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Saturday, July 30, 2005

KKK Targets Hispanics

ABC News:

Organized hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan have historically terrorized blacks and Jews in the Southeast. But the recent influx of Hispanic immigrants to the region has given hate groups a new target, and officials say Hispanics are increasingly targets of hate crimes.

Latino Children Abroad for the Summer

From the Christian Science Monitor:

While the exact number of students sent abroad is hard to know, anecdotal evidence suggests the practice is widespread, especially for Latino families. For years, upper- to middle-class Hispanics have sent children to relatives in Mexico and the Caribbean to maintain ethnic ties. Now, cheap airfares - and the fact that e-mail provides a way to stay in touch - allow more parents to ship children abroad...

Recent immigrants and second- and third-generation youths who engage in this kind of visit also nurture relationships that might be lost otherwise, says researcher and education specialist Angela Valenzuela of the University of Texas at Austin. "This is one strategy parents pursue in the absence of a multicultural or multilingual experience in school," she says. "[Children] solidify those relationships that are so crucial and break down when language becomes a barrier in one's own family."

Friday, July 29, 2005

Soccer and Trade

Interesting observations from Prof. Martin Krause:

Argentina and Brazil have a long history in the top echelons of the sport with a seemingly endless source of talented players. One only has to look at the performance of their players in the most challenging tournaments in Europe to see that their control is global. In essence, Brazilians and Argentines are able to focus their attention on the highest stage, the World Cup, because they know they are able to compete with the best at the highest level of the game. And they are willing to play by the rules.

When it comes to matters of international trade and finance, however, this confidence is noticeably absent. Both Brazil and Argentina are fearful, preferring a timid approach to compete between them at the Mercosur, before risking moving towards the FTAA, and much less, of course, with the world at large. Unlike with the World Cup their governments do not like to play by the rules...

So the real question is: will there come a time when, like in soccer, Latin America will have an institutional framework allowing it to compete with the best? As long as this is not answered, Latin America will never move beyond the early qualifying rounds.

Judge Roberts and Affirmative Action

Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom:

Here is the core issue for the civil-rights groups, and they’re probably right: Roberts will not be their guy.

And that's a good thing.

Immigration Bill By Fall

The President is giving legislators a deadline:

President Bush yesterday told House Republicans that he wants them to pass an immigration bill this fall, but members said he may not get a bill he likes.

Mr. Bush, speaking to a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill, said immigration reform is part of his agenda, and his deadline gives a boost to those looking for a guest-worker program.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

CAFTA Passes

The House of Representatives approved the Central America Free Trade Agreement on an agonizingly close 217-215 vote.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Schwarznegger and California Hispanics

The Governator is showing the rest of the Republican Party how to squander the support of Hispanic voters:

California Hispanics traditionally avoid Republicans in the polls, but [Governor Arnold] Schwarzenegger parlayed his popularity in the Hispanic community and got about one-third of its votes - a relatively high number.

Republicans suddenly found a new level of receptiveness among Hispanics. But that support is evaporating, and [Orange County GOP Hispanic outreach chief Manny] Padilla is among the critics.

The complaints include comments against illegal immigrants Schwarzenegger has made in recent months, the lack of high- level appointments of Hispanics, the lack of diplomacy with Mexico and his veto of a measure that would allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses.

The GOP would do well to learn from Arnold's mistakes.

Hispanics for CAFTA

From the Houston Chronicle:

WASHINGTON - Leaders from the Hispanic-American business community, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierriez and House Republicans stood side by side Tuesday to urge passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which they said would benefit Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States by lifting barriers to their exports to Central America.

"Any way you slice it, CAFTA is a no-brainer," said Michael Barrera, president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "It's good for the expanding Hispanic business community in the U.S."

Democracy in Latin America

William Ratliff of the Hoover Institution, writing for the Christian Science Monitor:

Instability, which seems so destructive of progress, is nothing new. Thirty years ago it was guerrilla wars, astronomical inflation, military governments, and human rights violations. Five hundred years ago it was conquest, virtual slavery, and mass exploitation under the guise of Catholic paternalism. But that's not the point: Perpetual surface instability is not what causes Latin America's cycles of failure. The real problem is the opposite: excessive stability - the enduring legacy of Iberian colonialism ever modified to serve a new generation of leadership cliques. For more than five centuries ruling cliques that took office - whether by colonial appointment, swords, bullets, or ballots - justified and maintained power with a culture and institutions that treated people as groups and denied most individuals the skills and opportunities to improve their lives. One of the very few things an overwhelming majority of people in all countries agreed on in a 2004 regional poll was that despite elections, power is held by cliques pursuing mainly their own interests.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Sad Anniversary for the Cuban Revolution

From the Miami Herald:

Today, Fidel Castro will celebrate the 52nd anniversary of his revolutionary movement with typical fanfare.

What he won't say is that the Cuban people have lost hope in the future. Most are fed up with the government and their living conditions. Cuban dissidents and other island observers note that popular discontent is as high as ever in the 46 years of his dictatorship.

Here's the reality lived by ordinary Cubans: food, water, housing and electricity shortages and the constant threat of repressive reprisal to any protest.

Cuba is suffering dark days -- literally and figuratively -- and the prospects for improvement appear dim. No wonder so many are miserable. To counter this discontent, Castro has brought his repressive machinery into action.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Anti-Americanism in Latin America

This is a troubling development:

Long-time ruling parties are losing their power throughout Latin America as small, often anti-U.S. factions take their place.

CAFTA Must Pass

Deroy Murdoch of National Review paints a very ugly picture of what would happen if the U.S. House of Representatives fails to pass the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

It Could Have Been Estrada

I agree wholeheartedly with this:

U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Orlando, said Wednesday he believes President Bush eventually will nominate a Hispanic to the Supreme Court — probably to fill the next vacancy.

"I don't think it's fair to say that the president ignored the Hispanic community (with the nomination of John C. Roberts)," he said. "I'm hoping that with the next vacancy, we will have a Hispanic."

"I will keep insisting on this," he said...

In a telephone news conference with Spanish-language media, Martinez also said he believes Honduran-born attorney Miguel Estrada might have been Bush's nominee had the Democrats not blocked his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

My suggestion is that the President nominate Estrada again to replace Judge Roberts in the D.C. Circuit Court, so that he is ready to fill the next vacancy. Hey, one can dream.

Latino Film Festival

The New York International Latino Film Festival will be held from July 26-31 in the Big Apple. I can't go, but if any of you attends, I would love to hear about it.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Cuban Dancers Get Asylum

From the Houston Chronicle:

Almost 50 members of a Cuban dance troupe have been granted asylum, nearly a year after they became one of the largest groups of Cubans to defect to the United States, the show's producer said Thursday.

Forty-nine singers, dancers, musicians and other members of "Havana Night Club" received word this week that they would be allowed to stay in the United States, show creator Nicole "N.D." Durr said.

"It's Inevitable"

I think the A.G. is on to something:

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Thursday it's inevitable that a Hispanic justice will one day join the Supreme Court.

Wilson Four Get Reprieve

From the New York Times:

An immigration judge in Phoenix threw out a deportation case against four Arizona students on Thursday, ruling that they were illegally interrogated by immigration authorities during a high school trip they took to Niagara Falls three years ago.

The judge, John W. Richardson, held that immigration officers had engaged in egregious misconduct by stopping the students only because they are Hispanic, thereby violating due process, and then making disparaging remarks about their ethnicity, said their lawyer, Judy Flanagan.

In addition, she said, the three students who were then juveniles were unaccompanied by a parent or a lawyer when they were questioned, again contrary to law.

The four, all age 20 or 21, are Jaime Damien, Yuliana Huicochea, Luis Nava and Oscar Corona, who have lived in Arizona since they were young children, when they were brought to the United States from Mexico as illegal immigrants. Three of the four either are enrolled in or have completed college.

All four were members of an award-winning solar energy team that traveled to Buffalo for an international science competition in June 2002. When their teacher tried to take them to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, the students were apprehended by United States immigration officers because they lacked legal status.

I hope the government does not appeal this decision.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Shakira

Shakira, the cross-over queen, has a new album out and apparently is doing pretty well.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Judge Robert's Children

Here's an interesting tidbit:

Roberts and his lawyer-wife, Jane, are the parents of two young children adopted from Latin America.

Please tell me more.

The Case of the Wilson Four

From the Miami Herald:

Four young people whose academic achievement earned them a class trip ran afoul of immigration officials. Now they must fight off efforts to have them deported.

More.

Estrada Is Now a Verb

Kathryn Jean Lopez uses it in a sentence directed to the U.S. Senate: "Don't Estrada Roberts":

Like Bork, former Manhattan prosecutor Miguel Estrada's name should be a verb by now. He unfortunately earned it the hard, ugly way — by being a punching bag for Democratic senators and left-wing interest groups. President Bush picked him for a seat in May 2001 on the D.C. Federal Court of Appeals and the Left subsequently set out to destroy him.

And I do mean "destroy."

Estrada, who as a teenager moved from his native Honduras to the United States, was dubbed "Hispanic in name only." He was literally not Hispanic enough for liberals who believe that an ethnic background ties one to an ideology. They judged that a Judge Estrada's rulings wouldn't reflect their political will. And so they had to destroy his nomination, as Democratic memos and talking points made shockingly clear...

Senators, please don't Estrada Judge John G. Roberts. Even though good men and women are willing to go before the Senate firing squad (God bless 'em), on national television, and put up with what Clarence Thomas called a "high-tech lynching" in his case, senators could avoid trying to destroy one of our best and brightest. And senators — if you're up for being especially fair: Give the president his qualified guy. Dems had their chance, now Bush has his. That call was made last November.

Illegal Immigrants in Suburbia

From the New York Times:

Indeed, the housing boom, with its promise of consistent and better-paying work, has in the last five years attracted undocumented laborers not just to Long Island, but also to hot housing markets across the country - among them the areas around Chicago; Washington; Freehold, N.J.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Jupiter, Fla.

But unlike the agricultural work that traditionally drew immigrant laborers to little-populated areas of the country, construction labor is conspicuously in the heart of the suburbs, with laborers gathering in Home Depot parking lots, outside convenience stores and on street corners.

Many are remaining in the suburbs afterward to do landscaping, painting, kitchen renovations and other home improvement work.

In the process, longtime residents are being forced to confront the issue of illegal immigration as never before, dotting the national map with dozens of new battlefronts in the debate on workers living in the United States without legal status.

Judge John Roberts

Manuel Miranda:

Last night George Bush kept his campaign promise that he would name a justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas. And I for one am ashamed that I ever doubted him. I should have understood the president better. In John Roberts, the president got what he wanted, and we conservatives did too.

This is a little bit of a letdown, but HispanicPundit makes a good point: this could have been Miguel Estrada if the Democrats had not obstructed his nomination.

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz, the Solicitor General of Texas, thinks Judge Roberts should be confirmed quickly.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Latin Americans Learning Chinese

My friend A.J. has been warning me about this:

Once considered too difficult and virtually useless by many Latin Americans, Chinese is quickly becoming the second language of choice for a growing number of people in the region as Beijing's economic boom has dramatically increased trade and investments with the mostly Spanish-speaking continent.

Three to five times more Latin Americans are studying Chinese today compared to five years ago, according to an unscientific survey conducted by The Herald in six countries.

Hillary and Hispanics

From the Village Voice:

After the desastroso 2004 presidential election, when the Democratic ticket failed throughout the heavily Hispanic Southwest, New York’s junior senator seems determined to avoid a repeat. She has invited pollsters to speak privately with her staff about the nation’s newest power constituency, laying out the numbers, analyzing what went wrong. And she’s actively courting Latino voters, taking steps not just to retain her Hispanic base, but to expand it.

On Monday, the putative 2008 presidential candidate traveled to Philadelphia to speak at a conference of the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino civil rights group in the country. There, Clinton shared the dais with President Bush’s education secretary, Margaret Spellings, whose remarks about the administration’s school initiatives received a polite yet lukewarm response. Clinton’s remarks, on the other hand, drew three standing ovations from the 2,000-strong crowd of Hispanic movers and shakers.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Garza or Gonzales?

The answer seems to depend on how conservative you are on social issues:

With George W. Bush’s history of consciously appointing minorities to political offices, many are looking to two prominent Hispanics as the leading contenders for the Supreme Court nomination to fill the current vacancy. Not only has the Supreme Court yet to include a Hispanic member, but the growing Hispanic vote is being increasingly looked upon as vital to political success in the United States.

The first potential, Judge Emilion Garza, described by Express-News writer Maro Robbins as “gracious, hardworking, churchgoing, and forthright”, is a professed pro-lifer, a constructionist, and is being touted by conservative groups as the “anti-Gonzalves”. Alberto Gonzales, currently the Attorney General, is the other Hispanic prospect.

Otto Reich on Cuba & Venezuela

An interview of Otto Reich appears on HACER's website:

Q: You call Venezuela a Cuban colony.

A: Colony is one term used. I have made reference to "branch office" and "subsidiary." It is clear that Chávez has put many of his country assets at Fidel Castro's disposition. This is the case of Venezuela's oil.

Immigrants and the Economy

From Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal:

Since 1980 about 20 million immigrants have come, with about three of four arriving from Asia and Central America. Over the past quarter-century the percentage of the U.S. population that is foreign born has about doubled from 6.2% in 1980 to 12% today--which means that about one in eight of us is an American by choice, not by birth.

This large influx of new Americans has intensified calls inside and outside of Congress for closing the Golden Gates. Groups ranging from the Federation for American Immigration Reform to National Review magazine have gained political traction by arguing that we need a "time out" on immigrants because they displace American workers from jobs, depress wages and raise welfare and other social service costs.

Yet the evidence for these claims is contradicted by the actual bullish U.S. economic performance during this era of high immigration. One can only marvel at how over the past 20 years the U.S. free-market system has absorbed millions of new immigrants into the economy and labor force almost seamlessly. The 1980s and '90s were two of the fastest economic growth decades in American history, in overall and per capita GDP growth, at the very time when immigration was peaking. Financial and housing assets in the U.S. have more than quadrupled in real terms since the early 1980s, making the past 20 years the most rapid period of wealth creation in American history. Immigrants may not have caused this burst of prosperity, but they certainly didn't prevent it.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

What Are the Odds?

From Yahoo! News:

Odds are good that an Hispanic, possibly U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, will be confirmed as the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, according to Internet betting sites.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the nine-member court, announced earlier this month that she plans to retire as soon as a replacement is confirmed.

Dublin-based Tradesports.com on Wednesday put the odds that Gonzales will replace O'Connor at 9 to 1, while Emilio Garza, a U.S. Appeals Court judge, was the favorite at 4 to 1.

The Immigration Debate in California

The Governator may be using the illegal immigration issue to bolster his sagging popularity and to divert attention from the California budget mess:

For all the flak Pete Wilson took for promoting Proposition 187, and for how it alienated the Latino community, his push resonated with a very large and frightened WASP middle class. The campaign empowered him to come from behind and win a decisive victory. Not pretty, but it worked for him. As a trustee of Chapman University in the middle of increasingly Latino Orange County, and also spending time with CEOs and community leaders, I can sense a deep and intensely growing concern and fear that illegal immigrants are completely overwhelming our state infrastructure.

The daily drumbeat of proposed higher taxes being needed from the average hardworking citizen to support medical services and K-12 education for a flood of illegals is enraging the average voter. It makes little difference whether this view is accurate or not. The perception is driving a strong reaction and our widespread talk shows are focused on the issue daily.

As was widely reported not long ago, Arnold invited the "Minutemen" from Arizona to come to California to guard our borders this summer because the federal government, as many Californians see it, won't do the job. This issue is one of those occasional, unique circumstances that can, and may, so suck all the air out of the other political discourse in California that budgets, education and infrastructure may simply fade to the back pages while withering intensity goes into the front-page "stop the illegals" debate.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Trespass Laws & Illegal Immigrants

W. Garrett Chamberlain, the Chief of Police in New Ipswich, New Hampshire is using state trespass laws to arrest illegal immigrants in his community:

In a state that is 96 percent non-Hispanic white but that has been seeing a rise in its Hispanic population, Chief Chamberlain's idea was born a year ago when he encountered a van with nine illegal immigrants from Ecuador. The federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he says, was not interested in arresting them. He decided that in the future he would use the state's criminal trespassing law, which says that a person is guilty "if, knowing he is not licensed or privileged to do so, he enters or remains in any place."

Even some critics of the New Hampshire citations, like Susan J. Cohen, a Boston immigration lawyer, said the law's broad language made it seem applicable to immigration.

Ms. Cohen said most states' criminal trespassing laws referred specifically to private property and could not be easily applied to immigration. But Kris W. Kobach, a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, who was counsel to John Ashcroft when Mr. Ashcroft was attorney general, said he believed that New Hampshire's wording was not unusual, and added that the charges were appropriate because the government "has always been careful to invite and encourage local assistance with immigration arrests."

Run to Your Newstand

Jessica Alba is on the cover of Rolling Stone and Shakira is on the cover of Blender.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Hispanic Truckers

From MSNBC.com:

Beset by an aging work force and high turnover, trucking companies that traditionally culled drivers from middle America are recruiting in urban Hispanic communities, advertising in Spanish, appealing to high-school students and setting up booths at job fairs.

Truck-driving schools also are responding to demand from the industry and from Hispanics hungry for better-paying jobs that do not require fluent English.

Possible Hispanic Supreme Court Justices

The already-impressive list keeps growing:

The names most often mentioned as possible Hispanic nominees are Attorney General Alberto Gonzales the first Latino attorney general and a close friend of the president and Judge Emilio Garza of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Garza was President George H.W. Bush's second choice for the Supreme Court after Clarence Thomas.

Longshot candidates include U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa of Texas; Judge Edward Prado, also of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals; Chief Judge Danny Boggs, a Cuba native, of the 6th Circuit appeals court in Cincinnati; Judges Jose Cabranes and Sonia Sotomayor of the New York-based 2nd Circuit Court; and Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero III.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

John Leguizamo in Crónicas

John Leguizamo, the hillarious Colombian-American comedian is the star of a new Spanish-language thriller by the name of Crónicas. I'm eager to see how he navigates this role.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Hooked on Illegals

According to Business Week Magazine, America is becoming addicted to cheap illegal labor and the dollars they put into the economy:

For more than two decades, America's illegal aliens have been the target of national attention -- largely for negative reasons. Their growing numbers put downward pressure on U.S. wages and new demands on schools, hospitals, and other public services. Fears of heavier social burdens and higher tax bills have led citizens and local officials to object with renewed vigor to what many perceive as an unwanted invasion from Mexico and other countries, especially to newer destination states such as Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee (BW, July 4, 2005). Yet all the while, farms, hotels, restaurants, small manufacturers, and other employers have continued to hire the undocumented with little regard to the federal laws intended to stop them.

At the same time, though, the fast-growing undocumented population is coming to be seen as an untapped engine of growth. In the past several years, big U.S. consumer companies -- banks, insurers, mortgage lenders, credit-card outfits, phone carriers, and others -- have decided that a market of 11 million or so potential customers is simply too big to ignore.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

High Court Politics

From the San Jose Mercury News:

President Bush has long pursued a calculated strategy to build a lasting Republican majority, coupling courtship of the party's conservative base with efforts designed to attract support from Latinos and targeted swing voters. But rarely have the two sides of this strategy been in such conflict as they are today with the possible nomination of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to the Supreme Court.

Remittances to Mexico

A very interesting article on remittances in the New York Times:

Sending money home to Mexico is a ritual in the migrant experience in the United States. The modest wire transfers of cash pay for food, school supplies, even a new home for family members left behind in Mexico.

But a new study has cast doubt on the amount of transfers - $16.6 billion last year - that actually goes to families. The study, by an official in the Social Development Ministry and two professors at the College of the Northern Border, a research institute outside Tijuana, concludes that families receive only about half of that amount.

What's most interesting about this piece are the political and economic implications of the discrepancies and the fight over the right numbers.

News from Latin America

The Financial Times of London has a series of news stories from Latin America.

Cuba to U.S. via Honduras

From Knight Ridder:

More than 10 years after 37,000 people left the island in flimsy boats in what became known as the "rafters crisis," Cubans continue risking their lives at sea to reach the United States - and they are taking more perilous routes to do so.

Santa Cruz del Sur and its picturesque bay has become an increasingly popular launch point for Cubans trying to avoid the stepped-up U.S. and Cuban patrols in the Florida Straits.

Though it is only 90 miles from Havana to the Florida Keys, the voyage from southern Cuba to Honduras covers more than 500 miles of ocean. But Honduras' lenient immigration policy has made it the temporary destination of choice among many Cuban refugees, who then make their way north to the United States.

First they must survive a harrowing voyage that could last weeks, traveling in boats that often have only a magnetic compass and a modest supply of food and water.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Fidel Fatigue in Miami

From the New York Times:

MIAMI, July 5 - Fidel Castro is not dead, but he has haunted Miami for nearly 50 years. This is a city where newscasters still scrutinize Mr. Castro's health and workers conduct emergency drills to prepare for the chaos expected upon his demise. Spy shops still flourish here, and a store on Calle Ocho does brisk business in reprints of the Havana phone book from 1959, the year he seized power.

But if Mr. Castro's grip on Cuban Miami remains strong, the fixation is expressed differently these days. The monolithic stridency that once defined the exile community has faded. There is less consensus on how to fight Mr. Castro and even, as Cuban-Americans grow more politically and economically diverse, less intensity of purpose. Some call it shrewd pragmatism, others call it fatigue.

The Roe Effect

James Taranto of OpinionJournal.com:

It is a statement of fact, not a moral judgment, to observe that every pregnancy aborted today results in one fewer eligible voter 18 years from now. More than 40 million legal abortions have occurred in the United States since 1973, and these are not randomly distributed across the population. Black women, for example, have a higher abortion ratio (percentage of pregnancies aborted) than Hispanic women, whose abortion ratio in turn is higher than that of non-Hispanic whites. Since blacks vote Democratic in far greater proportions than Hispanics, and whites are more Republican than Hispanics or blacks, ethnic disparities in abortion ratios would be sufficient to give the GOP a significant boost--surely enough to account for George W. Bush's razor-thin Florida victory in 2000.

The Roe effect, however, refers specifically to the nexus between the practice of abortion and the politics of abortion. It seems self-evident that pro-choice women are more likely to have abortions than pro-life ones, and common sense suggests that children tend to gravitate toward their parents' values. This would seem to ensure that Americans born after Roe v. Wade have a greater propensity to vote for the pro-life party--that is, Republican--than they otherwise would have.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

"Catch and Release"

From Yahoo! News:

Illegal immigrants from Mexico and Canada, because they live next-door to the United States, typically choose to voluntarily depart and can be returned home almost immediately upon being caught by border officers. Those from other countries must undergo deportation proceedings and await government flights back to their nations. A growing number of those are freed with a notice-to-appear because of lack of holding space.

"Catch and release," the arrangement is commonly called.

Nowhere is it happening more frequently than in the Rio Grande Valley at the southernmost tip of Texas. Here, 91 percent of non-Mexicans who are caught are quickly released, statistics show.

Now, for the scary part:

Tijuana, Mexico - A restaurateur in this border city ran another business smuggling Lebanese compatriots into the United States, some with connections to Hezbollah. A Sept. 11 commission staff report called him the only "human smuggler with suspected links to terrorists" convicted in the United States. But he is not unique, according to an Associated Press investigation based on government and court records and scores of interviews.

Many smuggling pipelines through Latin America and Canada have illegally channeled thousands of people from countries identified by the U.S. government as sponsors or supporters of terrorism.

The Supreme Court

Now that Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has announced her resignation from the U.S. Supreme Court, many court observers are coming out with their contender lists. Emilio Garza and Alberto Gonzales continue to be mentioned.

Friday, July 01, 2005

CAFTA Passes Senate

The vote was 54-45. Now on to the House and the inevitable compromises.