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      HispanicVista.com Weekly Digest

      COMMENTARY-OPINION, February 7th, 2005

      New Education Department Web Site Helps Combat Problem of Diploma Mills
      Students and employers can now access a master list of accredited colleges, universities, and career and trade schools -- thus helping combat the growing problem of diploma mills -- thanks to a new Department of Education Web site unveiled today by Department officials, the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of Personnel Management and U.S. Reps. Mike Castle, Buck McKeon and Tom Davis.
      Education unveils database of accredited schools
      By David McGlinchey
      The Education Department released an online list of accredited colleges and universities Tuesday, as part of the fight against diploma mills and federal employees who present fraudulent credentials. The Web site that houses the list was unveiled during a press conference on Capitol Hill, where a string of lawmakers and federal officials said that some federal workers have used fake degrees to get promotions or higher pay. Diploma mills are schools that sell degrees, but do not have a genuine academic curriculum. The Education Department list is designed to be used by personnel officials to research schools on applications and résumés.
      Border life unfazed by US warning
      By Danna Harman
      The posse of five retired Texans, with little Mexican flags pinned on their lapels, crosses the border at 9:30 a.m. By 10 they're sipping pink drinks downtown, and by noon they have exhausted the offerings at the old marketplace, picking up supplies of prescription drugs and four-feet-high cactus-shaped brass floorlamps. Soon, it's on to Garcia's for $8.99 enchilada and fajita specials and maybe a slow afternoon samba on the dance floor - all before heading home to the US, five minutes away.
      Alberto Gonzalez confirmed as first Hispanic US Attorney General
      Reporting for his first day as attorney general, Alberto Gonzales* told Justice Department employees their priority would remain combating terrorism "but we will do so in a way that's consistent with our values."  …Gonzales was opposed by many Democrats because of his work on administration polices they faulted in the abuse of prisoners in Iraq. Speaking to employees Friday, he alluded to the controversy but emphasized his own heritage as the grandson of Mexican immigrants and other up-from-poverty stories among members of President Bush's Cabinet. He said they had lived the American dream.
      Immigration Bill May Settle Fence Fight
      By Erica Werner
      A ragged fence and a canyon called Smugglers Gulch mark the westernmost stretch of the California-Mexico border, a favorite crossing point for illegal immigrants and drug runners.  …The federal government and a powerful local Republican congressman have been pushing for years to fortify the 3 1/2-mile stretch of border just north of Tijuana, Mexico. Their plan is opposed by California coastal regulators and environmentalists who say it could harm a fragile Pacific estuary.
      $16.6 billion in remittances sent to Mexico in 2004 – new record
      Mexicans living and working in the United States sent $16.6 billion to their homeland during 2004, an increase of 24 percent over 2003, the Bank of Mexico said Monday.
      It was the second year in a row that remittances were greater than direct foreign investment.
      Hispanics Improve on Enrollment in Advanced Placement Courses
      The Advanced Placement program is touting its success at enrolling Hispanic students in its college-level classes and testing program even as it struggles to enroll more black and Native American students, according to a new report on the program. The College Board, which administers the AP program and issued the report, says that 13.1 percent of U.S. students taking AP courses are Hispanic, while only 12.8 percent of students nationwide are Hispanic.
      N.J. Unveils $2M Ad Campaign To Promote HIV Testing For Latinas
      By Cara Marcano
      The State of New Jersey this week unveiled plans for a $2 million ad campaign targeting Hispanic and African-American women to promote rapid HIV testing.  …The campaign, called "The 20-minute Test," will launch Feb. 14 and replaces the once-standard two-week waiting period. Washington, D.C.-based GMMB, an ad agency specializing in advocacy and political spots, created the English-language ads that will run for a year on television, radio and bus billboards. Spanish-language radio spots also will be included.
      Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to Check Immigration Status of Convicts
      Eastern Group Publications
      Over protests from immigrant rights groups, Los Angeles County sheriff's personnel will be trained by federal authorities to conduct jailhouse interviews to report on convicted inmates' immigration status.  …The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 last week to approve the proposal, which Sheriff Leroy Baca had been attempting for several weeks to put on the Supervisor’s agenda.   …The new policy, being implemented on a six-month trial basis, allows county employees to be trained and cleared for access to the Deportable Alien Control System (DACS), a federal database.
      Many hope `golden couple' will help improve U.S.-Mexico relations
      By Susana Hayward
      One is
      Mexico's wealthiest woman. The other is the ambassador of the world's most powerful country. Together, they form a union so powerful that many here believe it will change U.S.-Mexico relations for the better…. U.S. Ambassador Antonio "Tony" Garza, 45, and beer heiress Maria Asuncion Aramburuzabala Laguerri, 42, are tying the knot.
      There is no tomorrow
      By Bill Moyers
      One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress. For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington.   …Theology asserts propositions that cannot be proven true; ideologues hold stoutly to a worldview despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality. When ideology and theology couple, their offspring are not always bad but they are always blind. And there is the danger: voters and politicians alike, oblivious to the facts.
      Step by Step, Hillary is Making Her Move
      By John Leo
      Hillary Clinton is likely to be the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee because she is so much smarter than her rivals now on the horizon. Once in the Senate, she made a beeline for the Armed Services Committee because she understood that the first female president will have to be a hawk, just as the first Catholic president (JFK) had to be adamant about not aiding Catholic schools, and the first Jewish president will have to voice doubts about Israel.


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