Deported dad visits his kids, but can’t be their father

Foster families may adopt Felipe Montes' three kids

Latitude News staff By Latitude News staff

A man watches a U.S. border patrol helicopter as he hangs from a fence near the U.S.-Mexico border. (Reuters)

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  • Felipe Montes wants his kids back. Deported two years ago for driving violations, Montes says his three children should be allowed to join him in Mexico because his wife — a U.S. citizen — suffers from mental health and substance abuse issues. But a North Carolina court has repeatedly postponed a hearing meant to settle the issue, the website Colorlines reports. That means Montes, who was granted the unusual privilege of returning to the U.S. for the court date, may have to go back to Mexico before a judge decides the fate of his family. “I’m running out of time,” Montes told reporters outside a courthouse in Sparta, North Carolina. He’s allowed to visit his kids while in the U.S, but if the court rules against him, his children will most likely be adopted by their current foster families.
  • Governor Chris Christie promised he would bring a Formula 1 Grand Prix to New Jersey next year, saying its economic effects would be like hosting a Super Bowl. Now sources tell the Newark Star-Ledger that the race might not happen until 2014. Hopes were raised when the German star Sebastian Vettel test drove the prospective course in Weehawken and West New York this June. But since then construction difficulties and rising expenses — all told the race could cost more than $100 million to stage — have helped scare off crucial investors. Formula 1’s CEO Bernie Ecclestone reportedly told a British racing journalist last week that the race doesn’t have enough funding to proceed this year, directly contradicting recent statements from Christie.
  • A new study suggests Asian-Americans might swing the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Asian-Americans voted in record numbers in 2008, according to the Asian Journal. In Florida, for example, they make up three percent of the population, a state President Barack Obama won by just two and a half points. Obama and his challenger Governor Mitt Romney could find a crucial edge if they can figure out how to target Asian-American communities. Given their rising importance, the article points out, we might also be seeing more Asian-American candidates in the next few elections.