Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sen. Cortez Masto hires a Latino chief of Staff

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who made history as the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate, hired Reynaldo Benitez to be her chief of staff, making him one of two Latinos to hold that influential Senate job starting next year. Cortez Masto, D-Nev., announced Benitez’s promotion to the senior position on Friday. Benitez, 32, was […]

New Smithsonian gallery will focus on the U.S. Latino experience

The Smithsonian announced yesterday that it will open its first gallery focused on the U.S. Latino experience, in the National Museum of American History. Opening in 2021 on the museum’s first floor, the Molina Family Latino Gallery will feature bilingual exhibits exploring the history and contributions of American Latinos. A $10 million gift from the five […]

Lin-Manual Miranda among Latinos nominated for the Golden Globes

The Golden Globe nominations are celebrating a number of acclaimed Latino and Spanish-speaking actors as well as one of the film industry’s top directors, who hails from Mexico. Lin-Manuel Miranda is up for a “Best Actor in a Motion Picture” for his performance in Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the beloved 1964 movie which […]

Trump Administration making asylum harder for caravan, wants them to wait in Mexico.

For the past several months, the Trump administration has attempted to deter asylum seekers from crossing the US border, and its only plan to deal with the problem is to force them to remain in Mexico even longer. During the weeks that caravan members have waited in Tijuana, they haven’t been in conditions that seem sustainable […]

Latinos to face a retirement crisis because of job-related disadvantages

Latinos are facing a deeper retirement crisis than other ethnic groups because of lower access to workplace savings plans and other job-related disadvantages in accumulating nest eggs, reports the National Institute on Retirement Security and UnidosUS in a new study. “Retirement plan participation rate for Latino workers (30.9 percent) is about 22.1 percentage points lower than […]

Pelosi hopes to pass legislation to help DREAMers with a Democratic House Majority

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi vowed to pass legislation that would put DREAMers on a pathway to citizenship when her party retakes control “Our House Democratic Majority will once again pass the Dream Act to end the uncertainty and fear inflicted on patriotic young men and women across the country.” Pelosi said in a […]

Ed Pastor, Arizona’s 1st Latino congressman dies

Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, who championed liberal causes as Arizona’s first Latino member of Congress but was known for his bipartisanship, died after suffering a heart attack, his family said Wednesday. He was 75. Pastor, a Democrat, served 23 years in Congress until deciding in 2014 against running for re-election. Pastor won a 1991 […]

Puerto Rican governor and GOP members agree on statehood vote

The Republican leaders of the House Natural Resources Committee yesterday called on Puerto Rico to hold a new vote on statehood. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló (D) tweeted a letter dated Monday, signed by four top Republicans on the House panel, which oversees territorial affairs. “We are ready for a binding process, endorsed by the federal […]

Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Graham after Holocaust Museum comments

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) fired back Monday evening at Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in a war of words over immigration. Ocasio-Cortez was responding to a tweet from Graham telling her to “take a tour of the Holocaust Museum” after she compared Central American migrants to Jewish families fleeing Nazi Germany. “This administration has jailed children and violated human […]

Latino College completion is key in California

For California to maintain its standing as the fifth-largest economy in the world, the state has to produce at least 1.65 million college graduates by 2030, but it won’t reach this goal without Latino educational success. Latinos are intrinsically tied to the state’s future, by 2060, almost half of California’s population will be Latino “and […]