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November-December 2013
Immigration Reform Senator Ted Cruz the Hispanic candidate for President?
By Sal Osio, JD
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From the Publisher’s Corner


Immigration Reform – The Reality & The Solution

By Sal Osio, JD, Publisher

 The principal stumbling block to comprehensive immigration reform necessary to resolve the problem facing us - an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in our country - is the inclusion of an amnesty provision that includes a path to citizenship. Republicans, both conservative and moderate, including a significant number of Independents, are concerned that a path to citizenship is a reward for illegal entry and a subterfuge of our immigration laws that provide a legitimate path to applicants who abide by the law. Further, Republicans fear that the incorporation of potentially millions of new voters with a clear preference for the Democratic Party is political suicide.

By Patrick Osio, Jr.



Senator Ted Cruz has become the darling of the Tea Party and other extreme right Republicans. He is seen as their potential presidential candidate. He is a superb orator and the big plus – he’s Hispanic. One needs to put a pan below the chin of the right wing members to catch the drool.

They now know that in order to win the White House their candidate must take between 35 to 40 percent of the Hispanic vote. So having a candidate that not only thinks like they, is a great orator, with leadership qualities, and also Hispanic they feel is a winning combination.

If right wingers don’t know it, surely Ted Cruz does. Hispanic is a generic description for the various descendants of numerous Spanish speaking countries in the Western Hemisphere. Cruz happens to belong to one such group – Cuban-American.

 Arab Cowardice, Israeli Patience

Does Israel want peace or supremacy
By Raoul Lowery Contreras


 Arab Cowardice, Israeli Patience


Rockets and missiles fired by Arab terrorists are raining down on Israel from the Gaza Strip. Hi-tech bombs and missiles are being fired by Israeli planes and gunners into over a thousand Gaza military installations in return.

Those are the irrefutable facts. Another irrefutable fact is that Americans take sides on the entire complex problems of the Middle East and specifically on the friction between Arab irregulars in Gaza and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) AKA the Israeli Army and its air forces.

COUNTERPOINT TO Raoul Lowery Contreras’ December 12, 2012 commentary:

Arab Cowardice, Israeli Patience



Does Israel want peace or supremacy?

By Lamont Phemister

Today, righteous Jewish scholars and dissidents show us we are deceived about past and present acts of Zionists, and their ambitions for future.

Mikko Peled, son of famous Israeli General Mattityahu Peled, he was deceived about Zionism and says Zionists should go down on their knees and beg forgiveness from the people they have so blatantly wronged. JStreet members are repelled by Israeli behavior and regard it as self-destructive.  JStreet founder, Jeremy Ben-Ami says JStreet represents 70% of Jewish Americans.

Rubio's Magic & Boehner's Power  
By Raoul Lowery Contreras

    Marco Rubio’s Magic and John Boehner’s Power = Hispanic Votes

    By Raoul Lowery Contreras

    Hispanics voted in droves for California Democrat Governor Brown in 2010 then, they voted for his higher taxes last November. He fooled Hispanics by disguising higher sales taxes they pay arguing he was taxing the “rich.” California is now the country’s highest sales-taxing state. Who pays that most regressive of taxes?

    Private Prison Companies Profit from Illegal Immigrants

    Private Prison Companies Profit Off Laws that Define Immigrants as Criminals

    Posted on: 10/12/2012 by Peter Cervantes-Gautschi

    How a nation uses its power to deny a person’s freedom has always been a critical measure of authoritarian rule. Massive incarceration based on race, ethnic origin or nationality, political beliefs, class, sexual orientation, age or other inherent characteristics is a form of tyranny.

    Yet few people realize that this is happening on an enormous scale here, in the United States of America. Immigrants make up the latest market for a booming private prison industry.


    FACT SHEET: White House – January 29, 2013 Push for broad immigration reform

     Fixing our Broken Immigration System so Everyone Plays by the Rules

    America’s immigration system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living in the shadows.  Neither is good for the economy or the country.

     It is time to act to fix the broken immigration system in a way that requires responsibility from everyone —both from the workers here illegally and those who hire them—and guarantees that everyone is playing by the same rules. 

    Conservative Leaders Push for Action on Immigration Reform in 2013

    National Strategy Session is “Opening Shot” for Reform Efforts

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Over 250 faith, law enforcement and business leaders from 26 states gathered today at the National Strategy Session to debut newly energized efforts — including Capitol Hill visits with key lawmakers — to push for broad immigration reform in early 2013.


    Hypocrisy, Fraud and Tyranny

    Birther nonsense killing GOP

    An Open Letter to Chairman of the Board/CEO Mauro E. Mujica

    From Manuel A. Casiano

    Dear Mr. Mujica:

    The English clergyman Rev. Frederick William Robertson (1816-1853) quite correctly wrote: "There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy - hypocrisy, fraud and tyranny." As a natural-born U.S. citizen with parents from Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, I believe, you, sir, are guilty of all three, and I intend to be merciless to you both here and on the op-ed pages of the publication I founded 40 years ago in San Juan and continue to publish: CARIBBEAN BUSINESS.

    Colin Powell: 'Birther Nonsense' Is 'Killing The Base' Of the GOP

    The Huffington Post

    By Nick Wing

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell continued to offer harsh but constructive criticism to his own party on Monday, advising Republicans to loudly reject "birther nonsense" and develop new policies to improve their outreach to the nation's shifting demographics.

    ...“And it’s killing the base of the party," he said. "I mean, 26 percent favorability rating for the party right now. It ought to be telling them something. So, instead of attacking me or whoever speaks like I do, look in the mirror and realize, ‘How are we going to win the next election?'"

    U.S. Birth Rate Falls to a Record Low; Decline Is Greatest Among Immigrants Analysis: Obama faces Latin America revolt over drugs, trade

     Report: Pew Hispanic Center 

    The U.S. birth rate dipped in 2011 to the lowest ever recorded, led by a plunge in births to immigrant women after the onset of the Great Recession, according to a new analysis of government data by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project.

     Final 2011 data are not available, but according to preliminary data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the overall birth rate, which is the annual number of births per 1,000 women in the prime childbearing ages of 15 to 44, was 63.2 in 2011. This is the lowest since at least 1920, the earliest year for which there are reliable numbers. The overall U.S. birth rate peaked most recently in the Baby Boom years, and was nearly double today's rate in 1957. The birth rate sagged through the mid-1970s, but stabilized for most years after that. It fell again after 2007, the beginning of the Great Recession.

     By Brian Winter


     SAO PAULO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will face an unprecedented revolt by Latin American countries against the U.S.-led drug war during his second term and he also may struggle to pass new trade deals as the region once known as "America's backyard" flexes its muscles like never before.


     Washington's ability to influence events in Latin America has arguably never been lower. The new reality is as much a product of the United States' economic struggles as a wave of democracy and greater prosperity that has swept much of the region of 580 million people in the past decade or so.



    The Hispanic Vote in Presidential Elections

    Conservatives: GOP Needs New Direction on Immigration

     Released: November 7, 2012

    Obama 71%; Romney 27%

    Latino Voters in the 2012 Election

    Throughout this election cycle, the issue of immigration has been an important issue for Hispanics. In the national exit poll, voters were asked about what should happen to unauthorized immigrants working in the U.S. According to the national exit poll, 77% of Hispanic voters said these immigrants should be offered a chance to apply for legal status while 18% said these immigrants should be deported. Among all voters, fewer than two-thirds (65%) said these immigrants should be offered a chance to apply for legal status while 28% say they should be deported.

    Washington, D.C — Key leaders from the law enforcement, business and evangelical communities highlighted the new political landscape on immigration in the wake of the presidential election. As the GOP commences a period of soul-searching, top Republicans are reading the demographic writing on the wall and calling on their party to embrace a pragmatic approach on immigration or risk continuing to alienate the fastest-growing segment of the electorate: Latino voters.

    A new, powerful bipartisan alliance from across the country is gearing up to exert the grassroots pressure necessary to get immigration reform past the finish line in 2013. The curtain raiser for this bipartisan push for reform will be a national convening in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4 and 5. Faith, law enforcement and business leaders from across the political spectrum will come together to call on the president and the new Congress to make immigration reform a must-pass priority.

    China’s Economic Role in Latin America Potential impact on Mexico of U.S. marijuana initiatives

     By Shannon K. O'Neil

    Council on Foreign Relations

    There is much talk of China’s escalating economic influence in Latin America. But it’s worth looking at what has (and hasn’t) actually happened in the three main ways that China interacts with the region’s economies: trade, foreign direct investment (FDI), and loans (from state-owned banks).

    Trade is the most visible and important connection. Over the last several years, goods flowing back and forth have increased some 30 percent per year, bringing today’s total to roughly US$250 billion. This trade leans in China’s favor, with a deficit (nearly all with Mexico) of nearly US$100 billion. While sizable numbers, this is still just a quarter of Latin America’s trade with the United States. And it appears to be leveling off, suggesting that China won’t overtake the United States as the region’s primary trading partner anytime soon.


     Houston Chronicle

     On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Washington and Colorado became the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana. Much like the presidential race, the results were exactly what the pollsters predicted. Marijuana legalization passed in Colorado and Washington, while Oregon's similar initiative failed after having long lagged in the polls. Massachusetts also approved its medical marijuana initiative while Arkansas' failed.


    The initiatives became major news in Mexico, which views their bloody struggle with Mexican cartels as intrinsically linked to the U.S. demand for drugs. Mexico's Institute for Competivenessor (IMCO) released a report arguing that if all three initiatives passed, they would significantly undercut the Mexican cartel marijuana market in the U.S. and reduce cartel profits by approximately 30 percent


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