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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.

Latinos, Labor Tell Obama: Pick Tom Perez for Attorney General

By Edward-Isaac Dovere, Carrie Budoff Brown and Seung Min Kim, Politico:

Hispanic lawmakers, immigration advocates and labor allies are lining up to lobby President Barack Obama to nominate Labor Secretary Tom Perez as attorney general.

Report Documents Latino Voting Power & Issues in Midterms

-- by Chris Adams, McClatchy:

A record 25 million Latinos are eligible to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, and if history is a guide they will also cast a record number of votes, according to a new report.

But if history holds true as well, Latinos will leave far more votes on the table than they cast, due to participation rates that significantly lag those of whites or African-Americans.

Thousands Released After Immigration Holds Denied

- by Amy Taxin, The Associated Press:

Immigration officials say local authorities across the U.S. released thousands of immigrants from jails this year despite efforts to take them into federal custody, including more than 3,000 with previous felony charges or convictions.

The numbers are the first time federal immigration authorities have publicly detailed how many times local agencies have refused to comply with their requests.

Opinion: Supreme Court Should Rule for Workers in Overtime Case

-- by Paul A. Reyes, Fox News Latino:

Nobody likes waiting in line. Not at the movies, not at the DMV, not at the airport. Now imagine that you have to wait in line every day after work as part of your job. Should you be paid for your time? That’s the issue that the Supreme Court is considering in Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk. 

Hispanic Wireless Users Survey: Fewer Taxes, More Spectrum

-- from Politic 365:

Recently McLaughlin & Associates partnered with Penn Schoen Berland to develop and conduct a bipartisan national online survey of 417 adult Hispanics, and the 2014 Hispanic Consumer Survey reveals a lot about Hispanic wireless phone users.

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