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OBAMA: SEGURIDAD Y MIGRACIÓN NO DEBEN DOMINAR AGENDA / EL UNIVERSAL
El presidente Obama dijo hoy que los temas de la seguridad y la inmigración entre México y Estados Unidos no pueden regir una agenda tan amplia como la que comparten ambos países. “Al tiempo que lidiamos con problemas urgentes, no podemos perder de vista la relación económica, una de las más grandes del mundo”, dijo en una conferencia de prensa en Palacio Nacional acompañado del presidente Peña Nieto.
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VEN OPORTUNIDAD DE CRECIMIENTO COMÚN / SILVIA OTERO / EL UNIVERSAL
Los presidentes Enrique Peña Nieto y Barack Obama relanzaron la relación-México-Estados Unidos , con énfasis en la integración económica para potenciar los 500 mil millones de dólares de comercio anual que los convierte en socios estratégicos, y con el objetivo adicional de convertir a América del Norte en una región competitiva frente a otros mercados crecientes como el asiático. (….) En materia migratoria, Obama expresó su optimismo porque la reforma en la materia sea aprobada en su país y lograr un marco legal que conozca la contribución de los migrantes en la vida de Estados Unidos.
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UN NUEVO MÉXICO ESTÁ EMERGIENDO: OBAMA; LLAMA A ELIMINAR / EXCELSIOR
“Un nuevo México está emergiendo”, aseguró el presidente Barack Obama, al tiempo que hizo un llamado a eliminar viejos estereotipos en su discurso dirigido a estudiantes y profesores universitarios, pero también a políticos y empresarios que se reunieron en el Museo Nacional de Antropología. (…) Reforma migratoria este año: Obama / Por ello aseguró que está trabajando para promulgar una reforma “sensata de migración” así como por alcanzar medidas que fortalezcan la frontera con México, este mismo año.
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PRIORIZA OBAMA ACUERDO DE REFORMA MIGRATORIA BIPARTIDISTA / EXCÉLSIOR
Barack Obama, presidente de Estados Unidos, ha tenido como prioridad una reforma migratoria que dé la ciudadanía a 11 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados que se encuentran en el país, sin embargo el camino es complicado.
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REFORMA MIGRATORIA ES LO CORRECTO, ASEGURA OBAMA EN MÉXICO / EXCÉLSIOR
El presidente de EU, Barack Obama, aseguró, en una conferencia de prensa conjunta con su homólogo mexicano Enrique Peña Nieto, que una reforma migratoria en su país “es lo correcto” por hacer. Obama dijo que “este es el momento” de lograr una reforma migratoria aunque al ser un acuerdo con el partido republicano podría tener un “marco básico” y no contener “todo lo que él quiere”, aunque expuso que no aceptará algo que no sea lo que él ha propuesto y que resuelva el problema de los millones de inmigrantes que viven en EU.
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OBAMA ‘SE GANA’ A JÓVENES MEXICANOS CON DISCURSO / ROXANA GONZÁLEZ GARCÍA / EL FINANCIERO
En un discurso frente a cientos de jóvenes e intelectuales mexicanos, el presidente Barack Obama resaltó el papel fundamental que juega la comunidad de migrantes en Estados Unidos, el compromiso de su país para detener el tráfico de armas y también, sobre el proyecto conjunto con México para incentivar la educación (sobre todo en ámbitos científicos y de innovación) entre ambos países. Obama arrancó aplausos en varias ocasiones, al citar a Octavio Paz, reconocer la labor de los héroes patrios mexicanos, y sobre todo, de incentivar a los presentes a seguir sus sueños.
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´NO DEPORTEN A MI MAMÁ´, PIDEN A OBAMA EN MÉXICO / EL UNIVERSAL
Con la consigna “Obama, no deportes a mi mamá”, decenas de familias de inmigrantes deportados desde Estados Unidos a pesar de tener hijos que nacieron ahí se manifestaron el jueves afuera de la embajada estadounidense en México al inicio de una visita del presidente Barack Obama al país. Los manifestantes también pidieron la aprobación de una ley migrante que consigan vital para mantener juntas a las familias.
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OBAMA EN MÉXICO / JOSÉ FERNÁNDEZ SANTILLÁN / EL UNIVERSAL
Es curioso y no carente de significado que la visita del presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, se presente inmediatamente después del 1 de mayo. Parece una respuesta a modo frente a las manifestaciones efectuadas durante la conmemoración del Día del Trabajo allá del otro lado del río Bravo en por lo menos 100 ciudades para exigir la regularización de los trabajadores indocumentados.
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MARYLAND Y OREGON DAN LICENCIAS A MIGRANTES / EL UNIVERSAL
El gobernador de Maryland, Martin O´Malley, promulgó ayer varias leyes aprobadas por la legislatura estatal, entre ellas una que otorgará licencias de conducir a los solicitantes sin un número de Seguro Social ni una prueba de estatus migratorio. Sin embargo, los inmigrantes deben aprobar los exámenes escrito y oral, como el resto de los solicitantes. Asimismo, los deben mostrar un documento oficial de identificación, como una acta de nacimiento o un pasaporte, así como dos años de declaración de impuestos en Maryland.
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REMESAS, CON PEOR CAÍDA DESDE 2010 / ALBERTO VERDUSCO / EL UNIVERSAL
El flujo de remesas que ingresó al país sumó 4 mil 847 millones de dólares durante el primer trimestre de 2013, una caída de 10% en relación con el mismo periodo del año anterior, informó el Banco de México (Banxico). De acuerdo con el reporte Remesas familiares elaborado por el instituto central, la contracción en el lapso enero-marzo de este año es la peor que se tiene registro desde 2010, cuando esos recursos disminuyeron 12.1%.
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OBAMA ARRIVES IN MEXICAN CAPITAL TO MEET WITH NEW LEADER/MICHAEL D. SHEAR AND RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD / THE NEW YORK TIMES 
President Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico labored Thursday to avoid engaging each other on the two most delicate, contentious issues between their countries: immigration overhaul in the United States and Mexican efforts to confront drug violence. In an hourlong news conference after a private meeting, Mr. Obama and Mr. Peña Nieto repeatedly sought to shift their public conversation away from security and border issues that have long dominated such high-level visits, to focus instead on the vast economic relationship between the two nations. A joint communiqué between the two men mentioned security cooperation only at the end of a lengthy discussion of commercial and educational initiatives. During the news conference, both leaders waved aside reports of the unraveling of cross-border ties between security agencies.
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OBAMA: US-MEXICO STEREOTYPES MUST BE BROKEN / ARIZONA DAILY STAR 
President Barack Obama says he wants to set aside old stereotypes that have created misunderstanding between Mexico and the United States. He says Mexico is an emerging nation that is remaking itself and that the U.S.-Mexico relationship should be defined by shared prosperity, not by threats both countries face. In a speech Friday to a predominantly student audience in Mexico City, Obama conceded that demand for drugs in the United States is at the root of much of the violence in Mexico. He also acknowledged that most guns used to commit crime in Mexico come from the U.S. Obama said he’s optimistic the U.S. Congress will change the nation’s immigration laws and says the current immigration system doesn’t reflect U.S. values. Obama was traveling to Costa Rica after the speech.
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OBAMA: BORDER SECURITY COOPERATION ‘EVOLVING’ / ARIZONA DAILY STAR 
President Obama sought on Thursday to tamp down a potential rift with Mexico over a dramatic shift in the cross-border fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, acceding that Mexicans had the right to determine how best to tackle the violence that has plagued their country. Since taking office in December, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has moved to end the widespread access that U.S. security agencies have had in Mexico to tackle the violence that affects both sides of the border. It’s a departure from the strategy employed by his predecessor, Felipe Calderón, which was praised by the U.S. but reviled by many Mexicans.
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HOW OBAMA’S MEXICO TRIP SENDS A MESSAGE BACK HOME ON IMMIGRATION, TOO / DAVID GRANT / THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
President Obama’s three-day trip through Central America, which began in Mexico Thursday, emphasizes economic and security concerns. But it also has a deep echo in the US immigration reform debate. Elected with an overwhelming share of the US Hispanic vote, Mr. Obama has been hemmed in on how hard he can push the immigration issue by the delicate politics of immigration on Capitol Hill, which could make or break the 2014 midterm elections. But when he meets with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto or with central American leaders in Costa Rica over the weekend, he will be able to subtly embrace the many American Latinos who will be watching closely.
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OBAMA: IMMIGRATION REFORM WILL HAPPEN THIS YEAR / ZACHARY GOLDFARB / THE WASHINGTON POST 
In Mexico, President Obama returned to the topic of immigration reform, reaffirming his confidence that “the shadow of deportation” can be lifted this year from those the administration calls the “dreamers.” “I’m convinced we can get it done,” he said in a speech at the Anthropology Museum, “reform that continues to strengthen border security and strengthen legal immigration so citizens don’t have to wait years to bring their families to the United States, reform that holds everyone accountable so immigrants get on the right side of the law and so immigrants are not exploited and abused, and most of all, reform that gives millions of undocumented individuals a pathway to earn their citizenship.
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ON VISIT WITH PEÑA NIETO, OBAMA PLEDGES TO MAINTAIN CLOSE COOPERATION WITH MEXICO / ALFREDO CORCHADO / THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Amid an uncertain political climate, President Barack Obama on Thursday praised the ambitious economic agenda of his host and counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, although questions on security policy continued to cast a long shadow. (…) Obama is pressing Congress to pass a broad immigration overhaul that would provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally — many of them Mexicans. Obama said Thursday that an overhaul of the U.S. immigration system was important for U.S.-Mexican trade, which totaled half a trillion dollars last year. Obama said he’s optimistic that an immigration overhaul will be passed in the United States. “If we’re going to get that done, now is the time to do it,” he said. Obama will address students and business leaders Friday and then head to Costa Rica, where he will meet with Central American leaders. In both Mexico and Costa Rica, Obama hoped to showcase economic and energy opportunities to make the region more competitive. But Central American leaders are also concerned about organized crime and migration.
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OBAMA: IMMIGRATION IMPORTANT FOR US-MEXICO TRADE / THE DENVER POST
President Barack Obama says there’s another reason it’s important to overhaul the U.S. immigration system: It’s the amount of business conducted between the United States and Mexico. The White House says that last year alone, trade between the countries totaled nearly half a trillion dollars.
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OBAMA DESTACA PROGRESO EN FRONTERA Y REAFIRMA OPTIMISMO EN REFORMA MIGRATORIA / LA VOZ ARIZONA
El presidente, Barack Obama, destacó hoy los progresos que se han hecho en materia de seguridad fronteriza, en parte gracias a la colaboración con México, y volvió a reafirmar su optimismo en que la reforma migratoria saldrá adelante. Durante una conferencia de prensa conjunta con su homólogo de México, Enrique Peña Nieto, Obama recordó que su Gobierno ha destinado “enormes recursos” a mejorar la seguridad fronteriza, uno de los requisitos de legisladores republicanos en el debate sobre la reforma migratoria.
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LA REFORMA MIGRATORIA VISTA DESDE MÉXICO / LA RAZA
Los miles de mexicanos que tienen parientes de este lado de la frontera o con hijos nacidos en Estados Unidos viven en medio de la indecisión y sin información sobre lo que pueda pasar si se aprueba un proyecto de ley de reforma migratoria. Por eso es que varios analistas ya han destacado que es necesario que México anticipe los escenarios probables que generaría una reforma migratoria y que tanto el gobierno como organizaciones sin fines de lucro e iglesias empiecen a difundir información clara sobre quiénes son elegibles para legalizarse, para no promover falsas esperanzas de que ahora sí vale la pena cruzarse de nuevo, porque hay más chance que antes de ‘agarrar papeles’.
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IS THE GANG OF EIGHT PLAN “AMNESTY”? / THE SACRAMENTO BEE
The “Gang of Eight” senators argue that their bill (S.744) is not an amnesty because illegal immigrants would have to pay a fine and fulfill other requirements as a condition of legalization. Yet seven recent tax and parking-ticket amnesties imposed conditions and payments on those who violated the law, and in every case these programs were considered to be an amnesty by elected officials, the public, and the media. Like the Schumer-Rubio immigration bill, each of the amnesties discussed below set aside the normal penalty but still required payments.
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STATES TAKE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION BILLS / THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC
State legislatures across the nation are taking up immigration laws, and many proposals were introduced or signed in conjunction with May Day immigrants’ rights rallies. The changes create a state-by-state patchwork, but the overall effect has emboldened activists who want more freedoms for the 11 million people in the U.S. without legal permission. — Alabama: In March, officials said the state would allow young immigrants in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. — Arkansas: A proposal that would have allowed state colleges and universities to extend in-state tuition rates to some immigrants who came to the country as children illegally failed to pass this session. — Arizona: A proposal by minority Democrats to force the state to issue driver’s licenses to young immigrants who have gotten work permits under the deferred action program failed to pass the House.
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IMMIGRANT DRIVING PERMIT BILL IN LEGISLATURE RAISES TOUGH ISSUE FOR GOP / KAREN BROOKS HARPER / THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Lawmakers have largely avoided big fights over immigration this year, but a bill to allow those in the country illegally to obtain driving permits threatens to drive a wedge between Republicans. The proposal, which a House committee approved last week, is backed by a coalition of business groups, law enforcement, Democrats and some Republicans. They want to require the population of uninsured drivers in the country illegally, estimated to be at least 1 million people, to pass a driving test, buy insurance, get a criminal background check and obtain a permit. But it faces strong opposition from some GOP members who say no privileges should be granted to those who broke the law to get here.
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IMMIGRATION REFORM IS CONSERVATIVE / JENNIFER RUBIN / ARIZONA DAILY STAR 
Immigration reform opponents on the right have a tricky problem: So many of their conservative superstars support comprehensive reform that it’s hard to make it out to be a liberal scheme to snooker the public — well, unless you airbrush some people out of the picture. (….)Indeed, immigration reform opponents are going up against conservative, pro-growth economists as well as some prominent evangelicals and hawks. Can all of these people be dupes of the White House and Chuck Schumer? Moreover, a large majority of Republican voters (maybe not National Review readers), when told the central planks of the Gang of 8 plan, approve of it. Worse still, immigration reform opponents are lined up with and should denounce some pretty flaky types.(….)
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RUBIO SEEKS TO BOOST BORDER LANGUAGE IN NEW BILL / ERICA WERNER / THE DENVER POST
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio says a new immigration bill he helped write needs stronger border security provisions or it will fail in the House and may even have trouble getting through the Senate. Rubio, who is the chief emissary to conservatives on the contentious legislation, said in a radio interview and in an opinion piece being published in Friday’s Wall Street Journal that he’s been hearing concerns in recent days that more work is needed to boost the bill’s language on the border and he said he’s committed to trying to make those changes. In his Wall Street Journal piece, Rubio cited “triggers” in the bill that aim to make new citizenship provisions contingent on border security accomplishments.
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CAMBIAN LEY CONTRA CONDUCTORES INDOCUMENTADOS EN CIUDAD DE ILINOIS / JAIME REYES / VÍVELO HOY 
A meses de que entre en efecto una ley que dará licencias de manejar a conductores indocumentados en Illinois, el municipio de Berwyn modificó una ley que multaba con $500 a conductores detenidos sin una licencia. Ana Parra, directora de Interfaith Leadership Project (ILP), una organización que trabaja con las comunidades de Berwyn, Cicero y Stickney, dijo que el cambio se logró luego de meses de reuniones entre la comunidad y el gobierno Berwyn. En las reuniones, salió a la luz que un oficial en particular detenía casi sólo a conductores hispanos y “era cruel”, y con el acuerdo, ese oficial ya no va a patrullar y fue asignado a funciones de oficina, según Parra.
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FARMERS BRANCH HEADS TOWARD FIRST SINGLE-MEMBER DISTRICT ELECTION / DIANNE SOLIS / THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
The suburb known for its fight against illegal immigration could elect its first Hispanic council member after a successful civil rights suit that established single-member districts. The race for District 1 pits 39-year-old Ana Reyes, the district manager for a Democratic state legislator, against 48-year-old Bill Capener, a candidate with tea party ties who runs a print shop. District 1 is on the city’s poorer west side near Interstate 35. It has nearly 1,800 registered voters, 49 percent with a Spanish surname, according to the Dallas County elections department. Nearly half of Farmers Branch is Hispanic, but in District 1 Latinos make up about 8 of 10 residents.
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EEUU: BUSCAN JORNALEROS EN ESTA TEMPORADA AGRÍCOLA / SHANNON DININNY / EL NUEVO HERALD
Los productores agrícolas del estado de Washington esperan tener suficiente gente para realizar las tareas de la cosecha este año, en momentos en que el Congreso se prepara para el debate sobre la reforma de inmigración este verano. Los fruticultores pasaron trabajo para encontrar jornaleros que ayudaran con la recolección de frutos durante una cosecha récord el año pasado. El Departamento de Seguridad de Empleo de Washington informó que los productores agrícolas dijeron que registraron una escasez de jornaleros del 9% en septiembre del 2012.
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A DAY IN THE STRAWBERRY FIELDS SEEMS LIKE FOREVER/HECTOR BECERRA / LOS ANGELES TIMES
He finds kindness and camaraderie with Mexican immigrants picking strawberries. But he falls far behind as his back tightens and his muscles burn. About 30 minutes into my job as a picker, the strawberry fairy left her first gift. On one of the beds of berries that seemed to stretch forever into the Santa Maria marine layer, Elvia Lopez had laid a little bundle of picked fruit. She and the other three dozen Mexican immigrants in the field were bent at an almost 90-degree angle, using two hands to pack strawberries into plastic containers that they pushed along on ungainly one-wheeled carts. They moved forward, relentlessly, ever bent, following a hulking machine with a conveyor belt that spirited away their fruit. But Lopez, a 31-year-old immigrant from Baja California, knew I was falling behind. And she responded with an act of kindness.
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CLEAR THE WAY FOR CONTRIBUTING IMMIGRANT BUSINESS OWNERS / TROY AND KATJA GAGE / ORLANDO SENTINEL
The status quo of our current immigration system is doing a number on small-business owners and would-be job creators. At Eat More Produce in Winter Park, we are living proof. We immigrated from Canada about five years ago and founded our grocery business here. It sounds like the American Dream. But what we’ve learned the hard way is that, for all our “land of opportunity” talk, the road to U.S. citizenship for immigrant small-business owners is so narrow and treacherous that it’s all but impassable. Indeed, we’ve found ourselves sucked into a system that’s designed to meet the needs of large corporations, but turns its back on small businesses.
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FROM MODEST START TO HIGH HONOR / FRANK WITSIL / THE DETROIT FREE PRESS
A mix of determination, luck — and advice from his grandfather — helped Frank Venegas Jr. go from sweeping floors to running his own business and even being able to afford some guilty pleasures, such as $1,000 shoes. Through his 250-employee construction and product manufacturing company, Venegas has been trying to revitalize the southwest Detroit community, where his grandparents lived after they emigrated to America, and at the same time inspire young Mexican-Americans. “We make money,” the 60-year-old executive said in his southwest Detroit office. “But part of our money doesn’t go into our products, it goes back into the community.”
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FRAMINGHAM VOTES TO VERIFY ESL STUDENTS / JOHN SWINCONECK / BOSTON GLOBE
After some heated debate, Town Meeting members on Wednesday voted to request that selectmen verify the legal status of participants of the town’s adult English as a Second Language program. The nonbinding resolution passed by a narrow margin, 51-49, with three abstentions. Framingham’s Ways and Means Committee Chair Audrey Hall made the motion for the resolution. She said her committee was concerned that immigrants without documents may be crowding the waiting list for ESL classes, and forcing delays upon immigrants with legal status.
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EL NUEVO MEXICANO EN EEUU / ANTONIETA CÁDIZ / RUMBO
Factores políticos, demográficos y económicos han mejorado la situación de México. Aunque el país no ha logrado convertirse en un exportador de profesionales hacia el norte, sí es una fuente importante de emprendedores. Algunos de ellos han mudado directamente sus negocios al otro lado de la frontera, escapando de la violencia.
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INAUGURAN FIESTA DALLAS / 5 DE MAYO / JAY TORRES / DIARIO LA ESTRELLA
Los organizadores de eventos Joe Ochoa y Bill Pletch, representantes de Starfest Music Festival, han llegado a Dallas para crear lo que dicen será “un acontecimiento anual de renombre” que buscará unir las diferentes celebraciones que cada año se realizan en esta ciudad. Dicen son los mismos creadores de eventos reconocidos como Fiesta San Antonio, y otros en diferentes ciudades del país como Brownsville, Nueva Orleans y Milwaukee, de ahí que en Dallas operarán bajo el nombre de Fiesta Dallas / 5 de Mayo ya que lo lanzan en el marco de los festejos de la efeméride.
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PG&E CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO WITH HISPANIC COMMUNITIES / THE SACRAMENTO BEE
In honor of Cinco de Mayo this weekend, PG&E and its Latino Employee Resource Group (ERG) will celebrate with Hispanic communities by participating in several Cinco de Mayo festivals in Northern and Central California. The utility’s volunteers will share important information on gas and electric safety, energy efficiency and financial assistance programs. “Community Cinco de Mayo festivals provide the perfect venue for PG&E to reach our customers with information that helps them be safe and save on their energy bills,” said Jesus Soto Jr., senior vice president of gas transmission operations at PG&E and one of the sponsoring officers for the utility’s Latino ERG. “As community energy experts, we’re excited to help Hispanic communities across Northern and Central California celebrate this important day and provide them with a wide variety of energy solutions.”
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VOCES CONSULARES: EL SIGNIFICADO DEL 5 DE MAYO: “LA BATALLA DE PUEBLA” / CÓNSUL GENERAL VÍCTOR MANUEL TREVIÑO / PRENSA HISPANA
Este fin de semana se celebrará el 5 de mayo a lo largo del “Valle del Sol” con una gran variedad de eventos de carácter festivo; sin duda alguna es una buena oportunidad para divertirse con la familia y amigos asistiendo a un concierto o verbena popular.
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POBLANOS CELEBRARÁN EL 5 DE MAYO EN LOS ÁNGELES / ESMERALDA FABIÁN-ROMERO / LA OPINIÓN
Los poblanos de Los Ángeles celebran el Cinco de Mayo con diversas ceremonias cívicas y culturales que continuarán hasta el domingo. La celebración del Cinco de Mayo estará, como cada año, engalanada del orgullo que los poblanos sienten por su historia al conmemorar la fecha en que el Ejército mexicano triunfó sobre el francés hace más de 150 años en la Batalla de Puebla (…). • Proclamación del Concejo de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles en agradecimiento al Cónsul General de México, David Figueroa, por su apoyo a la comunidad poblana de Los Ángeles. Se realizará en el Ayuntamiento de la Ciudad a las 10:00 a.m. • También en este lugar y hora, se reconocerá al Dr. David Hayes Bautista, profesor de UCLA, por su labor de investigación sobre el contexto histórico del Cinco de Mayo con la publicación de su libro ‘Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition’. • Gastronomía Poblana Nostálgica. Una exposición de platillos gastronómicos auténticos de Puebla. En el Consulado General de México en Los Ángeles a las 7:00 p.m.
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DESINFORMACIÓN SOBRE REFORMA MIGRATORIA DIVIDE A LA POBLACIÓN / SERGIO ARELLANO / DIARIO DE JUÁREZ (CHIHUAHUA)
Aunque las estadísticas revelan que es mayor el número de habitantes paseños que apoyan la reforma migratoria en el país, un activista local afirma que la mala información y la ignorancia son los factores que tienen dividido al resto de la ciudadanía. Recientemente, la página de Internet Pew Research Center publicó cifras de los más recientes estudios de opinión que se han realizado en torno al debate en el Congreso de los Estados Unidos por el proyecto de ley que modificaría la política migratoria nacional.
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TIENE EP LA MÁS ALTA TASA DE INMIGRANTES SIN SEGURO MÉDICO… DE TODO EU / SERGIO ARELLANO / DIARIO DE JUÁREZ (CHIHUAHUA)
Más de la mitad de los inmigrantes de origen mexicano en Estados Unidos carecen de seguro médico y de servicios de salud, dio a conocer el centro de investigaciones demográficas y sociales Pew Research Center en su sitio de Internet. La cifra sería incluso mayor en Texas, y particularmente en esta frontera, de acuerdo a organizaciones derecho humanistas, según las cuales El Paso tiene el más alto índice de inmigrantes sin cobertura médica de todo el país.
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AMENAZAN AGRICULTORES DE TX BLOQUEAR FRONTERA CON MÉXICO / DARIO DE JUÁREZ (CHIHUAHUA)
Productores del Sur de Texas, en una reunión con la Comisión para el Desarrollo del Agua en el Río Grande (RGRWA, por sus siglas en inglés), expresaron su intención de usar tractores para bloquear los puentes internacionales que unen el estado con México, en caso de que se construyeran más presas en Chihuahua. Lo anterior fue revelado por Joe Barrera, director ejecutivo de la RGRWA, quien dijo que la comisión gubernamental no puede aprobar este tipo de actos, sin embargo, aseguró que podrían llamar a un boicot público contra empresas estadounidenses que producen alimentos del lado mexicano y que compiten directamente con los agricultores texanos.
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JOB FAIR TARGETS NEWCOMERS / JEFF DAVIS / THE STAR PHOENIX
More than 800 jobs in industries ranging from fast food to professional services were up for grabs Thursday at a job fair aimed specifically at newcomers to Saskatoon. More than 1,000 immigrants walked through the doors at Nutana Collegiate for We Connect, which brought together 46 local employers looking to recruit new staff. The booths of retailers like Wal-Mart, Staples and Target, which will soon open a store in Saskatoon, attracted large crowds of job seekers. Local hotels, financial institutions, insurance agencies, consulting firms and the police and fire departments also turned out. Jay Fuller, human resources director at FFun Motor Group, said it makes good business sense to hire newcomers.
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HOW CANADA IS WINNING THE RACE IN RECRUITING SKILLED IMMIGRANTS WHILE THE U.S. LAGS BEHIND / FINANCIAL POST
When a recruiter called last year about a position as a mechanic in British Columbia, Paul Thomas said he could hardly believe it. Thomas’s annual income had dropped to US$40,000 a year from US$100,000 as business slowed at the Atlanta auto dealership where he worked. He’d filed for bankruptcy, his house was in foreclosure and other jobs were hard to find even with his resume posted online. Starting a new life in Canada sounded appealing. Skilled worker shortage threatens US$100-billion in U.S. energy projects After spending years searching for enough crude to pump, the U.S. oil and natural gas industry now is struggling to find and pay for enough skilled workers to tap the abundant supply in shale rock, putting US$100-billion in planned petrochemical projects at risk. The recruiter sent Thomas an e-mail loaded with video links describing the company, the owner’s charity projects and the city of Prince George, dubbed the “Northern Capital” of British Columbia.
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NEWCOMERS STRUGGLE WITH MEDICAL INFORMATION / ERIN ELLIS / VANCOUVER SUN
Canada’s already low levels of literacy surrounding health could be slipping even more as immigrants with limited education – and the population in general – get older, according to the organizer of a conference at the University of British Columbia this week. A 2007 Canadian study found that 60 per cent of adults (and 88 per cent of seniors) lacked the ability to obtain, understand and act on health information such as taking prescription drugs as instructed or preparing for a medical procedure such as a colonoscopy. That situation may be worsening, said Dr. Mark Fitzgerald, head of respiratory medicine at both UBC and Vancouver General Hospital, who is a key organizer of the four-day event sponsored by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
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NIAGARA CONCERT WELCOMES MIGRANT FARM WORKERS / NICHOLAS KEUNG / TORONTO STAR 
It is not often migrant farm workers get to party and go to a concert after a long day of back-bending labour in the field. Certainly not a concert dedicated to them, with black gospel, reggae and R&B music by their host community. That is what makes the Farm Workers Welcome concert, which takes place on the first Sunday of May at Niagara’s Orchard Park Bible Church, a unique affair. “I love the warm welcome and the fellowship at the concert,” said Leonard James, who has been coming here from Jamaica for the last 13 years. “We really appreciate the chance to socialize and meet with the local people. We have few opportunities to hear music of that calibre when we are here.” While the media often focuses on stories of abuse and exploitation of migrant farm workers, the Niagara community — with 42 farmhouse locations — has been quietly hosting the annual concert since 2007.
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