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DETAINED WOMEN FACE RETALIATION FOR HUNGER STRIKE



 

By Eric Galatas, Public News Service

Credit: PhanuwatNandee/iStockphoto

November 9, 2015 (Austin, Texas) – Detained women seeking asylum in the U.S., who launched a hunger strike last week, are facing retaliation from ICE agents, according to the advocacy group Grassroots Leadership.

APPEALS COURT STRIKES DOWN OBAMA IMMIGRATION ACTIONS: JUSTICE DEPT. TAKES CASE TO SUPREME COURT

East County News Service

November 10, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – The Obama administration is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect immigrant families after a 5th circuit appellate court decision blocked implementation of the President’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DACA.  The president’s executive order would grant work permits to up to 5 million immigrants and protect most from deportation.

BAJA BLOG: SIRENA, THE MERMAID HOUSE IN PUERTO NUEVO, BAJA

By Susan A Mahalick

Photos by Zoë Jussel or Armando Muñoz

November 1, 2015 (Baja, Mexico) - “About an hour from the border, just south of Rosarito, Mexico, one can find a rare creature: a mermaid. Never mind that she’s made out of concrete and rebar. She doesn’t emerge from the ocean, but she provides a home and business for her maker. KPBS culture reporter Angela Carone visits the world’s only naked mermaid house,” KPBS reported.

STRONGEST HURRICANE EVER RECORDED BARRELS TOWARD MEXICO

 

East County News Service

October 23, 2015 (San Diego) – Hurricane Patricia, described as a “potentially catastrophic hurricane” by the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center, is forecast to slam into the Pacific coast of Mexico later today.  With winds of 200  miles per hour, Hurricane Patricia is the strongest hurricane ever recorded by the center, which tracks all storms in North America.

CNN reports that 50,000 people have been evacuated along the Mexican coast, where a storm surge wave of 30 feet is expected to hit the Mexican state of Jalisco. The powerful storm is between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco, about 85 miles southwest of Manzanillo Mexico and 155 miles south of Cabo Corrientes. Flights from San Diego and elsewhere in California into the region have been cancelled, the Los Angeles Times reports.

ORGAN DONATIONS SOAR IN CALIFORNIA AFTER DRIVER’S LICENSES GRANTED TO IMMIGRANTS

East County News Service

October 20, 2015 (Sacramento)--If you receive a new heart, lung, kidney or other donated organ, you may have an undocumented immigrant to thank.

Donate Life California, which runs California’s organ and tissue registry, reports that the number of organ donors has increased by nearly a third – 30 percent – since a new law took effect in January allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

NEW REPORT: ICE INSPECTIONS "PERPETUATE AND OBSCURE ABUSE AT IMMIGRATION DETENTION CENTERS" ACROSS U.S.

 

Newly Released Government Documents Reveal Critical Flaws in ICE Inspections Process, Show that the Obama Administration’s Reforms Fail to Fix Widespread Abuses

October 21, 2015 (San Diego)-- A new report, “Lives in Peril:  How Ineffective Inspections Make ICE Complicit in Immigration Detention Abuse” released today by the National Immigration Justice Center (NIJC) and Detention Watch Network (DWN), exposes how the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) inspections process for immigration detention centers obscures and perpetuates widespread abuses of detained immigrants.

ICE SUPERVISOR ACCUSED OF RECRUITING WORKERS FOR SEX PARTIES AND OTHER MISCONDUCT

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 20, 2015 (San Diego)--A federal investigation is under way into allegations claiming that a supervisor at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE , in downtown San Diego has been recruiting workers for swinger sex parties at his home that he shares with his wife, who is also an ICE agent.

The anonymous complaint was filed with Homeland Security’s Inspector General, however the department referred the complaints to Ice for an internal investigation and has questioned several people in the local ICE office, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The Union-Tribune has reviewed the complaint and reports that it contends workers were approached during work and via text messages. The sex parties reportedly included sexual romps which allegedly occurred in a bedroom while children were at home.

GOVERNOR TAKES ACTION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE , IMMIGRANT AND SCHOOL GUN BILLS

 

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2015 (Sacramento)—Governor Brown has taken action on numerous crime-related bills as well as a measure banning concealed guns on college campuses.

The Governor vetoed 11 crime-related measures, objecting to the fact that each bill would “criminalize conduct that is already proscribed.”  Among the bills rejected was one that would have made it a felony to possess date-rape drugs with intent to commit a sexual assault.

A week after a gunman killed nine people at a college in Oregon, Brown signed into law a measure banning the carrying of concealed w4eapons on all school and university campuses in California, except when school officials have granted permission or if the carrier is retired from  law enforcement.

AZTEC DANCERS TO PERFORM OCT. 15 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

East County News Service

October 7, 2015 (El Cajon)--Aztec Dancers will perform in full costume at the main quad on Grossmont College on October 15th at 11:00 a.m.

The dancers will explain the significance of their performance as it relates to the indigenous people who once dominated large parts of Mesoamerica from the 14th to 16th centuries.

STATE OFFICIALS HONOR LATINO VETERANS

 

 

East County News Service

 

September 17, 2015 (Sacramento)--State officials gathered Tuesday at the El Soldado ("The Soldier") Memorial in the State Capitol Park to honor the sacrifices and contributions of Latino American Veterans.

To kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month, CalVet held a ceremony to honor the 296,000 Latino American Veterans who honorably defended our country in war and those who serve during times of peace. Latinos represent the highest number of Medal of Honor recipients per capita of any ethnic group. During World War II, about half a million Latinos served with distinction.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATED AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES

 

September 11, 2015 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Latino Film Festival and a Cuyamaca College Latino Heritage Celebration highlight an array of special events honoring Hispanic Heritage Month at the two East County colleges beginning Sept. 15.

All of the events are free and open to the public.

GUNSHOT VICTIM'S BODY FOUND EAST OF OTAY

 

East County News Service

August 17, 2015 (Otay) –An agent from the U.S. Border Patrol found the body of a Hispanic man alongside a roadway in unincorporated San Diego County at 6 a.m. on the morning of August 12, 2015. “The man had been shot multiple times in the upper body and died as a result of his injuries,” said Lieutenant John Maryon with the Sheriff’s homicide detail.

LAWSUIT CHALLENGES CALIFORNIA'S NEW FRACKING REGULATIONS, CLAIMS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LATINO CHILDREN

 

Kern County family sues Governor Jerry Brown and state oil & gas regulator on the grounds that Latino school children face undue threats to their health and safety 

 

July 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Today, a Kern County family is suing Governor Jerry Brown, claiming that California’s new fracking regulations do not protect the health of Latino public school children. The lawsuit, filed by the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, argues the new fracking regulations illegally discriminate against Latino public school children, who are disproportionately affected by the negative impacts of fracking in their neighborhoods, including noxious fumes and illnesses that plaintiffs allege were caused by fracking exposure.

HUNTER SEEKS TO PUNISH SANCTUARY CITIES

 

Despite controversy over violent crimes, new immigrants commit crimes at lower rate than citizens, Pew Research finds

By Miriam Raftery

July 11, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine) has announced plans to introduce a bill that would cut federal funds to any city, county or state that has enacted laws to prevent enforcement of federal immigration law, Times of San Diego reports.

The measure comes in response to the fatal shooting of Kate Steinle at the San Francisco waterfront by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant with five prior felony arrests. San Francisco, a sanctuary city, did not notify federal officials of Sanchez’s release despite pending deportation orders.  Mean while San Francisco’s mayor has announced plans to cooperate with the federal government for deportation of immigrants with a history of violent crimes—a small percentage of the total immigrant population.

BORDER PATROL FINDS SMUGGLED IMMIGRANTS IN TRUNK AT EAST COUNTY CHECKPOINT

 

East County News Service

Photo: U.S. Border Patrol

July 7, 2015 (Pine Valley) -- U.S. Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint on I-8 near Pine Valley found three undocumented Mexican immigrants in a vehicle trunk and arrested three American citizens on Monday.

LATINO FILM FESTIVAL ISSUES CALL FOR ENTRIES

 

June 25, 2015 (San Diego)--The San Diego Latino Film Festival has issued a call for entries for its 2016 event. The deadlines are September 11 for early entry, October 9 normal entry, and November 13, late entry. Entry fees range from $15-$25 for early entries up to $40-60 for late entries.

The 23rd annual festival will be held March 10-20, 2016. The festival seeks entries for short films and feature films. Last year’s festival was attended by an audience of 21,500 actively-engaged film lovers, filmmakers, actors, programmers, distributors, industry representatives, and journalists.

APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS BLOCKING OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ORDER

East County News Service

May 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an injunction issued by a federal court in Texas which blocks President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The President’s order granted protection from immigration and work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants.

Texas and 25 other states had sued to stop the President’s actions from taking effect this month as scheduled.

I-8 BRIDGE DEDICATED TO FALLEN BORDER AGENT

 

May 16, 2015 (Jacumba) – A bridge over Interstate 8 near Jacumba has been renamed to honor Eric Norman Cabral, a Border Patrol Agent who died of a heart attack caused by heat exhaustion suffered while tracking a group of suspected undocumented immigrants in the area.

BORDER PATROL AGENT GRANTED IMMUNITY IN KILLING OF 15-YEAR-OLD BOY

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 27, 2015 (El Paso)—A federal court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Border Patrol cannot be sued in U.S. courts by the family of a teenager in Mexico shot by an American border agent.

STUDY: DOCTOR SHORTAGE FOR BOOMING LATINO POPULATION IN CA, U.S.

 

By Suzanne Porter, Public News Service

Photo credit: chilombiano/morguefile.com

April 22, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Over the past 30 years, the Latino population in the United States has risen by 243 percent. But during that same period, according to a UCLA study of census data, the number of Latino doctors has decreased 22 percent.

SPEAKER ON BORDER AND IMMIGRATION ISSUES APRIL 23 IN EL CAJON

 

 

East County News Service

April 16, 2015 (El Cajon)--The East County Democratic Club (ECDC) will consider issues related to the U.S.-Mexican Border, at its April 23, 2015, meeting.  Pedro Rios, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) project director, will address members and guests at  Coco’s Restaurant, 1324 East Main Street, El Cajon, 92021.  The featured speaker’s commentary will be first on the agenda at the 7 p.m. meeting, followed by a question and answer session.

Rios leads the AFSC’s U.S./Mexico Border Program.  He has been on the AFSC staff for twelve years. He is also chairperson for the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, a coalition of over 30 organizations in San Diego working to support the rights of immigrants and refugees. A native San Diegan, Rios has worked on immigrant rights and border issues for over 18 years. He became active on immigration issues in the early 1990s, when California was debating the passage of Proposition 187, the anti-immigrant initiative that was later ruled unconstitutional.

"LOVE MARATHON" AT THE LOS ANGELES TIMES "FESTIVAL OF BOOKS" AT USC

 

By Dennis Moore

April 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Nuria Garcia Arteaga, whom this writer had the honor of writing a review of her publication Love Marathon in the East County Magazine, has taken a long and circuitous route to attend and participate in the 20th Annual Los Angeles Times “Festival of Books” at USC. She has traveled thousands of miles to showcase her artistry at this event. Now living in The Netherlands, but originally from Peru, this author and entertainer will bring to the “Festival of Books” a dazzling compilation of music and literature. Click to view.

BORDER COALITION PROTESTS BORDER PATROL APPEAL OVER TASERING DEATH

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) held a rally in San Diego on Tuesday to  announce a Day of Action to Stop Border Brutality on May 28, the 91st anniversary of the founding of Border Patrol.  The date coincides with the 5th anniversary of the killing of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, a father of four children, by border agents.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN LORENA GONZALEZ RECEIVES CESAR CHAVEZ FOUNDATION'S LEGACY AWARD

 

Honored for Long Record Supporting Immigrants and Working Families

East County News Service

March 29, 2015 (San Diego)--  Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a San Diego Democrat, was honored Thursday night with the Cesar Chavez Foundation’s Legacy Award for her career supporting immigrants and working families. In commemoration of Cesar Chavez Day, the awards are presented to those who exemplify excellence and unparalleled commitment to community empowerment and advocacy.

DOOMED TO DESTINY

 

A review of Oedipus El Rey  at the Lyceum Theater, by Mimi Pollack

March 19,2015 (San Diego)--Is a young man doomed to destiny or can he overcome his fate? Since the play, Oedipus El Rey, is based on a classic Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex, we all know what the answer will be. Nevertheless, this adaptation written by acclaimed playwright, Luis Alfaro, set in a modern Chicano background or urban barrio, asks this age old question.

'A WRITER DOES NOT LEARN HOW TO WRITE...A WRITER IS BORN TO TELL STORIES'

Love Marathon (“La marathon del amor”), by Nuria Garcia Arteaga (Smashwords, 2013)

Book Review by Dennis Moore

‘A writer does not learn how to write … a writer is born to tell stories’

 

March 15, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Nuria Garcia Arteaga, this accomplished author and musician from Lima, Peru, now living in The Netherlands, has written and compiled a work of art that explores romance and intimacy; Love Marathon (“La maraton del amor”). Love Marathon is a trilogy that follows the lives of three women, Malucha, Maniro and Magnolia. The three women hail from disparate socioeconomic backgrounds and exemplify the novel’s epigraph: “Latin American women are like their nations, some self-destruct, others are destroyed and a few survive.” This trilogy of stories in Love Marathon; Between Drizzle and Hate, Menkori and Of Sun and Moon, captures the essence of human endeavor and frailty. The book is written in English and Spanish. Click to view video.

BORDER AGENT CHARGED WITH VIDEO VOYEURISM AND FALSE STATEMENTS

 

East County News Service

March 9, 2015 (San Diego) -- FBI Special Agent Eric S. Birnbaum has announced the arrest of Armando Gonzalez, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent accused of videotaping women with a hidden video camera  in the bathroom of a Customs and Border Protection building in Chula Vista. A federal complaint unsealed today reveals that Gonzalez, 46, has been charged with video voyeurism and making false statements.

THE ANOINTED SON

 

Valdez stars in Oedipus Rex,  running March 7-29

By Mimi Pollack

Photo by Daren Scott

March 6, 2015 (San Diego)--It couldn’t always have been easy growing up as part of “Chicano theater royalty” or a Latino dynasty, yet Lakin Valdez, son of Luis and Lupe Valdez, comes across with ease and grace. The youngest of three brothers, all of them working in various aspects of theater, film, and television, Lakin is unassuming, smart and thoughtful.

FREE FESTIVAL TO SHOWCASE LATIN AMERICAN ART MARCH 21-22

 

February 28, 2015 (San Diego) – Nearly 100 artists and craftsmen, and international cuisine chefs, will participate in the Latin American Art Festival on March 21 and 22 at the NTC Arts & Culture District in  Liberty Station.

CONSTRUCTION CLOSES 905 SOUTH INTO MEXICO FOR TWO NIGHTS, MARCH 11-12

Construction underway from Feb. 22 through March 27

February 26, 2015 (San Diego)--U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are notifying travelers of closures due to construction that may affect border crossers planning to use the Otay Mesa border crossing into Mexico during the month of March. 

CBP began construction last week to install a new truss system above the southbound vehicles lanes at the Otay Mesa border crossing that will support signage and technology at the border crossing.  The truss system will be located along State Route 905 south, past the last exit in the U.S. and before the international border with Mexico. Beginning this week, construction will be taking place only during the overnight hours, from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., beginning each week at 9 p.m. on Sunday evening, and finishing 6 a.m. Friday morning. 

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