Latinos in California seeks council seat in ongoing tension with Anaheim police (CNN): As tensions roil between Latinos and city officials over accusations of police brutality, Hispanic activists will press the Anaheim City Council for a way to have at least one elected Latino to represent them, leaders said Thursday.
Finding a Spanish tutor for the Democratic convention’s Hispanic keynote speaker (JTA): In a few weeks, Julian Castro will be basking in the national spotlight as the Democratic National Convention’s keynote speaker. The 37-year-old San Antonio mayor is already seen as a young- up-and-comer in Democratic politics. But while he is one of the nation’s more prominent Hispanic politicians – and the leader of a mostly Latino city — his Spanish apparently wasn’t so great.
#YoSoy132 Joins Occupy to Protest Carlos Slim in New York City (Fox News Latino): Latino advocacy groups and Occupy Wall Street protesters have begun a four-day protest against Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. The protesters, who congregated outside the Manhattan department store Saks Fifth Avenue for the first time on Tuesday, say Slim has monopolized telephone service in Mexico and overcharged customers billions of dollars.
Law aims to strengthen bilingual education in Illinois (Fox News Latino): Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed a law to strengthen bilingual education in Illinois and, among other things, it will foster the creation of so-called “parents academies” and cultural programs for immigrants.
Civil Rights Groups Release New Voter Protection App (Huffington Post): Defenders of the right to vote have a new high-tech weapon in their arsenal. A consortium of civil rights groups unveiled a smartphone application Thursday as part of a comprehensive strategy to combat what it called a nationwide effort to disenfranchise minority and youth voters.
DREAM Act May Become Part of Democratic Party Platform (Fox News Latino): Support for the DREAM Act may soon become the official stance of the Democratic Party. In an appeal to Latino voters, three Senate candidates in the Southwest are urging the Democratic National Convention to adopt as part of the party platform support for the bill to help some undocumented immigrants who came here as children attain citizenship.
Federal Appeals Court Backs Supreme Court’s Decision On Ariz. Immigration Law (Associated Press/CBS Las Vegas): A federal appeals court has sided with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to throw out major parts of Arizona’s tough crackdown on illegal immigrants. A two-page ruling Wednesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed the high court’s June 25 ruling on Arizona’s SB1070 law.
Anti-Immigration Law Prepped for Next Stage (Courthouse News Service): The 9th Circuit sent constitutional challenges to Arizona’s tough immigration laws back to the trial court on Wednesday, setting the stage for the next act of one of the nation’s most closely watched cases.
Deferred Action Program May Help 1.8M Young Immigrants (Reuters): Almost 1.8 million young illegal immigrants may qualify for temporary legal status under President Obama’s deferred action program. This is more than double what experts initially expected when first Obama announced the program.
Wal-Mart beats janitors’ appeal on immigration, lockups (Reuters): Wal-Mart Stores Inc has defeated an appeal by immigrant janitors who accused the world’s largest retailer in a lawsuit of unfair labor practices, encouraging illegal immigration and locking them inside stores at night and on weekends.
Jan Brewer ‘Not Inclined’ To Endorse Russell Pearce (Huffington Post): Ousted Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, the Republican behind the state’s immigration law, S.B. 1070, isn’t likely to get any help from Gov. Jan Brewer (R) this year, even though she supported him in the past.