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 […]

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 […]

Despite crowded fields, record number of Latinos run for primaries

An unprecedented number of Latinos are running for office in the 2018 primaries, but crowded fields have toughened the challenge of getting elected for some candidates of color and women. Primary season kicks off with the Texas primary today and this year, Democrats stand their best chance in years for flipping the U.S. House majority. […]

Wells Fargo accused of discriminatory practices against Latinos and African Americans

According to a federal lawsuit that cites former employees, Wells Fargo discriminated against black and Latino homebuyers in Sacramento, California, by pushing them into more expensive mortgages than white borrowers. “Wells Fargo’s discriminatory lending practices place vulnerable, underserved borrowers in loans they cannot afford,” said the lawsuit, which was filed Friday. The city of Sacramento […]

Motel 6 Sued For Identifying Latino Guests to ICE

The hospitality chain Motel 6 is facing another lawsuit alleging that it violated the civil rights of Latino immigrants by voluntarily giving guests’ personal information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The lawsuit filed in Arizona by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund or MALDEF, on behalf of the guests says the […]

Trump bypasses 9th Circuit. Determined to End DACA.

The Justice Department on Tuesday said it will petition the Supreme Court to overturn a judge’s ruling and allow the Trump administration to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March. “We are now taking the rare step of requesting direct review on the merits of this injunction by the Supreme Court so that […]

Post-DACA Decision DC Latino Immigrants Fear Deportation

The central talking point at the Fiesta DC celebration on Sunday was immigration reform. The Latino festival comes on the heels of President Trump’s decision to repeal protections for undocumented immigrants who arrived in America as young children. “Today is the day we can all come out of the shadows,” Gunther Sanabria said. “We can […]

Why We Need More Latinos in STEM

Nearly 1.3 million science advocates participated in the March For Science rallies across the globe, including 1,700 in San Antonio, however, the real movement should be in encouraging more youth to enter science, technology, engineering and math careers in the U.S. “Growing up in a Hispanic household taught me perseverance through tough obstacles. That’s a […]

Latino Group Snubs Trump for Actions Against the Latino Community

For the first time in almost 40 years, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) will not have the sitting president attend its annual convention. The organization cites Trump’s controversial actions and remarks about Latinos as the reason they did not issue an invitation. “The president was not invited this year based on his slanderous comments […]

ICE Denies Possible Nationwide Immigration Raids

Federal officials are denying possible plans to conduct a series of immigration raids later this month, citing “adjustments” to their plans due to the hurricanes impacting Texas and Florida. NBC News first reported the possibility of a series of immigration raids slated to start on Sept. 17. “There is currently no coordinated nationwide operation planned […]