Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on February 14, 2014 - 7:15pm.
LOS ANGELES — With an estimated 15 percent of the country’s uninsured population, California is crucial to the success of President Obama’s health care overhaul. Here, that success cannot come without enrolling Latinos, who make up more than half of the state’s uninsured.
But so far, enrollment of Latinos has fallen strikingly below the hopes of the law’s proponents, accounting for 20 percent or fewer of those who had signed up on the state-run health insurance exchange by the end of December.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on February 14, 2014 - 7:10pm.
SAN ANTONIO — To say that some candidates running statewide in Texas have gone off the rails on border security and immigration, does a disservice to epic derailments everywhere.
Seal the border. No in-state tuition for the children of undocumented immigrants. State boots on the ground. No “amnesty” (though what's proposed is not precisely that). Boodles of state money at the border.
Close your eyes and it might as well be one of those 2012 GOP presidential debates in which enough candidates to buckle the stage painted Texas Gov. Rick Perry as the Mr.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on February 12, 2014 - 2:51pm.
America Trade Pact, Latin America Pacific Alliance, Latino Voices News
CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — The presidents of four nations collectively responsible for half of Latin America's economic output have signed an accord to eliminate tariffs on 92 percent of the products they trade.
The presidents of Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru signed the accord in Cartagena, Colombia, on Monday. Together they form the nearly two-year-old Pacific Alliance.
The accord is expected to take effect next year after approval by institutions within the member nations.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on February 12, 2014 - 2:48pm.
Carolina, Undocumented Immigrant, Dreamers, North Carolina, Latino Voices News
Undocumented immigrant Emilio Vicente is on the ballot Tuesday in North Carolina. The job is short-term but offers a significant platform: Vicente, a junior, is running for student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the state's flagship public university.
Improving the lot of other undocumented students is a key issue for the gay student.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on February 12, 2014 - 2:42pm.
The U.S. public wants to see the Cuban embargo end.
More than half of Americans are in favor of normalizing the United States' fractured relationship with Cuba, according to a poll released Monday by the Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan think tank.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on February 11, 2014 - 2:36pm.
America is a great land and lures immigrants worldwide, yet record numbers of U.S. citizens and permanent residents are giving up their citizenship or residency. For all the immigrant arrivals the trickle the other direction is increasing. The number is still small, with the “published” expatriates for the quarter 630 for the last quarter of 2013.
That brings the total number to 2,999 for all of 2013. The previous record high for a year was 1,781 set in 2011. It’s a 221% increase over the 932 who left in 2012.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on February 11, 2014 - 2:07pm.
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A free smartphone application has encouraged more than 70,000 Argentines to become citizen-cops as they shop.
Argentina's government blames escalating inflation on speculators and greedy businesses, and has pressured leading supermarket chains to keep selling more than 80 key products at fixed prices.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on February 11, 2014 - 2:05pm.
A former Florida state representative and Republican activist has left the GOP over immigration policy.
Ana Rivas Logan will officially become a Democrat Monday afternoon when she files paperwork at the Miami-Dade Elections Department.
Rivas Logan, an educator who was born in Nicaragua after her parents fled Cuba, said one of the reasons she is switching parties is because she was pressured by current Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera to support an Arizona-style immigration law when it surfaced in Florida in 2011.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on February 11, 2014 - 2:03pm.
Americans generally view Nelson Mandela as a hero and Fidel Castro as a villain. Mandela saw things differently.
The South African leader’s nationalist and anti-imperialist stances collided head on with the world’s superpower and gave him a lot in common with its Cuban archenemy. Mandela embraced the former Cuban dictator because he opposed apartheid and represented the aspirations of Third World nationalists that the United States undermined across the globe during the Cold War.
Submitted by XiNomara Velazq... on February 11, 2014 - 1:56pm.
Offering unflattering comparisons of the heavily Hispanic Rio Grande Valley to the “third world” may not be the best way to cultivate Texas’ Latino vote.
The Republican candidate for Texas governor ruffled feathers across the state last week when he said that instances of law enforcement corruption in the Valley resembled “third-world country practices that erode the social fabric of our communities” -- a comment that drew immediate criticism from Democrats and Latino groups, who viewed the remark as based on an ethnic stereotype.