Saturday, December 16, 2017

Hispanic Bold PAC Surpasses Fundraising Goals

Despite rising conflict with the Trump administration regarding immigration reform and healthcare, the fundraising arm for Hispanic Democrats has managed to break its fundraising record in the first quarter of 2017. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Bold PAC raised more than $2 million between January and March, roughly a third of the $6.12 million it […]

Hispanics Among Minorities at Risk for Heart Disease at Normal Weight

According to a study published this week by the Annals of Internal Medicine, people of Hispanic, African American, and Asian descent could be at a higher risk for heart disease, even if they are not overweight or obese, in comparison to their non-minority counterparts. The research concluded the likelihood was 80 percent greater for Hispanics […]

Support Rallies Behind Latino Permanent Residents Ready to Become Citizens

Amid growing fear and uncertainty that the Trump Administration could introduce tougher immigration policies, Latino permanent residents are seeking to become citizens to avoid the possibility of deportation. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund (NALEO), is one organization leading citizen workshops and like efforts, to help educate and facilitate the […]

Sole Latino Doctor in Congress, Raul Ruiz, is Unsettled by GOP Health Plan

Latinos make up 40 percent of uninsured Americans, a number that steadily dropped under the Affordable Care Act. Raul Ruiz, the only Latino doctor in Congress, is no stranger to long hours and laborious work; that same work ethic is now being put to the test, in the ongoing debate over the GOP health care […]

Mayors of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Fight Back Against Bullying from AG Sessions

Just three days after a crushing health care defeat, AG Sessions echoed President Trump’s nationalist campaign rhetoric by threatening to cut off sanctuary cities from access to federal funds if they refuse to comply with information sharing with immigration officials. “I urge the nation’s states and cities to carefully consider the harm they are doing […]

Studies Find Immigrants Commit Less Crime than US-born Citizens

Two prominent criminal justice research and advocacy groups, The Sentencing Project and Cato Institute, released two separate studies this week; their findings indicate immigrants commit fewer crimes and are incarcerated at a much lower rate than U.S. citizens. “All immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated than natives relative to their shares of the population,” […]

The New Year and New Congress Heralds New Faces of Elected Hispanics

The 112th Congress of the United States gets sworn into office today, and amongst its ranks are a number of newly elected Hispanics – all Republicans. Of the ninety new members, six are Latinos, including one each from the states of Washington and Idaho. Marco Rubio becomes only the second Latino currently serving in the […]

Colorado to Participate in Secure Communities Program

Gov. Bill Ritter took a controversial step in the last days of his governorship yesterday when he announced Colorado will participate in the federal background check program meant to target undocumented immigrants with criminal records for deportation. Yesterday, La Plaza reported that Ritter was seeking to get Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to agree […]

Colorado Governor Expected to Announce Agreement with ICE Today

After months of negotiations with federal officials, outgoing Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter is expected to announce an agreement over the Secure Communities program later today. The agreement is likely to make it easier to deport undocumented immigrants booked into Colorado jails. Before agreeing to implement the Secure Communities program, which matches fingerprints of people in […]