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Report Documents Latino Voting Power & Issues in Midterms

-- by Chris Adams, McClatchy:

A record 25 million Latinos are eligible to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, and if history is a guide they will also cast a record number of votes, according to a new report.

But if history holds true as well, Latinos will leave far more votes on the table than they cast, due to participation rates that significantly lag those of whites or African-Americans.

Thousands Released After Immigration Holds Denied

- by Amy Taxin, The Associated Press:

Immigration officials say local authorities across the U.S. released thousands of immigrants from jails this year despite efforts to take them into federal custody, including more than 3,000 with previous felony charges or convictions.

The numbers are the first time federal immigration authorities have publicly detailed how many times local agencies have refused to comply with their requests.

Opinion: Supreme Court Should Rule for Workers in Overtime Case

-- by Paul A. Reyes, Fox News Latino:

Nobody likes waiting in line. Not at the movies, not at the DMV, not at the airport. Now imagine that you have to wait in line every day after work as part of your job. Should you be paid for your time? That’s the issue that the Supreme Court is considering in Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk. 

Hispanic Wireless Users Survey: Fewer Taxes, More Spectrum

-- from Politic 365:

Recently McLaughlin & Associates partnered with Penn Schoen Berland to develop and conduct a bipartisan national online survey of 417 adult Hispanics, and the 2014 Hispanic Consumer Survey reveals a lot about Hispanic wireless phone users.

BLS: Hispanic Unemployment Dropped to 6.9% in September

-- from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Total non-farm payroll employment increased by 248,000 in September, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in professional and business services, retail trade, and health care.

Household Survey Data

Women Allege Sexual Abuse at Texas Immigrant Detention Center

-- by Vivian Kuo and Jason Hanna, CNN:

Women detained at an immigrant holding facility in southern Texas allege workers there have sexually abused them, including by removing them from their cells at night for sex as well as fondling them in front of others, lawyers wrote in a letter to federal officials this week.

North Carolina: Latinos Have Numbers to Sway Vote

-- by Franco Ordonez, for The Charlotte Observer:

North Carolina Latinos have a chance to play a major role in deciding whether Democrat Kay Hagan holds on to her U.S. Senate seat or hands it over to Republican Thom Tillis.

Latinos make up only a fraction, about 2 percent, of the North Carolina’s nearly 7 million registered voters. In a race that’s razor tight, even a small number of votes can make a difference between who goes to Washington.

Groups Register Fewer Latinos Than Hoped, Remain Optimistic About Turnout

-- by Suzanne Gamboa, NBC:

A national Latino voter registration campaign launched by two leading Hispanic groups is falling short of its goal, a possible indication of how Latino voting will fare in November’s elections.

National Hispanic Leadership Agenda Release Congressional Scorecard

-- by Michael Oleaga, Latin Post:

A nonpartisan coalition of national Latino organizations published a scorecard of the 113th Congress on how lawmakers' votes affected the social, economic and political life of Latinos.

The Pentagon Will Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Join the U.S. Military

-- by John Dyer, Vice News:

The Pentagon made a surprise announcement on Thursday to let undocumented immigrants serve in the United States military — but few of them are likely to get into the armed forces under the new policy, experts told VICE News.

As a result, everyone from immigration advocates to Republican congressmen are pissed off.

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