La Corte Suprema autoriza negar “Green Card” a quienes usen beneficios de gobierno

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to put in place a policy connecting the use of public benefits with whether immigrants could become permanent residents.

The new policy can be used to deny green cards to immigrants over their use of public benefits including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers, as well as other factors.

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Entrevista de Kobe Bryant – HABLANDO EN ESPAÑOL






El amor de Kobe Bryant a los hispanos por los que aprendió español



La leyenda del baloncesto Kobe Bryant muere al estrellarse en un helicóptero

La leyenda del baloncesto Kobe Bryant ha muerto la mañana de este domingo a los 41 años al estrellarse en su helicóptero privado en Calabasas.

El exdeportista viajaba con otras cuatro personas que también habrían fallecido. Ni su esposa, Vanessa Bryant, ni ninguna de sus cuatro hijas estaban en el helicóptero, según el medio estadounidense.  De momento, se desconocen las causas del siniestro aéreo.

Desde hacía años, el celebérrimo exjugador de baloncesto solía utilizar su helicóptero privado Sikorsky S-76 para desplazarse.

Bryant fue uno de los jugadores más importantes de la historia del baloncesto. Tras ser drafteado en 1996, jugó durante 20 años en los Angeles Lakers, antes de retirarse con 38 años. Con el equipo de púrpura y oro consiguió cinco anillos de la NBA —siendo MVP de las finales en dos ocasiones—. También fue nombrado mejor jugador de la temporada regular en 2008. Además, jugó el All-Star en 18 ocasiones.

Corte Suprema parece respaldar a Trump en el caso de DACA

Daca: la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos parece respaldar a Trump en un caso clave de inmigración

La Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos parece estar lista para revocar un programa de la era Obama que protege a casi 700,000 inmigrantes indocumentados de la deportación. Continue reading Corte Suprema parece respaldar a Trump en el caso de DACA

Legal Help Can Restore Lost Public Assistance Benefits

By Russell Overby and Hanna Callicutt, Legal Aid Society

For Tennesseans who are dependent on public assistance benefits, a difference of $100 or $200 in their monthly budgets can dramatically affect the way they live. If their monthly income drops by even a small amount, it can mean that bills don’t get paid and belts have to be tightened, if that’s even possible. In other words, it’s an emergency.

At Legal Aid Society, we work with many Tennesseans, some of them elderly, who encounter problems accessing benefits that they rely upon for daily living, such as Social Security, SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also referred to as food stamps) and Medicare. Often, when one benefit is disrupted for some reason, it can create a domino effect that interrupts other benefits.
That’s what happened to one client we worked with this past year. Annette Powell, 74, is a Nashville native who retired from a 25-year career as a switchboard operator at two area hospitals.
Annette is enrolled in SNAP, which provides her $16 a month on top of her regular Social Security payment. Each year, SNAP recipients have to complete and send in a new application. Some elderly people have problems filling out the application correctly; others misplace it or claim they never received it. In Annette’s case, she tried to use her SNAP card at the grocery store and it was declined.
“I was really too embarrassed to even talk about it,” she said. “I didn’t understand why it happened and didn’t know how to explain it to other people. I’m still not quite sure what happened.” We learned from the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) that Annette had been eligible for SNAP and had a balance on her card, but had recently lost her benefits because DHS had not received a new application.
In talking to Annette, we also learned that her Social Security benefits had also been cut and she did not know why. We have seen many seniors who have had their Social Security benefits reduced because TennCare has cut them off the Medicare Savings Program (MSP). MSP assists low-income people with Medicare costs, including Medicare Part B premiums and sometimes Medicare deductibles, copayments and coinsurance for Medicare Part A and Part B. We learned that Annette had also lost her MSP help.
Up until then, Annette’s Medicaid Part B premiums had been paid through MSP. When her MSP benefits were canceled, those premiums had to be taken from somewhere else, which turned out to be her Social Security benefits — which, without warning, were suddenly reduced. The first month, they were cut by several hundred dollars, and after that, they were cut by $135 a month. She was also billed for about $500 in medical bills that the MSP program would have paid if she was still on it.
Annette’s previous level of benefits had been enough to sustain her, but this sudden drop in her monthly income meant that she had to make do with less, with no end in sight.
“All of a sudden, money was a problem,” she said. “My check went down and I didn’t know why. I don’t have a lot of bills, so if I had to, I would cut somebody short and write a note saying that I’d catch up as soon as possible. I wasn’t paying as much as I should have to some of them.”
Annette tried calling the Social Security Administration about the problem, to no avail.
“I couldn’t get any answers from anybody,” she said. “They said they couldn’t assist me on the phone, and that I had to come down to the office. I don’t have a car and had no way to get there.”
Our lawyers at Legal Aid Society got involved because we were doing a clinic at the Madison senior-living facility where Annette lives. She was not feeling well enough to come downstairs to attend the clinic, but a social worker at the clinic asked us to come upstairs and visit her afterward.
Once we learned that her SNAP benefits had been terminated, we began to sort out the root of the problem. We contacted SNAP and were able to get her benefits restored, and were able to get her back on MSP as well by contacting TennCare directly. They told us Annette had been cut off by mistake and restored Annette’s MSP back to the time she was cut off. After TennCare told Social Security that they would pay Annette’s Medicare Part B premiums back to the time she was cut off, Social Security sent Annette a check for over $1,000 to pay her back for the Part B premiums that had been withheld. TennCare also informed her that she did not have to pay the $500 medical bill she had incurred after her MSP was cut off.
After verifying with us that the $1,000 check was real and not a mistake, Annette immediately started catching up on her bills.
“I prayed that the good Lord knows what he’s doing and is taking care of me,” she said. “If anything like that happened again, I wouldn’t think two minutes before calling Legal Aid Society.”
I tell this story not just because it has a happy ending, but because Annette’s situation is not uncommon. Tennessee residents both young and old encounter hiccups with public benefits for a variety of reasons and often don’t know where to turn for help. In many cases, we can assist them in resolving these issues and restoring their benefits.
If you or someone you know is having trouble accessing their needed public benefits, call Legal Aid Society at 800-238-1443 to see if we can help. For more information on Legal Aid Society’s free clinics, visit our website at or TN Access to Justice’s website at
About the Writers
Russell Overby is the Lead Attorney for the Health Benefits and Education Practice Group of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. He has 45 years of experience representing low-income Tennesseans. Hanna Callicutt joined Legal Aid Society in August 2019. Hanna has an MSW (masters in social work) from the University of Memphis. She was a social work intern at Memphis Area Legal Services in 2018 and 2019.
About Legal Aid Society
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands advocates for fairness and justice under the law. The nonprofit law firm offers free civil legal representation and educational programs to help people in its region receive justice, protect their well-being and support opportunities to overcome poverty. It serves 48 counties from offices in Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Oak Ridge and Tullahoma. Legal Aid Society is funded in part by United Way. Learn more or by following the firm on Facebook.

Este personaje es Noticia…. Cassandra Zoe Velasco

Por Ramón Cisneros

Nuestra invitada de hoy es Cassandra Zoe Velasco. Una reconocida mezzosoprano que ha puesto muy en alto el prestigio artístico de México en importantes teatros de América y el mundo. Cassandra es además muy especial para mí porque tuve la honor de compartir el escenario con ella durante la producción  de  la  ópera Maria de Buenos Aires que se presentó en Nashville hace poco menos de dos años. En María de Buenos Aires, Cassandra desempeño magistral- mente el papel protagónico de María, alternando con otro maravilloso can- tante mexicano, Luis Alejandro Orozco.

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John Cooper: Electo Nuevo Alcalde de Nashville

Briley reconoce la victoria electoral de Cooper.

John Cooper, quien hizo campaña en una plataforma para poner en orden la casa fiscal de la ciudad, fue elegido el noveno alcalde del gobierno metropolitano de Nashville este jueves en una elección histórica que evidenció el fuerte deseo entre los votantes de una nueva dirección para Music City.
Cooper, un miembro del Consejo de Metro, tenía una ventaja convincente de 69.32% a 30% sobre el alcalde David Briley, según los primeros resultados, marcando la primera vez desde la formación del gobierno de Metro que un alcalde titular ha perdido una candidatura de reelección.
Pero Briley no era un titular habitual, ya que había estado en el cargo solo 18 meses, y la victoria de Cooper marca la culminación de uno de los períodos más tumultuosos en la política de Nashville. Briley concedió la elección a solo 15 minutos después del cierre de las urnas a las 7 p.m. CDT Continue reading John Cooper: Electo Nuevo Alcalde de Nashville

Este personaje es Noticia… Karla Benavides

Karla Benavides

Recientemente el Nashville Business Journal publicó una historia sobre nuestro personaje de hoy, Karla Benavides en ocasión de su designación como Vice Presidente y Gerente del Centro Financiero del First Tennessee Bank.

Karla está encargada de la sucursal más importante de esta institución bancaria en el condado de Williamson. En su página de Facebook Benavides escribió “Estoy muy honrada, humilde y agradecida por tan importante distinción, Gracias !!!!”.  Continue reading Este personaje es Noticia… Karla Benavides

TIRRC responde a la orden ejecutiva del alcalde Briley

La organización pide más acción en este “momento histórico” para que las políticas se alineen con los valores de la ciudad

NASHVILLE, TN – Esta mañana, el alcalde de Nashville, David Briley, firmó la Orden Ejecutiva No. 11, una directiva relacionada con la inmigración que crea procesos departamentales y exige informes relacionados con la interacción entre el gobierno de  Metro y el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE). Si bien los defensores de la Coalición de Derechos de Inmigrantes y Refugiados de Tennessee (TIRRC) aprecian la intención de la orden ejecutiva, ellos creen que la ciudad puede hacer más para aprovechar todo el poder del gobierno de Metro, bajo las leyes existentes, para proteger a los inmigrantes en Nashville.

La siguiente es una declaración de Stephanie Teatro, co-directora ejecutiva de TIRRC:

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