Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Immigrants Keep an Iowa Meatpacking Town Alive and Growing

*The irony of this story is that the town that’s highlighted, Storm Lake, is in staunch anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King’s district. It’s where he was born.  VL NewsTaco MONEY WEDNESDAY By Patricia Cohen, New York Times (13 minute read)   STORM LAKE, Iowa — When Dan Smith first went to work at the pork processing plant

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

A Proposed New Tax, Mainly On Latinos, To Pay For Trump’s Border Wall

*This happened yesterday, while the rest of us were mesmerized by the Peckinpahesque implosion of the Trump administration, congress was moving a piece of legislation that would fund the Trumpian border wall with a tax on the...

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Home builders can’t find enough workers

*It’s become harder for undocumented construction workers to find jobs, so now it’s taking longer for homes to be built, and it’s getting more expensive because of Trump’s tariffs on Canadian lumber. VL By Kathryn Vasel, CNN...

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Trump administration sends NAFTA renegotiation letter to Congress

The interesting thing about this has nothing to do with international trade or U.S. relations with Mexico. It’s that even though Trump said he was willing to renegotiate NAFTA, now that he’s moving on that willingness he...

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Puerto Rico Declares a Form of Bankruptcy

*Why you should read this: Because the unfolding story in Puerto Rico hasn’t gotten the press time or space it deserves – NewsTaco included. We’re going to change that. VL By Mary Williams Walsh, The New York...

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...

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Unemployment rates drop for Latinos

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1 minute read)    The Bureau of Labor statistics released its March unemployment numbers and the overall jobs situation isn’t looking good. Wall Street Economists had predicted an increase of 180,000 jobs after two strong...

Friday, March 31st, 2017

North Carolina needed 6,500 farm workers. Only 7 Americans stuck it out.

*Why you should read this: Because there’s a punchline here that not everyone will get. VL By Dylan Matthews, The Washington Post (4.5 minute read)    When I talked to him about the economic effects of immigration...

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

How the U.S. economy misses out on an untapped Latino potential

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1.5 minute read)    Fortune reports that a Zillow study released Thursday found that “In Hispanic communities, about 48% of income goes to the monthly rent check, up from 41% in 2011.” Let’s...

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Meet today’s driving force behind homeownership rates: Hispanics

*Why you should read this: Because Latinos continue to drive the housing market, but you won’t hear it in mainstream news. Because it tells a larger story about Latinos investing in a U.S. transformative permanence. VL By Kelsey...

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Bootstrap myth exposed: White inheritance key driver in racial wealth gap

*This is the second piece that I suggest your should read today, it compliments the first piece I posted earlier and it follows on the statement Rep. Jason Chaffetz made yesterday when he declared that people should...

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Today’s NOOOOO!: Flower vendors say Trump will affect Valentine’s Day for Latinos?

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1 munite read)  This story made me shake my head. It’s about how Trump is now affecting Valentine’s Day. PR Web published it as a sales promotion – I guess. But the gist...

Friday, January 27th, 2017

What About My Guacamole?! How a 20 Percent Tariff on Mexican Imports Would Affect You

*Why you should read this: Because a 20 percent import tariff for Mexican imports will hit your pocketbook in the long run – in some cases in the short-term. VL By Martha C. White, NBC News  American consumers...

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Hispanic leaders wary of Trump’s trade plans

*Why you should read this: Because ending NAFTA is not as cut-and-dry as it sounds. Because tens of thousands of U.S. workers, many of them Latinos in manufacturing, would lose their jobs due to higher import tariffs....

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