Thursday, June 30, 2022

Title 42 Highlights the U.S. Broken Immigration System

Title 42 is a public-health emergency rule invoked in March 2020 by President Trump’s administration to combat the spread of COVID-19. Although it was meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at the border, it allowed the immediate expulsion of migrants, including asylum-seekers, without any justification. The policy has been used on nearly 1.9 million occasions […]

C.D.C Lifts “Title 42” Public Health Emergency Order for Migrants

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C) announced that it will lift the public health emergency order, known as Title 42, that has restricted immigration at the U.S. borders since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made based on current health conditions and the increased availability of tools against COVID-19. The […]

Xavier Becerra, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Celebrates His Confirmation Anniversary

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Xavier Becerra, celebrated his one-year confirmation anniversary. Becerra is the first ever Latino to hold this position just as COVID-19 vaccines were first becoming available. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Latinx community at higher rates than other communities. As of last week, the Centers […]

The U.S. Can No Longer Deport Migrant Families to Countries Where They Could be Harmed

Last week, a federal court affirmed the government’s authority to expel migrants under the rump-era “Title 42” order but prohibited border officials from deporting families to countries where they might face persecution. Title 42 was first invoked because of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) back in March 2020. […]

Black and Latino students face challenges as schools reopen

As many children and teens return to a new school year after Labor Day, educators and advocates are alarmed on the challenges that Black and Latino students face. According to a Department of Education’s report released this summer, Black and Latino students were left behind during the pandemic, which worsened disparities in access and opportunities […]

Latino community college leaders are optimistic about fall enrollment

As students head back to school for the fall, administrators at Latino serving community colleges across the nation say they are more optimistic about student enrollment numbers specially compared to last year at the height of the pandemic. William Serrata, president of El Paso Community College in Texas said, “We’re showing right now that we’re […]

First Latina surgeon general urges people to wear masks and get COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Antonia Novello, the first Latina  to serve as U.S. surgeon general, is spending her birthday administering COVID-19 vaccines at a health center in San Juan, Puerto Rico as well as urging more Latinos to get vaccinated and wear masks. She was surgeon general under President George H.W. Bush and now she divides her time […]

Puerto Rico orders businesses to require proof of vaccination

Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi ordered a series of businesses to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for their employees and patron amid rising cases in the U.S. territory. Under the new order, owners, and managers must require proof of vaccination from workers at beauty salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, gyms, day care center, supermarkets, […]

Chicago’s Black & Latino Communities Hit Hardest by Delta Variant

The intensive care unit at St. Bernard Hospital on the South Side of Chicago is at capacity because of the latest surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. Last month, the small hospital treated more than 3 dozen COVID-19 patients, about the same number as in July 2020, just before a bigger wave of illness, […]

18% of migrant families leaving Border Patrol custody tested positive for COVID-19

According to a document prepared to brief President Biden  more than 18% of migrant families and 20% of unaccompanied minors recently crossed the U.S. border tested positive for COVID-19 on leaving Border Patrol custody over the past 2-3 weeks. Multiple flights scheduled to deport migrants had more than 25% of passengers test positive before departure, […]