Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
March 2nd | Listen to the program
IMMIGRATION REFORM IN THE SENATE. Top-level officials from the Bush Administration testified this week before
the U.S. Senate subcommittee in charge of preparing an immigration reform
package. The passage of the legislation in congress this year is likely with
the new democratic majority and the White House in support. Patricia
Guadalupe reports from Washington, D.C.
A DAY WITHOUT AN IMMIGRANT IN NEW YORK. New York activists call for a pro immigrant march on May 1st. This is the latest on a series of lobbying and organizing efforts planned at major immigrant cities in favor of a comprehensive immigration reform. Marco Vinicio González shares details.
PAGANINI OF TIERRA CALIENTE DIES. He was a virtuoso fiddler of Mexico’s hot lands. He was known as the "Paganini of Tierra Caliente". His memory stored practically all the repertoire of the songs that make people dance in the hot lands of Michoacán, Guerrero and Estado de México. Don Juan Reynoso passed away last January at the age of 94. This is a tribute to the genius of the extraordinary musician. Our correspondent Raul Silva interviewed the violin virtuoso several times.
March 9th | Listen to the program
BUSH’S VISIT CAUSES TURMOIL.President Bush kicked off his five-country trip to Latin America amongst strong protest in Sao Paulo. Before leaving, the President announced an aid
package to assist the region in fighting poverty, which afflicts over 200 million people in the area. Democratic legislators have said, ”The trip and what Bush has to offer is too little, too late”. Patricia Guadalupe reports from Washington, D.C.
MEXICAN AMERICAN SOLDIER GETS PRISON TERM. A U.S. military court in Germany convicted Army medic Spc. Agustin Aguayo to eight months in prison on charges of desertion. Aguayo’s wife, Helga, who lives in Los Angeles, received the verdict with anger and sadness. Mrs. Aguayo insists that her husband must be treated as a conscientious objector. Rubén Tapia has followed the story from the beginning and files the report.
FIGHT AGAINST DANGEROUS PESTICIDES. The United Farm Workers reopened a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allowing the use of a pesticide that the same government agency has found to be extremely poisonous. The pesticide is mainly used in apple fields. Zaidee Stavely shares details.
March 16th | Listen to the program
IMMIGRANTS TAKE TO THE HALLS OF CONGRESS. Hundreds of Latino activists and immigrants affected by deportation raids arrived this week at the national Capitol for several days of intense lobbying. The activists arrived right before this year’s first package of immigration proposals is expected to be introduced. In their meetings with legislators, the lobbyists asked for just and humane immigration reform and a stop to deportations. Rubén Tapia accompanied several delegations and presents this report.
HEALTHCARE CONSIDERED FOR RECENT LEGAL RESIDENTS. Also in Washington, legislators from both parties again introduce the Immigrant Children’s Health Improvement Act, which would restore medical care for children and women who are legal immigrants. Although they reside here legally, these immigrants are prohibited from receiving medical benefits for five years, as a result of the 1996 welfare reform. Sponsors of the proposal and civil rights defenders hope that the new Congress will make this bill law. Marco Vinicio González preparó el reporte.
BUSH PROMISES IMMIGRATION REFORM, BUT NOT AMNESTY. Followed by protests up until the end, President Bush ended his tour of five Latin American countries with a visit to Mexico. In Mérida, Yucatán, Bush told Mexican president Felipe Calderón that there would be immigration reform, but not amnesty or deportation. Citlali Sáenz has the details from Mexico City.
March 23rd | Listen to the program
NEW IMMIGRATION PROPOSAL UNCOVERED. Immigrant rights groups in Los Angeles demonstrated varied reactions after a new immigration proposal known as STRIVE was presented this Wednesday. The bipartisan initiative received mixed reactions from the groups, who say the campaign to achieve just and humane immigration reform in 2007 is an uphill struggle. Rubén Tapia reports.
DEPORTATIONS CAUSE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS. Nationwide detentions by immigration agents as part of the Operation "Return to Sender" have separated many citizen children from their parents. In Massachusetts the governor denounced the situation as a humanitarian crisis. This week a small rural town in Central California, where hundreds of people have been detained, approved a resolution that condemns the actions of immigration agents against working families. Zaidee Stavely spoke with some of these families and presents the report.
25 YEARS OF VIVA EL MARIACHI! This Sunday Radio Bilingüe’s ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival turns 25. The silver anniversary celebration will be marked by a tribute to the pioneer of the mariachi trumpet, maestro Miguel Martínez. In this feature, the innovative maestro explains how he managed to triumph over resistance to introducing the trumpet into mariachi music, and how this festival has kept the mariachi tradition alive in the United States for the last 25 years.
Marco Vinicio Gonzalez presents the report.
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