Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Latino candidates in North Texas bringing diversity to the state’s politics

When North Texas voters head to the polls this May, they will elect more than 100 mayors, city council members, school board trustees and other public officials, including, possibly, the first Latino mayor in Dallas history. Unlike cities with large Latino populations, such as Los Angeles or San Antonio, Dallas has never had a Latino […]

Chef José Andrés to feed federal workers affected by the government shutdown

Celebrity chef José Andrés, famous for providing free meals to disaster victims, will be serving food to a new population in need: U.S. federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown. “World Central Kitchen is always there to respond to any disaster to make sure that Americans and people around the world will not go […]

Federal Judge rules adding citizenship question to Census is unlawful

A federal judge in New York has struck down the Trump administration’s proposal to reintroduce a citizenship question into the 2020 census. The ruling effectively puts a freeze on a deeply contentious move that critics said would discourage non-citizens from participating in the Census. Judge Jesse Furman said earlier today that the proposal is “unlawful,” writing […]

At ceremony, Latino legislators vow to overcome government shutdown

At a ceremony to usher in a record number of Latino Democrats in Congress, lawmakers exuded more outrage than delight as they recognized their legislative ambitions are contending for now with a standoff over a border wall with Mexico that has partially shut down the government. “It’s because of Trump’s obsession with stirring up anti-immigrant […]

Julian Castro met with Latino leaders days before he makes presidency announcement

Former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro met with Nevada Democrats and leaders of the Latino community in Las Vegas on Tuesday, days ahead of his planned announcement of a 2020 run for the presidency. Castro, the Democratic former mayor of San Antonio said that as a presidential candidate, he’s going to be talking about […]

With new primary schedule in California Latinos will have more say in 2020

Because of a slight calendar adjustment, Latinos will have a larger say in who Democrats elect to run for president in 2020. “One in five American Latinos lives in Texas and if you add California, you get substantial power of the Latino vote to really influence the Democratic Party and reshape especially the Democratic Party […]

22 immigrants died under ICE detention in the last 2 years

The 22 immigrants who died in the nation’s sprawling network of detention centers over the past two years came to the United States from countries as far-flung as Vietnam, and as close as Mexico. Some had been longtime legal residents, arriving as refugee or students. Many were young — half were not yet 45 years […]

Koch network preparing to push a DREAMer deal this year

The massive network of conservative donors spearheaded by Charles Koch is reportedly preparing a major effort in 2019 to support DREAMers. The powerful network intends to push for Dreamers to receive permanent legal status, TIME reported, citing an internal email that a Koch spokesman verified. “These are people who have already demonstrated their commitment and […]

ICE reportedly paid $807 million to private detention centers in 2018

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in fiscal 2018 paid an estimated $807 million to 19 private or privately-operated detention centers used to detain migrants, according to a new investigation by The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast found that the 19 for-profit prisons in their investigation are holding 18,000 people total in the U.S. this year and the […]

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy dies while in the custody of Border Patrol

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died late Christmas Eve in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection, the agency said, the second Guatemalan child to die in the agency’s custody this month. Rep. Joaquin Castro, chairman-elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, identified the child in a statement as Felipe Alonzo-Gomez. The boy, who was detained […]