Day: April 27, 2014

Soaring number of migrant deportations for minor offenses

With the Obama administration deporting illegal immigrants at a record pace, the president has said the government is going after “criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they’re trying to figure out how to feed their families.”

But a New York Times analysis of internal government records shows that since President Obama took office, two-thirds of the nearly two million deportation cases involve people who had committed minor infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record at…

ICE gets sued claiming retaliation for hunger strikes

Two legal groups are suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying it is retaliating against immigrant hunger strikers at a Washington detention center by placing them in solitary confinement something the agency denies.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and Columbia Legal Services said they’re asking a federal judge in Tacoma for a temporary restraining order to halt the practice.

The groups say hunger-striking is free speech protected by the First Amendment. Hundreds of detainees participated in a hunger strike about a month ago to protest the conditions at…

“Checo” Perez hails podium Formula 1

Sergio Perez is delighted to have ended his and Force India’s podium drought after finishing third in Bahrain.

In an ironic twist, Perez left Sauber for McLaren for the 2013 season hoping to challenge for race victories, but he didn’t finish on the podium once during his 12-month stint at Woking and was then dropped in favour of Kevin Magnussen.

However, it has taken him just three races with Force India to return to the top three as he finished on the podium for the first time since Italy 2012 while it is also Force India’s best result since 2009 when Giancarlo Fisichella finished…

Obama signs executive order on equal pay for woman

Keeping with his promise to champion women’s rights in the workplace, President Barack Obama signed an executive order Tuesday that addresses the issue of unequal pay among federal contractors.

“Restoring opportunity for all has to be our priority, making sure the economy rewards hard work for every single American. Because when women succeed, America succeeds,” Obama said in a speech to mark the signing of the order.

The executive actions coincide with “Equal Pay Day” the date that symbolizes how far into 2014 women must work to earn the same amount of money men earned last…

Mayor of Huimilpan, Querétaro visited Little Rock

Mayor of Huimilpan, María Garcia Perez made a working trip to Benton and Little Rock Arkansas. She met with the Mexican consul, as well as groups of the migrant communities of Huitron, San Jose, Tepuzas, Salitrillo, El Peral, La Peña and Ceja de Bravo, among others.

García Pérez visit, on 30 and 31 March, had the purpose of strengthening social ties among those migrants working in the United States and their home communities. One of her main objectives was to promote the 3×1 Program for Migrants, where the Government of Mexico through the Ministry of Social Services supports…

Jeb Bush: Illegal immigration often ‘an act of love’

Jeb Bush, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, said that undocumented immigrants who come to the United States to provide for their families are not committing a felony but an “act of love.”

In comments at odds with the views of many in his party, Bush, the son of the 41st president and brother of the 43rd, said of the divisive immigration issue: “I think we need to kind of get beyond the harsh political rhetoric to a better place.”

“I’m going to say this and it will be on tape and so be it,” Bush said in an event at the Texas presidential library of his father,…

Learning Spanish and maintaining our cultural heritage

Having been born in Nicaragua, I figured teaching Spanish would be a piece of cake. After the first day of class, however, I realized I was way in over my head … with my Spanish class!

How could this be? Shouldn’t a native speaker be the ideal teacher for this course? About a week later, I begged my department chair to let me teach Spanish 1 for non-speakers I could explain the difference between “ser” and “estar” much better than I could explain accent rules in Spanish.

My parents divorced when I was a teen, and shortly thereafter my mother, my brother, and I gradually…

MOLE: Cinco de Mayo traditional dish

Cinco de Mayo is a fun celebration full of brightly colored decorations, dancing, mariachi music and even parades. Here are some ideas for your party menu to make your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta delicious and memorable!

Cinco de Mayo is most celebrated in Puebla, where the famed Battle of Puebla took place on May 5, 1862. Here are some traditional recipes of Puebla that you can serve to make your Cinco de Mayo event very authentic.

The story behind this sauce tells of two nuns surprised by a visitor. They had little in the way of food and so they used a molcajete to grind every ingredient…