-- by Manny Fernandez, The New York Times:
A law requiring Texas voters to show government-issued identification before casting a ballot is the latest example of the state’s long history of discrimination against minorities and puts unjustified burdens on the right to vote for more than half a million Texans, lawyers challenging the law told a federal judge here on Monday.
-- by Jane M. Von Bergen, The Philadelphia Enquirer:
A Philadelphia-based farm-labor contractor failed to pay minimum wages to 125 temporary nursery workers, according to a lawsuit filed against the contractor by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The workers, employed by Heng Heng Agency Inc. and its president, Visith Oum, cultivated nursery stock at Medford Nursery Inc. in Medford, the department said.
-- 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.
-- 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.”
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
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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