Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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 […]

Latino Republicans Concerned with Trump’s Immigration Plan

On Wednesday, the White House announced its support for a new immigration overhaul proposal that will reduce legal immigration over the next 10 years by half through massive restrictions on who enters the country. Latino Republicans are expressing concerns over the perils of Trump’s hardline position, claiming it will have repercussions for not only him […]

CNN Correspondent Accuses White House of ‘Harboring Bias Against Latino Immigrants’

While speaking at Wednesday’s White House press briefing, CNN correspondent Jim Acosta accused the White House of harboring a “bias against Latino immigrants.” After getting into a heated exchange with senior adviser to the Trump administration Stephen Miller, Acosta claims the new Republican backed bill, designed to drastically curve immigration in favor of high skilled, […]

DHS Circumvents Environmental Laws to Speed Border Wall Construction

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would be waiving several environmental laws necessary to build the controversial wall with Mexico, citing a 2005 law. The Trump administration is circumventing numerous environmental laws, with the affected border segment being the area of San Diego. “The San Diego border area remains an area of […]