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Hispanic College Enrollment Spikes(24%) Narrowing Gaps with Other Groups

Hispanic College Enrollment Spikes(24%) Narrowing Gaps with Other Groups

Driven by a single-year surge of 24% in Hispanic enrollment, the number of 18- to 24-year-olds attending college in the United States hit an all-time high of 12.2 million in October 2010, according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of newly available Census Bureau data. From 2009 to 2010, the number of Hispanic young adults enrolled in college grew by 349,000, compared with an increase of 88,000 young blacks and 43,000 young Asian Americans and a decrease of 320,000 young non-Hispanic whites. continue reading »

Pope Benedict Announces: Rio de Janeiro Will Host the 2012 World Youth Day (VIDEO)

Pope Benedict Announces: Rio de Janeiro Will Host the 2012 World Youth Day (VIDEO)

Rio de Janeiro will host the next World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI announced Sunday to hundreds of thousands of young Roman Catholic pilgrims at the close of this year's event in Madrid. continue reading »

DHS: Prioritizing Enforcement and Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion

DHS: Prioritizing Enforcement and Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion

Today, the American Immigration Council hosted a briefing to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement last week that it would issue agency-wide guidance to make certain that prosecutorial discretion is exercised in a manner that ensures the agency's enforcement resources are used to remove those who pose the greatest risk to public safety. continue reading »

Cheer the President, Boo His Motives

Cheer the President, Boo His Motives

The decision made by the Obama administration this week to focus its deportation efforts on serious threats to national security should be applauded by Latinos and progressives alike. It seems that President Obama has finally expressed his support for the Latino base that helped elect him in 2008. continue reading »

The White House Responds: In the Debate Over Immigration and Deportations, the Facts Matter

The White House Responds: In the Debate Over Immigration and Deportations, the Facts Matter

As too often happens in the debate over immigration, anger and heated rhetoric from all sides dominate while the facts tend to get lost along the way. So it’s important to set the record straight. Fixing the broken immigration system so that it meets America’s economic and security needs has been and continues to be a priority for President Obama. continue reading »

Outreach Coalition Series: Increasing Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Among Latinos TODAY

Outreach Coalition Series: Increasing Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Among Latinos TODAY

Outreach Coalition Webinar Series: Increasing Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Among Latinos: Highlights in Best Practices from Around the Country continue reading »

Families, Church Officials Search for Northbound Mexicans who Disappear

Families, Church Officials Search for Northbound Mexicans who Disappear

Ricardo Salazar Sanchez boarded a northbound bus in the central state of Guanajuato with 22 fellow residents for a journey to the U.S.-Mexico border -- and a subsequent attempt at crossing into Texas, where potential construction jobs awaited. continue reading »

Who’s To Blame for Drug War Violence in Mexico?

Who’s To Blame for Drug War Violence in Mexico?

Earlier this month, a series of videos surfaced on the Web showing an interview between Mexico’s federal police and their biggest catch in months, Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez. The 33-year-old Acosta, nicknamed “El Diego,” is believed to be the leader of La Linea, a group of assassins contracted by the Juárez drug cartel. continue reading »

Quinceañera – A Young Girl Takes her First Steps into Womanhood

Quinceañera – A Young Girl Takes her First Steps into Womanhood

Under the wooden rafters of Notre Dame Catholic Church in Greeneville, Tenn., a young girl walks slowly up the aisle on the way to her womanhood. She is flanked by her mother and stepfather, and she follows a procession of young ladies in slim red dresses and gentlemen in white Navy officer’s uniforms continue reading »

Glenn Beck Thinks that If Obama is a One-Term President, He will Not Go Peacefully

Glenn Beck Thinks that If Obama is a One-Term President, He will Not Go Peacefully

Beck Thinks Obama Would "Go Kicking And Screaming" If He Were A One-Term President, Saying "If I Can't Have Her, No One Will" From the August 10 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program: continue reading »

Mexicans Seeking Asylum: A Facet of U.S.-Mexican Political Entanglements

Mexicans Seeking Asylum: A Facet of U.S.-Mexican Political Entanglements

A young policewoman feels trapped living in abysmal despair after fleeing a Mexican town near the border. She attempted to uphold the law in a society fed by narco-violence, but faced insurmountable opposition. Now, her only escape hinges on the uncertainty of the U.S. legal system. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Where Does our National Debt Come From?

INFOGRAPHIC: Where Does our National Debt Come From?

One of the fundamental things to understand when considering the debate about reducing our national debt is how we accumulated so much in the first place. To explain the impact various policies have had over the past decade, shifting us from projected surpluses to actual deficits and, as a result, running up the national debt, the White House has developed a graphic for you to review and share: continue reading »

Encouraging Entrepreneurs and High Skilled Workers through Immigration Changes

Encouraging Entrepreneurs and High Skilled Workers through Immigration Changes

The United States has a long, rich history of welcoming innovative entrepreneurs and skilled workers into our country. These men and women fuel our nation’s economy by creating jobs, and promoting new technologies and ideas. Thursday I joined Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano continue reading »

NALEO Welcomes Department of Justice Action Against Alabama’s Immigration Law

NALEO Welcomes Department of Justice Action Against Alabama’s Immigration Law

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s actions on Alabama’s HB 56: The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund welcomes the U.S. Department of Justice decision to file a complaint and motion for preliminary injunction against HB 56, an anti-immigrant legislation that is even more flawed than Arizona’s SB1070. continue reading »

Racy JC- Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Racy JC- Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

For those of you who don’t know, Racy JC (Picante JC in Latin America) has been learning Spanish. I hope someday (someday soon) to move to a tropical Latin country where I can sit on the beach with a few cute Latin “friends,” sip margaritas, and dance salsa in the moonlight. Ahh. continue reading »