Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
January 7th | Listen to the program
BATTLE AGAINST PROP 200 - Critics of Arizona's new anti-immigrant law known as Proposition 200, suffered a severe blow after a federal court ordered its application. But the battle continues, leaving a ray of hope for undocumented residents in Arizona, which remain hopeful that a law is drafted with them in mind. Our Correspondent in Arizona, Elvia Diaz reports on the legal steps that follow and explains how Latinos undertake Proposition 200.
INTEREST OF MEXICANS IN VOTING ABROAD - According to a new study summoned by the Mexican government, not all émigrés are interested in voting abroad. The study's author claims that there is neither interest nor conditions to allow all Mexican nationals living in the U.S. to vote for the upcoming 2006 presidential elections. Mexican legislators and vote advocates disagree on study results, while immigrant groups demand this right. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez shares details from San Diego, California.
ABUSES AGAINST MIGRANTS RETURNING HOME - Fifteen years have passed since the creation of the Paisano Program, which seeks to ease the return of nationals to Mexico during the holiday season. However, reports on abuses and disorganization suffered by migrants returning to their homeland continue. Despite President Vicente Fox's public acknowledgement on the achievements of Mexicans living abroad, and assurances that his administration has officials taking their complaints, the roads heading home continue to be unsafe. Citlali Saenz files the report.
January 14th | Listen to the program
GONZALES CONFIRMATION - Senate leaders are trying to get a vote on the nomination of judge Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, before President Bush’s inauguration next week. Gonzales’ confirmation, who will be the first Latino to hold this prominent post, is almost guaranteed because opposing Senators lack needed votes. But this has not deterred the strong lobbying against him. Patricia Guadalupe reports from Washington, DC.
FURTHER ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAWS IN ARIZONA - Undocumented immigrants have become the topic of choice among conservative legislators in Arizona, who are currently drafting initiatives to make the detection and deportation of the undocumented easier. If approved, these measures will cause problems for all immigrants, as our correspondent Elvia Díaz reports from Phoenix, Arizona.
REJECTION OF PROP 200 IN MEXICO - Protests against Arizona’s Proposition 200 have reached Mexican soil. The country’s National Human Rights Commission and several state governments demand an adamant rejection to the new law from President Vicente Fox’s Administration, because it forces any person who looks Mexican to carry proof of legal residency in the United States. Citlali Saenz reports from Mexico City.
January 21st | Listen to the program
PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION - Under extremely tight security measures, President Bush took the oath of office for a second term, this past Thursday in the nation’s capital. This is the first presidential inauguration since the September 11th attacks. In his speech, President Bush declared that his administration’s mission is to seek and support liberty and democracy in the world. At the same time, on the streets close to the White House, tens of thousands of protesters publicly expressed their displeasure with the President’s reelection. Patricia Guadalupe attended the inauguration and presents the report.
BORDER ANGELS - More that three thousands immigrants have died along the Mexico-U.S. border since the beginning of Operation Gatekeeper, ten years ago. With these operations, the federal government seeks to seal the most frequently traveled routes in the border region. This has forced many immigrants to opt for crossing the border through desolated and deserted zones or death passages, as they are named by activists. In order to prevent further tragedies, a group of volunteers takes aid to the border wilderness during extreme weather seasons. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez traveled with the San Diego group and narrates the trip.
CRISIS IN MAYOR MEXICAN PENITENTIARY - This week, military troops and agents from Mexico’s federal security took over the federal penitentiary of La Palma, the maximum security prison in Mexico. This measure occurs after recent firearm killings in the penitentiary, which are attributed to jailed drug traffickers, and after rumors that these mob bosses were planning to escape. Analysts say that these events prove that the prison has not been as safe as it was announced. Citlali Saenz reports.
January 28th | Listen to the program
SOCIAL SECURITY CONTROVERSY - After the conclusion of presidential inauguration celebrations, both houses in Congress initiated what is expected to be a legislative agenda packed with domestic affairs. One of the items for discussion is a possible Social Security reform. However, a Republican proposal has set off a great controversy. Patricia Guadalupe shares details from Washington, DC.
HIGH TECH FLEA MARKETS - First it was the open-air farmers markets, now it's the Central California flea markets that welcome the high tech of the federal nutrition program known as "food stamps". A flea market in a small agricultural town in California has surpassed others and is the first one to provide its customers with cash registers that make possible the use of public assistance cards. Nutrition experts comment on the hidden benefits of this seemingly ordinary program.
2006 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS' PREDICTIONS - Next week, residents in the Mexican states of Baja California Sur, Quintana Roo and Guerrero will head to the polls to choose governors. Eyes are set on Guerrero, one of the country's poorest states. There, a strong opposition coalition threatens to end a 75-year-long rule from the Institutional Revolutionary Party. Some observers classify this election as a laboratory where the 2006 presidential elections' outcome can be predicted. Our collaborator Kent Paterson files the following report narrated by Maria Eraña.
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