Senate Approves Immigration Reform Bill; Historic Decisions from Supreme Court; 20 Years Later, Ferminicides Still Unsolved

SENATE APPROVES IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL – In a historical move, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill that opens the door to legalization for 11 million undocumented immigrants. The bill also includes the strongest measures of border control in history. The big question now is: even with the harsh conditions on legalization and border control, will the conservative majority in the House of Representatives approve the bill? José López Zamorano reports from the Capitol.

HISTORIC DECISIONS FROM SUPREME COURT – The United States Supreme Court this week made two historic decisions. The justices incapacitated the Voting Rights Act, one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation, which could affect millions of voters, mostly African Americans and Latinos. One day later, the highest court threw out the case for Prop 8, the law that banned gay marriage in California, and declared the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, unconstitutional. DOMA did not allow married same-sex couples to have the same federal benefits as other married couples. Two experts discussed these decisions on Radio Bilingüe’s national talk show Línea Abierta. Marco Vinicio González prepared this report about their reactions.

20 YEARS LATER, FEMINICIDES STILL UNSOLVED – In 1993, the killings and disappearances of women in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua began to come to light. Twenty years later, 1500 women are estimated to have been killed and around 200 disappeared in this border city. Our correspondent Kent Paterson recently interviewed some motehrs of victims and prepared this report, narrated by Rubén Tapia.

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