Monthly Archives: August 2013

New Mexico-Chihuahua border brouhaha

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez listens as Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte talks about development of the emerging Jeronimo-Santa Teresa borderplex. (Photo courtesy of the state of Chihuahua.)

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez listens as Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte talks about development of the emerging Jeronimo-Santa Teresa borderplex. (Photo courtesy of the state of Chihuahua.)

Binational development raises ire in Juárez

Frontera NorteSur | Special Report

In the aftermath of a media blitz staged by the state governments of New Mexico and Chihuahua to jointly promote the development of the emerging San Jeronimo-Santa Teresa borderplex,  a sharp polemic over the project has rekindled in Ciudad Juárez.

Mexican officials urge action in obesity crisis

Frontera NorteSur

Mexican health advocates are calling for far-reaching changes and greater coordination in tackling a public health crisis that is taking thousands of lives and costing billions of dollars every year. 

Defending Ciudad Juárez history and culture

The iconic Downtown Mercado Juárez, above, and areas along Avenida Benito Juárez and 16 of September Avenue are targets of a group that wants to preserve and restore historic Juárez landmarks. (Rio Grande Digital file photo)

The iconic Downtown Mercado Juárez, above, and areas along Avenida Benito Juárez and 16 of September Avenue are targets of a group that wants to preserve and restore historic Juárez landmarks. (Rio Grande Digital file photo)

Several years after the city began razing buildings on Avenida Juárez and adjoining Mariscal Street, the old red light district, empty lots and some new parking spaces are the only visible replacements to the old constructions.

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

In the crisis-ridden rubble of downtown Ciudad Juárez, a group of citizens is arising to restore the cultural vitality and legacy of the Mexican border city. Called Juaritos de mis Recuerdos, or Juárez of My Memories, the year-old organization staged a demonstration Aug. 4 in front of one of the historic buildings it proposes to rescue: the long-closed and decaying Victoria Theater on September 16 Avenue.

Immigration bill offers big economic boost but no major health benefits

George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

WASHINGTON—A landmark immigration bill passed by the Senate would create new pathways to citizenship and provide a much-needed boost to the U.S. economy but would do little to ease immigration-related disparities in health care, according to a new report.

The surveillance reforms Obama supported before he was president

Kara Brandeisky

ProPublica 

President Obama. (Photo courtesy of art_es_anna via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below)

President Obama. (Photo courtesy of art_es_anna via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below)

When the House of Representatives recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the measure. But only five years ago, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. was part of a group of legislators that supported substantial changes to NSA surveillance programs. Here are some of the proposals the president co-sponsored as a senator.

NM bears under siege, animal advocates say

Renee Blake

Public News Service | New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE — What is being portrayed by some as an infrequent and humane response to hungry bears entering towns looking for food, is actually quite another matter, according to Jan Hayes founder of Sandia Mountain Bear Watch. Hayes is looking for the state to institute stopgap diversionary feeding to keep the bears alive at this difficult time, and keep them away from people.

Bears in the Sandia Mountains are entering towns looking for food during the long New Mexico drought. Photo courtesy of: Jim Robertson via Public News Service)

Bears in the Sandia Mountains are entering towns looking for food during the long New Mexico drought.
Photo courtesy of: Jim Robertson via Public News Service)

She said what is happening to Sandia Mountain bears is an ecological disaster, that the drought and lack of food for the bears, along with the hunter-focused attitudes of New Mexico Game and Fish, add up to a decimated bear population.

“They want the animals to be there for hunter opportunity,” she said. “Their only mode of management is to trap or kill. The Sandias is a wildlife preserve. So, it’s not a moneymaker for Game and Fish. Bears are a problem species that they would really prefer not be here.”

Immigration: What’s love got to do with it?

Braceros, or Mexican farm workers, toil in a California field in the 1940s.

Braceros, or Mexican farm workers, toil in a California field in the 1940s.

Stephen Pitti

New America Media | Commentary

As the Southern California harvest season came to a close in 1946, a young Mexican immigrant named Robert García paid tribute to the young women he had seen in the nearby town of Cucamonga:

Your beautiful women like flowers
are just like the women of my people
they show their love
and deserve respect on the street and at home

The August strategy — Immigrant rights activism heats up

Photo courtesy of Alliance for Citizenship

Photo courtesy of Alliance for Citizenship

Elena Shore

New America Media News Report

About 40 leaders of immigration reform advocacy organizations were arrested Thursday on Capitol Hill. The group was there as part of a protest aimed at pressuring the House GOP into passing an immigration reform bill with a pathway to citizenship.

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