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A Podcast About the Border

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 11:00pm
Hola, and welcome to the launch of my podcast. The border is the hot topic of the nation. […]
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Steve King's White Nationalism Is Deeply Un-American

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 6:09pm
Steve King's White Nationalism Is Deeply Un-American

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I Am Pro-Life. Don?t Call Me Anti-Abortion.

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 6:09pm
I Am Pro-Life. Don?t Call Me Anti-Abortion.

That kind of language allows critics to dismiss me and fellow pro-lifers as single-issue obsessives.
Source: I Am Pro...
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Trump's 'Impenetrable' Barrier Meets a Saw

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 12:03pm
Trump's 'Impenetrable' Barrier Meets a Saw

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A Real Wall Against a Fake Threat Won't Make America Safe Again

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 12:03pm
A Real Wall Against a Fake Threat Won't Make America Safe Again

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Foot Voting and the Future of Liberty

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 12:03pm
Foot Voting and the Future of Liberty

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The Shutdown and Emergency Powers

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 12:03pm
The Shutdown and Emergency Powers

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UTEP reaches top tier research designation

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 7:02am

Its great to be able to post some good news:

DATE: January 9, 2018
TO: All Faculty, Staff and Students
FROM: Diana Natalicio, UTEP President
SUBJECT: Top Tier National Research Designation

In 30 years as UTEP’s President, I have had the great pleasure to share good news with the UTEP family on many occasions. Today I am very pleased to announce a milestone that ranks among the most important and exciting of my tenure: UTEP has been elevated to the R1 level in the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education Institutions – the top tier of national research universities! We are among only 130 (4.5%) of the 2,883 four-year higher education institutions in the United States to earn this designation.

This achievement validates UTEP’s success in delivering on our access and excellence mission and speaks to our impact on the educational opportunities, quality of life and economic development across this region. It could not have happened without our outstanding faculty and staff members, the quality of their innovative work, and their success in securing funding to support it.

UTEP’s students and our alumni and friends have also played key roles in moving UTEP’s access and excellence mission forward. To all of you, we express our most sincere appreciation.

The press release below with additional details will be posted on utep.edu today. Please join me in celebrating this exciting news and sharing it with your friends and colleagues.

Go Miners!

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Trump Hits the Wall

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 4:58am
Trump Hits the Wall

And what's all that sniffling about?
Source: Trump Hits the Wall

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The War of Words on Abortion

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 4:58am
The War of Words on Abortion

I?m pro-life. But many people describe me based on what I?m against, not what I?m for.
Source: The War of Words on Abortion

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Jorge Ramos: Trump Is the Wall

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 4:58am
Jorge Ramos: Trump Is the Wall

It?s not just about a physical barrier. He wants to hang an ?unwelcome? sign on a nation built by immigrants.
Source: Jorge R...
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Why the Wall is Offensive

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:00pm
Why is the wall offensive when there is already a fence on the border is the question I […]
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Did Donald Trump Jr. Just Compare Immigrants to Zoo Animals?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 6:10pm
Did Donald Trump Jr. Just Compare Immigrants to Zoo Animals?

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Boo, Hiss, Border Wall

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 6:10pm
Boo, Hiss, Border Wall

A night of dueling poor performances from the nation?s political leaders.
Source: Boo, Hiss, Border Wall

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Trump and the GOP Were Hardly the First to Worry About "Special Interest Alien" Smuggling to the Southwest Border

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 6:10pm
Trump and the GOP Were Hardly the First to Worry About "Special Interest Alien" Smuggling to the Southwest Border

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Was Obama's DHS Secretar...

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If You Don't Fund Judges, Don't Complain About Backlogs

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 6:10pm
If You Don't Fund Judges, Don't Complain About Backlogs

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The budget fight is over more than a wall. If Democrats fail to accede to the pres...

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What language do you play in? Online gaming chatter a mix of voices in global matchups

Borderzine - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 4:23pm

The success of the early online multi-player games like Doom laid the groundwork for successors like Halo and more recent titles such as Fortnite. Since then, there have been significant improvements in network capabilities that now allow hundreds of thousands of people from English and non-English-speaking countries all over the world to play a game together.

So what happens when you connect with someone that speaks a different language than you do?

Many players use microphones to communicate so this creates an obvious barrier. But Luis Rodriguez says that there have always been ways to get around such language barriers if a player is willing to look for them. Rodriguez recalls working with what he describes as “an Italian gang” when playing Tony Hawks’ Underground online.

Having been a part of the video gaming community for 15 years, Rodriguez was first enamored of online gaming in 2004 when he played Halo 2 for the Xbox. Around this time, development studios improved matchmaking capabilities that allowed players to be matched with other users of the same skill level.

“In order to communicate with people on the team, I was taught to speak Italian. This happened over a microphone with someone on the other end teaching me all these phrases I should know,” Rodriguez said.

However, according to an online forum for Fortnite gamers, some English-speaking gamers aren’t interested in playing with people who speak a different language.

One gamer who goes by the username “MyTeamAlwaysSuck”complains that whenever he plays the game he runs into “nothing but 12-year-old open-mic Mexicans.”

Luis Rodriguez

Rodriguez says he has had some bad experiences when playing with someone speaking a different language but says the experiences vary.

“It can be anything from having someone on your team who doesn’t know your language that’s constantly ruining situations in the game or causing you to lose your advantage in the game, but it can range,” Rodriguez says.

While some players are unwilling to work around a language barrier, other gamers like 88Infamous, a senior member of an EpicGames forum, have no problem working around the language barrier.

“I play EU servers from London and English is the least spoken language I hear when playing lol. It’s definitely annoying, but can be quite funny at times trying to communicate with single words and picking up clutchy wins,” writes 88Infamous on the online forum.

Ashley Lacey, an assistant manager at Gamestop, says that she uses Google translate when she receives in-game messages in a different language.

“I tend to use Google translate for Fortnite item requests, unless I’m playing with my six-year-old who just usually ignores the chat box altogether,” Lacey says.

Other members on the forum suggest English-speaking gamers exchange information with one another in order to host their own matches in English.

While much of the communication that occurs in online gaming is achieved through mic headsets, some gamers communicate exclusively using a keyboard. Since timely communication is key to certain multiplayer games, early gamers developed what came to be known as 1337 SP34k (or “Leet Speak.”)

In the early days of the Internet, most search functionalities were reliant on keyword identification, which meant hackers wanting to keep their secrets hidden resorted to using vowel substitutions such as a 3 instead of an E or a 4 instead of an A.

Though mostly obsolete, Rodriguez says that Leet Speak is still his preferred method of communication via a keyboard.

“They want to involve as many people as you can, say if you’re handicapped and couldn’t speak or type there’s always some way for you to play the game and I feel like that’s a good thing.”

 

 

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Luckily, Trump's Border Speech Was a Big Nothingburger: Reason Roundup

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 12:03pm
Luckily, Trump's Border Speech Was a Big Nothingburger: Reason Roundup


Source: Luckily, Trump's Border Speech Was a Big Nothingburger: Reason Roundup

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Trump?s Border Wall Won?t Block the Drug ?Pipeline?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 12:03pm
Trump?s Border Wall Won?t Block the Drug ?Pipeline?

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The Crisis Is in the Oval Office

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 12:03pm
The Crisis Is in the Oval Office

The president has exaggerated threats but ignored the hazards his border policies created.
Source: The Crisis Is in the Ova...
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