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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.

From Tobacco to Tortillas: Latinos Remake Durham, North Carolina

-- by Suzanne Gamboa NBC News:

Roselia Flores rushes into La Superior and quickly genuflects before the encased Virgin of Guadalupe statue in the corner of her supermarket.

“My first priority is God, then family and then work,” said Flores, who built the expansive Latino grocery-, bakery-, meat shop-, tortilleria-in-one.

Latino Groups Step Up Voter Registration Efforts Over Congressional Inaction

-- by Rebecca S. Myles, Latino Post:

Latino and immigration advocacy groups are busy organizing registration drives, and others are running eduation campaigns. The November elections could be a referendum by voters on the Obama Administration and Congress' failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Latinos Told the Only Way to Influence Policy Changes is by Voting

-- by Griselda Nevarez, Voxxi:

As the nation celebrates National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Latinos are being told that the only way to influence real policy changes is by exercising the power of their vote during this year’s midterm elections.

Poll: GOP Struggles on Immigration

-- by Jonathan Topaz, Politico:

Republicans are unhappy with their party’s handling of illegal immigration, a new poll says.

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