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Two Tours in Iraq Don’t Kill Him – But the Local Swat Team Does

May 26th, 2011 · 4 Comments

A few weeks ago, I learned of the story of former Marine Jose Guerena, who is became a victim of the Pima County Sheriff’s Swat Team as part of an investigation over marijuana trafficking. This story is finally picking up more traction. Jose Guerena had no prior criminal record and possessed no drugs in his [...]

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Tags: Crime · drug war · Iraq War

Seneca: Musings on Current US-Mexico ties

February 2nd, 2011 · 5 Comments

By Seneca US-Mexico relations have clearly had a rough time in 2010. Mexico’s seeming inability to deal with the increased violence south of the border plus the disruptive and unfortunate so-called Wikileaks has made many policy-makers pause on both sides of the border. These Wikileaks have become a serious diplomatic embarrassment to the US world-wide. [...]

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Tags: drug war · Economics · Foreign Policy · GOP · Immigration · Latin American Foreign Policy · Mexico · Seneca · Wal-Mart

Some thoughts on the Loretta Sanchez Victory Last Night

November 3rd, 2010 · 9 Comments

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is one of the few Blue Dog Democrats to have pulled off a victory last night. I never really thought that she was in big danger of losing this seat, but her decisive victory (of nearly 10 percentage points over Van Tran) in a tough political climate does afford her the ability [...]

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Tags: drug war · Immigration · Rep. Loretta Sanchez

Yes on Prop 19: a “Yes” Vote is clear, particularly for groups being marginalized by current policy

October 20th, 2010 · 6 Comments

By Dr. David Bearman Barack Obama is trying my patience. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe he inherited a mess from George Bush and is doing the best he can to turn the ship of state around.  However allowing his Attorney General Eric Holder to come out against California’s Prop 19 is not only [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Crime · drug war · Economics · Government Accountability · Latino History · LULAC · Mexico · Prison · racism · Substance Abuse and Latinos

There. Is. STILL. No. Line

September 12th, 2010 · 2 Comments

By Pablo Manriquez One of the arguments frequently given in the comments of my most-recent Huffington post is, essentially, that “illegals should apply for entry into the United States and wait in line like everyone else.” In a perfect world, this argument makes sense. Historically the U.S. has been a harbor for “huddled masses yearning [...]

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Tags: drug war · Hillary Clinton · Immigration · Mexico · Sen. Robert Menendez

Seneca on Border Security: Thwarting the New Menace

August 9th, 2010 · 7 Comments

Border Security has become like drug enforcement. In the last 40 plus years, the US is estimated to have spent over a trillion dollars nationally on anti-drug enforcement, feeding that beast until it has developed, like the Cold War, into an industry. This anti-drug frenzy has made the US the country with the largest prison [...]

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Tags: Cuba · Department of Homeland Security · drug war · Immigration · Latino History · Mexico · racism · Seneca

Worth reading this New Year’s Weekend

January 2nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

Happy New Year! I will be ramping up the blogging in the next few days, but I thought that I would share some articles that I have been reading and pondering the last few days before delving into more detail and commentary in the coming weeks: Everyone should read this article in today’s Washington Post [...]

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Tags: Digital Divide · drug war · Economics

Seneca on Obama Administration’s Latin Foreign Policy Woes

November 7th, 2009 · 21 Comments

The Obama Administration is plainly showing that its policy for South of the Border is equally as empty, indifferent and at times almost maladroit or inept as it has been for nearly a score of years. During last year’s campaign for the White House, Candidate Obama was judged to have a refreshing view of the [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Bill Richardson · Cuba · drug war · Fidel Castro · Foreign Policy · GWB · Hillary Clinton · Immigration · JFK · Kennedys · Latin American Foreign Policy · Mexico · Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis · Seneca