Today in Latin America
Top Story — A federal appeals court on Monday said that Arizona may be permitted to require police officers to check the immigration status of suspected criminals, even though they would be powerless do anything about a person’s illegal residency.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals looked at four provisions in Arizona’s controversial immigration bill, SB1070, that was ruled unconstitutional back in July by a federal judge in Phoenix.
During the hour-long proceedings in San Francisco, the three-judge appeals panel seemed to agree with the lower court’s previous rulings, but indicated that it would authorize police the right to check the immigration status of people they reasonably suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.
This would also still allow suspects to be referred to federal authorities for deportation.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and her group of lawyers defended the state’s bill Monday, saying that she will take the matter to the Supreme Court if necessary.
“There’s no reason why Arizona should stand by and suffer the consequences of a broken system, when (it) has 15,000 well-trained peace officers that Washington authorities aren’t allowing to help fix the system. That’s what Arizona wants to do,” said attorney John Bouma, who is representing Arizona, according to Reuters.
Senior 9th Circuit Judge John Noonan asked during the hearing if there was anyway the bill could be tailored so that its enactment was constitutionally sound and he also took issue with part of the law barring work by immigrants while their immigrations status was being determined.
“We are bound by that decision. End of argument,” Noonan said, according to Reuters.
Just Published at the Latin America News Dispatch
- National Public Radio reported last week that the private prison industry played a key role in the crafting of Arizona’s controversial immigration law. Molly O’Toole, who interviewed Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce before the primary elections, has more.
- Hispanic voices are becoming more influential as the mid-term elections approach, reports Von Diaz.
- Peruvian presidential candidate Ollanta Humala outlined his nationalist program on Thursday in New York, saying it would transform Peru from a mineral exporting country to an industrialized country that privileges the internal market.
Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
- The family of a man presumed dead after a shooting on a lake on the U.S.-Mexico border plans to hold a memorial service for him in Colorado on Sunday.
- Mexican glass maker Vitro SAB said Monday it has launched two offers–a proposed swap and partial buyback–of three series of defaulted notes for $1.22 billion as it seeks to restructure its debt.
- Cuba will free its longest-held political prisoner, Adrian Álvarez, jailed since 1985, and send him to Spain, the Roman Catholic Church said Monday.
- U.S. health authorities have said that the cholera strain which has killed more than 330 people in Haiti most closely resembles a South Asian strain.
- Tropical Storm Tomas churned through the Caribbean on a path that could batter Haiti with heavy rain and strong wind.
- Five armed men broke into a military base at the major international airport in northern Honduras early Monday and made off with a small airplane that authorities seized last year in an anti-drug operation.
- The caravan organized by the Honduran Network of Migrants Committees and Relatives of the Missing started its journey in Mexico over the weekend to look for more than 500 Hondurans who went missing here while trying to reach the United States.
- Authorities at a prison in eastern El Salvador discovered a tunnel over the weekend and foiled an escape attempt by gang members, officials said.
- A diverse exhibit of of Cuban culture was exhibited on Friday at the campus of Central American University as part of an annual fair in Managuage, Nicaragua, attended this year by 22 countries.
- After four years of waiting for the government to take action, the surviving victims of tainted cough medicines distributed by the Panamanian government staged protests demanding that those responsible be put on trial and that better health care be provided to the nation.
- Venezuelan steel products company Sidetur on Monday protested being nationalized by President Hugo Chávez and denied it had ever broken the South American country’s price controls.
- Central Intelligence Agency officers involved with a secret counternarcotics mission in the Peruvian jungle routinely violated agency procedures, tried to cover up their mistakes, and misled Congress immediately after a missionary plane was accidentally shot down in 2001, according to a C.I.A. internal report released on Monday.
- Brazilian president-elect Dilma Rousseff discussed foreign policy with President Obama and the presidents of Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico a day after she made history by becoming Brazil’s first female president.
- Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner gave her first public address since the sudden death of her husband and former president Néstor Kirchner last Wednesday.
- A woman who claims she was hit by the niece of Paraguayan soccer star Salvador Cabañas while riding her bicycle is suing Cabañas for $500,000.
- Edison Peña, one of the 33 rescued Chilean miners, may participate in the New York City marathon on November 7.
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