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MondayFebruary 3, 2014

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South Carolina Business Leaders Push Immigration Reform to Shore up Scarce Labor

South Carolina business leaders and businessmen on Monday denounced the scarcity of labor in the state and expressed hope that the open debate in the Republican Party will urgently push immigration reform.

Representatives of the hotel and tourism industry, construction and agriculture emphasized at a press conference in Columbia, the state capital, that although each sector has its opinion and interests in the matter, it is necessary for Congress to act as soon as possible.

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Puerto Rico Committed to Balanced Budget in Spite of $70 Billion Debt Load

Facing the prospect of seeing its bonds downgraded to junk status, the Puerto Rican government announced Monday that it will move up by one year its commitment to eliminate the budget deficit and that in the coming weeks it will present a balanced budget for fiscal year 2015.

In addition, the government said it will ask the island’s legislature to reduce spending in fiscal 2014, which ends June 30, by 20 percent from $820 million to $650 million.

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Costa Rica Prepares for Presidential Runoff, Second Time in Country’s History

For only the second time in its history, Costa Rica on Monday began preparing for a presidential runoff after dark horse center-left hopeful Luis Guillermo Solis picked up the most votes in the initial balloting.

With 89 percent of the ballots counted, Solis has 30.95 percent of the vote, the candidate of the governing centrist PLN, Johnny Araya, stands at 29.56 percent.

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Three Keys To The Immigration Reform Debate

Three Keys To The Immigration Reform Debate

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1.  Despite Republican Rhetoric, Immigration Enforcement & Border Security Are Already in Overdrive: Here are the facts: President Obama has presided over a record-high number of deportations; the U.S. government spends $18 billion a year on immigration enforcement, more than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined; the Border Patrol has doubled in recent years to a record high of 21,000 agents; and net unauthorized immigration into the U.S. is zero.  Nevertheless, Republicans are dusting off the old “enforcement-first” talking points, pretending that immigration enforcement is currently lacking.  Perhaps they should try to see the world from the point of view of immigrants (see here for some of the tragic stories of families separated by deportations). Immigration enforcement-only has been the default immigration strategy of the United States for over two decades.  If we are serious about modernizing the system so that it serves our nation’s interests and reflects our values, enforcement needs to be coupled with a path to citizenship and legal immigration reforms.  Don’t believe the Republican rap on an out-of-control border and lax enforcement.

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Puerto Rican Entrepreneur Launches First Online Site for Local Designers

Puerto Rican businesswoman Melissa Jimenez is the creator of the online store Merodea.me, the first fashion Web site selling clothing from local designers and which is helping push the careers of the fashion designers on the island.

“What we want to do is export the talent of Puerto Rico and compete with everyone else out there,” the 25-year-old Jimenez told Efe.

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Blog del Narco: Concern New Dramatic Univision Project on El Chapo Will Elevate Him to Role Model

Blog del Narco: Concern New Dramatic  Univision Project on El Chapo Will Elevate Him to Role Model

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After what happened with Pablo Escobar, leader and founder of the Medellin cartel, linked by the authorities of that country to at least ten thousand homicides, people are concerned this new series will make El Chapo into a role model
Previously, the series “The Pattern of Evil”, broadcast by Telemundo. Popularized the character to such a degree that the son of the boss, Sebastián Marroquín, used the momentum to produce T-shirts with the figure of his father. In Medellin slums of children began collecting pictures of a thematic album about the gunman.

Univision, partner Televisa currently licensed to broadcast soap operas “Canal de las Estrellas”, announced this week that will play a series inspired by the life of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Alberto Ciruana, President of Programming and Content of the chain, told Associated Press his reasoning: “Univision has traditional novels produced by Televisa that are very successful and very popular in the United States. For UNIMAS, want it to be an alternative channel in which they can find stories like this. ” In short, the intention is strictly commercial, to gain a competitive lead in the ratings. This is not a series that seeks to sensitize the viewer around the hell that has been caused by the drug cartels, or a cultural project aimed at understanding the current situation. The charge is that it is more telenovela than truth.
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Chilean Authorities Uncover Major Pot Growing Business

More than 24,000 marijuana plants were seized at plantations in Los Vilos, a sector in Chile’s Coquimbo region, police spokesmen said Sunday.

The region is located about 222 kilometers (137 miles) north of Santiago, the South American country’s capital.

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Honduran Police Chief Suspended for Alleged Ties to Narco Traffickers

A police chief in the western province of Lempira has been temporarily suspended for allegedly being involved in the trafficking of 3,000 marijuana plants and weapons seized earlier this weekend from a Honduran and a Colombian, the head of the Honduran Police, Ramon Sabillon, said Sunday.

Constantino Zavala will be subjected to “an investigation” to determine his responsibility in this case, Sabillon told reporters.

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Puerto Rican Comic Luis Raul “Piquito” Martinez Dead at 51

Puerto Rican comedian Luis Raul Martinez died Sunday of pneumonia after spending 18 days in a hospital intensive care unit, his family confirmed via the social networks. He was 51.

The artist died on Sunday morning in the Pavia Hospital in Hato Rey, outside San Juan, where the creator of characters such as “Piquito,” “Mary Jane,” “Tito Parpados,” “Junito Popy Love” and “Malin” had been surviving since Jan. 27 with the help of an artificial respirator.

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MondayFebruary 3, 2014