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22 Senate Democrats Ask Obama to End Wave of Deportation Raids

-- by Alan Fram, The Associated Press:

Twenty-two Democratic senators asked President Barack Obama on Friday to halt the recent round of federal deportation raids, highlighting anew the schism within the party over the administration's handling of Central American immigrants.

In a letter, the senators wrote that the raids were sweeping up mothers and children who face threats of violence and death when they are returned to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Undocumented Immigration Continues to Decline, Reaches 13 Year Low

-- by Steve Benen, MSNBC.com:

America's Oldest Latino Newspaper Laying Off Staff, in Danger of Shutting Down

-- by Tequan Wright, Latin Post:

According to the Huffington Post, the New York paper La Prensa has been declining since it was purchased by the Argentinean conservative daily news company, La Nación.

The move was supposed to help the paper make a smooth and successful transition to digital media.

U.S. Justices Take No Action on Obama Immigration Case

-- by Lawrence Hurley, Reuters:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took no immediate action on whether it will hear President Barack Obama's bid to revive his plan to shield more than 4 million immigrants from deportation, a move that bypassed the Republican-led Congress.

"Know Nothings" Opposed Immigration in Lincoln's Day

-- by Bill Kemp, Pantagraph.com:

Several times in American history a significant number of voters have embraced anti-immigrant sentiment and candidates.

Today it’s mostly Muslims from the Middle East and North Africa, or Spanish-speaking people from Mexico and Central America, that are the target of incendiary rhetoric on the campaign trail and debate stage.

NBC Finally Gets the Diversity Memo

-- by Sonia Saraiya, Salon:

Presidential Election Poll 2016: Clinton Leads Among Latinos, Blacks; Sanders Among Whites

-- by Selena Hill, The Latino Post:

Tom Steyer, Billionaire Environmentalist, to Help Advance Latino Candidates

-- by Christopher Delgado, The Sacramento Bee:

Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, the former hedge-fund manager who has steadily increased his state and national political footprint, has been named co-chairman of the Washington-based Latino Victory Fund.

How Trump-Style Politics Turned California into a Blue State

-- by Jason L. Riley, for The Wall Street Journal:

Regions Among the Nation's "Three Coasts" Grow Increasingly Hispanic, New Survey Reveals

-- by Allan Turner, The Houston Chronicle:

Vast segments of the United States increasingly are becoming ethnically diverse, creating what William Frey, author of "Diversity Explosion: How Racial Demographics are Remaking America" terms a "cultural generation gap." But, note researchers at the Brookings Institution, that diversity is concentrated in distinct American regions, largely in areas bordering the nation's three coasts.

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