News Clips Oct. 15, 2009

CNN puts spotlight on Latinos in U.S.

Latinos currently account for 15 percent of the total U.S. population, and the U.S. Latino population is expected to nearly triple by 2050.

Such a growing presence is the basis for a four-hour, two-night documentary that examines the increasing influence of Latinos in this country.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/sacultura/64329952.html


Some police agencies resist new immigration controls

Some state and local police are having second thoughts about working with the federal government to enforce immigration laws.

Under what’s known as the 287(g) program, agencies sign a voluntary agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and are trained to check legal status of prisoners and crime suspects, and to initiate deportations. The contract can specify enforcement in jail, in the community or both.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-10-14-illegal-immigrants-contracts-ICE-police_N.htm


A immigration (yawn) sweep; an anti-(ho mum)Arpaio march

The sheriff has vowed recently to keep up with his anti-immigration sweeps even after having lost some of his federal authority to enforce immigration law
. It’s the perfect kind of tough talk, because it’s meaningless.

http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/EJMontini/65036

Immigration status question proposed for Census

EL PASO, Texas — With the year 2010 on the horizon, the Census Bureau will soon start counting heads in this country. But a proposal floating around Congress could leave millions of people out.

Two senators have proposed an amendment that would require the Census Bureau to ask if people are in the U.S. Illegally. The controversial amendment is headed to the Senate this week.

http://www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=11316606


Gutierrez: “Justice For Immigrants Is Today’s Civil Rights Struggle”

Illinois’ own Rep. Luis Gutierrez is growing impatient over his colleagues’ unwillingness to put immigration reform at the top of the congressional agenda this year. Calling “justice for immigrants today’s civil rights struggle,”  the Chicago Democrat is preparing to push the issue by introducing a set of comprehensive reforms in Washington next month.

http://progressillinois.com/2009/10/14/gutierrez-justice-for-immigrants-

Democrats work to finalize health legislation

By ERICA WERNER (AP) – 5 hours ago

WASHINGTON — White House officials and Senate Democrats are meeting in private to iron out differences on a health care overhaul that could affect every American. In public, they’re united by a common enemy: the health insurance industry.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jlMpJGn28kqCcgU-aGcYE_ZHW-ywD9BBCMOG3


FACT CHECK: Health insurers cherry-pick facts

By ALAN FRAM (AP) – 5 hours ago

WASHINGTON — In its assaults on a Democratic health care overhaul bill, the insurance industry uses facts selectively and mixes accurate assertions with misleading spin and an embrace of worst-case scenarios.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jd7XMGO_8Itxc4nllZY18KRpEEFQD9BBCK7G0

Building a heritage: Hispanic Americans face challenges

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board/The Star-Led…
October 15, 2009, 5:30AM

As Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close today, it’s worth noting that while most of us have been affected by the current recession, much of our nation’s Hispanic population has been mired in its own recession for some time.

http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2009/10/building_a_heritage_hispanic_a.html

Campaign for National Museum of the American Latino kicks off

The National Museum of the American Latino moved one step closer to reality Tuesday with a kickoff event at the U.S. Capitol for the museum’s commission featuring Hollywood actress Eva Longoria Parker of Texas and Miami music producer Emilio Estefan.

http://www.star-telegram.com/238/story/1683520.html


Arizona News: National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

TUCSON, Ariz. – The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to have disproportionate and devastation impact on the Latino/Hispanic population residing in the United States and its territories. The persistence and growth of the HIV epidemic among Latinos/Hispanics is nothing short of a public health crisis that demands immediate and ongoing action and mobilization.

http://www.azreporter.com/news/index.php?itemid=719


Colorado Latino leaders work to derail proposed census boycott

Supporters seek immigration reform while detractors fear playing into hands of the right
As a proposed national Latino census boycott receives increased media attention, many Latino and immigrant organizations in Colorado say they’re thankful the movement hasn’t taken hold so far in the Centennial State.

http://coloradoindependent.com/39339/colorado-latino-leaders-work-to-derail-proposed-census-boycott

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