Jul 17, 2011

Week´s Top Articles: July 7 -14, 2011

Here are the articles that we judge the most important of the week.

Missing In Mexico

NPR: "Recently, Citizens' Institute for the Study of Insecurity announced that Mexico has the second-highest kidnapping rate of any country in the world — three times higher than Colombia during its darkest period of drug violence, and second only to Venezuela. ... The study also provides some insight into the skyrocketing rates of violence that have accompanied President Felipe Calderon's war on drugs, and the security forces' impotence — or worse, complicity — that has allowed the violence to escalate.

How to Be a Patriot: Hire an Illegal Immigrant

Interesting article on the economics of "illegal" immigration and the immorality of U.S. immigration law. And this is from Bloomberg's 'Business Week'.

BusinessWeek: "What makes the political impasse over immigration particularly frustrating is that hiring an illegal alien is good for the illegal alien, good for the U.S. economy, and good for the country he or she comes from. So what’s not to like? In cases like this, there is only one moral course available for true patriots: Go find an illegal to hire.

Teachers in middle of debate over immigrant kids

Good story about the dilemma of school teachers and principals who seek - and have been directed by the Supreme Court - to educate all children, but who are increasingly pressured not to help children who are undocumented immigrants. 
The story focuses on two school administrators in Mountain View, California, who helped Jose Antonio Vargas get into college.

The Associated Press: "When an award-winning journalist recently revealed he's an illegal immigrant, two of the key players in his tale turned out to be educators who helped keep his secret. It's the kind of story teachers and principals scattered across the country know well. With some 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., educators increasingly find themselves caught between their obligation to educate each child and conflicting guidance, or simply no direction at all, about whether to help such students beyond the classroom.

Mexican court hands down long sentences in Ciudad Juárez massacre case

Perhaps some justice is done for the youths murdered in the Villas de Salvarcar massacre of January, 2010. 

Fox News Latino: "The four men convicted of the murders of 15 young people attending a birthday party last year in Ciudad Juarez, a border city in northern Mexico, have been sentenced to serve 240 years in prison each, the court said.

Mexico high court rules civilian courts should handle alleged military abuses

Hurrah! Perhaps the ancient Hispanic tradition of military "fueros"--immunity from trial in civil courts--is coming to an end.  

latimes.com: "In a decision hailed by human rights advocates, the Mexican Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that military officers and personnel be tried in civilian courts, not military tribunals, when accused of torture, extrajudicial killing and other abuses.

Judge Orders Feds to Cough Up More Info on 'Secure Communities' Program

Courthouse News Service: "A federal judge ordered the federal government to hand over 'embarrassing' information its 'Secure Communities' program, which Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs have misrepresented as aimed at criminal aliens. 'There is ample evidence that ICE and DHS have gone out of their way to mislead the public about Secure Communities,' U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin wrote.

More Mexicans fleeing the drug war seek U.S. asylum

Reuters: "... asylum requests from Mexico reached a record 5,551 last year, according to U.S. government figures, more than a third up on 2006 when President Felipe Calderon took office and sent the military to crush the cartels. Just 165 asylum requests were granted in 2010.

Among the wave of panic-stricken asylum seekers are the muckraking journalists who chronicle brutal gang warfare in Ciudad Juarez and Mexico's northern Chihuahua state, the police officers tasked with curbing the violence, and the rights campaigners clamoring for justice."

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