Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
October 3rd | Listen to the program
FREEDOM RIDE - Close to 1000 participants in the Immigrant Worker's Freedom Ride arrived to Washington, DC on October 2nd. The participants traveled through 42 states, making stops at 105 cities across the country, before arriving before congressional leaders with their demands for legalization and immigrant rights. Several Democratic legislators were present to welcome the pilgrims, however, as our reporter Patricia Guadalupe reports, Republican legislators were not there to receive them.
RECALL ELECTION - Days before California's special election, Juan Botero, spokesman for Arnold Schwarzenegger's gubernatorial campaign, and Art Torres, Chairman of the California Democratic Party, offer conflicting points of view on immigration, driver's licenses for undocumented migrants and the role of Latino voters in this special election.
NOT FORGOTTEN - This October 2nd marks the 35 anniversary of the Mexican government's repression against a student movement, which demanded the dismissal of high-level police officials, the release of political prisoners and the beginning of dialogue, which never took place. During the commemoration of the massacre, leaders of the 1968 movement, weigh the advances of their claims to punish responsible government officials. Our correspondent Raul Silva reports from Mexico City.
October 10th | Listen to the program
CALIFORNIA RECALL - During California's special election to decide whether to oust Governor Gray Davis, the Latino vote was split. A large number of Latino voters deserted the governor compared to results during his first election, in 1998. Latinos proved to be a dominant force, totaling close to one-fifth of all state votes. According to preliminary figures, although a majority of Latino voters are still Democrats, a significant number turned their backs on Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante in order to support Republican actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Our correspondent Sara Shakir, reports from Los Angeles.
IMMIGRATION REFORM - A week after the arrival in Washington, DC, of the Immigrant Worker's Freedom Ride legislators supporting immigration reform renewed their lobbying. Their goal is to achieve serious discussions in Congress and the White House on issues that affect immigrants, starting with the reinstatement of section 245 i of the immigration law. Patricia Guadalupe reports.
BROKEN HEART - Homeland Security Department officials arrested 25 immigrants in San Diego on September 29th. That same day, four were deported to Mexico. The raid was part of an operation known as "Broken Heart," in which immigration agents raided homes and job sites in order to arrest foreigners convicted of violence against their children or spouses. As Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports, due to the charges against them, these migrants have few possibilities of avoiding deportation, more so during the current war against terrorism.
October 17th | Listen to the program
DREAM ACT - In Washington, lobbying for Congress to consider more issues relevant to the Latino community continues. This week, a Senate committee discussed a bill that would adjust the legal situation of undocumented college students. Our correspondent, Patricia Guadalupe reports from Washington, DC.
UN DECIDES - By a unanimous 15 to zero vote, the UN Security Council approved the U.S.-backed resolution 1511, which legitimizes Iraq's provisional authority. One of the reasons for this vote was to keep the Security Council members united in their efforts to reconstruct Iraq. The council will get reports from occupational forces every six months. However, France, Russia, Germany and Pakistan clarified that they will not contribute money or troops to Iraq, which was one of the U.S.'s main objectives with this resolution. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports from the UN headquarters in New York City.
BORDER PROTESTS - Almost 10 years after the enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement, there are new protests in the U.S. and Mexico. A few days ago, close to 1,500 people demonstrated in various border citites in favor of policy changes. Our correspondent, Kent Paterson developed this report, narrated by Guadalupe Carrasco.
October 24th | Listen to the program
MIGRANT HEALTH - The atmosphere in California does not bode well for the health of migrants. HIV infections are on the rise. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes continue without control. And in Sacramento, funding for the health coverage of the low-income and the uninsured is uncertain. In response, health authorities, academics, service providers and activists from California and Mexico met again in Los Angeles, vowing to renew their support for migrants. This time, the campaign spread out to more counties in California and for the first time, the states of New York and New Jersey joined in the efforts. Alberto Hauffen attended the activities in San Bernardino.
DRINKING WATER - In Texas’ undeveloped border colonias, something as basic as tap water is a luxury. It is a dry land, and water systems and public utilities are in critical need. But the residents of Panorama City, pulled water out of nowhere. At least that is the feeling among those that promoted the pipelines for the vital liquid in town. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez narrates the story of a family that volunteered to organize the neighborhood and made the water flow into the homes of this desert town.
October 31st | Listen to the program
UNCERTAIN FUTURE - Wildfires in five Southern California counties have caused the evacuation of thousands of families. Among those affected are many immigrants that face an uncertain future because they live off their work in service and construction jobs. Furthermore, many of these families face language barriers and fear to contact authorities. Alberto Hauffen, shares the concerns of some fire victims lodged at a shelter in San Bernardino, one of the areas most devastated by the fires.
LABOR VICTORY - After a tough legal battle, a group of Mexican immigrants in New York recently earned an important labor victory. Workers at a kosher food processing plant forced the company to pay $1 million in retroactive salaries and overtime. Marco Vinicio González spoke to one of the workers and their lawyer, on the importance of this case.
LEGISLATORS IN JUAREZ - As part of the traditional Day of Dead festivities, many families in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, will remember the mothers and daughters that have been brutally murdered in recent years. These crimes, which have sparked international interest, have finally captured more attention from U.S. and Mexican officials and legislators. One such example is the recent visit of a U.S. Congressional delegation to Ciudad Juarez. Our correspondent, Kent Paterson, was in Ciudad Juarez, and files this report narrated by Guadalupe Carrasco.
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