Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
March 7th | Listen to the program
IMMIGRATION CHANGE - The Immigration and Naturalization Service just became part of the newly created Department of Homeland Security. Although officials claim the change will not cause negative effects to immigrants applying for residency, some congressmen and immigration experts think otherwise. Their main concern is that immigrants might be viewed as a potential risk to national security. Maria Rossel reports from Washington, D.C.
MEXICO’S VOTE - So far, Mexico has supported continued weapons inspections in Iraq. However, recent official discourse increasingly refers to the need to disarm Sadaam Hussein. This uncertainty has caused concern among many Mexicans, who fear that pressure by U.S. government may gain Mexico’s support in the UN for a possible war against Iraq. In response, legislators, scholars, and civic organizations reaffirm their support for President Vicente Fox, but they are urging him to maintain his government’s position in favor of peace.
TACO BELL BOYCOTT - After a 10-day hunger strike outside of Taco Bell’s headquarters in Irvine, California, 35 tomato pickers from Immokalee, Florida, suspended their fast. This was part of a national campaign to convince the fast food company to assist farm workers in achieving improved labor conditions. The protest was suspended at the request of a religious coalition that promised to support the Taco Bell boycott until the company accepts a dialogue. Ruben Tapia reports.
March 14th | Listen to the program
BORDER KILLING - Civil rights and pro-immigrant groups are questioning the killing of a 19 year-old Mexican migrant by Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas. As a result, Juan Patricio Peraza’s case is new before a grand jury and, once again, the agency’s policies on use of lethal force are being scrutinized. Kent Patterson filed this report, which is narrated by Guadalupe Carrasco.
FIGHTING DEPORTATION - Despite being a permanent U.S. resident for 12 years, Roger Calero, faces deportation for a crime he committed while he was a student. Calero’s possible expulsion is due to provisions of the 1996 immigration laws. In response, Calero is not only fighting his deportation but the law that is affecting thousands of other immigrants like him. Gabriela Benitez reports from Los Angeles.
CANCER SURVIVORS - Breast Cancer is the leading cause of death for women between 40 and 55 years of age, and is the second cause overall for women’s deaths in the U.S. This ailment has become increasingly mortal for Latinas due to lack of early detection. For this reason, some survivors have dedicated their lives to support other affected women and promote the importance of early screenings. Silvia Parra reports.
March 21st | Listen to the program
CLOSING RANKS - In times of war, an unofficial policy in Washington requires legislators from both political parties to leave differences aside and support the president. As Patricia Guadalupe reports, when it comes to Iraq, not everyone is following that policy.
NY SURVEILANCE - New York City was under military surveillance while bombs began to descend over Iraq on Wednesday. This security plan combines both federal and city efforts to secure the city’s population, who were affected by the September 11th terrorist attacks. Despite heightened security, civil disobedience and protests have been unusually active 24 hours. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports.
DIVISIONS OVER WAR - While Latinos’ opinions on the war with Iraq are divided, most oppose it. That is at least the trend in comments made by Linea Abierta listeners during a program broadcast hours after the invasion. Wanda Colón Cortes and Samuel Orozco host this special coverage with live audience between Radio Bilingüe and Puerto Rico’s Radio Universidad.
March 28th | Listen to the program
WAR UNCERTAINTY - While war against Iraq is being fought thousands of miles away, the pain and suffering has reached many families that live in the U.S. Family members of soldiers stationed in the Persian Gulf share their worries and uncertainty about their loved ones.
POLITICAL PRESSURE - Politicians and Latino organizations in Washington avoid comments on the war against Iraq. In Los Angeles, however, Democrats have harshly criticized both President Bush and their own political party. During a recent forum at the local Pacifica Network affiliate, KPFK, Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and Council Member-elect, Antonio Villaraigosa respond to pressure by local listeners. Ruben Tapia reports.
LATINO OPINIONS - As the number of casualties on Iraqi territory increase, radio listeners in the U.S. and Puerto Rico share opinions about the war. Linea Abierta hosts, Samuel Orozco in San Francisco and Wanda Colon Cortes, in Puerto Rico, captured listeners’ thoughts this week.
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