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  • Latin America deserves better than a border wall (Barf Alert)

    08/19/2008 11:38:38 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 36 replies · 161+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 18, 2008 | OSCAR ARIAS SANCHEZ
    The designation this summer of $465 million in U.S. aid to combat drug trafficking in Mexico and Central America — along with the valuable cross-border dialogue that helped bring about this Merida Initiative — is a step in the right direction....But given the urgency of the problems we face, this step is disappointingly small...The Merida Initiative is stingy by any standard but especially by U.S. standardsFighting drug traffickers is not only a Latin American responsibility, it is also an American responsibility...Like all developed nations, the U.S. must confront the fact that no country can be safe while poverty, illiteracy, violence,...
  • Border Patrol Event Attracts Immigrant Protest

    08/18/2008 7:56:26 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 15 replies · 172+ views
    Rochester News ^ | Aug 16, 2008 | Jen Markham
    A U.S. Customs and Border Protection recruitment event in downtown Rochester Saturday was the target of an immigrant rights demonstration. More than two dozen protesters lined the sidewalk outside the Clarion Hotel on Main Street, where inside, the U.S. Border Patrol was trying to attract applicants to be a part of the federal agency that’s slated to add more than 6,000 employees this year. The demonstrators outside held signs promoting equal rights and denouncing racism, which are ideas they say the Border Patrol doesn't embrace. "We are here to let the recruits know and the public in general know what...
  • Mexico criticizes shooting at border

    08/14/2008 10:00:43 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 28 replies · 98+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | August 14, 2008 | Debbi Baker, Kristina Davis and Sandra Dibble
    SAN YSIDRO – The shooting of a Mexican man by a U.S. Border Patrol agent during a rock-throwing incident west of the San Ysidro border crossing drew a rebuke yesterday from the Mexican Consulate in San Diego and a demand that U.S. authorities conduct a “thorough investigation.” “Any kind of shooting toward Mexican territory is rejected by the Mexican government,” Consul General Remedios Gómez Arnau said. “They should have waited for response of the Mexican authorities.” The Border Patrol agent shot at two people in Mexico on Tuesday night, wounding one, after a group suspected of trying to illegally enter...
  • The Front-Runner’s Fall

    08/12/2008 9:02:21 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 17 replies · 84+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | September, 2008 | Joshua Green
    For all that has been written and said about Hillary Clinton’s epic collapse in the Democratic primaries, one issue still nags. Everybody knows what happened. But we still don’t have a clear picture of how it happened, or why. The after-battle assessments in the major newspapers and newsweeklies generally agreed on the big picture: the campaign was not prepared for a lengthy fight; it had an insufficient delegate operation; it squandered vast sums of money; and the candidate herself evinced a paralyzing schizophrenia—one day a shots-’n’-beers brawler, the next a Hallmark Channel mom. Through it all, her staff feuded and...
  • Citgo gives $1.5 million to Casa (of Maryland)

    08/05/2008 3:09:48 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 41 replies · 151+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 5, 2008
    <p>SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Immigrant-advocacy group Casa de Maryland on Monday received a $1.5 million donation from Citgo Petroleum Corp., a subsidiary of Venezuela's national oil company that is controlled by President Hugo Chavez.</p> <p>The funds will be used to strengthen Casa's $4.4 million social-service, small-business and vocational-training programs... Kim Propeack, advocacy director for the Montgomery County-based organization, said it's the largest corporate gift Casa has received. "Like many nonprofits, Casa has been trying to grow its corporate investment," she said. "Citgo is very committed to ensuring that the profits they earn through their business are shared by low-income people...." A Monday news conference to announce the donation was postponed because of a personal emergency of Citgo President Alejandro Granado, who was to attend with the Venezuelan ambassador. Ms. Propeack said the contribution would still be finalized Monday.</p>
  • Colombia to Ortega's offer: No thanks

    08/05/2008 7:38:07 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 2 replies · 108+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 5, 2008 | Martin Arostegui
    Nicaragua's leftist president, Daniel Ortega, who led Latin America's last successful armed Marxist revolution, is billing himself as peacemaker between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. Colombia says Ortega's help is not needed, nor is it welcome. "I tell our brothers in FARC that I am willing to offer my support for a serious peace initiative in Colombia," Ortega told a political rally last month Ortega made the offer despite strong objections from Uribe's government, which has scored a string of victories against the Marxist-inspired FARC. Nicaragua's main newspaper reported ......
  • Construction of UTB border fence stopped

    08/01/2008 5:01:07 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 4 replies · 106+ views
    Daily Texan ^ | Construction of UTB border fence stopped
    University of Texas-Brownsville and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reached an agreement in a Brownsville federal court Thursday that will end plans for the construction of a border fence that would have severed the university golf course from the rest of campus. District Judge Andrew Hanen ordered the two sides to reappear in court on Tuesday with a written agreement to the dispute. As part of the agreement, the university will enhance an existing fence on the campus.... UT-Brownsville President Juliet Garcia said at a press conference following the hearing that the UT System has volunteered to pay the...
  • After Crackdown, Number of Illegal Immigrants Declines

    07/30/2008 12:39:27 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 84+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2008 | N.C. Aizenman
    The flow of illegal immigrants into the country appears to have declined over the last year, at least partly due to the chilling effect of stepped-up enforcement, according to a report released today by a Washington think tank that advocates stricter limits on immigration. The study by the Center for Immigration Studies based its findings on Census data indicating that the number of less-educated, working-aged Hispanic immigrants--defined as 18- to 40-year-olds with a high school diploma or less--has dropped by more than 10 percent, or about 830,000 people since last August. Previous research suggests that a large share of less-educated...
  • Mexico sees decline in migrant remittances

    07/30/2008 6:56:34 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 13 replies · 43+ views
    McAllen Monitor ^ | July 30, 2008
    <p>MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Half-year figures are expected to show the first sustained decline on record in remittances sent home by Mexicans working abroad, officials said. The downturn in U.S. housing construction and stepped-up immigration raids have made it tougher for migrants to find jobs, and less able to send money home. Mexico's Central Bank is scheduled to release figures on the remittance flow on Wednesday.</p>
  • Tanker truck smuggling 49 people stopped by alert agent

    07/25/2008 5:24:19 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 3 replies · 4+ views
    UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | July 25, 2008 | Tom Mallory
    SAN DIEGO – Forty-nine people being smuggled into the United States were found Friday morning packed inside the metal tank of a water truck a Border Patrol agent noticed near the notorious Smuggler's Gulch. The truck was coming out of a construction area, its driver apparently trying to blend in, when the agent saw it didn't have a license plate, said Border Patrol Agent Jason Rodgers.. Rodgers said the agent followed the truck from Monument Road and Hollister Road in an under-the-speed-limit pursuit that ended not far away with the arrest of the driver and a passenger and the discovery...
  • Welcome Home (illegal immigrant) Raymundo Pacheco

    07/25/2008 12:51:10 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 5 replies · 111+ views
    La Prensa San Diego ^ | July 25, 2008 | Tom Barry
    It’s time for the Mexican government to take some responsibility for the immigration crisis. Now that more Mexicans are failing to make it across the northern border, or find themselves back in Mexico after being deported from the United States, it’s time for the Mexican government to demonstrate that it — and not the U.S. government — is primarily responsible for the welfare of its citizens. Raymundo Pacheco, 28, is a Mexican citizen deserving of government help. In June Pacheco, originally from Santa Cruz Nexila, a small indigenous village in central Oaxaca, was deported from California to Tijuana....he had no...
  • Mexican Middle Class Fuels Ascendance of ‘Greater Mexico’

    07/25/2008 12:28:55 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 19 replies · 481+ views
    La Prensa San Diego ^ | July 25, 2008 | Louis E.V. Nevaer
    For a generation, Mexican intellectuals have pondered the possibility of a “Greater Mexico” – the idea that Mexican immigration to the United States was so persistent and sustainable, that Mexican culture could “re-settle” lands lost to the United States at the conclusion of the Mexican American War. Americans, clinging to the belief of a “melting pot,” dismissed that notion, arguing that Mexican immigrants would follow historical norms and assimilate into mainstream American life, as previous generations of newcomers did before them. A new study by the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME), part of Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, offers insight...
  • Fuel-toting border crossers draw ire in Juarez

    07/25/2008 5:47:13 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 17 replies · 83+ views
    KVIA-TV El Paso ^ | July 23, 2008 | Martin Bartlett
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Chihuahua -- While consumers just across the Rio Grande in El Paso are paying about $4 a gallon for gas -- more for diesel -- government subsidies here have kept fuel prices well below the $3 per gallon mark. Those low prices have kept El Pasoans hopping the border to stay ahead of sky-rocketing fuel prices at home in the United States, many of them filling up portable tanks with diesel which sell for between $300 and $1,000 in El Paso. "Over the past three months with the price of diesel up where it is, we've seen an...
  • Fortuneteller suing to overturn Montgomery (County, MD) ban on forecasting

    07/22/2008 10:46:53 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 20 replies · 334+ views
    The DC Examinerf ^ | 2008-07-22 | Kathleen Miller
    A fortuneteller is suing Montgomery County after he learned he would not be allowed to open a shop in Bethesda because the county bans the business of forecasting the future. Attorneys for Nick Nefedro, previously of Key West, Fla., say county officials violated his First Amendment rights to free speech and discriminated against his “Roma,” or Gypsy, culture when they refused to give him a business license. Montgomery code dating back to the early 1950s prohibits collecting cash for predicting the future. “The underlying purpose is to prevent people from being taken advantage of, because it’s a scam,” Clifford Royalty,...
  • ‘Stuck in a free country' (anchor baby)

    07/22/2008 5:26:26 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 36 replies · 228+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | July 20, 2008 | Kevin Sieff
    When Lupita Sanchez applied for a passport, she didn't expect her U.S. citizenship would be called into question. But three months after completing her application - 38 years after she was born in Brownsville - Sanchez received a shocking letter from the U.S. State Department...explaining that her application had been closed, "Once you obtain U.S. citizenship, you may execute another application for a U.S. passport." Sanchez...has been voting and paying taxes in the U.S. for 20 years. But along with hundreds of other South Texans delivered by midwives, the validity of Sanchez's birth certificate, and her citizenship, is being called...
  • Mexico can't revel in drug submarine's capture

    07/18/2008 5:45:49 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 17 replies · 378+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | July 18, 2008 | Ken Ellingwood
    MEXICO CITY — The capture was worthy of an action thriller: elite Mexican troops rappelling from a helicopter onto the deck of a mysterious submarine. The 33-foot vessel turned out to be crammed with parcels believed to contain cocaine, possibly tons. Its disheveled crew of four emerged in stocking feet and baggy shorts, saying they had shipped out from Colombia a week earlier under threat of death. Mexico's military confirmed Thursday that the men are Colombian but offered little new information...Capt. Jose Luis Vergara, a spokesman for the Mexican navy, said authorities were hauling the "very well-constructed" vessel to shore...
  • June housing starts up 9.1 pct; NY code cited

    07/17/2008 7:05:21 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 4 replies · 42+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 17, 2008 | Patrick Rucker
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Home building projects started in June surprisingly rose 9.1 percent due chiefly to a change in New York City building codes that, if it were ignored, would have seen starts decrease by 4.0 percent, a government report said on Thursday. The Commerce Department said housing starts set an annual pace of 1.066 million units in June, the highest since February. Economists polled ahead of the report were expecting a 960,000 unit rate. New York City enacted a new set of construction codes effective July 1, that largely explained an 11.6 percent increase in building permits and the...
  • Foreign Courts Take Aim at Our Free Speech

    07/15/2008 6:59:11 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 75 replies · 489+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 14, 2008 | ARLEN SPECTER and JOE LIEBERMAN
    Our Constitution is one of our greatest assets in the fight against terrorism. A free-flowing marketplace of ideas, protected by the First Amendment, enables the ideals of democracy to defeat the totalitarian vision of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. That free marketplace faces a threat. Individuals with alleged connections to terrorist activity are filing libel suits and winning judgments in foreign courts against American researchers who publish on these matters. These suits intimidate and even silence writers and publishers. Under American law, a libel plaintiff must prove that defamatory material is false. In England, the burden is reversed....Consequently, English...
  • Teeing Off on Purple Line -- Country Club Behind Opposition Web Site

    07/14/2008 6:44:11 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 13 replies · 128+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 13, 2008 | Katherine Shaver
    On its Web site, the Alliance for Smart Transportation bills itself as a "coalition of concerned citizens advocating for smart transportation solutions for Montgomery and Prince George's Counties." But read on. The new group criticizes Maryland's plan to build a 16-mile Purple Line transit link between Bethesda and New Carrollton but offers no ideas for how to relieve traffic...Nor does the site identify the "concerned citizens." The site's...founder is a board member at Columbia Country Club in Montgomery, whose 100-year-old golf course would be bisected by the transit line. Purple Line supporters say the Chevy Chase club is merely disguising...
  • U.S. ties Caracas to Hezbollah aid - Freezes assets of envoy, businessman

    07/08/2008 10:43:04 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 6 replies · 52+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2008 | Martin Arostegui
    SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia | The Bush administration is accusing the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of providing cash and refuge to the militant Islamist group Hezbollah of southern Lebanon. An investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) names Venezuelan diplomat Ghazi Nasr al Din and Venezuelan-Arab businessman Fawzi Kanan as key links between the two. Treasury made the accusations in a June 18 statement, which summarized an investigation of Venezuelan-registered businesses that are thought to be laundering money for Hezbollah. The department also froze assets of al Din and Kanan and banned them from...