Monday, August 21, 2017

Hispanic Caucus Alarmed by Lack of Obamacare Latino Outreach

On Thursday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price saying that they are “alarmed” by the lack of work with the coalition of Latino advocacy groups called the Latino Affordable Care Act Coalition. The caucus is demanding to meet with Price to ensure that Hispanic families […]

Sole Hispanic Leader Remains on Trump’s Diversity Council for Now

In the week following the riots in Charlottesville, while many businessmen have chosen to part ways with Trump’s business councils, one Hispanic leader is choosing to stay put for now. Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has decided to remain on President Trump’s National Diversity Council to keep […]

Latino Victory Project Laying the Ground for 2018, 2020 Elections

This past week, Latino Victory named news members of its board and national committee, including New York political consultant Luis Miranda, father of Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda; actor Ana Ortiz, known for her role in “Ugly Betty,” and Julissa Arce, an immigrant rights advocate and former Goldman Sachs executive who started working on Wall Street […]

Anniversary of DACA Met with Fear It’s Ending

Although the Trump administration has not touched DACA thus far, Texas and nine other states are threatening to take the administration to court if the program is not brought to an end by the September 5th deadline. The executive director of the immigrants’ rights group CASA in suburban Washington, D.C., Gustavo Torres, has issued a […]

Racial Profiling of Latino Immigrants and Its Effects on Families

According to a study by Andrea Gómez Cervantes, a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Kansas, the intersection between legal status and race can make the experiences of illegality different for Latino indigenous versus non-indigenous groups. Immigration policies focused on racial profiling and criminalization of Latinos in the United States have direct implications […]

Report: How Latinos Are Powering the U.S. Economy

A new report finds that the Latino population in the U.S. has a price tag of about just over two trillion dollars. If the Latino Gross Domestic Product (GDP) were its own country, it would rank as the 7th largest in the world, according to data publicly available at the U.S. Department of Commerce and […]

Trump Administration Discontinues Latino Outreach for Obamacare Registration

In the recent years, by early August Luis Torres was already in the midst of weekly meetings with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House to prepare for the start of the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period on November 1. This year, Torres’, the policy director for the League […]

Young Latino Mayor Brings Back His Rhode Island City

James Diossa became the mayor of Central Falls in 2012 at the age of 27, at a time when the city was weathering the shock of political scandal. The former mayor Charles Moreau had been indicted on corruption charges and the city had declared bankruptcy. “I became the first Latino mayor, first youngest mayor,” James […]

Trump Administration Says Miami is No Longer a ‘Sanctuary City’

On Friday, the Department of Justice informed Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez that the city is now in full compliance with federal immigration requirements and eligible to receive grants based on said compliance. In February, Miami-Dade became the first, and only major city, to reverse its sanctuary policy. According to a letter from Acting Assistant […]

How Latinos Started Getting Counted in the Census and How that Could Change in 2020

In the 1970’s, Latino advocacy groups grew fed up with the U.S. Census Bureau, who had up until then only made a half-hearted attempt to quantify the number of Latinos and Hispanics living in the United States. Groups, including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and ASPIRA, complained that the census only […]