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Barack Obama in Mexico

President Barack Obama’s visit to Mexico has generated important expectations in economic matters. On the one hand, the United States needs to maintain a trade relationship with our country that continues to provide it with the strength of an integrated region; on the other, our goal of accelerating economic growth to promote the generation of new jobs is at the center of the binational agenda.

For the fourth time, Obama sets foot on Mexican soil and makes him aware that he is coming to a country that is sending a message of national and international leadership under the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The meeting has been expected in both nations, especially in the framework of the negotiation of a US immigration reform that opens the possibility of giving a dignified treatment to six million Mexicans who contribute their strength to that economy, with a workforce that helps explain its top position in the world market.

The binational relationship is marked by a dynamic border through which hundreds of millions of people pass each year and billions of dollars in products that are imported and exported, generating wealth on both sides of the border, and which must continue to be the origin of development in broad sectors of both populations.

For Mexico, the visit of the US president represents finding new ways to improve our trade relationship and strengthen the North American Free Trade Agreement, within the framework of new regional integration centers that are competing to attract investment in Asia and the region. south of the world

The center of the talks at the highest level of both governments will be social and economic policy, without neglecting the issue of security. The leaders and their respective cabinets know that the most important thing is the human development that can be achieved in the two countries.

The United States needs to get closer to countries considered as economic powers in the future and Mexico will be if it follows the path that has been traced, as indicated by international studies that position it as the seventh world economy in the next two decades. We are a strategic country for our neighbors and this is confirmed by this state meeting. The visit also strengthens the Mexican aspiration that the prominent economist Herminio Blanco Mendoza occupy the General Directorate of the World Trade Organization.

The most sensitive issue for President Barack Obama during his visit to Mexico will be immigration reform, according to a report by The New York Times.

For the first time in decades, Washington appears to be moving toward a series of reforms that will affect the future of millions of Mexicans who have immigrated legally or illegally to the United States for many years. However, because there is a group of Republican and Democratic legislators who are working together to carry this reform forward this month, White House officials hope that the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, will carefully touch on this issue in public mentions.

“We have had a good level of dialogue and we have kept the Mexican government informed about this matter, but we have emphasized that this is a domestic matter,” said Ricardo Zuñiga, adviser to the US National Security Council.

President Barack Obama arrives in Mexico on a 22-hour visit in an environment in which some friction between Mexican and US agents in terms of security strategy and the new restrictions on the part of Mexico towards its operations in Mexican territory.

Assistance from the US to Mexico in this matter has been reduced, while it has increased in Central America and the Caribbean, where organized crime and drug cartels have moved, mainly in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The decrease in this assistance has materialized in support with fewer helicopters and specialized (and expensive) equipment, although the US has also provided more training to Mexican police and law enforcement.

Meanwhile, the teams of both presidents have indicated that the theme of the US president’s visit to Mexico will be economic cooperation, trying to reduce the focus of attention to security.

Citizen Compass: Thorough Energy Reform

PEMEX: putting order in the house

Elio Villaseñor Gómez
Director of the Citizen Initiative for the Promotion of the Culture of Dialogue AC

The debate in public opinion on the energy reform focuses on the discussion on the opening of the sector to national or foreign investors, constitutional reforms or changes in necessary regulatory laws, the correlation of forces in Congress and the possibility of social mobilization . From our perspective as a civil society organization, the first thing that is needed is to put the house in order. That is, to make the necessary changes in PEMEX so that it is a competitive, efficient company oriented towards the development of the country, not only towards government finances or the satisfaction of private interests with oil income through corruption and the maintenance of union dues.

The Energy Reform that the country needs

Aroa de la Fuente
Researcher at FUNDAR Research and Analysis Center

Much could be argued about the real need to open the national oil industry to private capital in order to improve its operation. But beyond that, a reform that is reduced to the implementation of supposed solutions to increase and ensure the production of hydrocarbons in the medium term, will clearly be insufficient to face the current energy challenges that the country is going through.

The first of these challenges is the imminent depletion of conventional fossil energy sources. The second is the fact that the current energy model, centered on the use of hydrocarbons, is the main cause of global warming. Another of the challenges posed by the exploitation of hydrocarbons are the social and environmental impacts that it entails. Any type of oil activity – exploration, production, transportation, storage, refining and petrochemical – involves risks and effects on the population and the environment near the projects.

PEMEX union: opacity and corruption

Arturo Alcalde
Labor Lawyer

The dimension of the existing corruption in the oil union is an enigma, the members of the union lack basic information on union management, there is no accountability or democratic union elections. The gangster forms used by the so-called leaders to keep the workers subjugated are well known. In electoral farces, ballots lacking in secrecy are delivered through means of voter identification. The workers have learned very well that it is a very dangerous adventure to oppose the imposed leaderships. In the oil towns, the patrimonial stories of the union leaders are famous, and they are even part of the regional folklore, beginning with their luxurious residences and the life of waste and excess that they maintain. The adventures of the union are also reflected in Mexican literature; the last reference is the novel by Francisco Pérez Arce Xalostoc. It would be essential for the country to quantify the cost of corruption in PEMEX and the part of the oil revenue that is used to maintain the control and immobility of its workers.

Obama Pressured to Protect Migrant Families During Briefing to the Nation

A coalition of pro-immigrant organizations and California Democratic politicians are demanding that President Obama announce measures to protect migrant families during his address to the nation next week.

Ángeles Sanbrano, Executive Director of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations, told Noticiero Latino that “we are going to ask, to demand that President Obama stop deportations and extend a protected status to undocumented families who would qualify under immigration reform. ”.

This demand is supported by the state Senator, Ron Calderón, the Los Angeles Councilman, Gil Cedillo and the president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, David Chiu, who on Friday, January 28, the day of the Obama report, will present a resolution to face the humanitarian crisis caused by deportations, a drama that continues at a rate of 1,200 per day. The San Francisco resolution includes a moratorium on the electronic employer verification program, known as E-verfy.

Sanbrano affirmed that this lawsuit will be made public tomorrow, Friday, during several press conferences in California and other cities in the country such as Chicago, Illinois, and added that in California they will continue to propose that the state’s Municipal Councils approve similar resolutions to protect migrant families. given that they consider it very difficult for the immigration reform to be approved this year.

Senators Seek Mexican Consulates to Issue Electoral Credentials

In the reform of the secondary laws in political-electoral matters, which is being analyzed in the Senate, it is expected to include new modalities and the credentialing of the so-called vote abroad, said legislator Ernesto Ruffo Appel.

The senator from the National Action Party (PAN) said that there is progress in the ruling that would allow Mexican consulates abroad to receive applications, process and deliver voting credentials.

In an interview, he highlighted that one of the main obstacles in electoral matters for the more than 12 million Mexicans who live abroad, the majority in the United States, is that their voting credentials have expired or they do not have them.

He explained that the political-electoral reform contemplates giving powers to the embassies and consulates of Mexico abroad, so that they can initiate the process in coordination with the National Electoral Institute (INE).

The president of the North Border Affairs Commission of the Senate explained that another modality is that countrymen who come on vacation to Mexico can process their credentials here or in border cities and have them sent to the nearest consulate.

He indicated that some issues are still being refined, such as the modalities of voting abroad, which is sought to include electronic and Internet suffrage, since voting by mail has not worked and has had very low participation in the last two presidential elections.

Ruffo Appel asserted that this proposal arises after the unsuccessful attempts to vote abroad during the 2006 and 2012 elections, which had a high cost for the national treasury that included the promotion and travel of the advisers of the then Federal Electoral Institute (IFE). ) To the exterior.

The reform proposes to reform the Federal Code of Electoral Institutions and Procedures (Cofipe) and aims to provide a means of identification to Mexican migrants and at the same time serve them to exercise their right to vote from the United States territory.

According to the initiatives that are analyzed, it is planned to divide the Electoral Register into two sections, one national and the other for residents abroad, while contemplating the Internet voting modality.

The reform for voting abroad is a demand from organizations of Mexicans abroad, which are estimated to be 12 million 178 thousand 173 Mexicans who live outside of Mexico, of which 99.39 percent reside in the United States.

Secretary of the Interior Receives Mexican Returnees

The Secretary of the Interior, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, received 135 Mexican migrants repatriated from the United States, within the framework of the Repatriation Procedure to the Interior of Mexico (PRIM).

At Terminal Two of the Mexico City International Airport, he welcomed the returnees, telling them that their families and children are waiting for them.

He argued that the Government of the Republic works in the search for alternatives to offer Mexicans to prevent them from going to other countries in search of opportunities.

“We work to open opportunities, so that the children who are here see that they can study, that they can grow up healthy and make their own success stories,” he asserted.

Osorio Chong affirmed that the federal government encourages and promotes productive projects so that they “carry out their own actions that allow them to get ahead without having to emigrate from their places of origin.”

The head of the Ministry of the Interior (Segob) asserted that the current federal administration implements various actions so that the repatriation of nationals is in a dignified manner and in the best circumstances, so that they reach their places of origin.

The federal official verified the process of receiving and granting support that the National Institute of Migration (INM) carries out with the nationals.

Likewise, the head of the (Segob) toured the facilities of the air terminal, where Mexicans arrive and are received by INM personnel, where he observed the process of care provided to them on their return to Mexican territory.

Interview of Efraín Jiménez Vice President of RedMX With Neida Sandoval

Interview     

Recently and on the occasion of the work tour made by the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto through the American Union; Efraín Jiménez, Vice President of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (RedMX) was in a radio interview in the listened to program of the journalist Neida Sandoval.

During the interview, Efraín addressed the positions of President Peña Nieto regarding immigration policies, both in the United States with fellow nationals, and those that have been implemented in Mexico with Central American migrants in transit.

Efraín Jiménez highlighted the need for consistency since the existing public policies in Mexico may not be adequate. He pointed out that the figure of the migrant has not been understood both in Mexico and in the United States, which far from any negative avatar that has been created recently, are a symbol of opportunity. However, he also recognized a certain openness on the part of the Mexican president to welcome the concerns of the Mexican community in the United States.

They Advocate for Migrant Children Not to Be Deported, in the Face of Presidential Non-compliance With Legalization

That Mexican migrant minors detained when crossing the border also have the opportunity to stay in the United States like Central American children and that the current law that protects them not be modified or revoked, were some proposals presented today to federal senator Dianne Feinstein , at their offices in Los Angeles, California.

Bertha Rodriguez-Santos

Members of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx), joined on Tuesday, September 9, members of a coalition of organizations that seek to protect migrant children and families after President Barack Obama postponed a possible legal protection for unauthorized immigrants, until after the primary elections in November.

“We believe that President Obama’s decision to delay possible immigration relief until after the election requires Congress to ensure that unaccompanied children are not deported. President Obama blamed the children for his decision to postpone the decision,” said the executive director of Red Mx, Angela Sanbrano, who headed the commission of activists who delivered a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein in which they urge her not to amend or repeal the William Wilberfoce Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act of 2008.

This law, approved in the administration of President George Bush, guarantees due process to unaccompanied minors (with the exception of Mexicans and Canadians) who can prove that their lives are in danger in their countries of origin and allows them to settle their cases before an immigration judge.

More than 60,000 children have been detained on the US-Mexico border since last year.

In 2008, Dianne Feinstein was one of the authors of the law to protect Central American minors, but it is feared that, like Obama, she will put political reasons before reforming the law and thus speed up the deportation of children while deny them due process.

On behalf of the coalition, Father Richard Estrada requested a direct meeting with the senator to whom Ryan Williams, the Feinstein representative who received the letter, agreed to respond in the coming days.

While a commission of 5 people went to deliver the letter to the senator, outside the building, dozens of members of community organizations unfurled banners asking for protection from migrant families.

With slogans of “no deportation, no deportation”, “Feinstein, listen: we are in the fight” and “yes you can, yes you can”, the activists stated that now more than ever the migrant community must make their strength felt before Democrats and Republicans who have turned their backs on them.

The activists announced that on October 9 they will travel by caravan to the city of Bakersfield to visit a Republican federal legislator to change his position on the humanitarian crisis faced by migrant families due to current immigration policy.

Programs like e-verify, secure communities, and the tactics of increased border surveillance and increased deportations, far from strengthening national security, have only ripped apart families and the social fabric among migrant communities by criminalizing the critically important workforce. for the economy of this country.

More than two million unauthorized people have been deported in the last 6 years of the administration of Barack Obama, for whom the suffering of separated families is not a national priority.

Pro-immigrant organizations announced that they will redouble efforts to make the federal executive branch headed by President Obama as well as Congress put an end to the violations of the civil and human rights of millions of unauthorized immigrants.

Participating in the protest action in front of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office were members of the Salvadoran Network Abroad (RENASE), the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Los Angeles Coalition for the Human Rights of Migrants (CHIRLA ), the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB), the Transnational Mexican Brotherhood, Jovenes Inc., the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx), the Salvadoran American Educational and Leadership Fund (SALEF), the April First Movement and the Esperanza Project for Immigrant Rights.

Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein

US Senator Dianne Feinstein
11111 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025

September 9, 2014

Dear Senator Feinstein:

We, representatives of immigrant, civil and human rights organizations, faith-based organizations, unions and grassroots organizations, urge you to reaffirm your leadership to ensure that the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA) is not revoked or amended.

We are deeply concerned that President Obama’s call to amend the TVPRA and his measure to expedite deportations of unaccompanied minor children will override the protections contained in the bipartisanly passed TVPRA that you co-authored into law.

In passing the TVPRA, Congress took into consideration the special circumstances of children. The law includes protections such as the provision of legal advice and the appointment of advocates to ensure that children receive adequate protection and that their request for asylum and other types of legal relief are processed fairly, in a way that is appropriate to their needs. your age and your needs.

As they stand, the proposals appear to jeopardize existing legal protections, putting the lives of children seeking safety in the United States at risk.

By weakening due process and equal protection under the law, it is not the answer to the crisis of unaccompanied Central American migrant children arriving at the US-Mexico border. This measure is also not going to calm the criticism of those who have been calling for a more punitive and aggressive tightening of the law.

We are extremely concerned about the due process violation by the self-styled “rocket docket” directive, which puts these children’s cases above other immigrants, gives attorneys only three weeks to prepare cases that would normally take until a year and denies children time to receive basic legal advice, a critical need given the magnitude of trauma children have suffered. We believe that the expedited handling of these cases is in fact denying due process to both the children and other migrants who are following the law but whose cases are delayed due to this tactic.

In this regard, we are equally concerned about the expedited removal of unaccompanied children from Mexico as they too are facing situations similar to those of minors fleeing Central America.

We urge you to consider revising the procedure that allows for a cursory background check as it has already been proven to be inadequate to identify genuine claims by Mexican children seeking refuge.

The cost of pushing vulnerable children back into a situation of imminent death is simply too high and our nation cannot question the fundamental principles of compassion, justice and due process, nor can we ignore our obligations under the agreements international protection of the human rights of refugees.

Now is the time for the United States to demonstrate its international leadership as well as its commitment to refugee protection and due process. We oppose any plan to modify the TVPRA that weakens the protections afforded to children in Central America, and we urge you to urge Congress to ensure that the rights and safety of these children are guaranteed.

To be honest

Salvadoran National Network Abroad (RENASE)
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
CLEAN Carwash Campaign
Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB)
Transnational Mexican Brotherhood
Youth, Inc.
Network Mexican Leaders and Migrant Organizations (Red MX)
Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund (SALEF)
First of April Movement

Protection for Undocumented Minors, Insists State Caravan Before McCarthy’s Office in Bakersfield

Meeting points and times:

The Angels. 10:00 am in front of the monument to Monsignor Romero in MacArthur Park. Depart for Bakersfield at 11:30 a.m.

San Francisco. 7:00 a.m. Oscar Grand Plaza in Oakland.

Bakersfield. Protest at 4:00 pm, followed by a vigil.

McCarthy Office: 4100 Empire Drive #150, Bakersfield, CA 93309.

Contact in LA:
Bertha Rodríguez (213) 908 98 35

The deportations of Mexican children, as well as the arrests of Central American minors at the border, continue to be the order of the day. For this reason, members of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx) join this Thursday, October 9, the caravan of migrant organizations from various California cities to demand that Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy respect the law to protect minors and don’t try to reverse it like you did before the legislative summer recess.

Migrant organizations are targeting Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R- Bakersfield) as he – along with other Republican congressmen – voted to repeal the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA), before of the last legislative recess.

The Wilberforce law guarantees minors from countries that do not share borders with the United States, hearings before an immigration judge as well as their right to be represented by a lawyer, in case the minors seek refugee status.

There is a risk that legislators like McCarthy eliminate this law, with which Central American children would face a situation similar to that of Mexican minors, who, due to an agreement between the United States and Mexico, are deported once they are arrested by immigration agents. when they try to cross without documents.

The Mexican Network denounces the double standards of McCarthy, who boasts of defending family values ​​but ignores the suffering of thousands of children who risk their lives and psychological well-being when trying to reunite with their parents who work in this country. From October 2013 to July this year, around 50,000 minors were detained by immigration agents at the border.

The Mexican Network not only demands that the Wilberforce law be maintained in favor of Central American children, since they are minors fleeing violence and poverty, in addition to seeking to reunite with their relatives in the United States.

Red Mx also demands that Mexican children have the right to present their cases before an immigration judge as Central American children do, since they too are fleeing violence and poverty and are also trying to reunite with their family living in this country.

Central American children detained at the border are placed in deportation proceedings and released to relatives in the United States while their cases are heard in court. If authorities cannot locate relatives, minors are placed in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Instead, detained Mexican children are returned to Mexico within a few days. The states with the highest number of child deportations are Sonora, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Guanajuato and Michoacán, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

The Oaxacan Institute for Migrant Assistance (IOAM) reported that from January to May of this year, the United States deported 793 children and adolescents. Of these, 177 were little women.

The deportations are not carried out every day but weekly, once a large group of children gathers and is transferred to their places of origin. However, if the figure of daily deportations were used, the average deportation of children from Oaxaca alone is between 5 and 10 minors.

The coalition of migrant organizations that will protest outside McCarthy’s offices includes pro-immigrant groups from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bakersfield. The activists will present the congressman with a letter with their demands and will also hold a vigil outside the Republican politician’s building.

The organizations participating in the caravan are the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Salvadoran National Network Abroad (RENASE), the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx), the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB) , Homies Unidos, the Salvadoran American Educational and Leadership Fund (SALEF), the April First Movement, and the Kern Coalition for Citizenship, among others.

Obama Visited LA to Raise Thousands of Dollars as Organizations Cry Out for Justice for Migrants

President Barack Obama came to Los Angeles for a celebrity dinner where tickets cost up to $30,000 (to raise funds for the November elections) and spoke with young people of Generation Y. However, the eleven million workers migrants who make millionaire contributions to the economy of this country did not appear on the president’s agenda.

By Bertha Rodriguez Santos

Meanwhile, a caravan of migrant rights organizations headed to Bakersfield to deliver a letter to Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy asking lawmakers not to repeal the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA). . This law allows Central American children to request political asylum or refugee status if they prove that their lives are in danger in their countries of origin.

For children and human dignity

According to Gonzalo Santos, professor of sociology at California State University in Bakersfield, since its inception, the TVPRA law was created to stop the migration of Mexican children, a situation that has facilitated the deportation of between 13 and 15 thousand minors a year. , since2008.

The professor analyzed in an interview that as a result of the so-called war on drugs and the neoliberal economic policies (of privatization) implemented by Felipe Calderón, a massive displacement of Mexican minors began to be observed due to violence in states such as Sinaloa, Chihuahua , Tamaulipas, and then Guerrero and Michoacán, as well as states like Oaxaca, which ranks second in deportation of infants who try to flee poverty in that entity.

So far, Professor Santos said, Mexican governments have not lifted a single finger in defense of their adult migrant citizens or children seeking to reunite with their parents, escaping violence and poverty.

During the demonstration in support of migrant children, Gonzalo Santos described as a moral perversion the fact that United States politicians, both Republicans and Democrats, only focus on the elections and remain indifferent to the cry of the children who are expelled to Mexico.

He also condemned the intentions of President Obama and other legislators to eliminate the current Wilberfoce law.

He said that given the inaction of the governments, the civil society of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, must form a multilateral pressure movement to establish a North American migratory regime that promotes the sustainable development of the countries that expel migrants and reduce insecurity and violence, among other factors causing migration.

“This is a central fight for human dignity,” said Gonzalo Santos.

local solidarity

For her part, Professor Linda Haggerty agreed that the situation of migrants is the biggest problem of these times.

“We cannot deport these children because many of them may not be alive anymore,” warned the teacher, who has noticed the anguish of her students when they see their parents hiding from the migra agents. “The policies of the United States in their countries have caused this,” Haggerty added.

He also denounced that Congressman McCarthy has refused to listen to the clamor not only from the migrant community (he commented that the legislator denies meetings to people with Latin surnames to whom he closes the door of his offices) but also from the people who support migrants. .

He warned that as long as there is no pressure on legislators and President Obama, the situation will continue this way.

Martha Arévalo of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), said that 60,000 children, mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, have been detained for deportation.

He indicated that this is worrying because according to a report by the United Nations Organization, El Salvador is the country in which the most homicides of minors are recorded and Honduras is the most violent country in the world.

Since McCarthy’s office was closed (it was said that it was closed so as not to serve the members of the caravan), the organizations posted the letter on the door of the legislator’s office.

The letter demands 1) that the protection of minors contained in the TVPRA not be eliminated, 2) that adequate legal representation be guaranteed for Central American children who are in the process of requesting political asylum. There are many cases of children between the ages of 5 and 12 who face immigration judges alone and a lawyer who argues against; 3) access to social services such as medical and mental health care to help children deal with the trauma caused by the experiences they go through along the way.

José Cartagena, from the Salvadoran National Network Abroad (RENASE) in Oakland, reminded those present that the United States is a country of immigrants, referring to the Anglo-Saxons who arrived in this country, followed by a long list of ethnicities and nationalities that They came from Europe, Africa and Asia. “We are all immigrants except for Native Americans,” he considered.

He said children have become an even higher priority for deportation and criminalization than those who do commit serious crimes in this country.

He considered it inadmissible that President Obama has blamed minors and used them as an excuse for not approving deferred action for all immigrants.

“It is unfair that they use innocent creatures for electoral purposes,” said Enrique Velázquez, an activist from Los Angeles.

Bertha Hernández, based in San Francisco, said that for migrants, their undocumented status is like being slaves because they are not free to go out and go “to see their parents die or hug their children” in their countries of origin.

He proposed greater organization and compared Latinos to a giant that can stop activities in the United States because migrants are everywhere and with that force they can change current immigration policies.

Organizations from Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Oakland and San Francisco participated in the caravan. Representatives from the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Salvadoran National Network Abroad (RENASE), the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx), the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB), Homies Unidos were present. , the Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund (SALEF), the April First Movement, and the Kern Coalition for Citizenship, among other groups.

During his visit to Los Angeles on October 9, President Obama encouraged fundraising for the Democratic National Committee ahead of the November 4 midterm elections. The dinner was at the residence of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, in Brentwood; the dishes of the entertainment cost between a thousand dollars and 32 thousand greenbacks.

The president also met with young entrepreneurs from the Cross Campus work center in Santa Monica. There he highlighted the role of the millennial generation or generation Y (born between 1980 and 1995), as innovative people are known here, who stand out for working with technologies and who, according to Obama’s words, will be the pillar of the US economy for decades to come.

Apparently, unauthorized immigrants do not fit into the president’s vision, but the community maintains that it will continue to fight for their recognition.