-- by Allegra "Happy" Haynes and Regina Rodriguez, for The Hill:
-- from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION -- MAY 2013
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 175,000 in May, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment rose in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, and retail trade.
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-- by Roque Planas, Huffinton Post's "Latino Politics":
-- from Huffington Post, San Francisco:
With a reform bill winding its way through Congress, it seems like everyone has an opinion about how the United States should fix its immigration system.
In a video released on Tuesday, an unexpected figure has jumped into the fray to push for comprehensive reform: San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo.
"I'm first generation Mexican-American, both of my parents were born in Mexico," said Romo in the video. "My dad always spoke of the American dream as a man doing hard work to earn his keep and take care of his family in a respectful manner."
The video, which was uploaded into Major League Baseball's official YouTube channel, is in support of The Dream Is Now campaign, which advocates a pathway to citizenship for the some 2 million undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as young children.
-- by Nina Terrero, NBC Latino:
The number of colleges and universities in the United States recognized as Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) jumped from 311 in 2010-2011 to 356 in 2011-2012, marking the largest-ever jump in growth during a single year among this classification of colleges.
According to data released by Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and the Excelencia in Education organizations, HSIs represent 11% of all higher-education institutions nationwide, but account for more than half of all Latino undergraduate enrollment. Approximately 54% of Latino undergraduates enrolled in HSIs in 2011-12, making these institutions a crucial matter for “national attention,” says Deborah Santiago, Vice President of Policy and co-founder of Excelencia in Education.
-- by Alan Gomez, USA Today:
As the Senate prepares to debate a sweeping immigration bill that would allow the nation's 11 million unauthorized immigrants to become U.S. citizens, some Republicans, including one who helped write the law, are sounding skeptical about its chances of clearing the chamber.
Four senators penned a letter to their colleagues Tuesday saying the bill has "serious flaws" and laid out nine areas where they say significant change is needed before the bill can pass the full Senate.
"We need immigration reform, but the American people deserve better than a 1,000-page bill that makes our immigration system more complex and less accountable without truly ensuring border security," the letter read. "Americans expect their government to end the lawlessness, not surrender to it."
-- by Jose Calderon, Fox News Latino:
I have been trying to understand the reluctance and outright refusal of Senate GOP members to discuss the nomination of Thomas E. Perez as President Obama’s nominee for U. S. Labor Secretary.
-- by Fox News Latino:
One member of the “Gang of Eight” is predicting comprehensive immigration reform will overwhelmingly pass the Senate by July 4 while House Republicans cautioned that they would write their own version, one piece at a time.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday he anticipates as many as 70 of the 100 senators will vote for the measure heading to the full Senate on June 10. Even if it passes there, the proposal faces tough prospects in the Republican-led House, where lawmakers are at work on their own piecemeal approach that could stall a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in this country illegally.
"We are moving forward because we believe in a bipartisan way this is so vital for America, and we'll have a good bill," Schumer said, pledging to allow colleagues to amend the legislation.
Not so fast, House lawmakers cautioned.
-- by Rachel Bade, Politico:
Republican sponsors of the immigration overhaul are about to find themselves in an awkward tax situation.
When the bill hits the Senate floor in the coming weeks, they’ll have to decide how badly they want to go after back taxes from undocumented workers applying for legal status.
And their decision is likely to either infuriate their fellow conservatives or step on the toes of the Democratic immigration reform partners they’ve worked hand in hand with up until now.
-- by Richard Cowan, Reuters:
From the technology and tourism industries to the fruit growers of California, there is something for almost everyone in the sprawling immigration legislation that the U.S. Senate will start debating this month.
But for supporters of this controversial bill who are searching for a solid bloc of votes in the Senate, there might be no better way than through a provision embedded in the law that gives dairy farmers better access to foreign labor.
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