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FridayMay 30, 2014

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Texas Releases Hundreds of Immigrants Due to Lack of Space in Detention Centers

Texas Releases Hundreds of Immigrants Due to Lack of Space in Detention Centers

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Hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained in Texas are being freed under supervision in Arizona because the detention centers in the Lone Star State do not have enough space for them due to an avalanche of immigrants entering illegally from Mexico.

The immigrants are arriving in federal government vehicles at a bus station in downtown Tucson and are being released under the condition that they contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement to fix a date to begin their deportation procedures, although there are serious doubts about whether any of them will actually do that.

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Chile to Improve Santiago Public Transport with $1 Billion Investment

Chile to Improve Santiago Public Transport with $1 Billion Investment

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Chile’s government plans to invest 548 billion pesos ($1 billion) to improve this capital’s problem-plagued Transantiago public-transport system, President Michelle Bachelet said Thursday.

The program involves both “immediate and mid-term measures,” including improvements to the 10 most problematic routes and increased bus coverage at night, she said.

Other planed interventions include building 18 kilometers (11 miles) of new bus-only lanes and connecting the system to Santiago’s international airport.

This large injection of funds is aimed at revitalizing the capital’s public-transport system, which was inaugurated in 2007 during Bachelet’s previous 2006-2010 term as president and became one of her biggest headaches.

Designed during the administration of her predecessor, Ricardo Lagos, Transantiago proved insufficient from the start because its routes failed to meet passengers’ needs.

The system also includes a system of transfers and interconnections that have caused serious overcrowding on the Santiago Metro and substantially increased travel times.

Significant investment has been made to get the system running more smoothly, but users remain highly dissatisfied.

“We’re aware of the deficiencies and the complaints about Transantiago. Over the past two months, the (transportation) minister and his team have devoted themselves to analyzing the problems and looked for solutions,” Bachelet, whose second term began on March 11, said.

“Rather than solving a specific problem, this is part of our commitment to improving people’s quality of life,” the president added.

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Experts Cautious About Ecuador’s Controversial Oil Project in Amazon

Experts Cautious About Ecuador’s Controversial Oil Project in Amazon

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Ecuador’s controversial plans to develop oil fields in the Amazon jungle can be successfully brought to fruition but there is little margin for error in that bio-diverse region, according to experts taking part in an international forum in this capital.

They reached that conclusion at the “Applying the Best Technologies in Extremely Sensitive Environments” workshop that was organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers and concludes Thursday.

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Blog del Narco: FARC Kidnaps Police Chiefs 10 Year Old Daughter

Blog del Narco: FARC Kidnaps Police Chiefs 10 Year Old Daughter

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The kidnappers who grabbed the 10-year-old daughter of a Colombian police commander released the girl hours later, authorities said.

The daughter of Inspector Victor Cantoñi, police chief in the southwestern town of Padilla, was freed Thursday night in the nearby community of Toribio.

Alejandra Cantoñi was picked up by members of the Indigenous Guard taking part in the search for her along with along with police and army units, the mayor of the town of Guachene, Francisco Paz, told radio stations.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed the release of the minor on his Twitter account and said that an investigation is underway to find the perpetrators, though the army and local authorities attributed the kidnapping to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

The minor was abducted by armed men Thursday morning at the entrance to Jorge Eliecer Gaitan School in Guachene.

The army blamed the kidnapping on a FARC guerrilla who goes by the alias of “Mordisco.”

The FARC, which ended Wednesday at midnight a nine-day truce declared on the occasion of the May 25 presidential election, announced in 2012 that it had renounced kidnapping for ransom.

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Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Decries Republican Attack on DREAMers

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Decries Republican Attack on DREAMers

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Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), an original co-author of the DREAM Act, strongly criticized a House Republican amendment aimed at undermining the Obama Administration’s efforts to prevent the deportation of young people brought to this country as children, as well as other immigrants with deep ties to our country.  The amendment, offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), would waste $5 million to mount a pointless Justice Department investigation of the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and prosecutorial discretion initiatives.  These thoughtful immigration policies have enabled hundreds of thousands of DREAMers to live, work, and study legally in the United States, and have helped to shift the focus of our immigration enforcement efforts from families to felons.

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard made the following statement: “This amendment represents a reckless attack on the DREAMers – young people who love this country and are Americans in every way, except on paper.  Today’s shameful vote demonstrates that the House Republican Conference still isn’t serious about tackling immigration reform.  Instead of voting on cruel amendments intended to demonize our immigrant communities, we should be voting on comprehensive immigration reform that will empower immigrants and help to grow our economy.

“The King Amendment isn’t just mean-spirited, it’s nonsensical.  Every law enforcement agency in the country exercises discretion and our immigration authorities should be no different.  It would be irresponsible to preclude U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from effectively prioritizing its scarce resources, especially in the current fiscal climate.  Sadly, it appears that is what Congressman King is trying to achieve with this amendment,” stated Congresswoman Roybal-Allard.

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Catholic Bishops Pray for Immigrants in Washington

Catholic Bishops Pray for Immigrants in Washington

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Several Catholic bishops celebrated a Mass on Thursday to pay tribute to the victims of immigration in a church near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, where they will meet with members of Congress to ask them to approve immigration reform.

The religious leaders, who several weeks ago celebrated a Mass on the U.S.-Mexico border to remember the thousands of undocumented migrants who have died in their attempt to cross into the United States, thus have transferred their campaign to Washington to call the attention of policy-makers to the suffering of immigrants.

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Mexican Gov’t Offers $5.4 Million for Information on Missing People

Rewards totaling 70.5 million pesos ($5.4 million) are being offered for information on the whereabouts of 27 missing people and the arrests of those behind the disappearances, the Attorney General’s Office said.

The names of 27 missing people and one murder victim were listed in 20 reward annoucements published by the AG’s office on Wednesday in the Official Daily of the Federation.

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Mexico Ordered to Pay Compensation to Indian Woman Who Spent 3 Years in Prison Falsely

Mexico Ordered to Pay Compensation to Indian Woman Who Spent 3 Years in Prison Falsely

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A court has ordered Mexico’s government to pay compensation to Jacinta Francisco Marcial, an Indian woman who spent three years in prison on a kidnapping conviction that was later thrown out by the courts.

The court voted 8-2 on Wednesday to order the Attorney General’s Office to pay compensation to Francisco Marcial for the economic and personal damages she sustained because it “did its job badly.”

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Cold Wave in Bolivia Kills 60,000 Cattle

Cold Wave in Bolivia Kills 60,000 Cattle

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The Cattle Raisers Federation in the northeastern Bolivian province of Beni reported Thursday that at least 60,000 head of livestock have died due to the cold wave that has beset the Andean nation for a week.

Federation director Carmelo Arteaga said that the situation “is desperate” and added that the sector needs $1 billion to repurchase the cattle that have been lost and to create the conditions to face natural disasters, radio Erbol reported.

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Brazil to Cut Imports, Pollution by Boosting Biodiesel Consumption

Brazil to Cut Imports, Pollution by Boosting Biodiesel Consumption

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Brazil’s fuel distributors will have to increase the percentage of biodiesel blended into regular diesel from 5 percent to 6 percent as of June as part of a push to cut fuel imports and reduce pollution, the government said.

President Dilma Rousseff signed an executive order on Wednesday that changes the diesel blend and requires the percentage of biodiesel in the fuel to rise to 7 percent in November.

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