Buscando asilo político en E.U., se pasan tres meses encarceladas

El PASO — Cuando Sylvia Salcedo de Arvilla sintió que su vida y la de su familia estaban en peligro, pidió asilo político en el cruce internacional sin pensarlo dos veces. Ella había oído de varias personas que habían huido de México cruzando el puente y decidió seguir en sus pasos. Pero no esperaba que la trataran como un criminal. “Nunca nos imaginamos que el proceso podía ser largo yo pensé que ese mismo día nos dejarían estar con el resto de la familia, pero no; esto duró tres meses”, dijo Salcedo de Arvilla. Salcedo de Arvilla y su familia estaban bien establecidos en Ciudad Juárez ya que eran dueños de un par de tortillerías.

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Mexico’s war on drugs continues on its faltering path

EL PASO – An estimated 30,000 Mexicans murdered or missing and widespread institutional corruption are just two aspects of a never-ending war on drugs that the Mexican government continues to fight. “The drug war is more than a justice issue, it is a social issue; a lot of words and not a lot of action,” said Jose Villalobos, assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso’s department of political science, speaking recently at UTEP about the Mexican drug war. Three other political science UTEP professors – Tony Payan, Kathleen Staudt, and Anthony Kruszewski collaborated with multiple scholars in the U.S. and Mexico to compile and publish A War that Can’t Be Won: Bi-national Perspectives on the War on Drugs, which looks into the history of the drug war. A War that Can’t Be Won includes contributions from scholars on both sides of the U.S-Mexico border, providing a unique perspective on the many dimensions of the crisis that has affected residents of both nations, particularly those who live and work in the borderlands. Payan said that organized crime in Mexico has many layers that include drugs and killings, but it is much more than that.


My futile attempt to eat healthfully lasted four days

EL PASO – More and more people in the world are suffering from diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer because of their eating habits, but many of us sometimes change healthy food for better-tasting foods that are not suitable for a daily diet. Since eating healthfully is becoming a trend and I’m a junk-food lover, I decided to change my eating habits to improve my fitness and health. A few months ago, I started working out at the gym, but I knew I would also have to make better meal choices if I wanted to adopt a healthier lifestyle. After reading blogs and health magazines online, I decided that I would give organic food a try, at least for a week. First, I thought about the types of foods I would eat during that week.

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Dr. Susana Navarro receives UTEP’s outstanding alumni award

EL PASO – When University of Texas at El Paso alumna Susana Navarro made it to the nation’s capital to help establish more equality in education for Mexican-Americans, she never imagined she would return one day to El Paso to change her own community. Initially a social worker, she decided to focus her career on combating discrimination. For this and more, Susana Navarro has been named one of three 2013 Gold Nugget Award recipients for the UTEP College of Liberal Arts. During her college years in the late 1960s at UTEP, Navarro combined political science classes and her activities as a member of the Student Government Association and a Chicano youth organization. Navarro obtained her bachelor’s degree in political science in 1968.