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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.

Texas Group Uses Health Care Issue to Get Hispanics to the Polls

-- by Alex Ura, for The New York Times:

When Armando Rodriguez opened the front door of his home here on the city’s west side, Chris Ornelas of the Texas Organizing Project met him with one question.

“What are some of the biggest concerns you have in your life right now?” Mr. Ornelas asked in Spanish.

Two Immigration Fixes Obama Can Implement Right Now

-- by Mitchell J. Cohen, The Hill:

President Obama has decried our immigration system as “broken.” In the absence of a legislative fix, he has promised to take executive action to provide some relief to undocumented immigrants.  As an attorney who has been practicing immigration law in the greater Miami area for 15 years, I have 2 suggestions for executive action the president can take without stepping on the toes of the legislative branch.

Fix #1: Expand use of “Parole in Place.”

New TV Series Documents America's Dramatic Demographic Shift

-- by Bryan Llenas, Fox News Latino:

An advertising agency at the forefront of tapping into the purchasing power of Latinos, a community in New York where minority babies have a greater chance of death
than in Libya, a city in Idaho where White Americans are still very much the majority — these are just some of the stories on an upcoming television series documenting America’s changing demographics.

Individual Injuries the Focus of Revised Labor Safety Rules

-- by Erik Derr, The Latin Post:

Workplace accidents suffered by individuals are a new focus of the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which has re-worked reporting guidelines for work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye, as well as death.

W.H. Talks Immigration With Latino Lawmakers

-- by Seung Min Kim, Politico:

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough pledged to Latino lawmakers during a private meeting Thursday that President Barack Obama will take executive action on immigration before the holidays are over – an effort to soothe lawmakers furious about the administration’s move to hold off on action.

Texas' Missing Hispanic Students

-- by Ry Rivard, Inside Higher Ed:

Hispanic students may have been kept away from Texas’ public research universities after the Legislature allowed state colleges to set their own tuition prices, according to a study published this month in The Annals, a journal of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Federal Officials Propose Texas Immigration Residential Center

-- by Will Weissert, The Associated Press:

Federal authorities want to build a new South Texas immigration lockup for families amid an unprecedented surge in the number of youngsters pouring across the U.S. border, a federal official said Thursday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is proposing a residential center in the town of Dilley, about 70 miles southwest of San Antonio, agency spokeswoman Adelina Pruneda said.

Hispanic Investors Are Hungry for Knowledge on Investments & Savings

By Nicole Akoukou Thompson, Latin Post:

Even with very little financial education, Hispanic investors have grown into knowledge-hungry financiers, wanting to absorb information about investments.

Seventy-two percent of Hispanic investors surveyed in a Well Fargo survey stated they wished that they knew more about investing in mutual funds, stocks and bonds. That's compared to 64 percent of U.S. investors overall.

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