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The NAACP on Thursday expressed appreciation for lawmakers' effort to update voting rights laws, but raised "serious concerns" with provisions of the bill.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced the legislation during a press conference earlier Thursday. The bill, which aims to update a key component of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, has bipartisan support in the House and Senate.
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CORPUS CHRISTI — George P.
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The Arizona state legislature redefined the way the country debates immigration when it passed Senate Bill 1070. In an effort to crack down on illegal immigration in a state with an population of roughly 460,000 undocumented immigrants at the time, the 2010 law required police officers to check the immigration status of people they stopped, among other provisions.
The law turned the state into ground zero for the immigration debate.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on January 16, 2014 - 3:53pm.
Alcohol consumption is directly responsible for nearly 80,000 deaths every year in North and Latin America, with most deaths being caused by liver disease, according to a new study.
And that doesn't even include the number of deaths that are somehow linked, but not directly caused, by alcohol consumption, such as falls, suicides, violence, heart disease and stroke, noted study researchers Dr. Vilma Gawryszewski and Dr.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on January 16, 2014 - 3:47pm.
Mexican immigrants are returning home in significant numbers but it’s not mainly due to the tepid U.S. economy, according to a survey released on Tuesday.
Returning migrants said family and nostalgia drew them back to Mexico, trumping joblessness, health and other concerns.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on January 16, 2014 - 3:45pm.
San Francisco Gate:
California is growing older and more diverse.
The Latino population is projected to surpass that of whites in California in March to become the single largest "race or ethnic group," according to a report on shifting demographics in Gov. Jerry Brown's 2014-15 budget proposal. Also, the number of residents 65 and older will jump by 20.7 percent over the next five years, the report said.
State demographers expected Latinos to surpass the non-Hispanic white population seven months earlier, but Latino birth rates were lower than anticipated.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on January 15, 2014 - 8:05pm.
The president will announce the nomination formally at a public event in Washington, said the official, who asked not to be identified because the event had not taken place.
(Charles Dharapak/AP) - Maria Contreras-Sweet founded the ProAmérica Bank, a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles, in 2006.
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Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on January 15, 2014 - 2:35pm.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of teachers in Puerto Rico gathered on Tuesday with tambourines, cowbells and bullhorns outside public schools across the island as they launched a two-day strike to protest changes made to their pension plan amid an economic crisis in the U.S. territory.
The strike coincided with the first day of classes after winter break, forcing dozens of schools to close. Legislators of the main opposition party supported the strike and some principals and parents joined in, demanding that changes to the teachers' retirement system be revoked.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on January 15, 2014 - 2:33pm.
California is considering whether to extend Obamacare to one of the country's largest uncovered groups.
State Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat, is proposing legislation that would offer inexpensive health insurance to undocumented immigrants through a state version of the Affordable Care Act, the local press report.
“Immigration status shouldn't bar individuals from health coverage, especially since their taxes contribute to the growth of our economy,” Lara said last week in a press release, according to Fox News Latino.
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-- by Pam Fessler, NPR:
Dozens of lawyers will gather in a federal courtroom in Corpus
Christi, Texas, on Tuesday for the start of a new challenge to the
state's controversial voter ID law.
The trial is expected to
last two to three weeks, but it's unlikely to be the end of what's
already been a long, convoluted journey for the Texas law — and many
others like it.
First, some background:
Republican-controlled Legislature passed new photo ID requirements for
voters back in 2011. Supporters said the law was needed to prevent voter
fraud, although opponents noted that there was little evidence of such
fraud at the polls.
At the time, the state was covered by
Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which meant it needed federal
approval for the law to go into effect, because the state had a history
of discrimination against minority voters.
The case ended up
before a three-judge federal court in Washington, D.C., which in 2012
ruled against the state. It said Texas could not impose the new ID
requirement, because the state was unable to show that it would not
discriminate against blacks and Latinos. Under Section 5, the burden of
proof was on the state to show that the law was nondiscriminatory.