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The Real Trump Foreign Policy: Stoking the G.O.P. Base

US Immigration Reform Forum - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 4:03am
The Real Trump Foreign Policy: Stoking the G.O.P. Base

Why else would he pursue so many policies in Latin America that do not serve the national interest?
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Adding characters of color into movies and TV shows without complexity is problematic

Borderzine - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 11:46pm

Today we are seeing a greater push for representation for people of color in movies and TV shows. Some like Black Panther portray dark skin black people in positive roles and others like the Charmed reboot showcase Afro-Latina women as lead characters.

On the other hand, there are more shows that simply use people of color under the guise of representation, while utilizing them more like props than people. These forms of representation do more harm than good by sidelining characters or using them as comic relief.

And even worse, in the case of a show like Netflix’ Siempra Bruja, the storytelling attempts to romanticize racism and slavery.

Carmen, the main character of “Siempre Bruja,” with her lover/romantic interest who also happens to be her slavemaster.

The shortened plot of Siempre Bruja is about a black slave in the Republic of Colombia who also happens to be a witch. She eventually ends up falling through time into 21st century Colombia where slavery is obviously abolished. Her goal is then to return back to Colombia, during slavery times, to reunite with the white slave master she’s in love with.

This is problematic for many reasons.

Painting the narrative of a darker skinned slave woman romantically attracted to a white slave master has poor implications. Her narrative thus is tied to a slavery and in turn, that doesn’t make many black women in the 21st century feel positively represented.

Another example of poor representation is seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Black Panther was great, MCU still has a long way to go before they have overall complex representation even though the only two directors of color on the franchise directed two of the most critically acclaimed movies in the MCU – Thor: Ragnarök and Black Panther.

Meanwhile, Captain America and Iron Man have Falcon and War Machine respectively as their generic sidekicks. In their own comic books, these black heroes have character development that shows them as multidimensional. But in the movies, Hollywood strips them down to just being someone for the white heroes to trade witty barbs with.

The Ant Man movie is even worse by showing the character of Scott Lane warming the hearts of ethnically diverse criminals he meets in jail. They end up forming a frivolous support team for Ant Man and act as comic relief for the audience to laugh at throughout the film.

Well-developed characters, where people of color have their own narratives are a more realistic portrayal of society as a whole. There are people who are complex all around us. They are of different ethnicities and backgrounds. All of these complexities should be reflected in our storytelling.


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Mom remembers when Hollywood came for El Paso’s babies in filming ‘The Border’

Borderzine - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 11:21pm

Martha Romero’s favorite movie star is her son.

Nicholas Romero was only six weeks old when he debuted in “The Border,” a movie filmed in El Paso in 1980 starring Jack Nicholson, Valerie Perrine and Elpidia Carillo. Nicholas was one of several infants used to play Carillo’s son.

Martha Romero’s newborn son Nicholas was one of several local babies who worked on the set of “The Border” during filming in El Paso in 1980. Photo by Idalia Suarez,

“Aw, that’s my baby,” Romero recalled saying when she saw the movie for the first time.

Romero said that having her newborn in a movie was a fascinating experience. She said that the job lasted 50 days and her son had his own trailer on set. Labor laws limited the amount of time each baby could work, so they were switched out throughout the filming.

“It was very hard. I now understand why actors and actresses get paid what they get paid because it was very tedious, boring work.”

“The Border” was released Jan. 31, 1982, and re-screened during the Plaza Classic Film Festival in 2018.

“We wanted to show it in part because last year was our 11th year, the festival had never shown that movie and we were working on this concept,” said Doug Pullen, the festival’s coordinator. “It had actually been in development for about three years this idea of doing all these movies that connected back to this area in some way in this case it was shot here but it was set here.”

“We showed about 95 movies last year, 50 of them had some connection to El Paso, Juarez or the Las Cruces area,” Pullen said.

Romero attended the film festival screening. As her husband was waiting in line to get their tickets, she approached one of the festival officials: “I think that you should know that I am the mother of one of the babies that was in the movie.”

‘The Border’ was filmed along the El Paso-Juarez border in 1980 with many extras from the area. Photo courtesy Martha Romero.

Pullen said that he was not aware of Nicholas Romero being in the movie because there were many extras in the film. He said that there were 100 to 200 people from El Paso in the movie, so knowing who was in the movie was difficult to discern.

Romero said the movie, that tells the stories of a migrant mother and a U.S. Border Patrol agent, stands the test of time 37 years later because it touches on issues that are still happening in the borderland now.

“I would recommend that they see the movie because it’s based on truth and it’s very sad to see people that are looking for a better life trying to come and they bring their small children and endanger their life and as a parent there’s nothing more important to you than your children,” she said.

Pullen agreed that the movie parallels today’s headlines.


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Democrats Stop Playing Games

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 10:00pm
The Democrats are too busy playing party politics to resolve the American crisis. Yesterday, a letter signed by […]
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El Paso embracing electric car trend with more charging stations

Borderzine - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 9:44pm

EL PASO — Electric vehicle programs are popping up across the U.S. Southwest, but the border region has been slow to embrace the trend with some notable exceptions.

“Electric is coming, don’t kid yourself,” said Royal Jones, owner and CEO of Mesilla Valley Transportation based in Las Cruces.

The company is a six-time recipient of the EPA SmartWay Carrier Excellence Award, which is awarded to businesses for leading their industries in improving freight efficiency and contributing to cleaner air within their supply chains.

“My original reason for being green was because I needed some money.” Jones said about his goal to build up a more efficient fleet. “We like being green, we’re helping keep the air clean.”

Jones’ concern with fleet efficiency began when he first started his company in 1982 and noticed he was losing money because of low fuel mileage in his trucks.

“I started doing the math.” Jones said his trucks were averaging 15,000 miles per month at 4 miles per gallon, but he found that if they averaged just one mile per gallon more, he’d save more than 700 gallons of fuel per month per truck.

“We have always continued to measure all of our performance by the truck, not by the whole,” Jones said.

Jones is not only the CEO of a trucking company committed to reducing emissions , he’s one of a rapidly growing number of electric vehicle owners who want to reduce their personal carbon footprint.

“At first, we really didn’t see very many. We didn’t even have any in stock because nobody came in asking for them,” said Alex Ledesma a technology and product specialist at Rudolph Chevrolet.

“But we’re seeing the demand become higher and higher. People are asking for them. And they want to see them and they want to drive them, so we’re starting to stock them into our inventory,” Ledesma said.

The dealership sells the Chevy Bolt, an electric subcompact hatchback.

Electric vehicles sales in the U. S. increased 130% from 2017 to 2018. In 2017, 104,324 electric vehicles were sold and 240,380 were sold in 2018, according to a report by Clean Technica, an online clean tech website.

Many western states are trying to cater to these new vehicle owners. Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming signed a Memorandum of Understanding in October 2017 that established an electric vehicle corridor in the West. The corridor agreement will make it possible to drive seamlessly across the participating states by adding and setting standards for charging stations.

The goal is to eliminate electric car “range anxiety” among consumers. Range anxiety is the fear of not being able to find an electric vehicle charging station when driving long distances.

“The real scary question is, well if I’m not at home, where do I charge?” Ledesma explained. “You find a gas station on every corner, but you don’t find a charging station on every corner.”

Currently, only a handful electric vehicles have a range of more than 300 miles per charge, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 list of top electric cars by range. Tesla’s new Model 3 has a range of only 325 miles, the EPA estimates.

Even in oil-rich Texas, clean city coalitions are established in four large metropolitan areas: the Alamo area around San Antonio; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston-Galveston, and Central Texas (Austin). The coalitions promote efforts to reduce petroleum use by encouraging the use of alternative fuels and electric vehicles.

El Paso is playing catch up with most other major cities. City Council adopted the “Smart City Initiative” in September 2018 that focuses on smart energy, mobility, and public services. The plan, introduced by El Paso’s Chief Resilience Officer Nicole Ferrini, includes installing electric vehicle charging stations across the city. tracks charging stations by cost and usage.

“We did invest through a grant from the state to deploy broad-based electric vehicle charging infrastructure,” Ferrini said.

There are currently about a dozen electric vehicle charging stations in El Paso.

“We did it at several transfer centers, we did it at the UTEP campus,” Ferrini said. “I believe there’s a few a the Housing Authority campuses. There’s a couple at EPCC, and then we have some at the airport.”

So far, the charging stations aren’t getting a lot of use.

“What we saw was not an incredibly robust usage of it, however we continue to support the effort,” Ferrini said.

One reason El Paso lags behind the rest of the region in adopting electric vehicles may be cost. Jones bought his first Tesla five years ago and said it cost him $100,000.

However, like most new technologies, the price of electric cars is steadily decreasing. The newest Tesla models start at around $49,000.

Less expensive compact electric cars, like the Bolt made by Chevrolet, are still considerably more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts.

Chevrolet sells three compact hatchbacks that are similar in size and passenger capacity. The gas-powered Spark and Sonic, cost $16,095 and $19,295 respectively. The electric Chevrolet Bolt comes in at double the price at $37,495.

Electric vehicle advocates say the technology can pay off in reduced fuel costs and a cleaner environment.The issue is especially significant on the border where air quality along roadways has been linked to a number of health concerns.

Cities like Austin with plentiful charging stations have attracted green transportation companies like Electric Cab North America, which delivers “efficient, zero emission micro transit services to dense urban cores, corporate campuses, and master planned communities,” its website says.

The City of El Paso has hired the company Blink to maintain the charging stations as more are being added.

“I think that we’re really going to follow the market and as more El Pasoans start to utilize that technology, we will definitely be looking at ways to meet that demand,” Ferrini said.

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Organización en Ciudad Juarez promueve el servicio a la comunidad a travez de experiencias internacionales

Borderzine - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 12:13pm

Cithlaly Bernal,21, ha vivido en Ciudad Juárez toda su vida, sin embargo, fue hasta después de su viaje a Costa Rica, donde trabajo con niños Nicaragüenses indocumentados, que comprendió la situación de los migrantes.

“Aquí hablamos mucho de los migrantes Mexicanos que se van a Estados Unidos, pero yo pude ver este problema en otro país. Me impacto ver cómo a la gente se le hace tan fácil discriminar a otros porque los ve como inferiores” dijo Bernal.

Bernal forma parte de La Asociación Internacional de Estudiantes de Ciencias Económicas y Comerciales (AIESEC), una organización no gubernamental, que busca promover el liderazgo en los jóvenes de entre 18 y 29 años de edad a través del desarrollo personal y las experiencias internacionales.

Members of AIESEC Juarez (Antonio,Sofia, Sarai, Jaqueline, Wendy, Karen, Luis) during the Mexican Action Summit in Ciudad Juarez, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019.

Ciudad Juárez cuenta con un comité local de AIESEC desde el año 2000. En estos 19 años, se han coordinado 600 intercambios sociales en los cuales jóvenes juarenses han viajado a otros países para realizar labor social y extranjeros han venido a Juárez para hacer alguna aportación social, educativa o empresarial, así lo informó Luis Rascón, ex-presidente de AIESEC en Ciudad Juárez.

Actualmente la organización es reconocida por la UNESCO y forma parte de la agenda de juventudes de Fuerte y Claro Chihuahua, una alianza creada en el 2017 entre El Instituto Chihuahuense de la Juventud y el Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas.

Además, la organización es reconocida como razón social por la Dirección General de Vinculación e Intercambio de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez permitiendo a los alumnos realizar sus horas de servicio social siendo miembros activos de AIESEC Juárez.

El voluntariado que ofrece la organización está alineado con algunos de los objetivos de desarrollo sostenible presentados por la ONU. AIESEC ofrece experiencias en educación de calidad, igualdad de género, trabajo decente y crecimiento económico, reducción de la desigualdad, acción por el clima y alianzas para lograr los objetivos.

Entre algunos de los proyectos de educación de calidad que se han llevado a cabo en la ciudad fronteriza se encuentran dos jóvenes de la India que trabajaron con niños juarenses en la escuela primaria Estatal América y un grupo de jóvenes de Brasil, Colombia y Argentina que impartieron clases de inglés y portugués a niños de la primaria Guadalupe J. Viuda de Bermúdez.

“Los niños estaban muy emocionados, realmente entusiasmados con los extranjeros. Y los jóvenes también, ellos disfrutaron mucho de esa experiencia” comento Lucia Esquivel, 22, directora del área de relaciones públicas de AIESEC Ciudad Juárez.

En el año 2018 un total de 30 jóvenes juarenses viajaron a Colombia, Argentina y Brasil a realizar proyectos sociales. Una de las juarences que realizo un intercambio social fue Bernal, quien actualmente se desempeña como directora del área de recursos humanos en AIESEC Juárez.

“Mi intercambio me permitió aprender a amar mi ciudad. Me di cuenta que siendo juarense puedo hacer grandes cosas” comento Bernal.

AIESEC es solo una de estas organizaciones en la ciudad fronteriza que demuestra que la juventud juarense está interesada en las problemáticas sociales de su ciudad.

Ciudad Juárez cuenta con mas de 25 organizaciones dirigidas por jóvenes. Siendo el municio con mas asociaciones civiles juveniles en el estado de Chihuahua, esto de acuerdo con Antonio Sáenz el delegado del Instituto Chihuahuense de la Juventud (Ichijuv).

Muchas veces como jóvenes profesionistas buscamos irnos a otras ciudades o a mejorar otro país. Mi experiencia en AIESEC me ha inspirado y me ha hecho pensar que puedo hacer yo desde mi ciudad, así lo comento Katia Leal, 22, presidenta de AIESEC Juárez.


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I was way off and totally wrong (as usual) and answers to your questions

Refuse the Juice - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 11:56am
Yep - you got me. I was completely off on the Lost Dog Land Grab vote. I clearly said many times it would pass with 90 percent of the vote. I couldn't have been more wrong. It was 88 percent.... Brad Kanus
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City Council Race(s)

Max Powers - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 9:55am
Apparently, somebody really wants to run against Cassandra Hernandez-Not Brown? Which I guess must mean she on the outs with the folks with cash. Which would also mean is on the outs with Veronica and Co.? I don't know. I just hear things. But to the would-be candidate, please really... Max Powers
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Is there something else here?

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 8:11am

The El Paso Times published a report on April 26, 2019 that informed us that over a month earlier an El Paso businessman and government board member had had an emotional meltdown over a failing relationship with his girlfriend.

The report was a step by step, almost minute by minute, accounting of what seems to have happened.

It seems odd that the Times would pick up on a personal matter that had happened over a month before publishing their article.  Was this the work of someone who wanted to put the person in a bad light.

It is also odd to me that the Times would go into such detail about the incident when they provide only the most superficial coverage of local government meetings.

We deserve better


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Congress, Give Trump His Border Money

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 1:14am
Congress, Give Trump His Border Money

No, it?s not for building the wall.
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A Century Ago, America Built Another Kind of Wall

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 1:14am
A Century Ago, America Built Another Kind of Wall

There was a time when even Ivy League scientists supported racial restrictions at the border.
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Immigrants Cannot Afford to Wait Until 2020

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 05/05/2019 - 10:00pm
Party politics is rearing its ugly head on the question of Trump’s impeachment with the Democrat leadership toying […]
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Lost Dog - The Eff It Vote

Max Powers - Sun, 05/05/2019 - 9:05am
As David K pointed over and over again, Lost Dog will cost you money and it really benefits a few "gabachos". So why did so many people downstream, literally, vote for this? Because they said, "Phuck it." As one person told me after all that was spent on the ballpark... Max Powers
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Billing the campaigns

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 05/05/2019 - 5:00am

According to this ABC-7 report our President’s re-election campaign has been billed $470,417.05 by the city.

This is the breakdown:

The ABC-7 I-Team obtained the 29-page invoice from the City of El Paso that details the costs incurred which totals $470,417.05.

The city’s invoice bills Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. It is broken down by reimbursement owed across six departments:

  • Department of Aviation: $6,286.57
  • Fire Department: $60,630.84
  • Health Department: $528
  • Streets & Maintenance: $6,452
  • Sun Metro: $15,577.52
  • Police Department: $380,942.12

According to the report the bill has not been paid.

I wonder what the city billed our former congressman for his event that was held at the same time.

I hesitate to publish this post from fear that the comments will turn into a flood of candidate bashing.  Please don’t.

My recollection is that we have only had to delete a few comments in the past years of publishing.

We deserve better


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RumpToons No: 131

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 10:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 131!
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Vote please

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 5:00am

It’s Saturday so let us know what is on your mind.

Please go vote first.  Voting is an effective way of speaking your mind.


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Foot-Voting Nation

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 7:31pm
Foot-Voting Nation

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Reason Magazine Immigration Feed
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To Discourage Migration, Trump Orders Asylum Seekers Pay Fees to Apply

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 7:31pm
To Discourage Migration, Trump Orders Asylum Seekers Pay Fees to Apply

Source: To Discourage Migration, Trump Orders Asylum Seekers Pay Fees to Apply

Reason Magazine Immigration Feed
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Rule Change on Abortion Referrals 'Creates Unreasonable Barriers' Says U.S. Judge: Reason Roundup

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 7:31pm
Rule Change on Abortion Referrals 'Creates Unreasonable Barriers' Says U.S. Judge: Reason Roundup

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Reason Mag...
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The Latest in Immigration Fraud: Heterosexuals Who Lie About Being Gay

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 7:31pm
The Latest in Immigration Fraud: Heterosexuals Who Lie About Being Gay


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