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US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 6:09pm


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Some issues, immigration among them, are so devilishly complex that they should be kept in the hands of beat reporters who have the exper...

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Ocasio-Cortez's View of Immigration and the Economy

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 6:09pm
Ocasio-Cortez's View of Immigration and the Economy

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The new congresswoman's goals of increasing the minimum wage and ending ICE detention ...

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Some Proposed Incentives for Mexico and Central America to Stop U.S.-Bound Third-Country Migrants

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 6:09pm
Some Proposed Incentives for Mexico and Central America to Stop U.S.-Bound Third-Country Migrants

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Bar Mexicans who help caravans from ente...

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Best local government official

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 5:00am

The floor is open for nominations for best local government official.

Please tell us why you have nominated this person.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Portraits From a Caravan

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:14am
Portraits From a Caravan

A look at some of the people hoping to get into the United States.
Source: Portraits From a Caravan

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Will the Democrats Cave?

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 11:00pm
One of the seldom discussed issues about immigration policies is that the Democrats have historically imposed draconian immigration […]
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Arizona Officials Insist That Dragging Migrant Children is Not Cause for Concern

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 6:14pm
Arizona Officials Insist That Dragging Migrant Children is Not Cause for Concern

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Ofificals in Maricopa County, Arizona, appear unbothered after footage from a shelter captured vide of migrant c...

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Todd Bensman Discusses Immigration Policy in Costa Rica and Panama

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 6:14pm
Todd Bensman Discusses Immigration Policy in Costa Rica and Panama

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Central American Countries Are Helping Middle Easterners Illegally Enter The United States

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 6:14pm
Central American Countries Are Helping Middle Easterners Illegally Enter The United States

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January 2, 2019 - 9:36am

           
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You've Heard of the Might of Big Ag. Now Francis Fukuyma Illustrates the Power of Big Identity

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 12:03pm
You've Heard of the Might of Big Ag. Now Francis Fukuyma Illustrates the Power of Big Identity

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Many Democrats, typified by Sen. Kamala Har...

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Comment on 'Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap-Subject Aliens'

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 12:03pm
Comment on 'Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap-Subject Aliens'

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December 31, 2018 - 8:59am

           
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Do memes contribute to obesity among teens? Study says yes

Borderzine - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 11:30am

El Paso – Nearly 20 percent of high school students in Texas are considered obese and the state ranks fifth in the U.S. for high school students who are obese, according to the website The State of Obesity.

At the same time, Hispanic children in Texas have the highest rate of childhood obesity, or 21.9 percent, followed by non-Hispanic blacks with a rate of 19.5 percent and non-Hispanic whites with a childhood obesity rate of 14.7 percent, according to the Texas Medical Association. Obesity among the youth ages 10-17 accumulated a total of 18.5 percent within the state.

And, for the Paso Del Norte region, almost 40 percent of residents between the ages of 18 and 29 are considered obese, and one in three of all El Pasoans are considered obese or overweight.

Reasons for obesity in teens range from personal behaviors including eating habits and physical activity to genetics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And researchers are now also studying what role the prevalence of internet memes may be having on the increase in obesity among teenagers.

A new study from Loughborough University in the UK suggests that internet memes may be affecting the lifestyle choices of teenagers that result in obesity.

In their study, Dr. Ash Casey, Dr. Martin Sykora, Dr. Suzanne Elyan and professors Tom Jackson and Lorraine Cale concluded that internet memes carry negative health-related messaging as some of the memes make light of unhealthy eating habits.

“A substantial number of individuals on Twitter share health-related internet memes, with both positive and negative messages,” the authors wrote in a letter to a British parliamentary committee.

The researchers referenced a picture of an overweight child captioned “Free food? Count me in!” as an example of memes that promote unhealthy eating habits. They also said memes such as this one have the power to negatively affect a teenager’s self-image and emotional health.

“With the prevalence of social media as a source of health knowledge among young people, and indications that Internet memes may be playing a part in a general apathy towards behaviours that ridicule individuals and groups who display ‘non-normative’, ‘unhealthy’, ‘irresponsible’, ‘at fault’ characteristics. The risks that this poses to future generations and our youth are noteworthy,” the researchers wrote.

Marilyn Rotwein, a nutrition educator and sports dietician at UTEP, does not believe that El Paso’s obesity problem is connected to the prevalence of internet memes.

“I don’t think memes lead to obesity, but (they) sure can be putting negative thoughts into a teenager’s mind,” Rotwein said. “I’m not sure there is a cause effect rise in obesity from these messages, but do believe that poor food choices and eating patterns plus inactivity and genetics plays a more important role.”

Leah Whigham, an executive director for Paso Del Norte and an associate professor at UTEP, see’s obesity among El Pasoans as a lifestyle choice. “It does not get treated as a disease. Instead, people with obesity are often the target of cruel humor,” Whigham said.

Both professionals believe that more information about healthy eating and the importance of physical activity can help arrest the obesity problem.

“I try to help our students at UTEP understand how obesity increases the risk of chronic diseases (diabetes, heart disease, cancer etc). I help them by providing personal confidential nutrition counseling and providing motivational talks throughout our campus,” Rotwein said.

Whigham added: “It is important that we shift our cultural views on obesity. If images in the media and social media, including memes, continue to portray people with obesity negatively, our children will learn the wrong message about their bodies and weight.

“We need to encourage people to think about obesity as it is – a chronic disease that requires a complex approach to manage. We do not distribute memes making fun of people with cancer, heart disease or diabetes yet those are all diseases that can be impacted by diet and exercise. Why should obesity be any different?”

 

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Immigration Reform or Lack Thereof - I can fix it

Max Powers - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 10:00am
Say what you will about Donald Trump at least he has ideas on immigration. The opposition? Sweet. F. Uck. All. Yeah, that even includes your former Congressman, Beto O'Rourke. He's the guy from the border who was a Congressman, but if you tried to nail him down for specifics on... Max Powers
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New year’s resolutions

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 5:00am

If you could get a local government official to make (and keep)  a new year’s resolution what would it be?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Immigrant Pawns

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 11:00pm
One of things that annoys me the most about the immigration issue is that the whole narrative is […]
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A Lesson for the Democrats from the Far Western Pacific

US Immigration Reform Forum - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 6:05pm
A Lesson for the Democrats from the Far Western Pacific

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Think how powerful our employer class would be on the mainland were they to have 5...

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Did a Trump Property in New Jersey Break Immigration Law by Providing Fake Documents to Illegal Aliens?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 6:05pm
Did a Trump Property in New Jersey Break Immigration Law by Providing Fake Documents to Illegal Aliens?

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In light of all these unanswered q...

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A Four-Cushion Shot in H-1B Discrimination

US Immigration Reform Forum - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 6:05pm
A Four-Cushion Shot in H-1B Discrimination

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There's a 51-year-old African-American, probably a U.S. citizen, who lost his job with an H-1B-...

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El Paso working hard to reach no-kill shelter status by 2020

Borderzine - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 11:30am

The City of El Paso has implemented multiple measures to address growing citizen concerns about the welfare of animals within the city. These measures include turning the El Paso Animal Shelter into a no-kill facility by 2020, encouraging more animal adoptions and increasing the number of volunteers working at the El Paso Animal Shelter.

El Paso residents have frequently voiced concerns about the commitment of the city government to properly care for abandoned or neglected animals. In 2013, the city had a live release rate for shelter animals of roughly 26 percent, meaning that three-quarters of shelter animals were being euthanized.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that anywhere from five to seven million animals are euthanized every year in shelters nationwide, while only 10 to 20 percent of families adopt their animals from shelters. The El Paso Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Unit did not respond to several requests for information about the city’s animal abuse statistics.

In 2016, the El Paso Animal Services’ Department changed its mission to become a no-kill shelter by 2020. To qualify as a no-kill shelter, El Paso Animal Services must achieve at least a 90 percent live-release rate. Live-release includes animals that are returned to their owners, adopted out to new homes, or moved into a rescue program. To achieve this mission, the shelter has increased its adoption efforts by conducting intensive adoption campaigns and events that include waiving low-cost adoption fees, holding promotional events for local schools, and coordinating with local pet stores. After launching these programs and initiatives, the shelter live-release rate has grown to 83 percent and is on its way toward achieving a 90 percent live-release rate by 2020.

Michele Anderson, Public Affairs Specialist for El Paso Animal Services, said that it took many different proactive measures to lower the shelter’s kill rate.

“We have to have life-saving programs, numerous life-saving programs, such as an adoption program, foster program, a community cat program,” Anderson said.

She said thanks to these life-saving programs the only animals currently euthanized at the shelter are those with a life-threatening illness or injury.

El Paso Animal Shelter’s foster program is a short-term measure of two to eight weeks that helps the shelter deal with the overpopulation of kittens and puppies in El Paso, a consequence of low rates of spayed and neutered animals within the city.

Local teacher Judith Semple did not expect to become a foster parent when she visited the shelter. “I had just adopted a puppy from the shelter a few weeks before when I saw this sweet puppy’s photo on the shelter’s web-page. I had to help,” she said.

Semple is now fostering a four-month Pit Bull-mix puppy who has permanent nerve damage as a result of a battle with distemper virus. “He has a permanent twitch but he’s the happiest and sweetest boy, despite his setbacks.”

Short term foster parents help prevent the euthanasia of animals in the shelter who require more specialized care. The Animal Services Department provides one-on-one assistance for the fosters to guide them through the care process. Supplies, food, and medications are also provided free of cost to volunteer fosters. With the help of foster parents, these younger animals have a chance to be socialized in a household environment which makes them more desirable for adoption later. While the current foster caregivers and volunteers are an indispensable part of the animal shelter’s reform mission, there is still a great need for community involvement as the shelter takes in anywhere from 35 to 100 animals every single day.

“The biggest challenge that we’re facing is getting the community to come out and help us. We’re not going to be able to go no-kill without the community’s help,” Anderson said.

El Paso Animal Services has many ways for community members to get involved. This includes adopting a shelter animal rather than shopping for a pet and maintaining their pet’s health by vaccinating and getting them spayed or neutered. For those who cannot commit to adopting, there are still ways to get involved including volunteering and short-term fostering in the shelter, giving of their time to walk shelter dogs, as well as donating to the El Paso Animal Shelter Foundation.

In November 2017, the El Paso Police Department established an animal cruelty unit. The dedicated team of eight officers is assigned to deal with the widespread problems of animal abuse and neglect. The unit works closely with El Paso Animal Services and other local animal rescue groups to prevent animal cruelty by investigating complaints, removing endangered pets and placing them at the shelter where they are checked and treated by a veterinarian.

According to an article in the El Paso Times, the El Paso Animal Cruelty Unit sometimes encounters horrific cases of animal abuse. In one case, a boxer was found so neglected and emaciated that she had to be put down. The perpetrator was charged with animal cruelty by torture.

For more information on the shelter’s volunteer or foster programs visit https://www.elpasotexas.gov/animal-services/foster or https://www.elpasotexas.gov/animal-services/volunteer.

The post El Paso working hard to reach no-kill shelter status by 2020 appeared first on Borderzine.

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Happy new year!

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 5:00am

We would like to wish everyone a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year.

Thank you for your continued interest.

Brutus

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