Tuesday, February 19, 2019

By 2020 Latinos will become the largest ethnic group eligible to vote

For the first time, Latinos are on track to be the largest racial or ethnic group to be eligible to vote in a presidential election, according to data on the 2020 electorate released yesterday by the Pew Research Center. By 2020, 32 million Latinos will be eligible to vote, just slightly more than the 30 […]

Many Latinos finally see themselves in a Presidential candidate

Musician Juan Tejeda sees something very familiar in Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, with his brown skin and roots in a poor Mexican-American neighborhood, Castro is the first who looks like him and has lived like him. “He is very indigenous and Chicano,” said Tejeda, a conjunto accordionist who has roots in the West Side neighborhood of […]

ACLU demands an investigation after ICE almost deports a US-born Marine

The ACLU is calling for an investigation after they say ICE improperly held a U.S. citizen and Marine veteran for possible deportation. Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, was held in an ICE detention center for three days at immigration authorities’ request, according to a statement from the ACLU released yesterday. The decorated Marine lance corporal, who served […]

Latino candidates in North Texas bringing diversity to the state’s politics

When North Texas voters head to the polls this May, they will elect more than 100 mayors, city council members, school board trustees and other public officials, including, possibly, the first Latino mayor in Dallas history. Unlike cities with large Latino populations, such as Los Angeles or San Antonio, Dallas has never had a Latino […]

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 […]

Sen. Cortez Masto hires a Latino chief of Staff

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who made history as the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate, hired Reynaldo Benitez to be her chief of staff, making him one of two Latinos to hold that influential Senate job starting next year. Cortez Masto, D-Nev., announced Benitez’s promotion to the senior position on Friday. Benitez, 32, was […]

New Smithsonian gallery will focus on the U.S. Latino experience

The Smithsonian announced yesterday that it will open its first gallery focused on the U.S. Latino experience, in the National Museum of American History. Opening in 2021 on the museum’s first floor, the Molina Family Latino Gallery will feature bilingual exhibits exploring the history and contributions of American Latinos. A $10 million gift from the five […]

Lin-Manual Miranda among Latinos nominated for the Golden Globes

The Golden Globe nominations are celebrating a number of acclaimed Latino and Spanish-speaking actors as well as one of the film industry’s top directors, who hails from Mexico. Lin-Manuel Miranda is up for a “Best Actor in a Motion Picture” for his performance in Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the beloved 1964 movie which […]

Latinos to face a retirement crisis because of job-related disadvantages

Latinos are facing a deeper retirement crisis than other ethnic groups because of lower access to workplace savings plans and other job-related disadvantages in accumulating nest eggs, reports the National Institute on Retirement Security and UnidosUS in a new study. “Retirement plan participation rate for Latino workers (30.9 percent) is about 22.1 percentage points lower than […]

Latinos and other minority voters helped Democrats win back the house

Latinos and other minorities voted heavily for Democratic candidates, helping to drive the party’s capture of the U.S. House in this year’s midterm elections. “The net wave of the Democratic pickup is due entirely to strong support from minority communities who voted Democrat,” Latino Decision pollster Matt Barreto said in a conference call discussing the […]