Volume XXVIII Number 1 January 9, 2004

FrontPage Stories

Border Politics of the Bush Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON, January 8, 2004 — President Bush’s sweeping proposal on Wednesday to give legal status to millions of illegal workers was a political document as well as an immigration policy and sought to re-establish his credentials as a compassionate conservative at the starting gate of an election year.

White House political advisers have long talked of the critical importance of Hispanics to Mr. Bush’s re-election. But political analysts said that his latest proposal was also designed to appeal to a much larger political prize, suburban swing voters, who might see the plan as evidence of a gentler Republican Party.

“For a party that’s trying to look more inclusive and welcoming, the proposal has broader thematics that show an openness to America’s new immigrants,” said Bill McInturff, a leading Republican pollster.

President George W. Bush. File Photo.

Mr. Bush’s speech carefully hit the emotional notes about opening the United States’ borders at a time when the administration has spent more energy securing them. “Many of you here today are Americans by choice, and you have followed in the paths of millions,” the president told the crowd. Every generation of immigrants, he added, “has reaffirmed the wisdom of remaining open to the talents and dreams of the world.”

Behind the poetic language, analysts said, lay a prosaic White House calculation: That it was more important to reach toward the political middle than to worry about placating Mr. Bush’s conservative base. Many conservative Republicans called Mr. Bush’s plan nothing more than amnesty for lawbreakers but moderate Republicans said the White House had enough political capital with the conservatives to make it worth risking their ire.

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Ethnic Media Wary of Bush Immigration Proposal
By Marcelo Ballve
News Analysis
The immigrant media, and Latino media in particular, were quick to pick apart the new White House proposal that would grant temporary legal status to millions of undocumented workers in the United States.

Three Running for the City Attorney’s Seat
By Raymond R. Beltrán
California Primary Elections had historically been held the first week of June, which made it an afterthought when it came to playing any sort of role in the race for president … that was until the year 2000. With an eye on his own aspirations to become president, former California Governor Pete Wilson decided that California needed a greater voice in the presidential elections and moved the Primary Elections to March. For better or worse, this makes local political campaigns a year long, and in some cases longer.

BC and Tijuana Offended by Portrayal of City in US State Department Report
A number of Mexican border newspapers have published stories on January 7, 2003 about a US State Department travel report that singles out Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez and Nuevo Laredo as particularly dangerous cities. While an article in the Cd. Juárez newspaper El Diario only summarizes the November 2002 report, the Tijuana newspaper Frontera gives official reaction to the State Department’s portrayal of that city.

Luz de esperanza para ex-braceros: podrían ser recompensados por México
Por Miguel Angel Báez
DELANO, Calif.— A sus 74 años José Manuel Herrera vive de los $700 que en con-junto reciben él y su esposa del Seguro Social.

Ray of Hope for Ex Guest Workers: Some May Be Partially Compensated by Mexico
By Miguel Angel Báez
DELANO, Calif. — At 74 years old, José Manuel Herrera lives on a total of $700 that he and his wife receive from Social Security. Both retired, they live in a small house west of Delano, where Herrera fights for what many consider to be a lost cause.



LULAC Does It Again, They Bring Smiles to South Bay Families
Santa Bea Estrada and the LULAC membership elves and community volunteers were busy once again assembling Christmas food baskets on Friday, Dec. 19th at the National Guard Armory in National City. The food baskets had to be ready for distribution by 10 a.m. on Saturday Dec. 20th. LULAC, National Guardsmen, volunteers and food basket sponsors had committed themselves to provide the best Christmas baskets with a lot of Christmas spirit and joy.

Children’s Holiday Party
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Rotarian, Patrick Hurley, Chair for the Children’s Holiday Party at the Olympic Resort Hotel and Spa, spearheaded a Holiday dinner and gift giving party for fifteen children from Buena Vista Elementary and Jefferson School, in Carlsbad. Since most of the guest children were Latinos, Rotarian Juan Aguila gave thanks for the food in both the English and Spanish language. Other Rotarians helping were William Anderson, William J. Carroll, David Kulchin, Pat Landis, Ray Luce, John Maley, Susie Sherry, Neal Stehly, and. Rob Woodard.

San Diego and Tijuana School Students Tackle World Issues
“Preventing Deadly Conflict” is Theme of 7th Annual WorldLink Meeting at USD

More than 600 San Diego and Tijuana high school students will hear from young refugees looking to rebuild their lives and from a top State Department official as they explore how to prevent deadly conflict in the world at the seventh annual WorldLink Youth Town Meeting Wednesday, Jan. 14. The event at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NASA Apprenticeship Program
Since 1980, NASA SHARP has been promoting research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and geography (STEM+G) for underrepresented high school students. You are being contacted, because we view you as a partner in promoting STEM+G in underrepresented communities, and as such, might be able to help us spread the word about this outstanding NASA-sponsored program. Underrepresented populations include females, African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaians, and Pacific Islanders.

Sixth Annual Multicultural Festival To Celebrate San Diego’s Diversity
The sixth annual San Diego Multicultural Festival celebration will take place on Saturday, January 17, 2004 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. downtown along the Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade, across the street from the San Diego Convention Center. Established by the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) in 1998, the festival has grown annually in both popularity and scope. The free event will feature a variety of food, children’s activities, entertainment and fun for the entire family, reflecting San Diego’s unique cultural diversity.

Martin Luther King, Jr Calendar of Events:
Dolores Huerta to Speak at NCCJ’s 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. “All Peoples’ Breakfast”

Por La Red Hispana
Corazón de mi vida
“Más vale perder un minuto que perder la vida en un minuto”, dice la frase que tan bien conocemos, pero cuando hay que ponerla en práctica, olvidamos la antigua sabiduría y sobre todo el sentido común. Eso pasa a menudo con el uso de los cinturones de seguridad. Las cifras de fatalidades a causa de accidentes de tránsito son alarmantes. Dentro de nuestra comunidad hispana, los choques automovilísticos son la principal causa de muerte entre las edades de uno y 44 años.

Centros de recuperación por desastre en los Condados de San Diego y San Bernardino cierran permanentemente sus puertas el 9 de enero
PASADENA – Todavía quedan unos días más, para que los afectados por los incendios del Sur de California soliciten ayuda federal y del estado, según anunciaron la Agencia Federal del Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA), la Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia del Gobernador, y la Administración de Pequeños Negocios de Estados Unidos (SBA).


The War on Terrorism is Fundamentally Changing America
Is it a price we are willing to pay?

America is a great nation, about that there is no doubt. What has made this country great, and what has proven to stand the test of time, has been our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These two documents have been the beacon that has guided this nation throughout decades, and we, as a people and a democracy, have shaped and lived our lives by these documents.

Judging Arnold ... and his State of the State Address
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gave his first State of the State speech this Tuesday, and he did not disappoint in his delivery. After all, he is a professional actor who knows how to deliver his lines with full affect. But, much like his campaign for governor, where he presented a strong, charismatic alternative to the beleaguered Gray Davis, he offered few details in his speech.

La Nueva Imagen del Partido Demócrata
Por Humberto Cespa, Ph.D
Los comicios electorales primarios y las juntas políticas están a la vuelta de la esquina. En el partido Republicano, aparte del presidente George W. Bush, no se avizora a ningún otro candidato. Muchos quedaron rendidos antes de la contienda misma, nadie se atreve a darle “lata” al Presidente, todos se desvanecieron en el aire. Mientras tanto, en el partido Demócrata sucede lo contrario. Desde el candidato más chico, el senador Joe Lieberman, hasta el más grande, el también senador John F. Kerry, se han dado con todo. Los altercados verbales son personales y también contra el partido, y reflejan conspicuamente la ahondada crisis de identidad ideológica que existe en el seno mismo de los demócratas.

Walls of Fear: The Israeli ‘Security Wall’ and the U.S. Border Fence
By Emmanuelle Le Texier
In June 2002, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided to start the construction of a ‘safety fence’ along Cisjordania to “prevent Palestinian terrorists to enter in Israel – as a reaction of self-defense.’ The initial project accounted of 350 kilometers (of which one third are already built). A year after the beginning of the internationally criticized construction, Ariel Sharon decided to increase the length up to 600 km to include the ‘Ariel colony’ located in the Palestinian territories under the pressure of Israeli colons.

Economy still in the doldrums
By Julianne Malveaux
Don’t believe the happy talk about the economy —unless you’re on Wall Street. New homes sales are up, business revenues are rising and any broker worth her salt is able to put a positive spin on the way things are. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been ticking upwards and the NASDAG has revived itself from the mid-2002 doldrums.

Existe inconformidad en todos los sectores productivos de México
Por: Paco Zavala
Ha trascendido el curso del mes de diciembre, dejando una estela de dudas, de sinsabores y de desesperanza.

Etc. Etc. Etc.
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

La Asociación Americana de Bibliotecas Premiará a los Mejores Autores e Ilustradores Hispanos de Literatura Infantil
La reunión de la Asociación Americana de Bibliotecas (ALA, por sus siglas en inglés) que se llevará a cabo del 9 al 14 de enero del 2004 en San Diego, consistirá en una serie de eventos que mostrarán las obras literarias de algunos de los autores hispanos más reconocidos. Entre los eventos programados figura la entrega del Premio Pura Belpré, una de las distinciones literarias más prestigiosas que se otorgan a autores e ilustradores de libros infantiles, así como conferencias de autores como Angeles Mastretta y Richard Rodríguez.

Base de Desarrollo en la Programación Neurolingüística es “El Poder de la Palabra”
Por: Paco Zavala
La panorámica en la investigación de campo es muy amplia, fascinante y complicada, porque siempre se encuentran aspectos sorprendentes.

Looking Back to 2003 and On Ahead Into 2004
By Francisco H. Ciriza
Once again we saw Latino music continue to receive considerable levels of attention from a wide range of sources. With seemingly parallel levels of respectability it was also unfortunate that we also saw cases where we may have never looked as silly. Case in point, the Latino Grammy Awards. What a disappointment. Enough said. Quite conversely, however, The MTV Latin Awards by far outclassed any and every music award show, ever, with it’s opening alone. If you were lucky enough to have witnessed the progression of artists who contributed their part of the fantastic medley of both classic and poignant Latino Alternative and rock anthems, you understand the awesome display of talent and class that brought this writer to full applause, yelling, and even tears…in my family room at home. I’ll admit it, I even cheered for Ricky Martin. The guy has real guts to have taken part in the thing and to have been as brash as he was. His participation brought me a newfound respect for him. The guy even has some talent. Hats off to him.

Vamos al Cine:
En la tradición de García Márquez
Una obra maestra del Realismo mágico es Big Fish
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Varias veces el Realismo mágico, género literario que alcanzó su máximo esplendor en la pluma del colombiano García Márquez, ha sido intentado llevar a la pantalla cinematográfica, sin mucho éxito. El mismo Márquez confiesa de las frustraciones que implica transformar la imagineria de su prosa en luz, efectos y sonido lo suficientemente creíbles.

Vamos al Cine:
Chasing cheap thrills
Mandy Moore tries to charm, really.

By Daniel Jose Bort
Welcome to the month of January! Where all your teenybopper sensation film hits feel like run-on-the-mill reheated fricassees. No exception here with Mandy Moore latest creation, Chasing Liberty, a movie that aims so high in the paper that sacrifices its candid set up and its good intentions.

Festival de la Canción Latinoamericana de California
Inscripciones 2004
El 2 de Enero comenzó el período de inscripciones para el 24avo Festival de la Canción Latinoamericana de California 2004.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Le hemos dado la bienvenida a este año de 2004, con muchas esperanzas e ilusiones, ojalá que se nos cumplan. Si no todo lo que deseamos, cuando menos alguna parte, lo más importante que necesitemos.

Calendar of Events......
By Berenice Cisneros
**This January 11, the pubic is invited to explore the ocean along with six during the 3rd Annual Ocean Authors Day. The authors will give short presentations related to their books on topics ranging from the geology of Baja California to the health of coral reefs. Also a book signing will follow each presentation.

Boxing 2003 – Another Year of Shame
By Fiona Manning
While 2003 has to go down in the history books as the year California finally decided to write into law the mandatory presence of ambulances at every single fight; it was a law hard fought for the state’s medical director Dr. Paul Wallace.

Flores Off to an Impressive Start
By John Philip Wyllie
A year ago, Bonita Vista High wrestler, George Flores finished sixth in local CIF competition and qualified for the annual Master’s Tournament. The fact that he did as a freshman speaks volumes about his potential. Flores, who capably handles the 105-pound weight slot for the Barons, is back and hungry for more. Wrestling has been a big part of his life for many years.

Alegre Contributing to Sockers’ Resurgence
By John Philip Wyllie
After a nearly disastrous 0-4 start, the San Diego Sockers have at last turned their season around. Currently 8-8 and in second place in the Western Conference standings, the Sockers are poised to make a run at the playoffs as the season heads into its fourth month. The team’s upward turn has been due in part to the play of former Cetys Universidad star, Mauricio Alegre. With eight goals and three assists, Alegre, the scrappy, veteran midfielder, is back in top form after taking a year sabbatical from the team to pursue a degree in business administration.

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