Latino News Roundup for January 17th, 2013

Latino News Roundup Edition from HispanicTips:


Roasted Chile, Cheese, and Bacon Mini-Tamale Pies {OMG}

Miami grows as Latino TV hub

2013: the year of Mobile for U.S. Hispanics

Ken Salazar resigning places pressure on Latino cabinet positions

The Latino inauguration? Reverend Luis Leon to offer inauguration prayer

Luis Fonsi Blasts Ex-Wife’s Book – denied Tuesday in an open letter all the accusations of infidelity that his ex-wife, actress Adamari Lopez, made against him in her book “Viviendo” (Living).

Telemundo Anchor’s Chides White People Over Immigration Reform – Jose Diaz-Balart: ‘Aryan, Blonde, Blue-Eyed People Immigrate Illegally Too’ (VIDEO)

California Unlicensed Driver Report Doesn’t Refer To Undocumented Immigrants – How The LA Times Got It Wrong On Undocumented Drivers

Young Oregon immigrants granted driver’s licenses under deportation deferral program DACA

Houston symphony hires 1st Hispanic music director – 35-year-old Andres Orozco-Estrada

ESTHER CEPEDA: Memo to Census Bureau: We are what we are

Deferred Action in Action: Prominent DREAM Activist Gets Job with Arizona Congresswoman – Erika Andiola

Immigrants Add Billions to the Arkansas Economy – “Subtracting the cost of essential services ($555 million) from immigrants’ combined consumer expenditures and tax contributions ($3.9 billion) yielded a net economic benefit to the state of $3.4 billion in 2010.”

Bachelor’s Degree Near For UNM Chicano Program – More than 40 years since the University of New Mexico began its Chicana and Chicano Studies program, students may finally be able to get a bachelor’s degree in it.

CNN Moves Beyond Cable With CNN Latino – KTLA’s Elizabeth Espinosa will host a nightly news magazine as part of eight hours a day of original shows aimed at Hispanic-Americans drawing on CNN’s worldwide resources.

South Carolina Hispanic group files formal complaint against restaurant selling offensive T-shirts – a group called Alianza Latina (“Latin Alliance”) has filed an official complaint with the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission claiming that the shirts violate the state’s Human Affairs Law.

Latino inaugural a party within a party – They helped elect him to a second term. Now, Latinos are going to make a splash at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration as never before. – Antonio Banderas, Rosario Dawson and Marc Anthony are joining an A-list lineup of entertainers

Latino Nicknames 2.0 – Our Terms Of Endearment!

Latina Takes Helm of Texas State Senate – San Antonio State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, a Democrat

Video: Zumba CEO Alberto Perlman Tells Us How He Built The Largest Fitness Brand In The World

#ICEFail: ACLU Sues Feds Over “Driving While Brown” Case of Angélica Dávila

On January 15, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania released the following statement regarding Davila v. Northern Regional Police Department, et al. You can also read more about the story at the Pittsburgh Gazette.


PITTSBURGH – The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Angelica Davila, a U.S. citizen who was born in Mexico and legally immigrated to this country at the age of 2 with her parents. After being stopped for a minor traffic violation in 2011, Davila was arrested and imprisoned in the Allegheny County Jail overnight based on the erroneous belief she was in the country illegally.

“This is a blatant example of ethnic profiling,” said Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “The police had no reason to check Ms. Davila’s immigration status for a routine traffic stop when her paperwork was in order. The police questioned her status only because of her ethnicity and that of her passenger.”

On the evening of January 22, 2011, Davila and a friend, Joel Garrete, were pulled over on Perry Highway in Wexford shortly after exiting the parking lot of a Mexican grocery store. Davila, a legally licensed driver in Pennsylvania, had forgotten to turn on her headlights. She provided her license, proof of registration, and insurance card to Patrolman Andrew Bienemann of the Northern Regional Police Department. The officer also demanded identification from her friend and asked if he was in the country legally. A native of Honduras, Garrete admitted he was not lawfully present. Bienemann then called the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to check on the status of both Davila and Garrete.

Davila provided her name, country of origin, and date of birth to ICE Special Agent Brianna Tetrault over the phone and told Tetrault she was legally present in the United States. Davila, who speaks both English and Spanish fluently, agreed to translate while Tetrault spoke to Garrete.

Nevertheless, after waiting by the side of the road for two hours, both Davila and Garrete were handcuffed and eventually transported to the Allegheny County Jail at the request of ICE. During her ordeal, Davila repeatedly explained to police officers and jail guards that she was legally present. In fact, Davila was a U.S. citizen at the time of her arrest under a law granting automatic citizenship to children of U.S. citizen parents who were under 18 on February 27, 2001.

“Spending the night in jail was a horrible experience, especially since I did not know why I was being held,” Davila said. “I want to make sure that this never happens to me or to anyone else again.”

After transporting Davila and Garrete to the jail, Bienemann received a call from ICE informing him that a mistake had been made about Davila’s identity and that she had been incorrectly detained. Despite receiving official confirmation from ICE at 9:50 p.m. that Davila was lawfully present in the United States, Bienemann made no effort to have her released from jail. Davila was eventually released the next morning after sleeping on the floor of her holding cell, which had no beds.

According to the complaint, the Northern Regional Police Department has a policy of reporting persons suspected of violating immigration laws to ICE and complying with ICE detainer requests even though there is no law requiring it to do so.

“This case is a perfect example of why local police departments should think twice before taking it upon themselves to enforce immigration laws,” said Sara Rose, an ACLU-PA staff attorney representing Davila.

“When ICE makes a mistake about someone’s immigration status – as it did in this case and in a similar case filed by the ACLU-PA on behalf of another U.S. citizen unlawfully detained for an immigration violation- the police officers who carry out the illegal detention violate the Fourth Amendment,” she added.

According to the complaint, the police officer’s decision to contact ICE to check Davila’s immigration status and the ICE agent’s decision to issue an immigration detainer for Davila also violated her right to equal protection under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution because they were based on Davila’s ethnicity.

The case is Davila v. Northern Regional Police Department, et al. Davila is represented by Rose, ACLU-PA Legal Director Vic Walczak, and Tom Farrell of the law firm Farrell & Reisinger.

More information about the case, including a copy of the complaint, is available at:

More information about a previous ACLU-PA case involving a U.S. citizen illegally held by ICE, Galarza v. Szalczyk, et al., is available here:

If you know of other stories similar to this one, let us know by tweeting us to @latinorebels or use #ICEFail on Twitter. You can also post on our Facebook site.

Statement of United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz Regarding The Death of Aaron Swartz

In response to pressure (which includes a White House petition that has gone viral) to offer comment after the suicide death of Aaron Swartz, Carmen M. Ortiz, the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, issued the following statement:


January 16, 2013

As a parent and a sister, I can only imagine the pain felt by the family and friends of Aaron Swartz, and I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to everyone who knew and loved this young man. I know that there is little I can say to abate the anger felt by those who believe that this office’s prosecution of Mr. Swartz was unwarranted and somehow led to the tragic result of him taking his own life.

I must, however, make clear that this office’s conduct was appropriate in bringing and handling this case. The career prosecutors handling this matter took on the difficult task of enforcing a law they had taken an oath to uphold, and did so reasonably. The prosecutors recognized that there was no evidence against Mr. Swartz indicating that he committed his acts for personal financial gain, and they recognized that his conduct – while a violation of the law – did not warrant the severe punishments authorized by Congress and called for by the Sentencing Guidelines in appropriate cases. That is why in the discussions with his counsel about a resolution of the case this office sought an appropriate sentence that matched the alleged conduct – a sentence that we would recommend to the judge of six months in a low security setting. While at the same time, his defense counsel would have been free to recommend a sentence of probation. Ultimately, any sentence imposed would have been up to the judge. At no time did this office ever seek – or ever tell Mr. Swartz’s attorneys that it intended to seek – maximum penalties under the law.

As federal prosecutors, our mission includes protecting the use of computers and the Internet by enforcing the law as fairly and responsibly as possible. We strive to do our best to fulfill this mission every day.