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President Calderon’s visit to the United Nations and New York

7 Oct

President Calderon Addresses the United Nations in New York

Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico, convened with other world leaders at the 66th General Assembly Session of the United Nations, in a time in which Mexico is plagued with violence in some regions by powerful Drug Cartels. President Calderon addressed at the General Assembly of the UN revolved around three main issues that are currently top priorities for members of the international community. Calderon stated that the United Nations must maintain its relevancy as an avenue from which world leaders can move forward to address and eradicate poverty, climate change, and international crime. These three issues are what Calderon stated to be some of the main factors that hinder the development of numerous countries throughout the world and jeopardize the legitimacy of governments. In addition, to his request for the international community to address these issues more aggressively, Calderon condemned the lack of leadership at the international level on behalf of countries with high consumption of drugs, such as the United States. This is not the first time President Calderon has condemned the United States for its lack of gun control laws and its lack of initiative to implement public policy to eradicate drug use and or create an “alternative market” from which the astronomical profits currently enjoyed by the Drug Cartels can be reduced. President Calderon also received the Gold Insigne Award, in a Gala organized by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, in which MATT participated as a special invite of the Council of the Americas; MATT was able to share our perspectives on the bi-national agenda with important guests such as, Claudia Palacios of CNN, Alejandro Ramírez CEO of Cinepolis, and Margarita Zavala Mexico´s First Lady. In this Gala the President talked about the importance of the integration, not isolation, of Mexicans into the American community and, mentioned that through the integration of the Mexican community, the United States could gain a more educated population. It was really interesting to listen to Calderon’s speech, because it  helps MATT, a bi-national organization, understand that the new Mexican Government’s vision corresponds with MATT’s mission, after three years of hard work directed towards advocacy in Mexico.  MATT works with issues pertaining to the integration and the education of the Mexican community on both sides of the border.  Calderon concluded his UN visit by participating in the general debate of the General Assembly on: The Role of Mediation in Conflict Solution by Pacific Means. Earlier in the week prior to his visit to the UN, Calderon was recognized and awarded the highest award given to a head of state by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas for his promotion of culture, politics, social and economic development in the Western Hemisphere. Nevertheless, Calderon addressed and condemned the United State’s high consumption and demand for drugs, which he largely blames for Mexico’s current woes making this a revolving theme. Calderon’s visit to the US concluded with a visit to Los Angeles, California in which he met with members of the Mexican community and he was also in attendance of a special screening of The Royal Tour, a documentary about Mexico.

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Mexicans Find Reasons to Stay in Mexico

11 Jul

Believe it or not, Mexican migration al Norte has been reduced to a trickle of its former self and U.S. businesses are begging to stay in Mexico’s border region. Why? Education and increasing job options in Mexico are dulling the allure of an increasingly treacherous trek northward. The Mexican economy is prospering significantly faster than the United States. In less than a week, the New York Times has published two similar articles about Mexico. The common denominator in each? Mexico’s socio-economic prosperity despite violence. The article, “Better Lives for Mexicans Cut Allure of Going North“, provides insight:

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A growing body of evidence suggests that a mix of developments — expanding economic and educational opportunities, rising border crime and shrinking families — are suppressing illegal traffic as much as economic slowdowns or immigrant crackdowns in the United States…But Mexican immigration has always been defined by both the push (from Mexico) and the pull (of the United States). The decision to leave home involves a comparison, a wrenching cost-benefit analysis, and just as a Mexican baby boom and economic crises kicked off the emigration waves in the 1980s and ’90s, research now shows that the easing of demographic and economic pressures is helping keep departures in check.

An article titled, “Despite Violence, U.S. Firms Expand in Mexico“, explains:

When the latest bloody headlines from the drug war in Mexico reach headquarters in New York, Ken Chandler, the manager of an American electronics manufacturing plant here, jumps on the phone… He is not begging to come home. He is begging to stay… Despite the bleak outlook the drug war summons, the Mexican economy is humming along, not without warning signs, but growing considerably faster than that of the United States…The result is a boomlet in jobs in some of Mexico’s hardest-hit cities, a bright spot in an otherwise bleak stream of shootouts, departing small businesses and fear of random death.

Senator Durbin’s Office: First-Ever Hearing on DREAM Act Tomorrow

27 Jun

DREAMers are back and they’re stronger than ever! Senator Durbin (D-IL) has announced the “first-ever hearing on the DREAM Act” happening tomorrow at 10am ET.  Watch it live here!

On his website:

Senator Durbin (D-IL)

“DURBIN ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER SENATE HEARING ON THE DREAM ACT

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that he will chair the first-ever Senate hearing on the DREAM Act next Tuesday, June 28th, at 10:00 am ET. The hearing will be in room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building.

“I’ve been working on the DREAM Act for over ten years,” Durbin said. “In that time, it’s been reported out of committee by a large bipartisan margin, passed the House of Representatives, and received a bipartisan majority vote in the Senate, only to fall because of a filibuster. I’ll convene the first-ever Senate hearing on this bill next week to discuss how the DREAM Act will make our country stronger by giving undocumented students a chance to earn legal status if they came here as children, are long-term U.S. residents, have good moral character, and complete two years of college or military service in good standing.”

Durbin will chair the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. The hearing will be webcast live on the Judiciary committee’s website.

The following witnesses will testify: Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano; Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan; Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Dr. Clifford Stanley; DREAM Student, Ola Kaso; Lt. Colonel (retired) Margaret Stock; and Director of Research for the Center for Immigration Studies, Steven Camarota. “

Will this lead to fresh discussion or continued frustration? What has to happen for “progress” in favor of DREAMers? How can we define progress?

What You’ve Been Missing: Good News on Mexico

4 Jun

I am always on the hunt for good news about Mexico and the Americas. Something to distract me from titles like, “Border Bloodshed” and the “Immigration Problem”. If you dare to focus on Mexico in a positive way, does that make you crazy?

Courtesy of México Today's Facebook page

A friend of mine at ProMéxico, shared a Facebook page with me called, México Today. Thanks to a post on their page, I armchair traveled to the Yucatan Peninsula from the comfort of my desk, drinking my morning coffee.

México Today gives you something hard to come by: good news and an insiders perspective on what you’re missing in Mexico.

Their call to action: “…tell Mexico’s stories as part of a vibrant community of Mexico enthusiasts. Whether you’re an art and travel guru or intrigued by infrastructure and the economy, share your viewpoint here.

I’m hooked. After getting a dose of reality from my Google Alert “Mexico, binational” (try it yourself), I log onto México Today to get in touch (and go a little crazy) with the country’s good side.

Try listening to Gnarles Barkley’s song “Crazy” while checking out the site…

Yeah, I was out of touch.

But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough.

I just knew too much…

Does that make me crazy? Possibly…

Senators Demand More National Guard Troops on US-Mexico Border

1 Jun

by Regina Cantu @ Matt.org

Nearly one year ago, under pressure from congressional Republicans and border state governors to do more to curtail unauthorized immigration, Obama authorized the use of troops to assist the Border Patrol with immigration enforcement operations in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Tennessee National Guardsmen monitor the Mexican border near Sasabe, Ariz., in March 2007. The governors of Texas and Arizona say they need more troops to help protect the border.

So far, more than 524 troops have been active in Arizona, 250 in Texas, 224 in California and 72 in New Mexico, officials have said. More than 100 additional troops from the border states serve in command and control positions. Funding for the border security mission approved by Congress expires this month, but frustrated lawmakers are demanding further action to stop the spread of violence and drug trafficking that has spilled across the border into their states.

In a letter to Obama last month, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer urged the administration to extend the Guard deployment, saying she believes it has had a significant impact on reducing smuggling activity and border violence.

The support the Arizona National Guard has provided has been very valuable to law enforcement efforts in Arizona,” Brewer said. “Further, I believe evidence is clear that the Arizona National Guard has approached the mission with cost effectiveness in mind.

Brewer said the guard has been involved in approximately 19,000 surveillance operations, 10,000 apprehensions of illegal migrants and 235 seizures of drug shipments, including over 18 tons of marijuana. Other border state lawmakers have been more emotional in their appeal.

McCain accused Napolitano, a former governor of Arizona, of turning a blind eye to the impacts of illegal immigration along the border.

If you’ll indulge me, we think we have another crisis on the border,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at a hearing this week. “I want to know about whether you’re going to send the Guard to the border or not.”

When she tried to explain other DHS improvements along the border, McCain cut her off.

People’s homes are being violated, and their families can’t take kids to the bus stop,” the senator fumed. “And you are very familiar with the issue, because you yourself asked for the Guard to go to the border back in 2006.”

While the guardsmen cannot directly engage in law enforcement on U.S. soil, they have served as criminal analysts and on so-called entry identification teams, which help spot illegal border crossers.

Speaking at the White House on Wednesday with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama said the U.S. is committed to standing with Mexico against the drug cartels.

As your partner, we’ll give you the support you need to prevail,” he said, adding that through increased law enforcement on the U.S. side of the border, “we’re putting unprecedented pressure on those who traffic in drugs, guns and people.

“El Ángel de la Justicia”

26 May

By Doris Marquez    @Matt.org

Jessica Domínguez , una abogada en asuntos de inmigración es considerada como “ El Ángel de la Justicia” en EE.UU.

Esta mujer de origen peruano, tiene un enorme y apasionado compromiso con su comunidad, además el incansable sentido de la defensa de los derechos de los inmigrantes son su  pan de cada día.

Ella misma fue víctima de las leyes. Ni su hermano ni ella tuvieron un abogado que les preguntara su opinión sobre la separación de sus padres.

 Domínguez comentó, “Un juez tomó una decisión que afectó mi vida hasta ahora”, recuerda. “Fue una injusticia, yo apenas tenía cinco años; nadie conversó conmigo para preguntar qué es lo que yo quería”.
Esa experiencia y los consejos de sus abuelos Raquel y Jorge la motivaron a que decidiera a  estudiar leyes. Porque ella misma sabe lo que significa no tener a alguien que defienda sus derechos

“Fue algo doloroso”, rememora, durante la entrevista en sus oficinas de Century City, California.  Su abuelito siempre le decía tienes que ser doctora o abogada.  Así, la lucha legal gratuita encabezada por “El Ángel de la Justicia” y su grupo de expertos en asuntos de inmigración tuvo un final feliz, con el respaldo del gobierno estadounidense, las autoridades de El Salvador y de México.

“El Ángel de la Justicia” sin embargo  se fundamenta en su fe y su creencia en Dios. Una filosofía compartida por ella y su  equipo de trabajo y a si mismo cada día con dedicación, responsabilidad y compromiso luchan por los derechos de los inmigrantes más desposeídos.

“Considero mi licencia de abogada como un regalo de Dios”, dijo. “Es un gran privilegio poder ser el vehículo de bendición que El utiliza para ser de bendición para muchas familias, ya que El me utiliza como la voz de aquellas personas que no pueden tener voz”.

Foto: Cortesía de aol.noticias

“Tren de la muerte” hacia el sueño americano

20 May

By Doris Marquez   @ Matt.org
El “tren de la muerte” o también conocido como la “bestia”  es un camino que lleva a muchos inmigrantes al suenño americano . Me encantaría compartir con ustedes un video acerca de como los inmigrantes arriesgan su vida en lograr el sueño americano , sueño que muchas veces los pone en riesgo.