Archive for April, 2008

Fewer U.S. immigrants sending money to Latin America
Reuters
April 30, 2008

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fewer immigrants in the United States are sending money home to Latin America due to the U.S. economic slowdown and a harsher immigration climate, Inter-American Development Bank survey said on Wednesday.

“Three million fewer families will be receiving money in 2008 (in the region)” said Donald F. Terry, IADB’s Multilateral Investment Fund general manager, at a news conference.

As a result, about 10 million fewer people will benefit from those cash transfers and about 2 million families could fall below the poverty line, especially in Mexico, he added.

The volume of cash transfers would remain largely unchanged in 2008, only $500 million higher than in 2006, the last time the state-by-state survey was conducted

The amount of cash transfers was projected to rise slightly, however, as $45.9 billion should be sent this year, up $500 million from 2006, the last time the state-by-state survey was conducted.

Only 50 percent of the estimated 18.9 million Latino immigrants were sending money to their families on a regular basis last February when the poll was conducted. That compares with 73 per cent in a similar study in 2006, or 3.2 million fewer people, the IADB said.

Most immigrants — 81 percent — said it was now more difficult to find good-paying jobs and 28 percent said they were thinking about returning to their countries. Many stopped sending money home due to a growing climate of discrimination.

“They are feeling fear and uncertainty about the future,” said Sergio Bendixen, a Miami-based pollster who conducted the survey.

Almost half of the 5,000 adult immigrants interviewed were illegal and the sharpest drop in transfers should happen in states that have adopted tougher immigration laws, such as Pennsylvania (28 percent drop), Georgia (17 percent drop) and Maryland (11 percent drop), Bendixen said……

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“And if CBS is playing to immigration hawks to boost its sagging ratings, the network risks being tuned out by the expanding Latino community. Advertisers know that by 2011, Hispanic buying power will total $1.2 trillion, almost 10 percent of all U.S. purchasing power.”

Latinos outraged over CBS report
Politico
April 29, 2008

As if Katie Couric didn?t already have enough problems.

Weighed down by record-low ratings at the anchor desk of ?CBS Evening News,? and by reports suggesting she will leave that post two years before her multimillion-dollar contract expires, Couric now has civil rights groups ? mostly Hispanic ? on her back.

And for good reason.

The CBS newscast that carries her name recently aired a one-sided and inaccurate report about illegal immigrant women who give birth to their children in the United States. The news story challenged the broader constitutional law of birthright citizenship and stated ? without providing the correct context ? that the births cost U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars annually.

The story?s central figure was a woman identified as an illegal immigrant, who was lying in her South Texas hospital bed ? her right arm wrapped around her newborn and her left hand punctured by an intravenous needle ? while reporter Byron Pitts lectured her that ?many Americans who struggle to take care of their own families think it is unfair that they should have to take care? of non-U.S. citizens.

Immigrant advocates found the report so crass, and so far below the network?s journalistic standards set by legends Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, that they accused Couric of sinking to the depths of Lou Dobbs, the CNN broadcaster and contributor to CBS?s ?The Early Show? who has inflamed national anti-immigrant sentiment. One Hispanic group posted on its website a photo of Couric that morphs into Dobbs.

?Anti-Latino falsehoods deserve no time on our public airwaves,? stated a letter to CBS by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Council of La Raza. The groups and others have asked to meet with CBS ?to help raise the dialogue and provide the American public an honest and accurate analysis of this nation?s broken immigration system.? And in a separate letter to CBS, the Asian American Justice Center lodged a similar complaint against the entire four-part series that included the report……

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CASA De Maryland

Gaithersburg Police have joined the Montgomery County State?s Attorney?s Office in a partnership to discourage day laborers from congregating in parking lots along a three-block stretch of Route 355 near Olde Towne.

The trespass enforcement project has resulted in four arrests; two of them have been resolved in Montgomery County District Court.
In the first, Emmanuel Velasquez, a 21-year-old from Mexico, was arrested March 11 and spent two days at the county detention center. His case was heard on April 14.

Negotiations between Velasquez?s public defender Jennifer Dayton and Assistant State?s Attorney Sharon Diamant ended with an agreement that Velasquez serve 24 hours of community service and stay away from the Duvall Shopping Center.

??He?s not going to jail for walking into a 7-Eleven parking lot,? Dayton told Diamant at one point during their discussions.

And on Monday, 25-year-old Henry Bianco Romero, also known as Henry Blanco, faced charges of trespassing and giving a false statement to police for lying about his name. Because he did not provide identification during or after his March 27 arrest, he was not released from jail until Monday, when Diamant dropped the charges saying Bianco had ??more than enough punishment.?

City Councilwoman Cathy Drzyzgula and Olde Towne resident Clark Day spoke at Velasquez?s hearing, telling Judge Eugene Wolfe how extensive the impact of congregating day laborers has been on neighborhoods near Route 355. In a later interview, Drzyzgula said she was fine with the outcome.

??We mostly just want something that will let people know that it really does matter that you follow the law,? she said.

The enforcement project comes about a year after the county government opened its most northerly employment center for day laborers, in Derwood. Two others operate in Wheaton and Silver Spring.

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The Washington Post

The Prince William County supervisors abolished a key part of the county’s illegal-immigration policy last night by directing police officers to question criminal suspects about their immigration status only after they have been arrested.

In October, the Board of County Supervisors directed officers to check the legal status of crime suspects, no matter how minor the offense, if they think the person might be in the country unlawfully.

“The basic policy is fundamentally the same. We just changed the way it’s implemented,” Supervisor Martin E. Nohe (R-Coles) said. “We want to give officers discretion in the field to use their judgment about when they ask and when they don’t. This allows them to make their own call.”

He said less-aggressive street enforcement limits the county’s risk of a lawsuit.

Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large) said the change will not amount to any “appreciable difference in the number of people arrested.”

“Every single person who is arrested will have their immigration status checked,” he said. “Officers will continue to have the discretion to check the status of anyone detained by them, even for minor infractions.”

The board unanimously supported changing course after slashing $3.1 million from its budget to install video cameras in police cars to enforce the county’s illegal-immigration policy. Police said they needed cameras to protect officers from accusations of racial profiling.

The board’s change in the immigration policy came before it considered the county budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The supervisors approved a fiscal 2009 budget of $893 million. That brings the property tax rate to 97 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, amounting to a 5 percent increase in the tax bill of the average homeowner.

The supervisors cut an additional $1.2 million in related police, foster care and protective services for the children of deported illegal immigrants last week. Other cuts included a reduction in proposed fire and rescue staffing.

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The Washington Post

Immigration activists and civil rights leaders are gearing up for rallies and marches planned in cities across the nation tomorrow, hoping to revive the stagnant immigration debate in time for the presidential election. Organizers predict that turnout for the more than 200 events will be far less than for the protests of recent years, and they say the efforts are focused more on voter registration and setting an agenda for the next president.

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In the opinion of this immigrant of 42 years of age and that has never marched, the main problem is that the people that go and march “demand a right that they do not have”.

Lazo Cuevas underlined that if a foreigner visits Mexico and he begins to do political propaganda, “without any questions he is arrested and sent back to his country immediately”.

El Sentinel

San José, CA - The center Aztlán Chicomostoc criticized the marches announced for May 1 in several cities of California and in the rest of the country and asked the organizers for a “change of strategy”.

It is necessary “that the leaders think about doing something more constructive”, told Efe María Ortiz, member of this organization.

According to the activist, after the massive marches of previous years, an increase was seen in the “waves of repression against people without any defense from the leaders of the organizations”.

Likewise, she emphasized that each those who leave each year to march are mostly the undocumented, and that by that status, they possess no political power to demand a change.

The residents and citizens are the ones that have political power “and the people are the ones that should be at the front of these marches”, indicated Ortiz, for whom the motto of the march of this year We March Today, We Vote November 2 ” is a contradiction”.

“We should not turn our people into sacrificial lambs”, said the Mexican Martin Lazo Cuevas, worker of the security service area.

When they are called to march, “they are not told about the risks that implies, they are only invited to participate”, he maintained.

In the opinion of this immigrant of 42 years of age and that has never marched, the main problem is that the people that go and march “demand a right that they do not have”.

Lazo Cuevas underlined that if a foreigner visits Mexico and he begins to do political propaganda, “without any questions he is arrested and sent back to his country immediately”.

“What we have to do now is build institutions of educational, personal, and economic defense to help our people”, finalized Ortiz.

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Here it is, for those who needed further clarification, like Phoenix Mayor Gordon, illegal is in fact illegal.

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Chron.com

A Houston woman accused of starving her 5-year-old son and discarding his body in a trash bin five years ago was trying to flee before police arrested her last week, a prosecutor said today.

Maria Dana Martinez, 30, will remain jailed without bail as she awaits trial on a charge of felony murder, a judge decided.

State District Judge Jim Wallace denied bail after hearing the report that she had planned to flee and learning she is a Mexican citizen who is in this country illegally.

Martinez showed no emotion and listened quietly as a translator whispered in her ear during the brief probable-cause hearing.

Her son’s body remained unidentified for five years until Houston police and the FBI arrested her last week, hours after the Spanish-language network Univision aired a story about the child on its international news program, Aquí Y Ahora.

The boy’s father, who is divorced from Martinez and had not seen his son in eight years, then contacted authorities and identified him as José Bernardo Martinez.

The child, who was blind, died of starvation and dehydration, an autopsy revealed. He weighed between 18 and 28 pounds at the time of his death.

A maintenance man found his body, clad only in a diaper, tossed in a trash bin at the Willow Creek Apartments at 7575 Office City Drive on the rainy morning of March 13, 2003.

Martinez gave investigators a statement admitting the boy was in her care and custody when he died, prosecutor Connie Spence told the judge.

Martinez admitted to authorities that she then placed the child’s body in a bag and tossed it in a trash bin, Spence said. The mother also lied to her family about the child’s whereabouts, Spence said.

Wallace found probable cause to refer the case to a grand jury for review.

Martinez’s attorney, Rick Gonzalez, declined to comment, saying he was just appointed to represent her this morning.

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Chron.com

He was too immersed in his early morning routine at work to be alarmed by the chopper’s spotlight piercing the darkness above him. It wasn’t until he heard a co-worker’s frantic words that Gilberto Lopez Gonzalez knew something terrifying loomed.

”We never thought it was a raid until one of the workers came running and shouted ‘Immigration is here!’ ” Lopez said.

The 27-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico and co-workers at the Shipley Do-Nuts complex in Houston were in the break room sipping coffee and greeting each other before clocking in at 5 a.m. April 16. At the same time, dozens of vehicles and teams of federal agents were swarming the Shipley facility for a full-scale immigration crackdown.

Now, two weeks later, workers and family members caught in the raid are speaking out for the first time about their unraveled lives and deflated dreams.

Lopez and 19 other Shipley workers were taken into custody during the raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Eight have since posted bond and are fighting government efforts to deport them.

ICE officials Tuesday said most of the 20 Shipley workers are still in custody and are facing deportation.

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WRADIO

Chicago, April 28, 2008.- “I want to be a normal boy, but I can’t said Saull, son of the undocumented Mexican Elvira Arellano, who now has been added to the fight to fight for the migrant Mexicans in the United States.

The boy of nine years of age arrived on Saturday to Chicago to participate in the events organized by the movement for immigrants, including the massive march on May 1st.

Saúl came in representation of his mother, who hid last year in a church to elude an order of deportation, until she was placed under arrest last August and deported to Tijuana.

This Monday, the child participated in a press conference with other children that integrate a campaign against the separation of families by deportations, in which he barely gave some words.

A day before been present in a religious service carried out in the Adalberto Methodist church, where he found refuge with his mother.

Saúl was quiet and evasive, and under the insistence of some in the mass media he expressed: “I want to be a normal boy, but I can’t”.

The small one, who was born and went to to the third grade in the United States, has already changed from English to Spanish as his main tongue.

That is why he resorted to Ema Lozano, his godmother and leader of the Central group Without Borders, so she can translate his words and respond to a question that a reporter in English gave him.

“He said that he should be a free boy, and not a boy that has to fight continuously to defend his mother,” stated Lozano.

Saúl recognized that it causes him to be a little nervous to participate in a massive protest as the one that is prepared for Thursday May 1 in this city.

In the scarce statements that he did, he affirmed that he felt happy to live in Mexico in complete liberty and next to his mother, as it has been for more than eight months.

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I wonder if this means that the Mexicans are going to stop robbing, raping and beating the migrants too.

El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 4/29/08 via NAFBPO

The Senate of Mexico voted unanimously yesterday (Monday) to de-criminalize the illegal entry of aliens into Mexico by exchanging the present jail term sanctions for “administrative” ones, meaning fines ranging from the equivalent of twenty up to five hundred days of the minimum daily wages prevalent in the Distrito Federal. However, the Senate bill as passed also has different components dealing with sanctions relating to aliens who re-enter Mexico after deportation, or who enter into marriages of convenience with Mexican citizens for the sole purpose of allowing those aliens to reside in Mexico, or regarding aliens who violate their status while in Mexico. These provisions differ from the bill to de-criminalize the illegal entry of aliens into Mexico as passed by the Chamber of Deputies (read: House of Representatives) last year. The Senate bill approval therefore did not become law and was returned to the Chamber of Deputies to iron out the differences with its own version.

Without name attribution, the article states that the federal senators and deputies agreed that “keeping the migratory status of our country in its present form only legitimizes and gives additional resources to the more conservative forces in the United States to continue their campaign of hatred against our fellow countrymen and helps the more racist sectors of the north in their determination to consider our emigrants as terrorists, thus contributing to the continued ample profit of the transnational people smuggling rings.”

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Chron.com

WELLINGTON ? A 42-year-old Honduran national suspected of raping three women over 60 in the past two months remained in a Panhandle jail Monday.

Jose Ayala Nunez was arrested Sunday night in Wellington after investigators developed leads from the three attacks, which allegedly occurred March 17, April 10 and April 25.

Each time, the perpetrator broke into the homes, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

DPS spokesman Daniel Hawthorne said Nunez did not yet have an attorney. Officials at the Honduran Consulate have been notified, he said. There was no answer at a telephone number for the consulate in Houston.

Nunez, who authorities said is in the country illegally, was awaiting arraignment and remained in the Collingsworth County Jail.

No victim was hospitalized, he said. Hawthorne declined to comment on results of any rape tests done on the women.

Nunez faces two counts of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit sexual assault and one count of aggravated sexual assault ? all first-degree felonies.

Wellington is 92 miles southeast of Amarillo.

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NBC 4

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — A budget vote in Prince William County Tuesday turned into a heated debate on immigration policy.

Speakers lined up at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, including members of anti-illegal immigration groups like Help Save Manassas, after board Chairman Corey Stewart sent an e-mail to supporters of the crackdown prior to the meeting.

One county supervisor, Frank Principe, wants to do away with police enforcement of the county’s immigration crackdown. Police have begun checking the immigration status of criminal suspects if there is reason to believe they may not be in the country legally.

“In October, you all passed the rule of law resolution, and now there is talk of rescinding part of this resolution. How can you all even entertain such a thought?” asked Janet Rosenthal, who supports the crackdown.

“I ask you the board to remain steadfast in your support of what you voted last year,” said Conrad Holtslag, another supporter.

Opponents of the crackdown also spoke, some for the first time.

“It has divided this county like nothing else I have ever seen, and I have been here a long time,” said Ruth Hellwig. “I want you to know it’s dividing neighbor against neighbor and children.”

“I believe the resolution has tarnished our reputation and provided an environment where racists can speak freely,” said Nancy Escue. “It’s sent a message to many businesses and progressive-minded people that Prince William County is not the place to call home.”

One hundred twenty-five people signed up to speak at the meeting. They received three minutes each to speak. After three and a half hours, about 85 people had spoken.

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Illinois Review

Listen to Exhibit A — Download HB2747committeehearing.wmv — and the time of question and answer between State Rep. Luis Arroyo, House Executive Committee Chairman Daniel Burke and concerned citizens Rosanna Pulido (right) and Rick Jones, volunteer representative of the Chicago Minutemen Project.

Rep. Arroyo accuses the Minutemen of “stopping illegal people at the border and shoot[ing] them” then and goes on to demean Ms. Pulido, insinuating she is a traitor to her Mexican heritage for questioning HB 2747. In its original language, HB 2747 would have expanded the amount of time illegal detainees would have with spiritual counsel (pastors and/or lay people) from two hours a month to an unlimited number of visits.

Ms. Pulido and Mr. Jones expressed the unfairness of such provisions for illegal aliens who had committed a felony and were awaiting deportation. Their concerns are valid, so much so that adjustments have been made to the bill since this hearing. HB 2747 passed committee that day with an 8 to 3 vote. Those opposing the bill in committee were Rep. Bob Biggins, Rep. Dan Brady and Rep. Jim Meyers, all Republicans.

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“The removal process could take weeks, even years.”

WITN

North Carolina - Three illegal aliens with criminal convictions face deportation after Immigration Customs & Enforcement Officers took them into custody here in North Carolina.

WITN News was with the ICE officials, some from as far away as Atlanta and Miami, when they made the busts last week in Durham, Raleigh and Garner.

Two of the three apprehended were fugitives. They were convicted, spent time in prison, were released and ordered to leave the country, but didn’t. The third was a convicted sex predator in the U.S. illegally.

One of the individuals arrested, Juan Enamarodo of Durham, was a convicted cocaine and heroin trafficker who eluded authorities in New York and New Jersey.

All three were taken to the ICE Office in Cary where the deportation process began. ICE Officers will check to see if they have any outstanding warrants. Once that is done the removal process begins. That could take weeks or even years.

There are 75 ICE Fugitive Operations teams in the United States, two of them in North Carolina. The Fugitive Operations teams arrested just over 30,000 illegal alien fugitives in 2007.

While ICE busts may be more common in the larger areas of our state, law enforcement officials in eastern Carolina do have several programs to fight illegal immigration. Be sure to watch WITN News at Six on Wednesday for that report.

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