Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
April 5th | Listen to the program
VOTING FROM ABROAD - Two delegations of Mexican residents of the U.S. recently traveled to Mexico City to jump start the process that would let Mexicans vote from abroad in the presidential election of 2006. Dr. Jesus Martinez, a professor at California State University, Fresno, and part of one of the delegations, comments on the main points covered in his meetings with congress members from various parties and with federal officials.
CLERICAL SEXUAL ABUSE - Celebrations of Holy Week among U.S. Catholics generally went off according to tradition. However, the scandal of sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy that recently came to light also weighed on the minds of the faithful. In response to the allegations of abuse, some have called for a review of the vow of celibacy required of priests as well as of the clerical recruitment process. Contributor Alberto Hauffen reports from San Bernadino, California.
"CARMELA" - "Carmela" is the title of a recently published novel that tells the story of a woman who was barely out of childhood when she joined the guerrilla militia movement in her native Bolivia. This is a true story, based on the life of its author, Amalia Decker, who went on to become a congresswoman after years spent in exile. As correspondent Raul Silva reports from Mexico City, Decker tells her story as part of a legacy for younger generations looking for a better world.
April 12th | Listen to the program
MIGRANT HEALTH - A delegation of health professionals who work in the border states of California, Arizona, and Texas recently traveled to Mexico to get a closer look at the country's health system and particularly at programs designed for migrants. Another objective of the trip, as correspondent Raul Silva explains, was to come in direct contact with the culture of the majority of migrants in the southwestern United States.
ANTI-LABOR DECISION - A recent Supreme Court decision, which denies an undocumented worker fired for trying to form a labor union the right to collect back pay or lost wages, has led to incidents of confusion and abuse of undocumented workers in Los Angeles. In response, as correspondent Ruben Tapia reports, some labor unions and immigrant organizations have launched campaigns to inform other workers of their basic labor rights.
PLAN TO ELIMINATE INS - A Congressional committee this week approved a proposal to eliminate the Immigration and Naturalization Service. In its place, two separate agencies would be created, one for citizenship and immigration services and one to enforce immigration laws. Both agencies would fall under the new Immigration Affairs agency within the Justice Department. Washington correspondent Patricia Guadalupe has the details.
April 19th | Listen to the program
U.S.-LATIN AMERICA RELATIONS - The U.S. Senate this week approved measures to increase security along the nation's northern and southern borders. Almost at the same time, as correspondent Patricia Guadalupe explains, the Senate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs began hearings on U.S. relations with Latin America.
CUBA VOTE IN THE U.N. - The office of the President of Mexico decided this week to support a motion made by Uruguay before the U.N. pointing out serious human rights violations in Cuba and asking for international vigilance on the island. The majority of Mexican lawmakers are against this position, considering it contrary to Mexico's foreign policy. Raul Silva reports on this debate, on the eve of United Nations' vote on Cuba.
MIGUEL ESTRADA NOMINATION - The nomination of conservative lawyer Miguel Estrada to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ignited a debate between Congress Democrats and Republicans over Estrada's confirmation hearings. But it also has created a dilemma for Latino organizations who doubt whether Estrada, the first Latino nominated for this post and who is considered a probable future nominee for the Supreme Court, can really represent Latino interests.
April 26th | Listen to the program
NEW LATINO COALITION - A new coalition of Latino organizations and labor unions will work together to influence next November's general elections. The members of the coalition will lobby Congress to address issues of interest for Latino families. Also, how lawmakers vote will be watched closely so that voters can better decide who they will send to Congress to represent them. Patricia Guadalupe has the details.
MEXICO-CUBA RELATIONS - Diplomatic relations between Mexico and Cuba are facing a serious setback after enjoying a strong relationship spanning nearly one hundred years. Cuban president Fidel Castro this week made public a recording of a telephone call with Mexican president Vicente Fox that confirms it was Fox who pressured him to quickly leave the recent U.N. Summit in Monterrey, Mexico. This incident has ignited a controversy in Mexico, as Raul Silva reports.
COLOMBIAN ELECTIONS - Of the many candidates in Colombia's upcoming presidential election, only three have surfaced as strong contenders: the independent candidate Alvaro Uribe; Horacio Serpa of the Liberal Party; and Noemi Sanin of the Movimiento Si Colombia. During a recent visit to Mexico, Alvaro Uribe met with President Vicente Fox. Correspondent Patricia Ramos spoke with Uribe about the purpose of his trip, and about his handling of relations with the U.S. should he be elected president.
to Previous Programs