Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
August 2nd | Listen to the program
DEBATE POSTPONED - U.S. Senate postpones debates about the creation of a new department for homeland security. Legislators were forced to reschedule debates due to summer recess. Many are skeptical about the approval of a law that may create this agency within time of the observance of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Patricia Guadalupe reports.
CONTROVERSIAL SAINT - The fifth visit of Pope John Paul II to Mexico was widely anticipated. The Pope traveled to Mexico for the canonization of the first Indian Saint, Juan Diego. As Raul Siva explains,this event highlights a special milestone in Mexican history and also creates a controversial union between the State and the Catholic Church.
MEXICAN REPATRIATION - Due to growing demands, New York’s Casa Pueblo prompts the creation of a program designed to repatriate the bodies of poor Mexican nationals. This program is designed to serve four states of the mixteca region of Mexico. The inauguration of this plan will take place on August, 10th in Tulcingo, Puebla. Marco Vinicio reports.
August 9th | Listen to the program
MEXICANS ABROAD - This week Mexico’s President Vicente Fox announced the creation of the National Council for Mexican Communities Abroad. Fox said this represents a second stage in efforts to provide relevant services for those living abroad. Many among the close to three hundred Mexicans and Mexican-Americans who traveled from the U.S. to participate in the Council inaugural event, reacted with cautious optimism.
BRACEROS IN COURT - Last week in a Federal San Francisco Court, former braceros and their attorneys faced representatives from U.S. and Mexican governments and bank officials. Braceros hope to prove that they have rights to millions of dollars that were garnished from their salaries. Lawyers of the defendants, including Wells Fargo Bank argue that the statute of limitation has expired. Araceli Martinez reports on the court hearings.
BENEFITS OD TPS EXTENSION - Tragedy struck El Salvador on February 13th 2001, however, Salvadorian residents living in the U.S. had not anticipated that this event would condition their temporary legal status and work permits. Maria Luisa Rossell in Washington, D.C, explains the importance of the renewal of the “TPS,” or temporary protection status for Salvadorians and their country.
August 16th | Listen to the program
GROWING REMITTANCES - According to a recent study, Latin America receives $30 billion dollars annually in remittances sent from immigrants that reside in the United States. Due to increased demand, in the last five years, there has been significant growth of companies that process remittances. Maria Luisa Rossel, from Washington, reports on trends for sending remittances and its effects on Latino immigrants.
ECONOMIC SUMMIT - President Bush and members of his administration met with business leaders and analysts in Waco, Texas. The primary purpose of this meeting was to seek ideas on how to reinstate trust and also to help restore the economy. Hector Barreto, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, comments these issues with Samuel Orozco.
MIXTECA FORUM - The International Mixteca Forum was celebrated a few days ago in Piaxtla, Puebla. The forum, promoted by New York and New Jersey poblano residents, hopes to strengthen participation of migrants in the development of their native towns. During the closing of the event, Marco Vinicio Gonzalez spoke to participants about some of the agreements that were signed to improve migrant access to health.
August 23rd | Listen to the program
LATINO VOTE - The Latino vote will be closely watched for the upcoming November elections. Even though political focus is generally centered on states with high Latino population such as California, Texas, and New York. As Maria Luisa Rossel reports, the District of Columbia is one of these regions.
MALL VS. CULTURE - The wholesale giant COSTCO, just got approval by Mexican authorities to build a new warehouse in Cuernavaca, Morelos. The plan has caused controversy because the building will be constructed over the Casino de la Selva, a cultural and historic center. Permits were granted in spite of opposition by environmental and cultural groups. As Raul Silva reports, despite the repression that these groups endured, they vow to keep fighting the decision.
INS MISTAKE - Even though plans to reform the INS are being discussed, it is still unclear how this can be done. Meanwhile, cases similar to that of Lizbeth Sanchez keep happening. A few weeks ago Lizbeth was deported due to an INS mistake. Lizbeth is now in Guatemala, hoping to reunite with her family. Araceli Martinez reports.
August 30th | Listen to the program
BRACERO LAWSUIT - This week, a federal judge in San Francisco dismissed a suit filed by former “Braceros.” lawsuit against the governments of U.S. and Mexico. Braceros claim they never received salary deductions made for their savings funds. Judge Charles Breyer decided that the statute of limitation had expired. The decision also states that the Mexican government cannot be sued in the U.S Guadalupe Carrasco reports on reactions to the decision.
ARBITRATION BILL - In Sacramento, supporters of the United Farm Worker’s Union held a vigil in front of the Capitol Building, demanding Governor Davis’ signature of a controversial bill for binding arbitration in cases of stalled contract negaciations between farm workers and farmers. Surprisingly, UFW leaders unveiled a compromise bill designed to ease Governor Davis’ decision. Alejandro Glusman shares the story.
MISSING YOUNG WOMAN - More that 270 young women have been murdered in the border city of Juarez, Mexico. Families of the victims claim the investigations have been plagued with deficiencies, and some even suspect that police officers may be involved. These frustrations are the focus of Lourdes Portillo’s documentary, Senorita Extraviada, which recently on public television. Natalie Stawsky, our correspondent in Los Angeles, talked with Portillo about the challenges she faced while producing this film.
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