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Yet Another State Leaves Immigration Enforcement Bill on Cutting Room Floor

Yet Another State Leaves Immigration Enforcement Bill on Cutting Room Floor

The legislative graveyard got a little bit bigger this week as lawmakers in Mississippi pronounced a series of restrictive immigration measures dead. More than 30 immigration-related bills—including an Arizona-style enforcement bill—failed to meet a legislative deadline due to disagreements over the laws’ impact on the business community. continue reading »

Hugo Chávez’s  Meeting in Colombia with Santos Postponed Because Chavez Can’t Find Plane Parts

Hugo Chávez’s Meeting in Colombia with Santos Postponed Because Chavez Can’t Find Plane Parts

The meeting was postponed from the early morning, to 4:00 PM and then to next Saturday, because Señor Hugo's plane broke in Bolivia, and no one can't find the parts to fix it. continue reading »

Asst Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela to Visit Tijuana, Mexico

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela will visit Tijuana, Mexico, on Monday, April 4, and San Diego, California, on April 5. In Tijuana, Assistant Secretary Valenzuela will meet with representatives of the Baja California state government, civil society, and youth leaders. In San Diego, he will meet with representatives of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, deliver keynote remarks on the state of press freedom in the hemisphere at the Institute of the Americas’ Hemispheric Forum on Freedom of Expression, and speak with students at the University of California at San Diego about U.S. policy in Latin America and careers in diplomacy. continue reading »

Colombian Drug Trafficker Guilty of Importing Cocaine via Boat from As Far Away as Venezuela

Colombian Drug Trafficker Guilty of Importing Cocaine via Boat from As Far Away as Venezuela

Colombian drug trafficker Carlos Ojeda-Herrera pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle in the District of Columbia to conspiring and attempting to transport shipments of 700- 800 kilograms of cocaine from Isla de Margarita, off the coast of Venezuela continue reading »

He’s Number One For a Reason: Watch Leo Messi Kick 1 Ball and Score 2 Goals! (VIDEO)

He’s Number One For a Reason: Watch Leo Messi Kick 1 Ball and Score 2 Goals! (VIDEO)

While warming up for the clash between the Argentina and US soccer teams, Messi managed to kick one ball, but send two to the bottom of the net. Blink, and you'll miss it! continue reading »

Gutierrez Urges Obama to Fulfill Immigration Promises Made During Campaign

Gutierrez Urges Obama to Fulfill Immigration Promises Made During Campaign

Along with immigrant rights advocates, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) is urging President Obama to fulfill promises he made during his presidential campaign regarding immigration. continue reading »

Latinos Leaders Call for Non-Intervention in Libya; Raise Doubts about ATT-T-Mobile Merger

Latinos Leaders Call for Non-Intervention in Libya; Raise Doubts about ATT-T-Mobile Merger

Deliberating over three days delegates from 15 states and more than one hundred organizations approved over 30 resolutions on a variety of topics. Importantly, many "non-Latino" or mainstream issues were addressed including the proposed ATT-T-Mobile merger, and President Obama's military intervention in Libya. continue reading »

U.S. Rep: “Cartels Were Overheard Plotting to Kill ICE Agents Guarding the Border”

U.S. Rep: “Cartels Were Overheard Plotting to Kill ICE Agents Guarding the Border”

During a hearing this week, a Texas lawmaker disclosed information alleging Mexican drug cartels’ plot to shoot U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as well as Texas Rangers who patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. continue reading »

Will George Clooney Testify in Italian Prime Minister’s Sex Trial? Trial Opens 4-6

Will George Clooney Testify in Italian Prime Minister’s Sex Trial? Trial Opens 4-6

George Clooney has responded to suggestions that he could be called as a witness in the trial of Silvio Berlusconi, saying: "It seems odd since I've only met Berlusconi once and that was in an continue reading »

Racial Identity Shifting in Puerto Rico

Racial Identity Shifting in Puerto Rico

The racial identity of the Puerto Rican population may be changing, say experts, who point to census figures in which those identifying solely as American Indian or black jumped about 50 percent in the last ten years. continue reading »

The Hispanic Labor Force in the Recovery

The Hispanic Labor Force in the Recovery

At nearly 23 million, people of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity represented 15 percent of the United States' labor force in 2010. By 2018, Hispanics are expected to comprise 18 percent of the labor force. continue reading »

U.S. Marshals: Child Molesting Swami is Hiding Out Near U.S.-Mexico Border

U.S. Marshals: Child Molesting Swami is Hiding Out Near U.S.-Mexico Border

In 2008, Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, was arrested, and subsequently convicted of molesting children, bit two days after the ruling he disappeared. U.S. Marshals now believe he hiding out in Nuevo Laredo, on the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border. continue reading »

UN Praises Tolerance in Paraguay, Noting Much Inequality Remains

UN Praises Tolerance in Paraguay, Noting Much Inequality Remains

The United Nations independent expert on religious freedom commended Paraguay for the openness and tolerance of both the Government and society, but pointed out there is “much room” for improvement in tackling the issue of inequality. continue reading »

California Farmworkers Get One Step Closer to Easier Unionization

California Farmworkers Get One Step Closer to Easier Unionization

In direct opposition of Republicans and the business community, California lawmakers are on their way to passing a bill that would make it easier for farmworkers to unionize. continue reading »

Shakira’s Barefoot Foundation to Help Rebuild Historic Public School

Shakira’s Barefoot Foundation to Help Rebuild Historic Public School

The Inter-American Development Bank and Colombian singer Shakira’s Barefoot Foundation announced they will support the Haitian government’s efforts to rebuild a historical public school in the capital’s downtown area. continue reading »