Volume XXX Number 52 December 29, 2006

FrontPage Stories

Entering 2007, We End a Dramatically Active Year

By Raymond Beltran

In entering a new year, La Prensa San Diego likes to review the year’s stories and reflect on the news of the Latino community.

Chicano students from several schools in San Diego organized walkouts during March to protest House Resolution 4437. “Es de todo la raza que vienen aqui para tratar de progresar,” one said.

2006 was a dramatically active year in that the immigration debate prodded our student, labor and domestic communities into pondering their essential existence, as Latinos, in U.S. society verse opposition based on political fear baiting. It is a victory that so many organizations and diverse communities came together under the banner of human rights, however, at the voting polls many of our communities, have not been represented.

Whatever the cause may be, lack of registered voters or lack of faith in our representatives, we must ingest the incidents and issues of the previous year and approach 2007 with history recorded, a year’s worth of wisdom, and most importantly, the vigor we have demonstrated in 2006. Thank you for another year of readership and we look forward to our 31st year of publication.

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Migrant Workers: A Tough Time Surviving This Winter
By Mark R. Day
Near the border between Rancho Penasquitos and Rancho Santa Fe, real estate agent Terry Holladay has posted leaflets listing a five bedroom home “with magical waterfalls and numerous fire pits” for $2,500,000. But for someone with a bigger budget agent Ann Brizolis offers a 6,000 sq. ft. home with a separate guest house. This one sells for $5 million.

Sometimes Imperfect Reform is Better Than Perfect Deportation
By Alfredo Gutierrez
I do a daily radio talk show on Radio Campesina in Phoenix and, clearly, since the November elections callers are once more allowing themselves to dream of the day their hard, hidden existence comes to an end. Their dreams are tentative and cautious, but nonetheless hope has been resurrected. Yet in Arizona hope is interspersed with anger. Four anti-immigrant referendums passed overwhelmingly, one of which, Proposition 300, will impose steep tuition increases for undocumented community-college and university students. Most legal observers believe it is constitutional. The only resolution lies now in the hands of Congress. Delay in passing comprehensive immigration reform, or at the very least the DREAM Act (which would provide a path to lawful permanent residence for hundreds of thousands of undocumented high-school graduates), will have immediate and tragic consequences for thousands of Latino kids in Arizona.


Raids, Roundups, Rate Increases, and Renewed Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric…What A Way To Celebrate The Holidays
By Frank Sharry
Washington, DC — A year that once held so much promise for improving America’s immigration system is closing on several down notes. While there is great hope for accomplishing a major overhaul of our legal immigration system next year, 2006 is ending with raids, roundups, rate increases, and renewed anti-immigrant hostility.

La protección de los migrantes: Un gran reto para el 2007
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
El 2006 fue un año de debate intenso sobre el tema migratorio.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Del tintero de 2006
Con todo y todo, 2006 fue un buen año. O sin nada de nada, dirían los pesimistas, porque no pudimos hacer que en la cocina del Congreso de Estados Unidos nos prepararan unas enchiladas completas. Suponemos que habrá que darles unas clases de cocina.

¡Los Tres Reyes Magos han llegado!
La celebración de la Epifanía es una tradición en Tijuana
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
En Tijuana, como en el resto de México y otras partes de América Latina, la temporada navideña no termina con el Año Nuevo.

The Three Wise Men have arrived!
Epiphany celebration is a loved tradition in Tijuana
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
In Tijuana, as in the rest of Mexico and other parts of Latin America, the Holiday season doesn’t end with New Year’s Day.

La tradición hispana de los Tres Reyes Magos y de la Rosca de Reyes gana fuerza en los Estados Unidos
En los Estados Unidos, la Navidad se celebra con un árbol vivamente decorado y con la leyenda de un alegre Santa Clous de barba blanca, quien luciendo un traje rojo y blanco baja por la chimenea el 25 de diciembre para entregar regalos a los niños que se portaron bien todo el año. En México, España y en muchos países latinoamericanos, se celebran las fiestas del día de Reyes o conocidos también como los Tres Reyes Magos, quienes vienen trayendo regalos y juguetes para los niños, la noche del 5 de enero.

The Meaning of New Year’s Resolutions
By Alex Epstein
Every New Year’s Eve millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Whether the resolution is to get out of debt, to spend more time with loved ones, or to quit smoking, these resolutions have one thing in common: they are goals to make our lives better.

Reentry Students Invited to Special Orientation Workshops January 3 or January 4
EL CAJON – New and potential students interested in learning more about the realities of college life as “reentry” adults are invited to attend a free orientation titled “Focus On The Journey…The Educational Element.” This is an advantageous time for adults to attend Grossmont College – enrollment fees have been reduced to $20/unit for California residents.


Happy New Year – Feliz Año Nuevo
At the stroke of midnight, January 1, 2007, we will greet each other with a Happy New Year or a Feliz Año Nuevo. We will be welcoming a new beginning, new opportunities, and refreshed hope for a prosperous and happy year.

Las Vicisitudes del Año Nuevo
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
El ser humano definitivamente no es inmune a la muerte. Al igual que las plantas y los animales, una persona ante todo cumple el Ciclo Vital de la naturaleza: crece, se reproduce y muere. El año 2006 demostró ser fatídico para muchos mortales. Algunos malos de la existencia humana y otros que pensaron pertenecer al grupo de los buenos perecieron al son del tiempo. 2006 fue implacable con sus vidas, pero no con la naturaleza de su ideología.

The Immigrant And The Progressive
Progressives would do well to wake up earlier to the hope of immigrant power
By Roberto Lovato
Progressives, as they prepare their New Year’s resolutions, should make waking up earlier a priority in 2007. Only by waking up earlier can you meet people like Juan, who I met at a naval base near New Orleans shortly after Katrina made clear the failure of government as we knew it.

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Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

Dear Readers: Bienvenidos to 2007, a year I promise will bring even more Mexicans across our nation’s borders! And a bienvenidos to Salt Lake City Weekly, the latest member of the Mexican’s family (note to weak-kneed publishers: if a rag in Utah can run this column, why can’t yours?). As a token of goodwill to my new Mormon friends, the following questions deal with the One True Faith: the Virgin of Guadalupe!

Cerramos con Broche de Oro un Año Más
“Taurus Do Brasil Nuevamente en Tijuana”
Por: Paco Zavala
Después de bregar con ahínco y coraje las viscisitudes de un año por demás difícil en muchos aspectos en la vida nacional mexicana, estamos llegando con alientos aún, al final de este período ¡Puf!

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