Sunday, April 11, 2021

After Years of Debate, California Adopts Ethnic Studies in their Curriculum

After years of debate and thousands of public comments, California finally approved an ethnic studies model curriculum for k-12 students. The 900-page curriculum was approved by the state Board of Education last week. The curriculum has been under development for nearly four years and the version approved was the fourth draft. Though the curriculum has […]

House Passes Immigration Bills for DREAMers & Farmworkers

The House passed two immigration bills; one that would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of DREAMers and another one that would allow green cards for farmworkers. The first bill, the American Dream and Promise Act, would provide a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as […]

Biden Urges Migrants Not to Come to the U.S.: ‘Don’t leave your town’

President Biden discourages migrants from coming to the U.S. as his administration scrambles to respond to a surge of unaccompanied migrants children coming into the U.S. There’s been a major increased in the number, of migrant children, over 4,000, in U.S. custody. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement, “we are on pace […]

Latinos Struggle with Rise in Opioid Overdose as Pandemic Triggers a Nationwide Surge

The federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) described the issue of uncontrolled opioid use in the Latino community as a matter of urgency in a special report released in 2020. With the COVID pandemic, the confinement, depression, and financial stress that it has caused, opioid use in the country has escalated. […]

Latino Community Clinics Battle Covid-19 Head On, Now They Want More Vaccines

Across the country, Latino clinics have fought the COVID-19 pandemic which has threatened to devastate their communities from the beginning. Early in the pandemic, these clinics were aware that they would have to find their own ways to inform their communities about the virus, treat them when they got sick, basically ensure that their communities […]

Supreme Court Dismisses Case Associated with Trump Era ‘Public Charge’ Rule

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court dismissed a case involving a controversial Trump- era rule that makes it more difficult for immigrants to obtain legal status if they use certain public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers. Last month, the Supreme Court Justices concurred to take up a challenge to the ‘public […]

Biden Grants Venezuelans in the U.S. a Chance for Temporary Protected Status

President Biden is granting thousands of Venezuelans in the U.S. the chance to apply for temporary protection in the United States. Biden’s order allows 300,000 Venezuelans in the U.S. to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and if granted, recipients can stay and work in the U.S. for 18 months. TPS is a temporary, renewable […]

Latina Member of Council Claps Back with Pride After Her Accent was Mocked

Nancy Navarro of the Montgomery County Council in Maryland urges Latino immigrants with a Spanish accent to “wear it with pride and keep moving forward” after two people made fun of her accent during a virtual public hearing earlier this week. Navarro, an immigrant from Venezuela and the only woman on the council, was speaking […]

Democrats won’t Vote on Biden’s Immigration Plan This Month

Democrats have promised to place key immigration bills on the floor this month, but President Biden’s immigration bill won’t be one of them. Instead, Democrats are moving ahead with an alternative plan: place Biden’s immigration bill through committee with the full House votes on more targeted immigration legislation that already has the support of Representatives. […]

Latino Farmworkers are Frozen Out of Work After Texas Storm Iced their Crops

The Artic air that hit Texas last month put this season’s harvest on ice, leaving many farmworkers with no or very little work. The winter storm froze many of the region’s crops mainly the citrus on the trees and blooms that would produce next year’s crops of grapefruit, oranges, lemon, and limes. Juan Anciso, a […]