Thursday, March 22, 2018

UnidosUS launches campaign to register young Latino voters

UnidosUS, the Latino advocacy group that changed its name in part to be more relevant to millennials, is honing its efforts to register young Latinos during this year’s midterm elections. “While this has been a historically challenging time for our community, we are far from powerless. A new generation of voters are reminding us that […]

U.S. Supreme Court rules Arizona can’t bar DREAMers from getting licenses

Arizona’s DREAMers will keep their licenses to drive — at least as long as the DACA exists. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the last-ditch plea by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to uphold a 2012 executive order by then-Gov. Jan Brewer to deny driver’s licenses to DACA recipients, an order current Gov. Doug Ducey […]

Immigration Activists say ICE is after them

Activists across the country say they are being targeted by federal immigration authorities for speaking out at protests and accusing the government of heavy-handed tactics. “We’re always at the marches and giving interviews, without fear of what could happen,” says Zully Palacios Rodriguez, one of the activists caught by ICE. “So to go against us is […]

In a battle between two giants, Telemundo seems to be winning

Five years ago, Telemundo had less than half the audience of rival Univision and was headquartered in a former shoe warehouse in a neighborhood that flooded each time a hurricane blew through Miami. “Hispanic media today is no longer about habit. It’s about choice,” said Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo […]

Lack of Latino teachers is a growing issue in the U.S.

According to a recent study from the Center for American Progress, the percentage of Latino teachers nationwide lags far behind the fast-growing percentage of Latino students in the nation’s public school system. Although Latino students make up almost a quarter of the student population nationwide, only about eight percent of teachers throughout the country identify as Latino. The […]

Puerto Rico braces itself as hurricane season approaches

Signs of a slow-moving recovery are apparent in Puerto Rico six months after the territory was devastated by back-to-back hurricanes and two months before the next hurricane season begins. “As the next hurricane season quickly approaches, appropriating funds to a rapid deployment, energy independent private sector disaster recovery and business continuity communications network should be […]

ACLU sues federal government agencies over the practice of separating asylum-seeking families

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced last Friday that it has filed a national class-action lawsuit against multiple federal government agencies over the practice of separating asylum-seeking families. “Whether or not the Trump administration wants to call this a ‘policy,’ it certainly is engaged in a widespread practice of tearing children away from their […]

Puerto Rico waits for decision that could affect the island’s recovering economy

An upcoming decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar could be crucial for Puerto Rico’s economic recovery. Azar is due in April to announce Medicare Advantage (MA) rates for the states and territories, a decision with enormous stakes for the island. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló (D) wrote Azar Monday asking him to instruct the Centers […]

Two Latinas might make history in Texas

The big news story out of the Texas primary: The state is virtually certain to send its first two Latinas to the U.S. House of Representatives. Experts say their victories could be used to help boost fellow Democrats in some of the state’s most competitive races. Sylvia Garcia, a Texas state senator and Veronica Escobar, […]

Keeping DACA brings more benefits for U.S. Economy

For 24-year-old Nicolas Ugaz-Valencia, every work day is living the American dream. He is a manager for a home health care service in New York City, using his Spanish language skills to help people in need. Back in 2001, Nicolas and his family left their home country of Peru in pursuit of a new life […]