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States Suing the Obama Administration Over Immigration Have Much to Lose If They Get Their Way

-- by Bryan Dewan, Think Progress:

The group of states suing the federal government over immigration reform have a lot to lose if they win their upcoming case before the Supreme Court.

Taxes Key to Strengthening Latinos' Financial Future

-- by Maite Arce, for Huffington Post's "Latino Voices:

It’s no secret that the Latino community is one of the nation’s fastest growing populations. By 2050, the Latino population will surpass 100 million, about double what it is today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Growing Influence of Hispanic Voters in the West

-- by Page Blankenbuehler, Hill Country News:

In the midst of the raucous and polarized presidential election, a quieter story has been at play as well: the growing political clout of Latino voters.

Next Democratic Contests Have Smaller Latino Electorates

--by Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News:

Bernie Sanders is forging westward in the Democratic presidential race having whittled Hillary Clinton's delegate lead slightly, but with a loss in Arizona, a state with a hefty Latino electorate, not yet allowing him to declare he's turned around his performance with minority voters.

Sanders resoundingly won in Utah with 80 percent of the vote and Idaho with about 78 percent in Tuesday's caucuses, while Hillary Clinton was the projected winner in Arizona's primary with 58 percent.

Lawyers: Children Need Lawyers in Immigration Court

-- by Martha Bellisse, The Associated Press:

Government lawyers urged a federal judge on Thursday to remove certain children listed in a lawsuit that seeks to require court-appointed lawyers for indigent children who enter the country illegally.

But lawyers for the ACLU and immigration-rights groups said any child sent to immigration court has a constitutional right to a fair hearing and the only way to ensure that happens is to provide them with a lawyer. They also urged the judge to expand the case to include children across the country.

Voters In Arizona Had to Wait Hours to Cast Ballots. Here's Why That Matters

--  by Michelle Hackman,

On Tuesday evening, as polls closed in Arizona, reports began emerging that voters in the state’s most populous county, Maricopa County, were waiting in hours-long lines to cast ballots.

Law Firm Threatens to Sue Costa Mesa, Saying Council Election System Dilutes Latino Votes

-- by Luke Money, The Los Angeles Times: 

A Malibu-based law firm has threatened to file a voting-rights lawsuit against Costa Mesa unless the city scraps its at-large election system, according to a letter obtained by the Daily Pilot this week.

Costa Mesa city officials said they're still weighing the best way to move forward after receiving the letter from attorney Kevin Shenkman of the firm Shenkman & Hughes, which has been involved in several similar lawsuits in Southern California.

Latino Leaders, Groups to Senate Republicans: Blocking Merrick Garland's SCOTUS Process Impacts Latino Community

-- by Michael Oleaga, The Latin Post:

Latino lawmakers, advocates and legal groups have welcomed President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and called on Congress for a fair nomination process.

Latinos in Congress React to Garland

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the only Latino Democrat serving in the Senate, said Garland was a worthy nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. He said the Senate should consider the nominee, a process that includes a hearing, debate and vote.

U.S. House to Oppose Immigration Executive Action in Supreme Court

-- by Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News:

U.S. House Republicans, arguing the president overstepped his powers in creating deportation relief programs for millions of immigrants here illegally, voted to formally oppose his action in a case to be heard next month by the Supreme Court.

In a rare move, the House voted 234-186 to allow House Speaker Paul Ryan to file an amicus brief in the case. The brief, essentially is the written reasoning of opponents, filed as the view of the U.S. House.

Clinton Solidifies Her Grip On The Latino Vote Nationally With Big Florida Win

-- by Adrian Carrasquillo, Buzzfeed News

As Clinton supporters at her event Tuesday waited for the big win in Florida, a new song played on the speaker system. “La Gozadera,” a raucous Latino anthem by Gente de Zona and Marc Anthony blared, interrupting TV reporters with it’s first line: “Miami me lo confirmo.”

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