-- by Brian Melley, The Associated Press:
Mexico's president spoke of the need for U.S. immigration reform on a two-day visit to immigrant-friendly California, saying those who reject diversity and inclusion will ultimately be proven wrong.
-- by Frank Newport, Gallup Politics:
Although both Republicans and Democrats name dysfunctional government, the economy, and unemployment as top problems facing the country today, they attach different importance to other issues. Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are significantly more likely than Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents to say that immigration and moral decline are top problems in the U.S., while Democrats are more likely to mention poverty and education.
-- by Juan E. Gastelum, Buzzfeed News:
The number of minority students enrolled in U.S. public K-12 schools will likely surpass that of non-Hispanic whites for the first time this fall.
-- by Tovin Lapan, The Las Vegas Sun:
Former President George W. Bush said he would get it done, but buckled to congressional roadblocks. President Barack Obama made it part of his campaign platforms in 2008 and 2012, only to hit similar barriers.
-- by Joel Connelly, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
A federal judge on Friday ruled that Yakima’s system of at large City Council elections “regularly suffocates” the influence and voting preferences of the city’s minority Latino voters, thereby violating the 1965 federal Voting Rights Act.
-- by Anna Palmer, Politico:
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Citigroup exec Carlos Gutierrez gave immigration reform firepower last year when they lent their money or names to the cause.
But roughly two months before Election Day, the three groups the business titans helped launch are all but silent on the campaign trail. None of the three has purchased airtime for ads on immigration reform this fall.
--by Anjalee Khamlani, Latin Post:
Republicans hoping to capture Latino voters are out of luck, according to new polls analyzed by Latino Decisions.
The analysis of Hispanic preferences in nine polls showed that voters
are increasingly concerned with environmental issues like conservation,
global warming, and air and water quality -- which line up more with
liberal views, according to the National Journal.
"From immigration reform to conservation, Latinos want candidates and elected officials who will best represent the issues they care about and will do so by promoting laws that will treat our community with dignity and respect," Leo Murrieta, national field director of the nonprofit Mi Familia Vota, told the National Journal.
-- by Scharon Harding, Latin Post:
As Catholic schools struggle to stay open amid rising costs and decreasing enrollment, Catholic leaders are hoping to appeal to the Latino community.
--by Laura Berger, IndyWire/Women and Hollywood:
America Ferrera is returning to TV -- this time, in a much more serious role than "Ugly Betty."
-- by Laura Wides-Munoz and Josh Lederman, The Associated Press:
President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration.
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