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Despite Expected Low Turnout, Latino Voters Could Tip Some Mid-Term Races

-- by Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News Latino:

Latinos are likely to cast votes in this midterm election in lower numbers overall than they did in the last presidential election, but they can still play an important role in outcomes in statewide and local races, experts say.

Arturo Vargas, the executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, or NALEO, says that some 7.8 million Latinos are projected by his organization to vote in the November midterm elections.

Rising Hispanic Political Stars Under 40

-- by Scott Conroy, Real Clear Politics:


Immigrant Court Speed Review of Cases Involving Children

-- by Jack Fritze, The Baltimore Sun:

Baltimore Immigration Court, facing an increase in the number of cases involving immigrant children who crossed the border illegally, is expediting reviews to more quickly decide whether the children should be deported, according to attorneys with clients before the court.

Hispanics Ahead of the Digital Curve

-- by Jack Loechner, Research Brief, MediaPost.com:

According to an analysis of strategies of leading brands and forward-thinking marketers by Lisa Gevelber, Vice President of Americas Marketing, U.S. Hispanic demographic trends indicate a 163% increase in population between 2010 and 2050, making up 30% of the population by July 1, 2050, and one trillion dollars in buying power in 2010, rising to $1.5 trillion next year (an increase of 50% in just five years).

Here's An Immigrant Imprisonment Program That Obama Could Stop Without Congress

Last month, in the face of growing pressure from immigrant rights activists, Hispanic politicians and Democratic allies, President Barack Obama ordered the Department of Homeland Security to review the policies that drive the administration's record-setting pace of deportations. It remains to be seen what kind of changes will come as a result. Last week, the White House delayed the announcement of possible changes for two months in an effort to keep alive the debate over comprehensive reform.

State Governments May Be Expanding Wealth Gap

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawmakers in many states have been trying to boost their post-recession economies by cutting income taxes, curbing aid to the long-term jobless or holding down the minimum wage. Some have pursued all of these steps. Whether such policies will spur businesses to expand as hoped isn't yet clear.

Latino Voters Will Blame Republicans If Immigration Reform Fails, Poll Says

Latino voters will blame Republicans if immigration reform fails to pass, according to a poll released Tuesday. A survey of 800 registered Hispanic voters by pollster Latino Decisions on behalf of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a progressive think tank, found that 49 percent of respondents would place the blame for failing to pass immigration reform on the GOP, while 16 percent would hold Democrats responsible. The Republican Party could boost its standing among Latino voters by getting behind reform efforts, the poll indicated.

Officer's Demise Causes Deep Problems For Joe Arpaio

PHOENIX (AP) — When sheriff's deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz hanged himself, he left behind a house full of questions. Among the items at his house were a stash of drugs, evidence bags from old cases, hundreds of fake IDs and thousands of his video-recorded traffic stops that were withheld in a racial-profiling case against his boss, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Now, the quest for answers has raised the possibility that a yet-to-be-determined number of his cases could be thrown out and has refocused attention on Arpaio and his department, already under close watch by a federal

World Bank warns of food riots as rising food prices push world populations toward revolt

new report issued by the World Bank (1) warns that food prices are skyrocketing globally, with wheat up 18 percent and corn up 12 percent this quarter. Ukraine, one of the largest wheat exporters in the world, has suffered a 73 percent increase in domestic wheat costs. Argentina has seen wheat prices skyrocket 70 percent. According to the World Bank, these price increases have been caused primarily by three factors: 1) Sharply higher demand for food in China, 2) U.S.

Using Jailed Migrants as a Pool of Cheap Labor

HOUSTON — The kitchen of the detention center here was bustling as a dozen immigrants boiled beans and grilled hot dogs, preparing lunch for about 900 other detainees.
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