Thursday, November 26, 2020

Hispanic Caucus calls on administration to investigate working conditions at meat processing facilities

Latino lawmakers are urging the Trump administration to investigate working conditions for meat processing workers and issue a temporary emergency safety standard, days after the president mandated that plants reopen. President Trump issued an executive order Tuesday requiring plants to stay open or reopen amid concerns about food shortages during the current coronavirus crisis. But […]

Candace Valenzuela, the Latina underdog for Texas House seat picks up momentum

The only Latina challenger for a Texas House seat in 2020 broke her district’s single-quarter fundraising record for a Democrat, surpassing a high achieved 15 years ago, according to preliminary numbers from the campaign. Candace Valenzuela, a local school board member, is facing a July runoff election against fellow Democrat Kim Olson, a retired Air […]

DHS and Trump Administration now making Brazilian asylum seekers wait in Mexico

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced yesterday that it is expanding Migrant Protection Protocols to Brazilian nationals seeking asylum at the U.S./Mexico border. The policy, colloquially referred to as the “remain in Mexico” initiative, requires migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to await their court dates on the Mexican side of the border, where there […]

Latino Democrats demand flu vaccines for migrants after the death of a 16-year-old boy in Border Patrol custody

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) demanded yesterday that the Trump administration provide flu vaccines and enhanced medical care for detained migrants in the wake of revelations that a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy in Border Patrol custody died of the flu in May. “This is flu season that we’re going into, and the administration has decided not […]

El Paso residents outraged that Trump didn’t mention Latinos in his speech

President Trump condemned white supremacy from the White House yesterday, but left Latinos out of his speech. It’s a significant omission and a stark difference from the written document that has been linked to the 21-year-old gunman who allegedly opened fire on weekend shoppers Saturday at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The shooter’s alleged document […]

Joaquín Castro says Trump’s tariff plan will “tank our economy”

Texas Democratic congressman Joaquín Castro slammed President Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on all goods coming to the U.S. from Mexico, calling them economic sanctions that will “tank our economy.” “Congress cannot allow this president to tank our economy and our relationships with our neighbors to further demonize immigrants fleeing violence,” Castro said in a […]

Democrats want to tackle DACA and TPS first, then a comprehensive immigration bill

Latino Democrats are charging ahead with plans to move a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year, bolstered by recently secured support from some of the party’s top brass. Leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) are drafting a measure that some Democratic leaders say they are ready to bring to the floor after the chamber […]

Latino Democrats announce task forces for Congress

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) announced yesterday its issue-based task forces for the current Congress. The CHC will have 13 task forces, up from 11 during last Congress, as the group has grown in number and reach. The CHC currently recognizes 38 members, compared to 32 last Congress. The new task forces are Arts and […]

At ceremony, Latino legislators vow to overcome government shutdown

At a ceremony to usher in a record number of Latino Democrats in Congress, lawmakers exuded more outrage than delight as they recognized their legislative ambitions are contending for now with a standoff over a border wall with Mexico that has partially shut down the government. “It’s because of Trump’s obsession with stirring up anti-immigrant […]

Hispanic Caucus demands answers on detention of immigrant children

The leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) called yesterday for the top federal official in charge of refugee resettlement to explain the administration’s policies on detention of immigrant minors. In a letter to Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Director Scott Lloyd obtained by The Hill, the CHC asked for a meeting with its members “to discuss […]