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‘State Of Arizona' Retraces History Of The Immigration Law That Redefined The Debate

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.

80,000 Alcohol-Caused Deaths In North And Latin America Each Year, Study Finds

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.

Family And Nostalgia Are Main Reasons Immigrants Are Going Back To Mexico

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.

Latinos In California Set To Be Majority By March

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.

Obama picks Maria Contreras-Sweet to head SBA

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. More from PostPolitics Congratulations on your budget, Congress. America still hates you. Congratulations on your budget, Congress.

Puerto Rico Teachers Launch Two-day Strike

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.

California Legislator Wants To Extend Insurance To 1 Million People Excluded Under Obamacare

News . 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.

How Immigration Reform is Winning, Even While It's Still Losing

-- by Aaron Blake, "The Fix," The Washington Post:

We here are The Fix are pretty convinced that comprehensive immigration reform isn't happening any time soon. Republicans in Congress, quite simply, don't feel comfortable voting for a path to citizenship when much of their base -- a vocal majority, if not always an actual majority -- is dead-set against it.

Obama Administration to Continue Racial Profiling in Immigration Law Enforcement

- by Ilya Somin, The Washington Post:

After a lengthy review of racial and ethnic profiling in federal law enforcement policy, the Obama administration has decided to allow the practice to continue in immigration law enforcement:

Latino Unemployment Drops as Job Numbers Rise

-- by Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News Latino:

The disparity between Latino and white unemployment numbers has narrowed over the past year as the share of unemployed Latinos saw another slight drop this month.

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