Mexico (News/Activism)

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  • Mexican soccer fans are reluctant to give up a favorite chant — an anti-gay slur

    06/26/2017 4:05:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    LA SLIMES ^ | 6/25/17 | Kate Linthicum
    They've been begged by star players to stop it, fined repeatedly, and threatened with dramatic sanctions that could hurt their national team’s chances in.... Mexican soccer fans have been loath to give up their favorite game-day chant, a homophobic slur that has been condemned by gay rights groups, government officials and international soccer authorities. .....Each time the goalie for the United States team picked up the ball to punt it, the crowd began chanting, “Eehhh,” stretching out the sound like a long musical note on a crescendo. When the goalie finally kicked the ball, the crowd shouted, “puto!” in unison....
  • For Grieving Parents, Trump Is ‘Speaking for the Dead’ on Immigration

    06/25/2017 8:16:24 PM PDT · by Theoria · 40 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 June 2017 | Vivian Yee
    The families could reel off all the times they had called the media and written to Washington, but after all that trying, they had never heard anyone who mattered say anything like it: Most Mexican immigrants, Donald J. Trump declared in his first campaign speech, were “rapists” who were “bringing drugs, bringing crime” across the border. Now he had come to meet them, the families of people killed by undocumented immigrants, and they wanted to tell him he was right. One son had been struck by a truck, another shot just around the corner from home. Different causes of death,...
  • Review of “The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico” by Bernal Diaz

    06/21/2017 7:17:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 72 replies
    ammoland ^ | 20 June, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The American edition, published in 1956, 468 pages, Translated by A.P. MaudsleyThe Diaz account is the best history book that I have read. It has all the advantage of a first person account and reads like a well written adventure novel.The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico by Bernal Diaz del Castillo is the only extant first person account of the campaign under the command of Hernando Cortez from 1519 to 1520. The campaign resulted in the discovery and conquest of the Aztec civilization in Mexico.Cortez himself wrote five long letters to Carlos V in Spain. Parts of them are...
  • 67% Hispanics in U.S. 15 years or more are functionally illiterate

    06/21/2017 5:07:24 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 81 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 21, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    Learning English is a much bigger hurdle for immigrants than earlier believed, with most Hispanics being functional illiterates, even those who have been in the United States for over a decade. A new analysis of immigrants found that 63 percent of Hispanics have a "below basic" understanding of English, making them illiterate. And it doesn't get better if they stay in the U.S. for 15 years. In a shocking finding showing that they haven't tried to learn -- or even had to -- more, 67 percent, of Hispanics don't have English proficiency even after 15 years in America. The Center...
  • Border Patrol raids Arizona desert camp that helps illegal immigrants

    06/16/2017 12:56:44 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jun 16, 2017
    U.S. Border Patrol agents served a search warrant at a non-profit aid camp in the southern Arizona desert Thursday and arrested four Mexican men suspected of being in the country illegally.
  • Mexican Brewery Portrays Trump as Gun-slinging Nazi Mariachi

    06/16/2017 6:16:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 45 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/15/2017 | Bob Price
    A new Mexican beer has a label depicting a gun-toting, gloomy, mariachi President Donald Trump with a swastika belt buckle. The “Amigous Cerveza” beer has the word “amigo” misspelled to allegedly make fun of a mispronunciation of the word by Americans, reported Reuters. The back label of the brew says the Republican president should be “in a mad house, not the White House.” The chief executive of brewery, Casa Cervecera Cru Cru, Luis Enrique de la Reguera, was reported to be surprised with the success of the product. The original production was gone within a week. “We knew that a...
  • Mexico to Merkel: we want 'significant increase' in trade

    06/11/2017 3:54:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 June 2017 09:16 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    President Enrique Peña Nieto told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday he wants a significant increase in trade with the European Union, vowing to complete a new trade deal by year’s end. Peña Nieto’s Mexican government has been actively seeking new trade opportunities since US President Donald Trump came to office with a threat to curb Mexico’s privileged access to American markets. Mexico is currently in negotiations with the European Union to modernize a free trade agreement they signed 20 years ago. Both Merkel and Peña Nieto vowed on Friday to conclude the expanded deal by the end of the...
  • Border Numbers Up 31 Percent in One Month as ‘Catch and Release’ Continues

    06/10/2017 11:39:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 10 Jun 2017 | Bob Price
    The apprehension of illegal border crossers by Border Patrol agents jumped 31 percent in May from the previous month. The jump follows a six-month decline in apprehensions after the election of President Donald Trump. The increase comes as Border Patrol agents report “catch and release” programs are quietly continuing. ... Border Patrol agents believe the resurgence can be attributed to the Trump Administration’s quiet continuation of the Obama “catch and release” program ... “Obama’s catch and release is definitely continuing and our government is releasing illegal aliens into U.S. communities,” Border Patrol agent Brandon Judd ... make no mistake, ICE...
  • Tennessee governor signs law enhancing immigrant sentences

    06/09/2017 4:06:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 9, 2017 7:00 PM EDT
    Tennessee judges will have the authority to enhance sentences for defendants in the country illegally at the time of their crimes, under a bill the governor has signed into law. […] Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris says he’s disappointed the governor signed the bill. The Memphis Democrat says the measure will treat criminal defendants convicted of the same crime differently depending on where they were born. …
  • Fast and Furious report slams Holder, DOJ for deception in gun-running scandal

    06/07/2017 8:53:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 07, 2017 | William LaJeunesse and Andrew O’Reilly
    The House Oversight Committee released a scathing report Wednesday that accuses former Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice of covering up Operation Fast and Furious and misleading Congress’ investigation into the botched gun-running operation. The nearly 300-page report states that the Justice Department under Holder actively tried to hide the facts from the loved ones of slain Border Patrol Brian Terry — seeing his family as more of a “nuisance” than one deserving straight answers — and at times being openly hostile to them. […] The report also says that Holder’s Justice Department stonewalled inquiries from Sen....
  • Fear of deportation drives people off food stamps in US

    06/06/2017 4:40:54 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 109 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | June 6, 2017 5:25 pm | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — A crackdown on illegal immigration under President Donald Trump has driven some poor people to take a drastic step: opt out of federal food assistance because they are fearful of deportation, activists and immigrants say. People who are not legal residents of the U.S. are not eligible to take part in what is formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. But many poor families include a mix of non-legal residents and legal ones, such as children who have citizenship because they were born in the U.S. In those cases, it is often an adult...
  • Avra Valley I-11 Proposals Draw Opposition at Tucson Meetings

    06/05/2017 5:14:32 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Arizona Public Media ^ | May 9, 2017 | Zachary Ziegler
    There were not many open seats at a pair of meetings last week over proposed routes that would send Interstate 11 through the Tucson area. Many of those in attendance were there to speak against two of the alternatives, which run west of Saguaro National Park West in the Avra Valley.“I understand the need to provide ways for people to move around," said Kimberly Baeza, "But it doesn't have to come at the expense of our open landscapes and beautiful Sonoran Desert.”The meeting is part of the second step in selecting the route I-11 could take through Arizona. The freeway...
  • Thanks to Mexican dumping, you can say aloha to Hawaiian sugar (opinion)

    05/31/2017 6:58:54 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 30, 2017 | James Martin
    Those of us of a certain age have a real attachment with Hawaii. We defended her when Japan attacked. We celebrated when she officially became a state in 1959. And we dreamed of vacations on her picturesque beaches. We also remember those commercials about sweet Hawaiian sugar for which the islands were synonymous. Not anymore. Hawaii stopped producing sugar entirely in December, after more than a century in the business. Not because Hawaii isn't good at producing sugar — it was one of the best. It's because Mexico violated United States trade laws, dumped subsidized sugar on the market, distorted...
  • Mexico to review rules of origin to help NAFTA renegotiation

    05/30/2017 6:37:23 PM PDT · by blueplum · 4 replies
    AP ^ | 30 May 2017 8:03pm EDT | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON
    MIAMI (AP) -- Mexico's foreign minister says the country is "inevitably" set to review rules of origin when renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, giving a boost to President Donald Trump's manufacturing push. Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray said on Tuesday at an event in Miami that NAFTA has allowed Mexican industry to enter the U.S. market with lax rules of origin. [snip] "One part that must inevitably be reviewed is the chapter on rules of origin," Videgaray said at the University of Miami. "Over time, the free trade agreement has sometimes been used, not always of course, but...
  • Amid opposition, Trump makes low budget request for Mexico border wall

    05/23/2017 10:46:56 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 112 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/23/2017 | By Julia Edwards Ainsley
    President Donald Trump is asking Congress for $1.6 billion to begin building a wall along the border with Mexico, far short of the amount needed for a project sharply criticized by Democrats and even some conservative Republicans. An internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan in February estimated the total cost for the wall at $21.6 billion, but the White House's budget proposal for 2018, released in full on Tuesday, included a request for just $1.6 billion. Two Republican aides in Congress said the modest request is an acknowledgement from the White House that full funding is not realistic given...
  • Was This Cal State LA Student Detained by Border Patrol Because of Her Activism? (Deport!)

    05/21/2017 6:11:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2017 | Jenifer Van Laar
    Cal State Los Angeles student and "undocumented" immigrant Claudia Rueda, 22, got up Thursday morning to move her family's car (you don't want your car parked on the street on street cleaning day), and when she exited the car she was met by Border Patrol agents and detained . By Friday night, Rueda had been transferred to ICE custody for removal proceedings. That much of the story is not in dispute. Rueda's attorney and friends say the actions are retaliatory and that she was individually targeted Thursday because she's an activist for (illegal) immigrant rights. Rueda's mother was detained...
  • Trump’s Expansion of Mexico City Policy Is a Major Victory in Protecting Life

    05/20/2017 8:31:54 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 39 replies
    Dailty Signal ^ | 05/17/2017 | Rep. Chris Smith
    Someday, future generations of Americans will look back on us and wonder how and why such a rich and seemingly enlightened society, so blessed and endowed with the capacity to protect and enhance vulnerable human life, could have instead so aggressively promoted death to children by abortion—both here and overseas. They will note that we prided ourselves on our commitment to human rights, while precluding virtually all protection to the most persecuted minority in the world today—unborn children. And they will demand to know why dismembering a child with sharp knives, pulverizing an infant with powerful suction devices, or chemically...
  • Border Patrol agents encounter a pickup truck smuggling illegal aliens

    05/14/2017 6:49:37 AM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tucson Sector, Border Patrol Public Affairs Office
    WILLCOX – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Willcox Station apprehended a male United States citizen for attempting to smuggle 10 Mexican nationals. Thursday afternoon an agent spotted two suspicious vehicles driving east on Apache Pass Road near Bowie. The agent followed one of the vehicles, a Chevy Silverado, to the parking lot of a convenience store. The agent consensually walked up to the vehicle and talked to the front passenger while the driver was in front of the truck. During the conversation, the agent determined the passenger was illegally present in the United States. The agent also observed four...
  • Mexico was second deadliest country in 2016

    05/11/2017 8:46:19 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/10/2017 | Elizabeth Roberts
    It was the second deadliest conflict in the world last year, but it hardly registered in the international headlines. As Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan dominated the news agenda, Mexico's drug wars claimed 23,000 lives during 2016 -- second only to Syria, where 50,000 people died as a result of the civil war.
  • Two GOP senators come out against Trump trade nominee

    05/11/2017 5:34:02 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/10/17 07:40 PM EDT | Sylvan Lane
    Two Republican senators announced Wednesday that they will oppose Robert Lighthizer, President Trump’s nominee for United States Trade Representative, ahead of his likely confirmation this week. Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Ben Sasse (Neb.) told Lighthizer in a letter released Wednesday that they’d vote against him because “your confirmation process has failed to reassure us that you understand the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA) positive economic benefits to our respective States and the nation as a whole.” “We fear that you do not have an appreciation for the millions of jobs created by this free trade deal, and that...