People from many Latin American countries gather at Plaza Latina, an important step for our hispanic community.

American Red Cross Helps Drought Victims in Honduras

2,000 Subsistence Farmers to Receive Seeds, Fertilizer and Expert Agricultural Assistance

Subsistence farmers in southern Honduras, who rely on a few acres of corn, beans and other crops for food, have lost up to 92 percent of the year’s first harvest due to poor rainfall. While families hope for a successful second harvest, seeds must be planted now before the arrival of the heaviest rains in the fall. Losses from the first harvest have left many without the financial resources to purchase seeds for planting. The American Red Cross is joining the Honduran Red Cross and others to provide agricultural assistance in preparation for the second harvest.

Nearly 2,000 farming families will receive drought assistance packages including sorghum (a low-water growth grain), corn and bean seeds, fertilizer as well as technical assistance from agricultural experts to help maximize crop yield.

The American Red Cross is providing the fertilizer for the agricultural assistance packages that will be distributed by Honduran Red Cross workers. As part of the world’s largest humanitarian network, the American Red Cross alleviates the suffering of victims of war, disaster and other international emergencies, and works with other Red Cross societies to improve chronic, life-threatening conditions in developing nations. We reconnect families separated by emergencies and educate the American public about international humanitarian law. This assistance is made possible through the generosity of the American public. Financial contributions can be made to the American Red Cross International Response Fund by calling 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Internet users can make a secure online credit card contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE • Office of the Press Secretary

Guiding Principles in U.S. Discussions with Mexico

  • Humane Approach: We want to ensure that migration to the United States is safe, legal, orderly, and dignified. The system should be humane, family-friendly, and respect the enormously valuable role immigrants continue to play in building our nation.
  • Protection of American Workers: The immigration system must not disadvantage American workers. We want to ensure an adequate labor supply for U.S. employers when American workers are not available.
  • Fairness: The immigration system must be fair. Our most important obligation is to those who follow the rules and abide by the law. The only path is the legal path.
  • Joint Commitment: The United States and Mexico must work together in an authentic partnership to keep our borders orderly and safe, and ensure the integrity and success of any new policies.
  • Temporary Worker Program: We are working with Mexico on options for a new program for temporary workers -one that is grounded in reality and the needs of our economy, and that doesn’t hurt U.S. workers. The program would rest on a carefully worked out partnership between the sending and receiving countries that recognizes the contributions undocumented Mexicans are making in the United States and that brings together willing workers and willing employers. This is an issue that will require close consultations with the U.S. Congress and U.S. civil society.

 

ROSARIO MARIN SWORN IN AS 41st U.S. TREASURER

WASHINGTON, DC - Rosario Marin was sworn in today as the 41st U.S. Treasurer by Treasury Secretary Paul H. O’Neill. She was confirmed by the Senate on Aug. 3, 2001.

As Treasurer, the oldest office in the U.S. government, Marin oversees matters relating to coinage, currency and the production of other instruments issued by the United States. She reviews currency issues and redemptions, as well as signs U.S. currency. She also oversees the U.S. Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and serves as the National Honorary Director of the Savings Bonds Program. “I am pleased to welcome Rosario Marin to this historic role at the Treasury Department,” said Secretary O’Neill. “With her long and distinguished record of public service, she will be a valuable asset to the Department and the Bush Administration.”

Prior to joining the Administration, Marin served as mayor and councilwoman of Huntington Park, CA. She concurrently worked for AT&T as Public Relations Manager for the Hispanic Market in the Southern California Region. Marin is a graduate of California State University in Los Angeles, and of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Programs for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. Marin and her husband Alex have three children, Eric, Carmen and Alex.