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Friday, April 28th, 2017

Lawmakers Seek Stronger Monitoring of Racial Disparities in Car Insurance Premiums

*Do you pay more for insurance because you live in a barrio?  Latino and Black congressmen are pushing for an investigation. VL By Lauren Kirchner, ProPublica (6 minute read)   Six Democratic members of Congress are urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to appoint a director for the Federal Insurance Office, which monitors access of minority and

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Investigating Hate Across the U.S. There’s No Shortage of Work.

*A reporting project to document hate in America. From the story: “We’ve received a significant number of reports to the database from minorities told to “get out of the country.” Those targeted include immigrants, as Univision reported,...

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

‘Sanctuary Cities’ Bill Attacks Immigrants Who Made ‘Texas Miracle’ Possible

*Why you should read this: Because Latino legislators staged an epic battle in defense of sanctuary cities in Red-State Texas. Because the fight lasted until past 3am. VL The Texas Miracle would have been impossible without cheap...

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The real story of Latino immigrants – setting roots

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (3 minute read)   Buried in the fourteenth and fifteenth paragraph of a Pew Hispanic Center FacTank post is the future of Latinos in the U.S. That’s not what the post is about. The...

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Latino heritage could be a casualty of a Trump revision

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1.5 minute read)   This happened today, and we need to keep an eye on it. It’s an instance of Trump taking a stab at an Obama legacy, but U.S. Latino heritage could be...

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The number of undocumented is at a longtime low. And it has nothing to do with Trump

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (2.5 minute read)   I’m going to put this out there before certain tenants in the White House take cold facts and spin-off derivative alternate ones. The number of undocumented persons in the...

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Watch morning cable news shows? Where are the Latinos?

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (2.5 minute read)   This is not a casual observation, it’s a verifiable lack of Latinos on cable television programs that frame the issues and set the agenda that the rest of us...

Monday, April 24th, 2017

‘We’re hoping for a miracle’: Dallas lawmaker is fasting to protest Texas sanctuary cities bill

*Why you should read this:  Because the battle over sanctuary cities is real and Texas, for the moment, is the front line. VL By Julieta Chiquillo, The Dallas Morning News (1.5 minute read)   State Rep. Victoria...

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The Trump immigration farce

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1.5 minute read)   Jeff Sessions is taking a tour of the U.S-Mexico border. He’s doubling-down on an immigration message that, when you scratch beneath the surface, is a rhetorical farce. His latest strong-man...

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Seeking better data on Hispanics, Census Bureau may change how it asks about race

*Why you should read this: Because U.S. Latino identity is a story that never ends. Because the U.S. Census count is too important to get it wrong, again. Because I had an email exchange today with a...

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Right-Wing Media’s New Favorite Immigration Statistic Reflects Misguided Policy

*Why you should read this: Because it re-frames the tired right-wing narrative about immigrants. Because in this case there’s a fuzzy line between what Trump says and what he does. Because he says he’s going after dangerous...

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Latino Leadership in the Trump Era

*Why you should read this: Because Trump’s Anti-Latino rhetoric is an opportunity for visibility and transformation. Because the transformation must start at the local level. Because the potential for leadership is greater than the list of names...

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Poll shows Texas Dem Castro leading Cruz

*Why you should read this: Because the race for the Texas senate seat is going to be hard-fought. Because the poll is out and the frontrunner hasn’t announced his candidacy yet. VL By Rebecca Svaransky, The Hill...

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Border Wall Could Leave Some Americans on ‘Mexican Side’

*Why you should read this: Because people who don’t live near the border between the U.S. and Mexico typically misunderstand it. Becasue a majority of U.S. Latinos live along or near the border. VL By Nooman Merchant,...

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