Thursday, December 3, 2020

ICE announces International students may need to leave the country if universities only offer online classes

International students who are pursuing degrees in the United States will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only courses, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced yesterday. The move may affect thousands of foreign students who come to the United States to attend universities or participate in training programs, as well […]

AT&T creates a free online “externship” program for college students amid COVID pandemic

As we all experience a roller coaster of emotions because of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, college students may be experiencing a bit more. Today, thousands are realizing their summer internships are no longer available. They are wondering whether they will still graduate on time, and they are contemplating the impact COVID-19 will have […]

Latino communities lag in 2020 census response rates amid COVID pandemic

Latino communities are lagging behind in 2020 census response rates, raising fears of low participation that could limit the reach of federal programs in those areas for the next decade. The country’s most heavily Latino congressional district, California’s 40th, had a response rate of 49.5 percent as of Tuesday, compared with the state’s 60.1 percent […]

Trump sued for denying stimulus checks to US citizens married to immigrants

President Trump faces a lawsuit over the federal government declining to issue $1,200 stimulus checks to U.S. citizens who are married to immigrants without Social Security numbers. The litigation comes after the IRS said that only married couples in which both spouses hold valid Social Security numbers will receive the payments. The suit, filed by a U.S. […]

Trump suggests states may need to make “sanctuary-city adjustments” to receive coronavirus funding

Yesterday President Trump suggested that federal assistance to states financially impacted by the coronavirus outbreak could be tied to whether so-called sanctuary cities make adjustments to their immigration policies. The comments from Trump came as both Republican and Democratic governors plead for more funding for their states, warning that budget shortfalls could lead to pay cuts […]

San Juan Mayor says ‘No One’ in Puerto Rico has received a stimulus check

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has alleged that none of the island’s eligible residents have received their expected stimulus payments from the federal government. In an appearance on MSNBC on Saturday, Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, said the island has not yet benefited from one of the U.S. government’s signature […]

Poll conducted by Latino Organizations find that nearly 70% of Latinos feel President Trump ignored early signs of Coronavirus spread

According to the nation’s first 2020 poll of solely Latinos living in America, Latinos overwhelmingly feel the president ignored the early signs of the coronavirus, which led to its worsening spread across the country. Overall, 69% agreed that President Trump was to blame for not responding soon enough and making matters worse. “As the Latino […]

Latinos and African Americans in New York are dying at highest rates from coronavirus

African Americans and Latino New Yorkers have been the hardest hit by coronavirus deaths in the city, dying at the highest rates of any racial group, new data from the city shows. Latinos make up 34 percent of the city’s deaths from Covid-19, compared with 29 percent of the population, according to the new data. African […]

Farmworkers worry about their safety amid coronavirus pandemic

California has ordered all residents to stay home because of the threat of COVID-19, but thousands of farmworkers like Mariana are still showing up at work — despite worries that their employers are not doing enough to protect or support them. Mariana, who wanted to use her first name only for fear of any possible […]

Lorenas Borjas, a historic figure for LGBTQ rights and Latinos in New York died from the coronavirus

Lorena Borjas, an undocumented migrant in the United States, a transgender and precarious person, but above all a historic fighter for LGBTQ rights and Latinos died in New York City. She is remembered for handing out condoms to the sex workers in her neighborhood in Jackson Heights. She also organized syringe exchanges to protect transgender people going through hormone therapy, […]