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OBAMA NOMINA A HISPANO EN TRABAJO / EL UNIVERSAL
El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, eligió ayer a Tom Pérez, director de la División de Derechos Civiles del Departamento de Justicia, como secretario de Trabajo, un miembro del gabinete que cumplirá un rol clave en los esfuerzos del gobierno por elevar el salario mínimo y reformar leyes de inmigración. Pérez es el único latino nominado hasta el momento en el gabinete de la segunda administración de Obama. Se espera que el abogado especialista en derechos civiles educado en Harvard enfrente oposición de algunos senadores republicanos, que dicen que ha sido demasiado agresivo en ciertos temas migratorios y demasiado político. Obama instó al Senado a confirmar rápidamente a Pérez. La configuración de su nuevo gabinete le ha traído más de una crítica al presidente de quienes afirmaban que faltaba variedad de género y razas. Consciente quizás de ello, Pérez no dudó en agradecer tanto en inglés como en español al mandatario por su confianza.
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REPUBLICANOS VAN POR EL VOTO DE LOS HISPANOS / MILENIO

El Partido Republicano adelantó ayer una amplia revisión de su estrategia política tras la derrota en las últimas elecciones presidenciales en Estados Unidos, y como una de sus primeras medidas anunció oficialmente que apoya una reforma migratoria integral. “Tenemos que hacer campaña entre los hispanos, los negros, los asiáticos y los homosexuales para demostrarles que también nos interesamos por ellos”, explicó el informe, en el que la palabra “hispano” aparece mencionada 99 veces a lo largo de 100 páginas. Elaborado durante tres meses, tras hablar con más de 50 mil personas, el informe de la cúpula republicana anunció la creación de un director político para todas las minorías del país, la creación de departamentos de comunicación específicos y contactos regulares con las principales organizaciones hispanas, como la Liga de Ciudadanos Latinos (Lulac) o La Raza.
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PLANTEAN MÁS DE 50 ONG INCLUIR EL TEMA MIGRATORIO PARA LA ELABORACIÓN DEL PND / ELIZABETH VELASCO C. / LA JORNADA
Más de 50 organizaciones defensoras de los derechos humanos, de género y de la población migrante de México y de Estados Unidos, demandaron al gobierno de Enrique Peña Nieto que realice consultas incluyentes y abiertas sobre el tema para la elaboración del Plan Nacional de Desarrollo (PND) 2013-2018.‘‘El Ejecutivo federal ha convocado a foros sectoriales de manera precipitada y sin un mecanismo transparente’’, señalaron la titular del Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración (Imumi), Miriam González; del Grupo de Trabajo en Política Migratoria; el Colectivo Plan Nacional de Desarrollo-Migraciones, constituido por más de 30 asociaciones, y el Foro Migraciones, integrado por decenas de agrupaciones de defensa de los derechos humanos. A unas horas de que se inicie uno de los foros sobre el tema en Veracruz, González destacó que es insuficiente la difusión de una página de Internet para realizar las consultas, la creación de ventanillas, y se desconoce el criterio para invitar a la sociedad a participar en los foros regionales.
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NY PONE LÍMITES A DEPORTACIONES DE INMIGRANTES / EL UNIVERSAL
El alcalde de Nueva York firmó hoy dos disposiciones legales que limitan la cooperación entre la policía local y autoridades migratorias federales, lo que disminuirá el número de deportaciones de inmigrantes indocumentados de esta ciudad. Las disposiciones, aprobadas el mes pasado por el Consejo Municipal de la ciudad, restringen la operación del controvertido programa federal conocido como Comunidades Seguras, que funciona en el estado de Nueva York desde mayo de 2012. El alcalde de la ciudad, Michael Bloomberg, expresó que casi 40% de los neoyorquinos nacieron en el extranjero y que ellos son quienes impulsan la economía, la cultura y la vitalidad de la ciudad. “Estas iniciativas son parte del continuo esfuerzo de la administración para equilibrar la seguridad pública y la seguridad nacional, mientras que garantizamos que Nueva York sea la ciudad más amigable en el mundo para los inmigrantes”, dijo. El programa establece que las autoridades locales informen a la Oficina de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) de aquellos inmigrantes detenidos que hayan cometido algún delito, con el fin de iniciar un proceso de deportación.
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BAJARÁ NÚMERO DE POLICÍAS FRONTERIZOS PARA ENFRENTAR EL RECORTE PRESUPUESTAL / CIRO PÉREZ / LA JORNADA
La Patrulla Fronteriza prevé reducir 5 mil agentes y 2 mil 750 oficiales de diferentes rangos para hacer frente al recorte presupuestal del año fiscal 2013. Ello se suma a las afectaciones en los procesos para obtener visas, la seguridad en la zona limítrofe, las revisiones en los puertos de entrada y la operación de cortes migratorias, entre otras. De acuerdo con un reporte del Instituto de Política Migratoria (MPI, por sus siglas en inglés), se espera una reducción de 595 millones de dólares para la oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza (CBP) y de 295 millones para el servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE). Esto ha traído efectos como la liberación de al menos 2 mil 228 indocumentados que esperan sentencia, ya sea cumpliendo visitas semanales a las cortes o portando brazaletes electrónicos, algo que ha ocasionado críticas al presidente Barack Obama al afirmar que se pone en riesgo con estos programas la seguridad de los estadunidenses.
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DEMANDAN LEGISLADORES REABRIR EL CASO DE UN MEXICANO EJECUTADO POR AGENTE DE EU / RUBÉN VILLALPANDO / LA JORNADA
El Congreso local exigió que se reabra el caso del homicidio del juarense Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca y se extradite al presunto autor del crimen, el agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza Jesús Meza Jr. Además, que se actualice el expediente iniciado por la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) hace casi tres años, el cual está congelado. El diputado priísta Gerardo Hernández Ibarra dio a conocer que esa legislatura solicitó a laSecretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) y a 10 congresos estatales revisar el caso para hacer valer la soberanía del país. El 7 de junio de 2010, en el cruce del ferrocarril de Juárez a El Paso, bajo el llamado puente negro, un agente fronterizo –quien según testimonios habría sido Meza Jr– disparó contra el joven de 14 años Sergio Adrián Hernández. Argumentó que abrió fuego al ver su vida amenazada por piedras que el adolescente le arrojaba. Hernández Güereca murió en Ciudad Juárez por el balazo del uniformado.
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SEN. RAND PAUL: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO OBTAIN LEGAL STATUS / ROSALIND S. HELDERMAN / THE WASHINGTON POST
The dramatic shift in the Republican Party on immigration continued Tuesday, as conservative tea party icon and possible 2016 presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) endorsed an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws that would allow the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants to obtain legalized status. “Immigration will not occur until conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. That’s why I’m here today. To begin, that conversation and become part of the solution,” he said in a breakfast speech Tuesday morning before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington.
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REPUBLICANO RESPALDA CIUDADANÍA PARA INMIGRANTES / ERICA WERNER / EL NUEVO HERALD 
El senador republicano Rand Paul avaló la creación de un camino que otorgue la ciudadanía a los inmigrantes que viven sin permiso legal en Estados Unidos, un importante cambio para el Tea Party, el movimiento más conservador de los republicanos que muchas veces son vistos como hostiles a opiniones así. El apoyo de Paul a la ciudadanía de los inmigrantes implica algunas condiciones que podrían ser un viaje largo y complejo para los inmigrantes, de acuerdo con un discurso que el legislador pronunciará el martes por la mañana en la Cámara Hispana de Comercio de Estados Unidos. Entre las condiciones, el Congreso primero tendría que estar de acuerdo en que se han logrado avances en la seguridad fronteriza.
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RAND PAUL ON IMMIGRATION REFORM / JENNIFER RUBIN / THE WASHINGTON POST 
Sen. Rand Paul spoke this morning at Hispanic Chamber of Commerce endorsing comprehensive immigration reform. The last politician to speak so fluently and so affectionately about immigrants and their culture was President George W. Bush. That will freak out anti-immigration activists, but it is a good sign that staunch conservatism is in no way incompatible with a pro-immigration policy outlook. In prepared remarks he recollected, “I lived, worked, played and grew up alongside Latinos. As a teenager I worked alongside immigrants mowing lawns and putting in landscaping around businesses.” And he powerfully rejected the notion that immigrants come looking for a handout: “Growing up in Texas, I never met a Latino who wasn’t working. . . . The Republican Party has insisted for years that we stand for freedom and family values.
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RAND PAUL AND WHY THE ‘PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP’ QUESTION IS SO DELICATE FOR THE GOP / SEAN SULLIVAN / THE WASHINGTON POST
Lawmakers in both parties are as keen as ever to get a deal done to reform the nation’s immigration laws. Yet, the road to reaching a broad agreement may be long and winding, as leaders grapple with the most politically sensitive topics in the talks. And for Republicans, nothing has proved to be more sensitive in recent weeks than the question of whether illegal immigrants should be offered a pathway to citizenship. Two leading Republicans, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), have sought to walk a very fine line on the issue. A bipartisan group of senators trying to hash out a reform package supports a road to citizenship.
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BOEHNER HAILS EMERGING BIPARTISAN HOUSE IMMIGRATION PLAN / CHICAGO TRIBUNE
The top Republican in Congress voiced support on Tuesday for an emerging overhaul of immigration laws that includes “a pathway toward U.S. citizenship.” Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner said “there are a lot of issues in here that have to be dealt with,” but the tentative proposal by a bipartisan group of eight House members “is frankly a pretty responsible solution.”
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BOEHNER: HOUSE GROUP ‘ESSENTIALLY IN AGREEMENT’ ON IMMIGRATION REFORM / DAVID SHERFINSKI / THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Do you think the budget cuts at the Pentagon are hurting our military preparedness? House Speaker John A. Boehner and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer both said Tuesday that a bipartisan group of eight House members are essentially in agreement on comprehensive immigration reform, and Mr. Hoyer said he expects a final agreement to be reached “in the near term.” “I made clear the day after the election that dealing with immigration reform was a top priority, and it is,” Mr. Boehner told reporters. “Last week the senior leaders met with our four members, who’ve been meeting with four Democrats now for over four years. And they’re essentially in agreement over how to proceed.” The Ohio Republican deflected a question on a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the plan, saying only that there are many issues to be dealt with and that the bipartisan group has come up with “a pretty responsible solution.”
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FIVE REASONS WHY IMMIGRATION REFORM IS MOVING FORWARD / SUZY KHIMM / THE WASHINGTON POST 
If you want to feel even modestly hopeful about Washington, don’t look at the prospects for a deal on the budget, infrastructure, or climate. Instead, look at the state of immigration reform, where real, honest-to-goodness, bipartisan talks have been humming along for months now. When the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” came out with a bipartisan framework for an immigration overhaul, there was no shortage of eye-rolling in Washington. Another bipartisan gang? Good luck with that! But then a strange thing happened: The Senate gang started to make progress and hammer out concrete details for a plan—a plan that was mostly in line with the White House’s own ideas for reform. Meanwhile, both the standard-bearers and the upstarts of the Republican Party have begun to echo the call for action.
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JUDGE PROPOSES A NATIONAL LAWYERS CORPS TO HELP IMMIGRANTS / KIRK SEMPLE / THE NEW YORK TIMES
As Congress takes up immigration reform, Robert A. Katzmann, a federal appellate judge in New York, has been looking beyond the debates and envisioning a crisis. If legislation should pass that would provide a path to legal status for the country’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, he wonders, where would they turn for legal assistance to help apply for visas, green cards and citizenship? He has been voicing this concern in recent meetings with officials in New York and Washington — and trying to gather support for his solution. “There’s kind of a myth in the air that we’ll have reform and the problem will go away,” Judge Katzmann warned. “Implementation tends to be an afterthought.”
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ALZAN MUJERES LA VOZ POR REFORMA MIGRATORIA EN ESTADOS UNIDOS / DIARIO LA ESTRELLA
Líderes de organizaciones proinmigrantes y activistas pidieron la inclusión de servicios a mujeres en el marco de una reforma a las leyes de inmigración en Estados Unidos. “Las mujeres estamos aquí porque entendemos que debemos alzar nuestras voces y votos por una reforma migratoria”, manifestó la directora de la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras Domésticas, Ai-jen Poo. Ese asunto “es central a la igualdad y oportunidad para las mujeres”, anotó la activista en una audiencia sobre inmigración ante el Comité Judicial del Senado enfocada en las mujeres y las familias.
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A SENATE PLAN ALTERS WAITING PERIODS FOR IMMIGRATION / MICHAEL D. SHEAR, ASHLEY PARKER / THE NEW YORK TIMES
The nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants would have to wait a full decade for a green card but could earn citizenship just three years after that, under a provision being finalized by a bipartisan group of eight senators working to devise an overhaul of immigration law, several people with knowledge of the negotiations said. Taken together, the two waiting periods would provide the nation’s illegal immigrants with a path to United States citizenship in 13 years, matching the draft of a plan by President Obama to offer full participation in American democracy to millions who are living in fear of deportation. The arrangement would shrink the amount of time it takes to become a naturalized citizen, to three years from five years. But in an appeal to Republicans, it would also extend to 10 years, from 8, the amount of time that illegal immigrants must wait before receiving permission to work in the United States permanently.
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CITIZENSHIP PAPERS A MUST TO REGISTER TO VOTE? SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE. / WARREN RICHEY / THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR 
A sharply divided US Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case examining whether Arizona can require residents to present proof of US citizenship before being allowed to register to vote. At issue is a measure adopted by statewide ballot in 2004, Proposition 200, that requires applicants for voter registration to present documentation proving their citizenship. Acceptable proof includes a driver’s license, a naturalization ID number, or a photocopy of a birth certificate, passport, or naturalization document. Critics of the measure say it erects a barrier to potential voters. More specifically, they say the state law clashes with the more limited demands of the federal voter registration law.
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JUSTICES DIVIDED OVER ARIZ. VOTER CITIZENSHIP LAW / MICHAEL DOYLE / MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS & ARIZONA DAILY STAR
An Arizona law requiring would-be voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship seemed to divide Supreme Court justices Monday in a case important to many states that want to stiffen their own voting standards. Conservative justices sounded sympathetic to Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship requirement, while more liberal justices suggested the measure might conflict with a 1993 law passed by Congress called the National Voter Registration Act. The eventual ruling will define when federal law pre-empts state efforts, a legal determination that accompanies political controversies ranging from illegal immigration to allegations of voter suppression.
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FOR ARIZONA DAY LABORERS, IMMIGRATION REFORM CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH / TIM GAYNOR / ORLANDO SENTINEL
At the end of a day of driving around Phoenix in his battered Ford truck scavenging for boxes, Mexican day laborer Jesus Aquilar sells the load to a recycler for pennies a pound, and tosses the yellow receipt with others on his dashboard. Now that President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress have begun a push for comprehensive immigration reform, he wants to ensure he will benefit. When the time comes – if it does – to apply for legal status, the stash of dog-eared receipts could be a paper trail to a hoped-for life out of the shadows.
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GENDER BIAS SEEN IN VISAS FOR SKILLED WORKERS / ASHLEY PARKER / THE NEW YORK TIMES
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Monday afternoon arguing that the H-1B visa program, which covers highly skilled temporary foreign workers, often in high-tech fields, discriminates against women. The hearing, which was devoted to issues women face in the immigration process, also focused on family reunification, and ways to help families — and women specifically — integrate into the legal immigration system. “I don’t think we should be setting up an either-or proposition — even the most highly skilled immigrants, they have families, too,” said Senator Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, referring to what she described as a false, “either-or” choice between family-based immigration and high-skilled immigration. “This is all about doing the kind of immigration reform that really supports the values we have in this country, and one of the values we have in this country is that family is important.”
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US NEEDS BOTH HIGH-TECH, FAMILY IMMIGRATION / ARIZONA DAILY STAR 
The educated elite and those who arrive with little create much good for economy. There is a push in Congress to expand visas for highly skilled immigrants, which would be very good for the economy. Unfortunately, some lawmakers seem determined to expand high-skills visas at the expense of family visas, which are already subject to sharp quotas. Their logic is easily grasped: A study by the American Enterprise Institute and the Partnership for a New American Economy found that a foreign-born worker with an advanced U.S. degree in science, technology, engineering or math creates, on average, 2.62 U.S. jobs. Between 1995 and 2005, immigrants helped start more than a quarter of U.S. technology and engineering companies. What is less appreciated, however, is the crucial role that stable families play in helping immigrants acquire an education, hone skills, build businesses and create jobs.
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OBAMA’S LABOR PICK PEREZ FACES REPUBLICAN SCRUTINY / ROBERTA RAMPTON, RACHELLE YOUNGLAI / ORLANDO SENTINEL
President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Tom Perez, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, as labor secretary – a job that would give him a key role in the administration’s efforts to raise the minimum wage and reform immigration laws. Perez, 51, is the only Latino nominated to Obama’s second-term Cabinet so far. He is expected to face opposition from some Republican senators who say he has been too aggressive on certain immigration issues and too political. Obama described Perez’s career as exemplifying the American success story, noting Perez, the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic and a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, helped pay for college by working as a garbage collector and in a warehouse.
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MINN. LOOKS AT LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS / KYLE POTTER / THE DENVER POST
A Senate panel passed a bill on Monday that would let illegal immigrants get a Minnesota driver’s license, the most recent development in a push at the Capitol to train and ensure more drivers who aren’t U.S. citizens. The Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee endorsed the bill on a 10-7 vote—with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposing the bill—to ease the state’s restrictions on driver’s licenses. A House committee endorsed a similar bill last week. The Democrats pushing the measure say the change would make Minnesota roads safer: If the state starts to regulate illegal immigrants behind the wheel, they’ll have to pass a test and could more easily buy automobile insurance.
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COLORADO HOUSE COMMITTEE VOTES TO REPEAL IMMIGRATION REPORTING LAW / NANCY LOFHOLM / THE DENVER POST
A House committee approved a bill Monday aimed at repealing a six-year-old state law that requires local law enforcement officers to decide if immigrants might be undocumented and report them to federal immigration authorities. In voting 9-2 to pass SB1258 on to the House, the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee cited redundancies, unnecessary costs and erosion of public trust tied to the current immigration reporting law, widely referred to as SB 90. The committee vote came after county sheriffs, police chiefs, immigrant rights groups and immigrants who had suffered consequences of SB 90 testified in favor of doing away with the law.
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RISE OF LATINO POPULATION BLURS US RACIAL LINES / HOPE YEN / THE DENVER POST
Welcome to the new off-white America. A historic decline in the number of U.S. whites and the fast growth of Latinos are blurring traditional black-white color lines, testing the limits of civil rights laws and reshaping political alliances as “whiteness” begins to lose its numerical dominance. Long in coming, the demographic shift was most vividly illustrated in last November’s re-election of President Barack Obama, the first black president, despite a historically low percentage of white supporters. It’s now a potent backdrop to the immigration issue being debated in Congress that could offer a path to citizenship for 11 million mostly Hispanic illegal immigrants. Also, the Supreme Court is deciding cases this term on affirmative action and voting rights that could redefine race and equality in the U.S.
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APPLYING FOR BENEFITS COULD TAKE SOME TIME / RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS
Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes. The government’s draft application runs 15 pages for a three-person family. An outline of the online version has 21 steps, some with additional questions. Almost six months before the Oct. 1 start of enrollment season for millions of uninsured Americans, the idea that getting health insurance could be as easy as shopping online at Amazon or Travelocity is starting to look like wishful thinking. At least three major federal agencies, including the IRS, will scrutinize your application. Checking your identity, income and citizenship is supposed to happen in real time, if you apply online.
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“EL SILENCIO NO PROTEGE”: DREAMERS / FRANCISCO BARRADAS / LA RAZA
“No podemos seguir callados. El silencio no cambia las leyes. El silencio no protege a nuestras familias”. Ireri Lora, graduada por la Universidad de San Diego en Ciencias Políticas y Estudios Étnicos, había confirmado que está en los Estados Unidos sin papeles y que no tiene miedo de decirlo. Lora se unió el 10 de marzo a unas cien personas que ante el edificio de la alcaldía celebraron el cuarto aniversario del movimiento de los Dreamers (Soñadores). “Indocumentado y sin miedo”, es la consigna más repetida por los Dreamers, quienes adquirieron ese nombre por la llamada Acta de los Sueños (Dream Act), una iniciativa legal que, en distintas versiones, el Congreso estadounidense analiza aprobar desde hace 12 años y la cual, básicamente, daría reconocimiento legal a aquellos que fueron traídos al país cuando eran menores de edad y se han graduado de la universidad, u obtenido un título GED, aún están en la escuela o han servido en la milicia.
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PHOENIX IMMIGRANT MOM TELLS HER STORY / DANIEL GONZÁLEZ / THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC
Rosa Maria Soto Castro told everyone she was leaving. Everyone except Dulce. Soto worried about all of her five children. But she worried about Dulce the most. Dulce was the youngest. Just 14. Her baby. Soto didn’t want to hurt her. So she told Dulce she was going to her sister’s wedding in the United States. She didn’t tell her she wasn’t coming back. “I’m sorry,” Soto, 59, said, offering Dulce, now 28, an apology on Monday. They were sitting face to face behind black microphones inside a miniature recording studio built into a silver Airstream trailer. The trailer was parked outside the Phoenix Art Museum. Dulce was interviewing her mother for StoryCorps, the oral history project that travels around the country recording the stories of everyday people.
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BIG SURGE IN BORDER-CROSSING DEATHS REPORTED / ALAN GOMEZ / USA TODAY
Fewer people are illegally crossing America’s southwest border with Mexico, but the region saw a big increase in immigrant deaths in 2012, according to a report set to be released Tuesday. U.S. Border Patrol identified 477 deaths along the southwest border, up from 375 the year before, according to the report from the National Foundation for American Policy, an Arlington, Va.-based group that researches immigration issues. That 27% increase in deaths comes even as total migration from Mexico has slowed in recent years. Stuart Anderson, executive director of the foundation and author of the report, said the rise in deaths may add support to the drive for a complete immigration overhaul that is being negotiated in Congress.
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DISCAPACITADO MEXICANO AFRONTA DEPORTACIÓN POR VIOLAR LA LEY / LA OPINIÓN
Un inmigrante indocumentado discapacitado enfrenta una orden de deportación, tras ser acusado de presentar más de 600 demandas contra negocios de los que obtuvo miles de dólares. Alfredo García ha recibido una orden de deportación a México, luego de una investigación en la que se encontró al menos 615 demandas en una corte de Los Ángeles y de los que obtenía un promedio de dos mil dólares en compensaciones. En su modus operandi García demandaba a propietarios de pequeños negocios en el sur de California y con ayuda del abogado, Morse Mehrban, los acusaban de violaciones Al Acta de Discapacitados de América (ADA).
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QUIEREN JUSTICIA POR LA MUERTE DE DOS JÓVENES LATINOS / JAIME REYES / VÍVELO HOY 
Neyra Ballesteros estaba furiosa el lunes un día después de que un juez en Chicago le fijara una fianza de $500,000 a un policía de North Chicago acusado de causar un accidente que dejó dos muertos y un herido. Ballesteros era amiga de Joaquín García, de 25 años, uno de los jóvenes que fallecieron el viernes en la madrugada cuando el vehículo en el que viajaban fue embestido por el de Garrett. La otra víctima fatal es Fabián Torres, de 27 años. En una audiencia el domingo, los fiscales indicaron que Terrell Garrett, de 35 años, festejaba su cumpleaños antes de conducir en sentido contrario sobre Lake Shore Dr. y chocar de frente primero con una camioneta Toyota Scion y luego contra el Jeep donde viajaban García y Torres. Según la fiscalía, Garrett tenía un nivel de alcohol en la sangre de 1.86 más del doble del límite legal en Illinois, que es de .08. La Oficina del Médico Forense del Condado de Cook determinó tras la autopsia que Torres y García fallecieron debido a múltiples heridas por el choque, que clasificó como un accidente. En la audiencia del domingo, James Brown, juez del Condado de Cook, fijó a Garrett una fianza de $500,000 y ordenó que de pagar la fianza, el acusado deberá usar un grillete electrónico. Sin embargo, familiares y amistades de los jóvenes fallecidos consideraron que la fianza fijada a Garrett es muy baja.
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EL DOBLE CLOSET: GAYS E INDOCUMENTADOS / PILAR MARRERO / LA OPINION
Se dice a menudo que los indocumentados viven “en la sombra”, pero los jóvenes indocumentados como Jorge Gutiérrez saben lo que es vivir en la sombra y también “en el closet” e imaginan una reforma migratoria sin que se considere a los inmigrantes homosexuales y sus familias. “Para mí fue mucho más difícil salir de las sombras y declararme indocumentado en la secundaria que dar a conocer mi identidad sexual. Pero al combinar las dos cosas, hay una problemática complicada”, dijo Gutiérrez, residente de Los Ángeles y originario de Nayarit, México.
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CSU RESUMES TRAVEL TO MEXICO / STEPHEN MAGAGNINI / SACRAMENTO BEE
Mexico is no longer off limits to the California State University system’s 23 campuses and 437,000 students. In lifting CSU’s 2011 ban on student travel to Mexico, Chancellor Timothy P. White said violence “has declined during the past year and is unevenly distributed geographically.” White’s letter to California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez noted that the U.S. State Department’s “Travel Warning to Mexico” now provides specific regional advisories, rather than a blanket warning for the whole country. (…) The reopening of Mexico to the CSU system was applauded by professors, state legislators and Sacramento’s Mexican Consul General Carlos González Gutiérrez as well as Cien Amigos – Sacramento Mexican American leaders who lobbied the chancellor to loosen the restrictions.
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OCUPAN CORTES MIGRATORIAS DE EL PASO TERCER LUGAR EN REZAGOS / JULIO ANTONIO MOLINET / EL DIARIO DE JUÁREZ (CHIHUAHUA)
El Paso destaca como la tercera ciudad de Texas donde existe un mayor número de casos pendientes en los tribunales o cortes de migración, de acuerdo con la Oficina Ejecutiva de Revisión de Inmigración. En el estado, Houston es líder con 13 mil 711 procesos pendientes, seguido por San Antonio con 10 mil 388 y El Paso con 6 mil 716, advierte la fuente. Según la abogada Ileana Holguín, con vasta experiencia en el tema, entre las causales del rezago destacan varias:
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A DEBATE, OPCIÓN DE IDIOMA EN LA BOLETA ELECTORAL / JULIANA HENAO / EL DIARIO DE JUÁREZ (CHIHUAHUA)
En El Paso los residentes que votan por correo tienen la oportunidad y el deber de elegir si reciben su tarjeta electoral en inglés o en español, dependiendo de sus preferencias. Sin embargo, en Texas hay otros condados en que las boletas electorales enviadas por correo regular deben ser impresas en varios idiomas, además del inglés: español, chino y vietnamita –lenguajes que hablan las minorías con más representación en el estado–, generando costos muy altos en la producción de las mismas. El representante estatal republicano Gary W. Elkins quiere cambiar este procedimiento mediante una propuesta de ley que haría que la Secretaría de Estado solicite al votante que especifique en qué idioma desea recibir la boleta electoral, de lo contrario se le entregaría solamente en inglés.
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LES IMMIGRANTS ILLÉGAUX PROFITENT DES CANADIENS, SELON VIC TOEWS / CARA MCKENNA / LA PRESSE CNADIENNE
Les immigrants illégaux se servent des contribuables canadiens – et non le contraire, a déclaré au Parlement le ministre fédéral de la Sécurité publique, Vic Toews, en défendant l’utilisation de caméras de télé-réalité lors d’arrestations d’immigrants. Le gouvernement fédéral fait l’objet de critiques de plusieurs sources pour avoir approuvé la diffusion d’une émission de télévision portant sur la sécurité aux frontières, après que des cameramen eurent filmé les arrestations de plusieurs hommes par des officiers de l’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada (ASFC) à Vancouver, la semaine dernière. Mais M. Toews n’a pas l’intention de faire marche arrière. Le ministre a notamment déclaré que les immigrants illégaux coûtent aux contribuables canadiens respectueux des lois des dizaines de millions de dollars, en plus de priver les électeurs de milliers d’emplois.
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TV CAMERAS FILMING CBSA IMMIGRATION RAIDS FOR REALITY SHOW IS OKAY: PUBLIC SAFETY MINISTER VIC TOEWS / NATIONAL POST 
Illegal immigrants take advantage of Canadian taxpayers – not the other way around, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told critics in Parliament as he defended the use of reality TV cameras on immigrant raids. The federal government is facing criticism on several fronts for its approval of the TV show focusing on border security after camera crews filmed the arrest of several men in Vancouver last week by officers with Canada Border Services Agency.
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ILLEGAL WORKERS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO STAY / THE VANCOUVER SUN
The TV series Border Security serves as a deterrent to those who think they can enter and remain illegally. A group calling itself “No One is Illegal” has been leading the charge in objecting to the arrest of illegal workers at construction sites in Vancouver. No One is Illegal has long advocated that non-citizens should be allowed to stay in Canada even if they have no legal right to be here. It recently, for example, played an active role in convincing members of Toronto city council to declare Toronto a “Sanctuary City” and make available municipal services to illegals (or “non-documented migrants” as their advocates prefer to call them in order to avoid acknowledging they are breaking the law). No One is Illegal and other groups have taken particular offence over the fact that film crews were allowed to video the arrests in Vancouver for use in the TV series, Border Security, which depicts the work of Canada Border Services Agency officers in preventing the entry of persons who should not be allowed into Canada.
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PENALTIES RARE FOR FIRMS THAT HIRE ILLEGAL WORKERS / JESSICA BARRETT / THE VANCOUVER SUN
Migrants bear the brunt of crackdowns because they’re vulnerable and removable: lawyer. Companies that hire illegal migrant workers are seldom penalized for breaking the law, say immigration specialists. Under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, employers who knowingly hire workers without proper documentation can face fines of up to $50,000 and two years in jail. “The problem is employer sanctions are rarely applied,” said Zool Suleman, an immigration lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience. “There’s a huge inequity in how this works.” Unless employers have been found to routinely hire illegal workers on a wide scale or engage in other egregious conduct – such as human trafficking – they are often not pursued by Canada Border Services or Immigration Canada, Suleman said. “The party that’s more vulnerable of course is the worker, because the worker is easily removable, easily charged under the Immigration Act.”
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