aboard, most of them Syrians, on Monday reached the Italian island of Lampedusa, where coffins are being taken with the bodies of the 365 fatalities from the Oct. 3 capsizing of another vessel laden with migrants.

Immigrant boats arrive endlessly in this area and hundreds have reached the coasts of Sicily and Calabria over the past few hours.

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TuesdayOctober 15, 2013