• Studies Show Lack of Latino Teachers in the U.S. is a Growing Issue

    March 15, 2018 14:51:pm

    -- by Emily Neal, Al Dia News:

    According to a recent study(link is external) from the Center for American Progress released in February, the percentage of Latino teachers nationwide lags far behind the fast-growing percentage of Latino students in the nation’s public school system. Though Latino students make up almost a quarter of the student population(link is external) in schools nationwide, and that number is expected to grow, only about eight percent of teachers throughout the country identify as Latino.

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  • Arming Teachers Would Put black and Latino Kids at Risk

    February 27, 2018 15:27:pm

    A Washington Post editorial by Stacey Patton:

    President Trump wants to arm teachers to prevent, or reduce the carnage from, future school shootings like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., this month. “A teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what had happened,” Trump said last week about the attacker in Florida. He’s not the only one who thinks this is a good idea; several states are already considering legislation to allow guns to be carried into schools, ostensibly to protect kids.

    But putting guns into the hands of schoolteachers would be extraordinarily dangerous for black and Latino students, who are already often forced to try to learn in hostile environments where they’re treated as threats.

    How long would it be, if Trump’s plan became reality, before a teacher shoots a black student and then invokes the “I feared for my life” defense we continually hear from police officers who misinterpret young black people’s behavior with deadly consequences?

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  • Latino-owned Businesses Are the Fastest-Growing Entrepreneurial Segment in the United States Despite Funding Barriers

    February 19, 2018 01:00:am

    -- from CapitalWirePR:

     February 17, 2018  Latino entrepreneurship is on the rise, according to a new study.

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    The 2017 State of Latino Entrepreneurship (SOLE) report released by the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI), a collaboration between Stanford University and the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN), includes the latest research on Latino entrepreneurship in the United States. Based on data collected from a sample of more than 5,000 Latino-owned companies across the United States, key findings in the report are as follows:

    ·         National banks provide less loan funding to Latino-owned businesses, relative to other funding types and other demographic groups. This may be because banks are not willing to take the risk on smaller firms as the report shows slightly higher use among scaled firms. On the other hand, some of this also has to do with how prepared Latino business owners are in accessing external funds.

    ·         Latina entrepreneurs are starting businesses at a rapid rate, growing in number by 87 percent between 2007 and 2012. However, Latina entrepreneurs also face a funding ceiling as they feel unqualified to access funding from traditional institutional sources relative to their male counterparts.

    ·         Successful Latino immigrant entrepreneurs are more likely to be millennials who came to the U.S. as children—presumably making many of them eligible for the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In fact, 86% of immigrant-owned firms with at least $1 million in annual revenues are owned by millennials (under age 34) who came to the United States as children. (Survey participants were not asked about their immigration status, so there is no way to know what percentage of respondents are actually DACA-registered.)

    ·         Latino-owned companies are international in reach. Among all Latino firms surveyed, 9 percent have international clients and 28 percent have clients throughout the United States, demonstrating a propensity to be global-minded.

    The State of Latino Entrepreneurship is an annual report aimed at identifying business growth potential, as well as barriers to growth for Latino entrepreneurship in the U.S. 

  • Mattis Vows 'Dreamers' Serving in Military Will Not be Deported

    February 09, 2018 04:41:am

    -- by Brett Samuels, The Hill:

    Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday that “Dreamers” serving in the military will not be deported, even if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program expires.

    “We would always stand by one of our people,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.

    Matts said the protections apply to those who benefit from the program who are on active duty, in the active reserves, have already signed a contract with the military and are waiting to go to boot camp and veterans who left with an honorable discharge.

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  • Nancy Pelosi's Filibuster-Style Speech Tops Eight Hours in Bid to Force Immigration Votes

    February 08, 2018 06:40:am

    -- by Ed O'Keefe, Dave Weigel and Paul Kane, The Washington Post:

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi commandeered the House floor Wednesday for a day-into-night marathon plea to Republicans for action on immigration, casting the fate of young undocumented immigrants in moral terms.

    The 77-year-old Pelosi stood for more than eight hours, reading multiple personal stories from “dreamers” and citing Bible passages. Her speech ranked as the longest given by a member of the House of Representatives in at least a century, possibly ever, focusing on an issue that has vexed Democrats for months.

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  • McCain, Coons to Introduce New Immigration Bill That Omits Wall Funding: Report

    February 05, 2018 04:46:am

    -- by Julia Manchester, The Hill:

    Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) will introduce immigration legislation on Monday in an effort to reach a budget deal before the federal government's current funding runs out on Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported.

    The bipartisan piece of legislation provides recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, commonly known as "Dreamers," an opportunity for citizenship while ordering a study to figure out what border security measures are needed, according to the Journal.

    DACA aimed to protect from deportation certain immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children.

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  • In Debate on "Dreamers" An Unresolved Question: How Many Should Benefit?

    January 24, 2018 17:26:pm

    -- by David Nakamura, The Washington Post:

    The debate in Congress over how much in border security upgrades to hand President Trump in exchange for his granting legal status to younger undocumented immigrants has obscured another thorny unresolved issue: How many immigrants should benefit?

    While both advocates and border hawks publicly profess to support a deal to protect undocumented people who have lived in the country since they were children, known as “dreamers,” there is little consensus on how to define that population.

    The number of immigrants who arrived under age 18 is estimated to be as high as 3.6 million — about one-third of the total undocumented population of 11 million. The number covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals when Trump terminated the Obama-era program last fall is dramatically lower: 690,000.

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  • Shutdown is Over as President Signs Short-term Spending Bill

    January 23, 2018 04:06:am

    -- by Sean O'Sullivan, Ed O'Keefe and Elise Viebeck, The Washington Post:

    After three days of contentious negotiations and name-calling, Congress voted to end a government shutdown Monday when Democrats agreed to trust the word of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    President Trump signed the spending bill Monday evening.

    The impact of the shutdown, which began at midnight Friday, was minimal, leaving hundreds of thousands of federal workers unsure of what the week would bring — but stretching into just one workday.

    Lawmakers agreed to fund the government through Feb. 8 after McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would address the status of young immigrants called “dreamers” who were brought to this country illegally as children.

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  • Senate Breaks Impasse, Opening Way for Government to Re-Open

    January 22, 2018 20:00:pm

    -- by Robert Costa, Erica Werner, Ed O'Keefe and Elise Viebeck, The Washington Post:

    Senate Democrats bowed to pressure to reopen the government Monday, joining Republicans in backing an immigration and spending compromise that was quickly denounced by liberals and immigration activists.

    Roughly 60 hours after the federal government first shut down, a bipartisan group of negotiators in the Senate prevailed with leadership, trading Democratic support for reopening the government for a commitment by Republicans to hold a vote resolving the status of young undocumented immigrants by mid-February.

    The Senate voted 81-18 to end a filibuster of a spending bill that would fund the government through Feb. 8 and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. The upper chamber was expected to pass the measure Monday afternoon, then send it to the House for quick approval.

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  • 'Language is a Weapon': In Trump Era, Immigration Debate Grows More Heated Over What Words to Use

    January 22, 2018 18:07:pm

    -- by David Nakamura, The Washington Post:

    Lars Larson, a conservative radio host in Portland, Ore., who supports President Trump, uses the phrase “illegal aliens” on his nationally syndicated talk show to describe immigrants living in the country unlawfully.

    “I think it’s a way to define a problem,” Larson said. “We’re a nation of laws.”

    Cecilia Muñoz, a longtime immigrant rights advocate who served as President Barack Obama’s domestic policy adviser, calls those words “pejorative” and prefers alternatives such as “undocumented immigrants.”

    “Aliens, in the public mind, are not a good thing,” Muñoz said.

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