MUST WATCH from The Daily Show: Jon Stewart Takes on Gun Control

Once again Jon Stewart is spot on.



Part one of the Scapegoat Hunter sets the stage.

Part two drives the point home with pure brilliance:

“Technology has democratized violence.”

“What is really going on here?”

“So this is what is: their paranoid fear of a possible dystopic future prevents us from addressing our actual dystopic present.”

The Real Tony Mendez of “Argo” Tells NBC Latino: “I Don’t Think of Myself as a Hispanic”

Well, this whole “Argo” thing just got interesting. Ever since we wrote about Ben Affleck going “Latino” in October, and after getting a surprising endorsement by CNN’s Ruben Navarrette this week, the real Tony Mendez, whom Affleck plays in the Oscar-nominated film “Argo,” gave an exclusive interview with NBC Latino, and basically said that he doesn’t identify himself as a Latino, even though his father’s family is from Mexico.


Jack Rico interviewed Mendez, and here is an excerpt of what Mendez told Rico in the NBC Latino piece:

JR: A lot of Hispanic moviegoers, when they found out that the name of Ben’s character was Tony Mendez they immediately thought — “why is Ben playing a Hispanic character?” Ben is obviously not Hispanic. No one has been able to get a legitimate answer on the matter, until now. Were there ever discussions at any point, maybe even from Ben, to have a Hispanic actor play you and maybe just have himself concentrate in directing?
TM: Never heard of it.

JR: Did you feel okay with Ben Affleck playing you oppose to maybe somebody else?
TM: Yeah, but I don’t think of myself as a Hispanic. I think of myself as a person who grew up in the desert. If I had been in a different family circumstance, I might have felt that way. But, mostly, my family was at odds with each other in a playful way, they weren’t talking about heritage in that regard.

JR: In the Hispanic film community, there is much debate surrounding this topic. Many Hispanic actors feel they’re progress halts when Hollywood decides to place an anglo star name in a Hispanic role. When you see Ben portray you on screen, do you feel he represented you with integrity? The right way? Did you see yourself in him?
TM: What I already knew about Ben was that he was a real diligent creator down to the fine nobs in the clumps of dirt and so forth, that he was real. What I found about him when he’s acting is that he does the same kind of due diligence on the part he’s playing. A lot of things I kind of discovered about myself he had already up picked on and was portraying them on the screen.

This just got really really good. So many issues of identity and culture. Yet it still doesn’t explain Affleck’s bizarre response, which he gave last month.

Hey, at least we are all talking about it.

Latino News Roundup for January 11th, 2013

Latino News Roundup Edition from HispanicTips:


Jenni Rivera Plane Crash: Families of Singer’s Entourage Sue Singer’s Company, Jet Owner for Wrongful Death

Latin Roots: Bomba Y Plena – In this, the 27th segment of Latin Roots, Aaron Levinson discusses the birth of bomba and plena, as well as the different musical and rhythmic paths the genres have taken.

Every Latino Ever Nominated for an Oscar! – The History Of Latino Nominees And The Academy Awards

A team of prominent national Republicans, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, plans to gather in Miami Friday to begin mapping out GOP outreach to Hispanics for the 2014 cycle

Wal-Mart CEO Knew of Bribery in Mexico Since 2005, Emails Show

Hilda Solis Set to Become Queen of LA After Resignation, Eyes Powerful County Position – Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County

Why Immigration Reform and Gun Control Aren’t in Competition

US Chamber of Commerce Makes Immigration Reform With Path to Citizenship a Top Priority

Video: Frida Kahlo’s Closet is Opened 58 years After Her Death

Kris Kobach Continues Anti-Immigrant Crusade; Wants Kansas to Pass “Self-Deportation” Law and Punish DREAMers

Culled from these HispanicTips’ Reports

TOP STORIES Hispanic Report for January 11th, 2013

CULTURA Hispanic Report for January 11th, 2013

BUSINESS Hispanic Report for January 11th, 2013

DREAMer Activist Leader Erika Andiola Issues Statement on ICE Raid

Here is a statement from DREAMer leader Erika Andiola that was shared with the press today in response to news that her home was raided last night by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.


For a couple of years now I have been speaking to media about other cases, Dreamers and their families put into deportation proceedings, I have attended ICE offices and clinics, but this is the first time I have been here on behalf of my own mother.

ICE went to my home, knocked on my door and asked for my mother. My mother came out of her room not knowing what was happening. ICE told her to come closer to the door, told her everything was going to be okay then handcuffed her in front of me and my 15-year-old brother. My older brother, who came at the age of 17 and is now 34, was outside the house. He refused to answer questions and was cuffed and taken in as well. I wanted to get him away from my family and make them stop, but they took them both. I started contacting people within the community and the movement and thank God I got a lot of really great support from people I have worked with in the past.

My brother has been released as of 7 this morning. I came to immigration offices with my little brother at 2 in the morning and they told me my brother would be released and my mother would be sent to Florence and deported ‘right away.’

On several occasions they told me things about the case and my mother that were not true. My brother told me that not only did ICE have profiles of my mother and brother but also of me, and they told him ‘We know all about your sister, we know about what your sister does, and you should get away from that.’

Thanks to all the people who have stood up and asked the President, the administration and members of congress to help us. It makes me extremely happy to know that my mother is here, but it makes me extremely sad that it took all day and thousands of calls to stop the deportation of one person. We shouldn’t have to do that. We shouldn’t have to work so hard for just one person. I am asking president Obama and his Administration to stop separating families. Having been separated from my mother and brother is something I will never get over and forget.

At a press conference today, Andiola also said that the ICE agents were “undercover” and did not identify themselves until they began to arrest her mother. In the meantime, NBC Latino published a statement by ICE about the incident:

One of two individuals detained by ICE in Phoenix, AZ has been released. The other individual will be released imminently. Although one individual had been previously removed from the country, an initial review of these cases revealed that certain factors outlined in ICE’s prosecutorial discretion policy appear to be present and merit an exercise of discretion. A fuller review of the cases is currently on-going. ICE exercises prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis, considering the totality of the circumstances in an individual case.

At a press conference this afternoon with immigration organizations, Andiola confirmed that her mother has now been released as well and is returning back home. This does not guarantee that she or her son can get arrested again, and speakers at the conference urged the Obama administration to take actions that would limit incidents like these in the future, not only for Andiola’s family, but for all low-priority individuals.

Here are some additional remarks made by the conference’s other attendees:

Cristina Jimenez, Managing Director of United We Dream

Erika is a longtime leader in the DREAM and immigrant rights movement; she has fought tirelessly for a better nation that affirms our values and opportunity in this country. This action by ICE has shocked DREAMers all across the country. Advocates from coast to coast are expressing outrage and denouncing the detention of Erika’s mother and calling for an end to all family separations.

We won’t stop pressuring the President and members of Congress to work on a solution that provides a pathway to citizenship for our community, for DREAMers and for our families. We won’t stop until we get that done in 2013.

Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center

Not all immigrant families have the benefit of Erika to mobilize the whole country over night. The Andiola family is just another example of the cost of the broken system that continues to hurt millions of immigrants across the country. We cannot keep fixing this one worker, one family member at a time. While we wait for immigration reform, the President can act now so that millions of immigrants do not have to live in constant fear of deportation.

Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund

This is not an isolated incident; this happens every day. We salute the amazing work of DREAMers and allies who mobilized in this case, but enforcement actions like this happen outside the spotlight every day. This is what 400,000 deportations look like The President says repeatedly that DHS’ priorities are to go after the ‘worst of the worst.’ But despite existing prosecutorial discretion policy, officers on the ground seem much more focused on filling the annual deportation quota than in following the President’s priorities. With real immigration reform on tap this year, it’s ridiculous to think we’re spending billions of dollars arresting people who will be on the road to citizenship once Congress enacts reform.

Héctor Travieso: Santarrosa Left “SuperXclusivo” After I Quit

Reacting to the fallout surrounding his puppet co-host’s resignation from WAPA TV’s “SuperXclusivo,” Héctor Travieso decided to break his silence and provide his account of the events in Puerto Rico that led to sudden end of the island’s top-rated show. According to a report in El Nuevo Día, Travieso claims that Kobbo Santarrosa, the actor behind the “Comay” puppet character had resigned on Monday, but that WAPA did not accept the resignation. As a result, according to Travieso, Santarrosa returned to the network on Tuesday and had agreed to continue with the show “despite all the restrictions” imposed by WAPA management.


According to Travieso, a misunderstanding on Tuesday with network president Joe Ramos was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and Travieso decided to quit the show. He acknowledged that it was a stressful situation, but he also said that “I have principles, dignity.” That is when Travieso said that he told Ramos that he was leaving WAPA.

Then Travieso said that he told Santarrosa about his decision. Santarrosa was shocked, according to Travieso. Travieso told Santarrosa that he would do the Tuesday show and continue until today (Friday, January 11). That is when, according to Travieso, “Kobbo understood that the pressure was too much, that the program would not be successful moving forward like this, so that is when we both made the decision to leave.”

Travieso still maintains that the situation was over a misunderstanding. He also said that “La Comay is a business that makes money, a big business.” As for rumors that the show would move to Miami’s MEGA TV, Travieso said he did not know any details about that.

Travieso also defended his show partner when asked why Santarrosa continues to stay silent about his decision to leave the show. “Because he is innocent. People want to destroy him. What did Kobbo do to deserve this?”

All this comes just more than a month since a “Boicot a la Comay” Facebook page was formed on December 4 to protest comments made by Santarrosa’s Comay character and Travieso regarding the death of publicist José Enrique Gómez. According to the boycott page, over 45 companies had pulled their advertising from the show.

Travieso closed his comments by thanking the viewers and by thanking Santarrosa for behaving “like a man with me.”

ICE Raids Home of DREAMer Activist Leader Erika Andiola

UPDATE, 5:00 pm EST. Andiola posted the following status on her Facebook.


UPDATE, 2:00 pm EST, January 11, 2013. Andiola has released a statement to the press.

UPDATE: 11:00am EST January 11, 2013. We received word that Andiola’s mother was granted a formal stay and that Andiola’s brother was already released. There is a press conference scheduled for later this morning in Arizona.


UPDATE: 5:00am EST January 11, 2013. Andiola posted more information on her public Facebook page. Here is the latest:

I want to thank everyone for all of your support. It has been a tough day, but I know my mom and my brother will be out soon. They have to! They have done nothing wrong and there was no reason for immigration to take them. There are a couple of things you can do to help me.

1. Tomorrow [Friday, January 11] we will be holding a press conference at ICE and ask Obama and the administration to help get my family out of there ASAP! Enough is enough! 2035 North Central Ave in Phoenix at 8:30am.

2. Make calls like crazy srtating at 8am and demand they let Maria and Heriberto go! (602) 766-7030

3. There are several organizations helping me invite people to make calls and send petitions to ICE. Here is one: SHARE SHARE SHARE

Thank you soooo much and God bless you all.

Tonight around midnight EST, Arizona’s Erika Andiola, one of the country’s most prominent DREAMer leaders, posted the following on her Facebook site:

My house just got raided by ICE and they took my mom and my brother. They had no reason to do this!! I am so f–ng pissed right now. I can’t believe that this is happing to me!!! I might my community tomorrow morning to make sure they don’t get deported. Please be in the look out for more updates from me.


The post has already gone viral within the DREAMer community. About 30 minutes after her first post, Andiola shared the following:

Thanks for your support. We are working on a plan of action. For now please keep my family in your prayers and wait for my next post.

After being made aware of the two posts, we contacted members of Andiola’s immediate family. They have confirmed that their mother and older brother have indeed been taken by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. They are busy making phone calls to find out the whereabouts of their mother. They also let us know that they will be following up with a statement and video tomorrow morning.

Andiola is a leader of Arizona’s DREAM Coalition. She is considered to be one of the most well-known DREAMer activists in the country, as well as a champion of comprehensive immigration reform. With the recent push by the Obama administration to prioritize immigration reform, the optics of an ICE raid at the home of a leading DREAMer activist could be very problematic for the President.

As one site describes Andiola’s accomplishments:

[Andiola] got involved with Promise Arizona, a grassroots civic engagement organization with a mission to recruit, train and support a new generation of leaders from across the state and register Latinos to vote. She also dedicated herself to championing the DREAM Act. She spent countless hours camped in front of Senator John McCain’s Phoenix office in the summer heat with the “DREAM Army,” supporters who worked tirelessly to educate elected officials on the Act. She knew she might be arrested, and eventually she was.

On video, Andiola also confronted Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, a national figure behind anti-immigration legislation. Russell was clearly not happy about being surprised. He could have called security and demanded an arrest on the spot. Arrest is frightening for anyone, but as Andiola knows personally, arrest with the possibility of deportation is life-altering, especially for someone so young.

Andiola’s single-minded dedication to social justice comes before her personal gain.
Andiola is fearless and articulate on camera, especially when she was interviewed by ABC’s Diane Sawyer and appeared in several You Tube videos. Seen on television in front of McCain’s office, Andiola is visibly exhausted. She had been driving hard for months, flying to DC, working for Promise Arizona, protesting for the Dream Army, motivating people to vote, attending vigils and then hitting the barrios on foot again and again in an effort to register every last eligible voter.

Andiola knows personally that if immigrants are to succeed, more people will have to take more risks, spend more time fighting, and bear the ugly sting of rejection many more times. But as one Arizonan described her, Andiola is a young woman who is both fearless and gently persuasively in her approach. She never tires, never quits. Despite losing her scholarships, Andiola graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. degree in Psychology in spring 2009. She still aspires to work as a school counselor one day – after helping to pass the DREAM Act.