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    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 16, 2005
      HispanicVista.com Weekly Digest

      COMMENTARY-OPINION, February 14th, 2005

      Analyst Advises Cooling U.S.-Mexican Rhetoric
      By Roberto Cienfuegos
      Political analyst Victor Espinoza from Mexico's Northern Border College -- known by the acronym COLEF -- said in an interview that amid the rising verbal confrontation and antagonistic positions on border violence, which has unexpectedly clouded the spirit and relations between the Mexican and U.S. governments, Mexicans should not wrap themselves "in the national flag."
      Bush Budget Scraps 9,790 Border Patrol Agents
      By Michael Hedges
      President uses law's escape clause to drop funding for new homeland security force.
          Washington -- The law signed by President Bush less than two months ago to add thousands of border patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico border has crashed into the reality of Bush's austere federal budget proposal, officials said Tuesday.
      Keep Your Huddled Masses
      By y W. Smith
      February 10, 2005
      This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1980 Refugee Act. This important legislation brought our domestic law into conformity with international obligations: to protect refugees in dire need of a safe haven. After the Holocaust, nations painfully acknowledged that too many had closed their borders to refugees fleeing certain death.  The United States committed to ensuring that this would not happen again…
      Mexico Tries Not to Slip Back
      The Christian Science Monitor's View
      One of Mexico's three gubernatorial elections last Sunday is noteworthy in that it puts at least a small brake on a disturbing - and backward - political trend.
      In the country's southern state of Guerrero, home to several famous Mexican resorts, including Acapulco, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) was soundly defeated by the left-wing Democratic Revolution Party or PRD.
      The 76-year reign over the country of the corrupt PRI ended in 2000 with the election of President Vicente Fox and his center-right National Action Party (PAN). But since then…

      The Every Imigrant's Guide to Crossing the Border Illegally
      By Charles LeDuff and J. Emilio Flores
      When the desert is cool, as it is now, illegal immigration becomes a flood.
      Of the million people who were arrested trying to sneak into the
      United States over the Mexican border last year, more than half were caught from January to April, the United States Border Patrol says.
      To avoid detection, smugglers now lead people through more demanding and dangerous terrain; more than 300 people died trying to cross last year.

      Crime along border pushes Mexicans into the US
      By Danna Harman
      They were just three births shy of 4,000 last year at the Laredo Medical Center maternity ward here in Texas. Three thousand nine hundred ninety-seven healthy, screaming new American citizens, of whom, estimates Armida "Armi" Calvillo, chief nurse, about half were born to visiting Mexican moms. …Mexican madres giving birth in US maternity wards in order to obtain better care - and blue passports - for their offspring, is as old as the border itself. But in recent months, say staff here, it's been increasing - in direct proportion, they suggest, to growing crime and insecurity in towns on the Mexican side.
      Liberals, Conservatives Oppose New 'Anti-Immigrant' Bill
      Pacific News Service, News Feature,
      By Elena Shore
      A controversial bill passed today by the House of Representatives has spurred a unique coalition between liberal and conservative groups who oppose the measure.
      Religious and immigrant rights groups, conservatives and conservationists are joining forces against the REAL ID Act, a bill introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI).
      Sensenbrenner's bill received the backing of the Bush administration yesterday, in what La Opinión writer Lilian de la Torre-Jiménez calls "a hard blow to the nation's immigrant community."
      Mixed Reception for Bush Immigration Plan
      By Rita M. Gerona-Adkins,
      As expected, President George W. Bush tackled his agenda for immigration policy reform in his State of the Union Address on February 2.
      In 92 words and in less than a minute out of his 40-minute-long address, Bush criticized the present immigration system and suggested a policy reform:
      America’s immigration system is also outdated – unsuited to the needs of our economy and to the values of our country.”
      Plan to cut subsidies leaves some farmers with sense of betrayal
      By Jim Wasserman
       Rice grower Frank Rehermann contemplates his 33rd spring planting while worrying about the lowest crop prices he has ever seen. … And not only that, he is hearing troubling things from the federal government, his silent partner on 900 acres about 60 miles north of Sacramento. … President Bush, in his budget plan released Monday, is proposing to cut farm subsidy spending 5 percent this year and cap subsidies at $250,000 per person.
      Today’s Immigrant Woman Entrepreneur
      Immigration Policy IN FOCUS
      The IPC’s latest IN FOCUS report examines the important role and growing potential of immigrant women entrepreneurs in the U.S. business sector. Immigrant women entrepreneurs are rapidly making their mark in every region of the country and across a large range of industries. Today, immigrant women of the post-1960s wave of immigration comprise one of the fastest growing groups of business owners in the
      United States. The study examines the rise of immigrant women entrepreneurs and profiles them as a group using data from the 2000 Decennial Census and other sources.

      Young Children of Immigrants in Two Parent Families Have Triple the Poverty Rate of Children with U.S. Born Parents
      One in five young children of immigrants in two-parent families lives below the federal poverty level-triple the rate for children with U.S.-born parents, new research from the nonpartisan Urban Institute shows. Twenty-two percent in the first group are poor versus 7 percent in the latter….   Although children of immigrants are more likely to be in two-parent families, the second parent is less likely to work, says Urban Institute researcher Randy Capps.

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      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 22, 2005
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        COMMENTARY-OPINION, February 21st, 2005

        U.S. Immigration Policy is Riddled with Contradictions
        By Cynthia Tucker/Atlanta Journal Constitution
        Last Wednesday, intelligence officials may have handed anti-immigration zealots the ammunition they needed. In a wide-ranging analysis of terrorist threats, CIA chief Porter Goss and other ranking intelligence officers warned Congress that al-Qaida operatives may try to sneak in through Mexico. …Never mind that they wouldn't be Mexicans. Xenophobes in Congress and state legislatures will no doubt use the warning as an excuse to turn up the pressure on Latinos…
        On Guard, America
        New York Times Editorial
        In the name of foiling potential terrorists, the House has passed a misbegotten immigration control bill that would make it harder for persecuted immigrants to get political asylum in this country. One of the nation's bedrock principles - sanctuary - would be badly crimped by the measure, which would also block states from granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Eleven states grant such licenses as a way to encourage highway safety and accident insurance coverage.
        U.S. Aides Cite Worry on Qaeda Infiltration from Mexico
        By Douglas Jehl/New York Times
         New intelligence information strongly suggests that Al Qaeda has considered infiltrating the
        United States through the Mexican border, top government officials told Congress on Wednesday…. In a wide-ranging assessment of threats to American security, including those posed by Iran and North Korea, the officials also said intelligence indicated that terrorist organizations remained intent on obtaining and using devastating weapons against the United States.
        Bit by Bit on Illegal Migration
        The Christian Science Monitor's View
        One can only hope 2005 is the year Congress finally puts a lockdown on illegal immigration - nearly four years after 9/11.  …Lawmakers are off to a good start after last week's House passage of measures that, as a beginning, better enforce immigration laws. The House bill now heading for the Senate this week would, among other things, require states to check the legal status of anyone applying for a driver's license - just as Mexico does. Too many states give licenses away too easily, raising the risks of terrorists obtaining one.
        House Bill Denounced by a Range of Leaders
        Immigration Forum
        Religious leaders ranging from Catholic bishops, to Jewish organizations, to evangelical groups have criticized the REAL ID Act (H.R. 418) as antithetical to both American and religious values.  The REAL ID Act is a bill that recently passed the House of Representatives, which would make it harder for genuine refugees to get asylum, further eliminate due process for many immigrants, and impose a complicated driver’s license mandate on states (in addition to many other harmful provisions).
        National ID Party
        Wall Street Journal (Editorial)
        Republicans swept to power in Congress 10 years ago championing state prerogatives, and one of their first acts was to repeal federal speed-limit requirements. Another was aimed at ending unfunded state mandates. So last week's House vote to require costly and intrusive federal standards for state drivers' licenses is a measure of how far the party has strayed from these federalist principles.
        What’s Next for REAL ID?
        Now that the House of Representatives has passed Representative James Sensenbrenner’s (R-WI) REAL ID Act (H.R. 418), people are speculating about its future in the Senate. … White House Wants Clean Bill: In an effort to get these measures quickly off the table and into law, Rep. Sensenbrenner has asked House leaders to attach the measure to an emergency supplemental appropriations proposal to fund U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and Tsunami relief in Southeast Asia. But doing so would go against the wishes of President George W. Bush, who stated in a letter to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) on February 14…
        3 Articles
        1. Growing Up in America With No Mother
        It’s been said that the person closest to a man is his mother. I wouldn’t know. The last time I saw my mom was one month after my sixth birthday…
        2. A Border Separates Father and Son
        Twenty years of my life have gone by, and I am entering a stage of adulthood when it is expected of me to develop into my own person…
        3. Immigrant Children Face Trials and Heartbreak to Cross the Border
        A 17-year old girl sleeps on a bunk bed, wrapped with a blanket, exhausted after her failure to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana. Her baby, 6 months old, was luckier…
        The Dirty Half-Dozen
        One indication of how lax is enforcement of charitable funds-use laws is the fact that so many groups openly operate in apparent violation of the law. The six organizations described below have all registered with the IRS as tax-exempt educational organizations, enabling them to fund their activities with tax-deductible contributions. However, they openly tell the media and prospective supporters that what they really aim to do is to change public policy, not educate the public. Under federal tax laws, an organization does not qualify as a charitable group (501(c)3 organization) unless it is operating "exclusively" for charitable purposes…
        Outlook for Mexican Politics, Economics in 2005
        From: Oxford Analytica
        Rolling Assumptions:
        The main parties will become increasingly preoccupied with nominations for the 2006 presidential race, which will lead to high levels of infighting.
        The economy will grow by 3.5% to 4.2%, slightly less than in 2004. There is risk that political instability could undermine confidence and reduce growth.
        The nomination process will reduce the willingness of opposition parties to negotiate with the government, making the outlook even more negative for key structural reforms.
        3 Articles on Mexico
        1.Mexico’s economy grew faster than expected projected now to top 4.9 in 2005
        An unexpected surge in Mexico's economy that began around Christmas has probably carried over into 2005, leading some Wall Street analysts to pump up their growth forecasts for this year.
        2. Loan programs fuel housing boom in Mexico
        Developments offer alternative to haphazard cities
        Outside Melesio Rivero's city hall office, workers shouldering bags of cement squeeze past suit-wearing developers waiting for building permits.
        3. 2004 Tourism to Mexico tops 20 million visitors in 2004
        Foreigners visited Mexico during 2004 in numbers not seen since before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks…
        Mexico's Mother Teresa Attends Immigrant Amputees
        By Frank Jack Daniel
        With the stubs of her severed legs covered by a hand towel, Magdalena Belen sits on the bed recounting the day her life changed for ever. …While trying to reach the United States illegally in December, the bright-eyed Salvadoran, 25, fell from a Mexican freight train and her legs were mangled between tons of moving steel.
        "A friend was helping me off the roof of the train as it slowed to be checked by migration officials. He slipped and I fell," she said.
        Belen is now a resident of a refuge in southern Mexico run by Olga Sanchez Martinez, a seriously ill woman whom some have dubbed Mexico's Mother Teresa.
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