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Republican Immigration Rhetoric Leaves Latino Population Feeling Disenfranchised

-- from NPR:

Immigration is back on the front burner in the Republican primary.

This past week, at a rally in Orange County, Calif., Donald Trump returned to talking about the wall he wants to build along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Meanwhile, outside, there were protesters speaking out against his immigration proposals and carrying Mexican flags.

Trump Protesters, Mexican Flag Wavers Could Bring Unintended Consequences for GOP Race

-- by Ruben Vives, Shelby Grad, Cindy Carcamo & Sarah Parvani, The Los Angeles Times:

The protests outside Donald Trump’s rally in Costa Mesa on Thursday night pose political questions for both demonstration organizers and the presidential candidate as the California primary nears.

U.S. Supreme Court Leaves Restrictive Texas Voting Law in Place

-- from The Latin American Herald Tribune:

Trump Spurs a Fresh Wave of Latino Activism

-- by Cindy Carcamo, Ruben Vines and Corina Knolls, The Los Angeles Times:

As Donald Trump's presidential campaign moves into California, he's being met by a revitalized, youthful Latino-rights movement playing from a different rule book than its predecessors.

Trump faced large and hostile demonstrations outside a rally Thursday night in Costa Mesa and at the Burlingame hotel where he delivered a speech to the California Republican Convention.

Immigrants, Minorities & the Poor Gain Sharply Under Affordable Care Act

-- by Sabrina Tavernese and Robert Gebeloff, The New York Times:

The first full year of the Affordable Care Act brought historic increases in coverage for low-wage workers and others who have long been left out of the health care system, a New York Times analysis has found. Immigrants of all backgrounds — including more than a million legal residents who are not citizens — had the sharpest rise in coverage rates.

Republicans Unintentionally Prompted This Push to Help 8 Million Immigrants Become Citizens

-- by Kate Linthicum, The Los Angeles Times:

At a recent citizenship fair at the Long Beach Convention Center, more than 3,000 immigrants got free help filling out citizenship applications and practice casting ballots at mock voting booths.

The Latino Vote in 2016: Nearly One Million New Latinos Voting on Election Day this November

-- by Jose Serrano, The Latin Post:

Nearly one million of New York State's 1.3 million registered Latino voters are expected to cast ballots during November's presidential election, according to projections released by a non-partisan educational organization on Wednesday.

Family of Immigrants, Only One a Citizen, Anxiously Awaits Supreme Court Decision

-- by Julia Preston, The New York Times:

 Jerry Pinto, an immigrant from Bolivia, has visions of opening a spacious carpentry workshop in this suburban city, with his name in bold letters over the door.

“I want a place where I can be visible,” he says wistfully. But for now he knows he has to lie low, because he is in the country illegally. He runs his carpentry business almost surreptitiously from the cramped garage behind his house.

Kobach's Office Puts Out Spanish Voter Guide With Wrong Registation Deadline

-- by Caitlin MacNeal,  TPM.com:

The Spanish-language voter guides from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office include two errors about registering to vote in the state, while the English guides do not include the same errors.

Latino Voters Look to Candidates Vision

-- from Arizona Public Media:

Arizona Week looks at the rising voting power of Arizona’s Latino population.

Thirty percent of Arizona's population identified as Latino in the last U.S. census, the state's largest and fastest-growing minority group.

In the last general election, half the Latinos eligible to vote in Arizona were registered, but a much smaller number actually voted.

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