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Abelardo "Lalo" Barrientos Delgado: an icon died Friday.
By Tina Griego
Rocky Mountain News
His name was Abelardo Barrientos Delgado. Everyone knew him as Lalo. He was a
poet, a teacher, a gentleman. He was one of the rare few in this town who
earned the right to be called a community leader. He dedicated his life to it, to
us, Latinos, Chicanos, Mexicanos.
Documenting Hatred: 'The Letter'
By Brian Willoughby
Managing Editor, Tolerance.org
(sic)…The Letter tells the story of Somali immigrants in Lewiston, Maine. The
title refers to an actual letter sent to the community by the city's mayor,
Laurier T. Raymond Jr. On Oct. 1, 2002, Raymond sent an open letter to
Lewiston's growing Somali community - by then about 1,100 people - telling them the
town was "maxed-out, physically and emotionally" from what the press began to
call a Somali "invasion."
African-Americans Propose Far-Reaching Immigration Reform
By David Bacon
If you listen to President George Bush, the only way Mexicans can avoid the
illegal and sometimes deadly trip across the U.S. border is to come as guest
workers -- temporary contract laborers for U.S. industry and agriculture. The 14
million immigrants already living in the United States without visas, he
says, must become guest workers too, if they want to get legal documents.
People Are Starting To Ask: Does the President Support or Oppose Immigration
For those watching President Bush on immigration, inaction is one thing, but
active opposition to sound immigration reform legislation is another. As
reported by The Wall Street Journal on July 14, the White House instructed Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) to block a bipartisan immigration reform bill
known as AgJOBS (S. 1645)…
For centuries the Tohono O'odham and Yaqui migrate on ancestral land -
proposed wall at border would separate them - ask for UN intervention.
By Brenda Norrell
Indian Country Today
Tohono O'odham and Yaqui leaders told a United Nations representative that a
proposed wall along the international border on O'odham ancestral land would
bring further misery to indigenous peoples already suffering from the
militarization of the border.
Homeland Security Officer Charged with Violation of Civil Rights
By Carolyn Thompson
A Homeland Security inspector who forcibly subdued a Chinese tourist he
mistakenly believed was involved in marijuana smuggling was charged Friday with
violating her civil rights, officials said.
The Immigrant Gang Plague
By Heather Mac Donald
City Journal (Los Angeles)
Before immigration optimists issue another rosy prognosis for America's
multicultural future, they might visit Belmont High School in Los Angeles's
overwhelmingly Hispanic, gang-ridden Rampart district. "Upward and onward" is not a
phrase that comes to mind when speaking to the first- and second-generation
immigrant teens milling around the school this January.
Immigration agency seeks to beef up financial investigations
By Chris Strohm
The Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Bureau's financial investigations
program has successfully integrated legacy personnel, and plans to hire
additional agents, a senior official said Tuesday…ICE launched the Cornerstone program
a year ago this month to target alternative financing mechanisms that
terrorist and criminal organizations use to earn, move and store money.
90 Million Missing Females, and a $45 Trillion Gap - The Fruits of Misguided
While the United Nations and family planning groups continue in their efforts
to lower birthrates, several recent books have drawn attention to the severe
economic and social problems linked to having too few children.
The 9/11 Report: "A Failure of Imagination"
New York Post editorial
The 567-page report made public yesterday by the 9/11 Commission concludes
that President Bush and his top advisers, almost immediately upon taking office,
"began developing a new strategy with the stated goal of eliminating the al
Qaeda threat [to America] within three to five years."
Democrats lose Bush-Bash Opportunity
By Deborah Orin
New York Post
The 9/11 commission said everyone shares the blame for failing to think the
un thinkable about how terrorists could hit America - instead of pointing a
finger at President Bush as many Democrats hoped…As a result, the political fa
llout could be limited and John Kerry may not get the pre-convention boost many
analysts had anticipated.
The Biggest Elephant
By S. Brian Willson
As we get closer to the 2004 US presidential selection, the "war on terror"
continues to be ever so dominant in the campaign rhetoric. Kerry and Bush are
competing with each other as to who will be the best candidate to "protect
America from the terrorists." They both believe in use of pre-emptive war,
absolutely unconstitutional and in grotesque violation of international law under ANY
interpretation. Thus, each proudly, and safely, announces to the US public
and the world, their intentions to continue the criminal and extraordinarily
dangerous doctrine of planning and conducting systematic terror against whomever
they so choose.
Whose Values Are They, Anyhow?
By Richard Reeves
"Our forefathers would see a nation of strong values, faith in God and love
of our families," said President George Bush on July 4th in West Virginia.
"They would take a look at this great country and see a place where opportunity is
common, where all stand equal before the law, where all can hope for a better
life ... They would see a nation that is the world's foremost champion of
By Linda Chavez
Surely it was an innocent mistake, former Clinton National Security Adviser
Sandy Berger's stuffing classified documents into his pants, jacket and perhaps
even his socks before leaving the National Archives building last fall. After
all, what could he possibly have been trying to hide?
By Paul Jacob
Governor Mark Sanford is no stranger to pork-barrel politics. He valiantly
fought pork in the nation's capitol, for six years. And then, true to his
promise to limit his own terms, he went back into private life. Now he's at the helm
of South Carolina, where's he's discovered that pork runs loose in state
Xenophobia in Mexican soccer -- A new soccer rule says 'naturalized' citizens
aren't really Mexicans. Does this definition go beyond sports?
By Ken Bensinger
Sports and love of country are old amigos here. But a new rule in Mexico's
pro soccer league - tightening the definition of who is a "Mexican" - takes
nationalism to new heights. And, say some observers, may help fuel xenophobia
beyond the soccer pitch.
US fast food cutting into Mexican traditional fast food fare - tortas on
By MARK STEVENSON
Associated Press Writer
Boosters of Mexico's traditional fast foods are battling McDonald's, Burger
King, Pizza Hut, KFC and other foreign chains that have taken a bite out of
sales of tortillas, tacos and tortas.
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