BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Magda Fernandez, Title 42, And More

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Happy Monday BELatina!

We start this Monday with the strange feeling of having really rested over the weekend. Rarely do we give the body the break it needs, and we’re happy to say that all that Headspace training has started to pay off.

Now, with our coffee in hand, we’re ready to start the week informed and empowered.

From Magda Fernandez’s appointment to serve as San Diego Harbor Police Chief to Biden’s attempts to end Title 42, these are the highlights of the weekend.

Magda Fernandez Becomes First Latina to Serve as San Diego Harbor Police Chief

Magda Fernandez took charge of the San Diego Harbor Police Thursday, the first Latina to serve in the position. Port of San Diego officials swore in Magda Fernandez to the agency’s top post during a ceremony at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. Also promoted during the event was Jeffrey Geary, whom Fernandez tapped to serve as her assistant chief.

Scandal in the Southern Baptist Convention

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On Sunday, leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention released a major third-party investigation that found that sex abuse survivors were often ignored, minimized, and “even vilified” by top clergy in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

The findings of nearly 300 pages include shocking new details about specific abuse cases and show how denominational leaders for decades actively resisted calls for abuse prevention and reform. The report suggests leaders also lied to Southern Baptists over whether they could maintain a database of offenders to prevent more abuse when top leaders were secretly keeping a private list for years.

The Mexican debut of Cuban boxers is considered a historical knockout

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With five fast-track wins and only one by unanimous decision, the Cuban boxers staged a categorical return to professionalism the day before after 60 years of amateurism in an evening at the Palenque of the San Marcos National Fair, in Aguascalientes, comments the rotary.

What you should know about the Puerto Rico Status Act

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On Thursday, the members of Congress negotiating a compromise bill on Puerto Rico’s future status released an early draft of such a bill, outlining the process by which the people of Puerto Rico would decide the island’s status and how the transition to whichever status chosen would be carried out. The Puerto Rico Status Act brings together two competing bills in the House Committee on Natural Resources, which oversees insular affairs, including Puerto Rico: the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act, first introduced by Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) in March 2021 and reintroduced with slight modifications a year later; and the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act, sponsored by Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL).

López Obrador defends Mexicans residing in the United States

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President Andrés Manuel López Obrador again demanded respect and support for Mexicans living in the United States and that they be aware of their qualitative importance to that country. In his daily morning press conference on Friday, this time in the city of Obregón, he reiterated that his government will not allow them to be discriminated against, mistreated and, at the same time, “that the quality of that workforce is recognized, which is among the best in the world and they contribute a lot to the economy of the neighboring country”.

Federal judge blocks Biden administration from ending Title 42

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On Friday, a federal judge in Louisiana prevented the Biden administration from reopening the borders to migrants and asylum seekers, a position backed by 24 states pressing concerns about the costs of illegal immigration and the spread of the coronavirus. U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays issued a preliminary injunction that stopped the administration’s plan to terminate on Monday an order known as Title 42, which has led to the swift expulsion of most unauthorized border crossers since the earliest days of the pandemic.