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Survey Shows Americans Are Feeling Better About Immigrants' Economic Effect, but Republicans Aren't

-- by Don Lee, The Los Angeles Times:

At a time of rising populist resentment over globalization, Americans largely agree that foreign trade is costing U.S. jobs, but they also hold an increasingly positive view about the value of immigrants to the economy.

In a new study by the Pew Research Center, eight out of 10 adults regarded increased outsourcing of jobs overseas and the growth of imports of foreign-made goods as harmful to U.S. workers.

U.S. Hispanic Unemployment Rate Creeps Up to 6.4% While National Rate Remains at 5.0%

-- from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Total non-farm payroll employment increased by 156,000 in September, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.

Household Survey Data

ESPN Targets Hispanic Audience for Growth

-- by Monica Villafane,

Sports may be a universal language, but Spanish sounds good for ESPN, which has been tapping into a huge fan base in Latin America since 1989 and in the United states for over a decade.

Aware that Hispanics are one of the fastest growing segments of the population in the U.S., the Disney-owned cable sports network has invested heavily in its 24-hour cable property ESPN Deportes, which it launched in 2004, and its digital companion,, live since 2000.

Pence's "Mexican Thing" Remark Draws Ridicule From Latinos

-- by Russell Contreras and Amy Taxin, ABC News:

Latino scholars and activists are criticizing Republican Mike Pence for referring to "that Mexican thing," at the vice presidential debate as he tried to brush aside criticism of Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants.

They said Pence's remark was dehumanizing and tinged with sexual innuendo.

Google Searches for Voter Registration Have Surged in Hispanic Areas

-- by Nate Cohn, The New York Times:

In the real world, demographic change is gradual: Every day, the country becomes a tad more diverse as babies are born, people immigrate, and others die.

But in elections, demographic change happens fast: in a surge of new voter registrations ahead of a presidential election. Just who registers and how many will be one of the biggest stories of the next month.

Google Searches for ‘Registrarse Para Votar’ Hit All-time High During Debate

-- by Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post:

Google is an imperfect oracle of popular will, but here’s one trend that seems pretty clear: Searches for the phrase “registrarse para votar” — “register to vote,” in Spanish — hit an all-time high during Monday’s presidential debate, spiking to more than 100,000 searches.

Federal Appeals Court: Ohio's Removal of Voters Violates Law

-- by Ariane de Vogue, CNN:

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Ohio's method of removing names from its voter rolls violates federal law, and sent the case back to the district court for a remedy.

The ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is a victory for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and other groups who had argued the program violated the National Voter Registration Act and expressed concern that the purge would effect "many thousands" of Ohio voters.

Hispanic Dems "Disappointed" With Party's Latino Outreach

-- by Rafael Bernal, The Hill:

Congressional Hispanic Democrats are questioning the party's approach to campaigning in Latino communities, as Republicans led by Donald Trump exceed expectations with the demographic.

Will the Latina Vote Sway 2016?

-- by Jacqueline Hurtado, CNN:

Margarita Montañez came to the United States from Mexico in 1970 when she was 23 years old. She raised six children but says one of her greatest accomplishments was becoming a United States citizen in 1999.

"I wanted to vote," she said. "I wanted to have a say in my children's future."

The Latino vote has long been the subject of interest for presidential elections, and in 2016 it may be wise to look more specifically at the Latina vote.

Immigration Reform: Disparate Ideas, Disparate Futures

-- by Eduardo Porter, The New York Times:

If Donald Trump were to win the presidency and carry out his strident promise to build an impregnable wall along the border with Mexico, both advocates and foes agree, it would turn the United States into a nation quite different from the one they live in.

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