New Tool: Monthly Latino Employment Report (AFL-CIO NOW): Passing along a great tool—the Monthly Latino Employment Report from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) offers a snapshot of the latest Latino employment statistics.
Republicans Admit: We Have A Latino Problem (BuzzFeed): Republican officials tentatively admitted the party has a problem with Latino voters in a Tuesday press conference call that was meant to tout the party’s new Hispanic outreach program. “What we’ve seen is some Hispanics feel [that] the Republican Party isn’t doing enough to include them in what we’re doing, to reach out to them,” said Bettina Inclan, the RNC’s Hisapnic Outreach Director. “What we’re trying to do is rebuild that relationship.”
RNC Hispanic outreach director: Romney is ‘still deciding what his position on immigration is’ (The Washington Post): Part of the reason for the RNC’s difficulty: Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) is “still deciding what his position on immigration is,” as RNC Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclán termed it. The episode underscored the difficulty for Romney and Republicans more broadly as they seek to court a key constituency this year.
Will political winds change with Mexican immigration at a standstill? (Sacramento Bee): With a break in the immigration wave, the hope is that the public’s perception will shift and people will see a benefit to immigration reform so undocumented workers toiling in low-wage jobs can acquire legal residency. We also can hope that the coming boom in Latino voting in 2014 and beyond will eventually overpower negative ethnic politics.
Latino Students of Alabama Fight the Power (The Huffington Post): I’m telling you, the Hispanic students of Alabama, my story so that you will know you are alone. No, I didn’t grown up in Alabama and there was no such law implemented at the time of my youth but the same fear abounded inciting hate and bigotry. And when it came to my family’s door we stood up. We fought. We spoke up no matter what anyone said. And that is what you must do now.