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Immigration reform said to be taking a back seat

April 20, 2010

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El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 4/16/10

Immigration reform said to take a back seat in the U.S.’s political horizon

(full article transl.) The possibility of an immigration reform in the United States becomes more distant after the Senate’s Democratic leader, Harry Reid, acknowledged that there isn’t going to be a debate in the near future, while Arizona readies to approve a strong law against the illegals. After months of deliberations, the Democrats and Republicans have not reached an agreement about a text proposal that has to be bipartisan if it hopes to have the smallest possibility of being approved.

The Democrat Reid, whose party has 59 out of 100 seats in the Senate, acknowledged this week that it will not be possible to debate any proposal from now until the end of May, before a new work stop due to legislative vacations. Reid stated to the press on Thursday, “I didn’t mention immigration during this work session because I don’t have the intention of doing it until we resolve other problems,” although he acknowledged that it needs to be done.

The complex reform of the financial markets and an unexpected vacancy in the Supreme Court threaten to occupy a good part of the congressional debates upon the return from those vacations, which the congressmen also use to campaign in their states.

According to the latest available data, the United States has some 11 million undocumented persons, two thirds of whom are Hispanic.

President Barack Obama promised that immigration reform would be a priority, and he said it again in front of leaders of the Hispanic caucus just before the key approval of the health services reform, one for which he absolutely needed all the Democratic votes.

Since last year, two Senators, the Democrat Charles Schumer and the Republican Lindsey Graham, are negotiating a common text which would include a program for the legalization of the undocumented with conditions, a program for temporary work permits and biometric identification cards. But apart from a press article in which they outlined their plans, published a month ago, both appear extremely restrained about their talks. Neither Schumer’s office nor Graham’s answered questions by AFP (news agency) about the status of their negotiations.

The activist reform backers, who were able to mobilize tens of thousands of persons last March 21st in Washington, warn that they are not willing to have their arm twisted.

Other Republican voices have expressed themselves in a troubling fashion: Senator Jon Kyl (Arizona) asserted in a meeting weeks ago that his party was willing to boycott the debates as a reprisal for how the Democrats approved the health reform.

With harshness

Precisely in Arizona, the House of Representatives this week approved a bill which makes the presence in the country of persons without papers a crime. The project must still be approved by the State Senate, and signed by the Governor, but it constitutes the harshest initiative ever promoted in the United States. It is estimated that some 400,000 illegal immigrants live in Arizona, who, according to this law, could be detained and deported.


El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 4/19/10

Deportation of Hondurans becomes a constant

According to data from Honduras’ “Returned Migrant Affairs Office”, 13,198 Hondurans have been deported back to Honduras so far this year. Of these, 6,483 were returned by air and 6,715 by land. Hondurans who have traveled “to the country of the north” without documents are detained by immigration authorities and are returned to Honduras every week. In 2009, the U.S. deported 25,101 Hondurans.


La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 4/19/10

Bloody El Salvador

There were 25 homicides in El Salvador over the weekend. And the country’s “PNC” (National Civil Police) has recorded six new ones “in the last few hours” today (Mon.) (El Salvador is slightly smaller than Massachusetts)


Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas) 4/19/10


Mexican Navy, Customs, and Justice Dep’t. personnel seized more than 300 kilos of cocaine found in a container at the port of Manzanillo, Colima. The drug was packed in 596 cans of “Mar Bravo” brand tuna that had come from Ecuador.


El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 4/19/10

And more cocaine

An 18-wheeler en route from Guadalajara to Mexicali, Baja Calif., was found to be hauling nearly 572 kilos of drug, including more than 427 kilos of cocaine, nearly 128 kilos of meth and more than 16 kilos of an opium derivative. The majority of the truck’s load was powdered detergent and fabric softener; the drugs were hidden in boxes presumably also containing the detergent. The event took place at a checkpoint near Querobabi, on the highway to Nogales.


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