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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.

Poll: 9 in 10 Hispanic Voters Support Obama's Actions on Immigration

-- by Sahil Kapur, TPM:

A new poll commissioned by the pro-immigration group Presente finds that Hispanic registered voters broadly support President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration and oppose potential Republican moves to stop him.

Seventy-four percent oppose a potential lawsuit against Obama; 23 percent support it. Eighty percent oppose defunding the new actions; 18 percent support it, according to the poll conducted by Latino Decisions.

All told, the survey found that 89 percent of Latinos support Obama's actions when described to them by the pollster, while 10 percent oppose them. Hispanics blamed Republicans over Obama and Democrats for the failure of immigration reform by a 64-24 percent margin.

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GOP Vows to Swiftly Counter Obama's Immigration Moves

-- by Micheal D. Shear, The New York Times:

Republicans on Thursday vowed a swift and forceful response to the executive action on immigration that President Obama is to announce in a prime-time address, accusing the president of exceeding the power of his office and promising a legislative fight when they take full control of Congress next year.

Bachmann: Obama Wants to Turn "Illiterate" Immigrants into Democratic Voters

-- by Catherine Thompson, TPM:

Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said Wednesday that President Barack Obama wants to use executive action to temporarily shield "illiterate" immigrants from deportation in order to bolster the Democratic base.

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