Friday, March 22, 2019

Puerto Rican organizations putting the island at the front and center of the 2020 elections

As the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates ramp up their campaigns, a number of Puerto Rican organizations are demanding that they incorporate into their platforms definitive stances on a series of issues affecting the island and its 3 million residents. “Now is the time to show us, not only that they care, but show us how […]

Advocates call for more Latinos in Clinical Trials

While Latinos represent close to 18 percent of the population in the United States, fewer than five percent participate in clinical trials, and for advocates who push for greater participation of Latinos, this is a problem, and being left out could have a significant negative impact. “There are diseases that you have [out there], and this […]

U.S. State Department terminates 5-year tourist visa for Cubans

The U.S. State Department said Friday that it is eliminating the five-year tourist visa for Cubans, dealing a heavy blow to entrepreneurs and members of divided families, who used the visas to see relatives in the United States and buy supplies for their businesses on the island. “This affects every Cuban but especially entrepreneurs who […]

Republicans join Democrats in rejecting Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration

A dozen Republicans joined Senate Democrats yesterday to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border, arguing that the president had exceeded his powers in trying to build a border wall over Congress’s objections. The 59-to-41 vote on a measure already approved by the House set up the first veto of […]

Mexico says there is “no formal agreement between Mexico and the U.S.” concerning the “Remain in Mexico” Policy

The Mexican government has rejected the United States’ announcement that it will return asylum-seeking migrants to Mexico to await their immigration court hearings via a second border crossing. The plan, formally called the Migrant Protection Protocols but initially dubbed “Remain in Mexico,” began earlier this year at the San Ysidro border crossing between Tijuana and San […]

House Democrats introduce bill called the Dream and Promise Act

House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a new version of the Dream Act amid renewed debate over border security funding. The bill’s proponents say that this time they aim to get it signed into law by President Trump or at least past the Senate and onto Trump’s desk. The proposal includes a path to citizenship for many DREAMers […]

U.S. to withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela

The United States will withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela this week, the U.S. State Department said late last night, citing the deteriorating situation in the country after months of political unrest. “This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the […]

Freshman Veronica Escobar and her hometown on the front lines of the border battle

Veronica Escobar, a freshman Democrat, made history along with Rep. Sylvia Garcia, also Democrat, in the 2018 midterm elections by becoming the first two Latinas elected to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since Escobar arrived in Washington, El Paso has become an epicenter of Trump’s immigration battle. Beyond erecting thicker, higher and more […]

HHS requested DOD support to house up to 5,000 unaccompanied children

Yesterday Pentagon officials confirmed that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has asked the Department of Defense (DOD) for space to house up to 5,000 immigrant children through the end of the fiscal year. HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan “requested DOD support to identify space to house up to 5,000 unaccompanied alien children on […]

Second judge blocks the Trump administration’s citizenship question on census

A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked the Trump administration’s move to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census, calling the proposal “arbitrary and capricious” and saying it would harm the state of California and be “contrary to the Constitution.” In a ruling released yesterday, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg said that Commerce […]