Latino voters’ enthusiasm rises, but still lags behind 2008 (The Los Angeles Times): Latino voters’ interest in the election has begun to rise, but still lags behind the levels of four years ago, according to a new survey which offers mixed news for President Obama’s reelection campaign.
Pa.’s tough, new voter ID law tackles first legal challenge amid debate over voting rights (Associated Press/The Washington Post): The first legal test for Pennsylvania’s tough new voter identification law began Wednesday, with state lawyers calling the measure a completely rational step, while opponents attacked it as an unnecessary, unjustified and partisan scheme that will deprive countless people of their right to vote.
Why Today’s Voter ID Face-off in Pennsylvania Is Crucial (The Nation): Pennsylvania Secretary of State Carol Aichele had a message for the hundreds of people gathered at the State Capitol yesterday to rally against voter ID laws: “Go home” and find ways to make their fellow citizens comply with the state’s controversial law.
Latino children fare badly in latest analysis of child data (Latina Lista): The 23rd edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been released and while the findings are not surprising, they do validate news headlines and what service organizations are seeing in their communities — families are still struggling.
After Colorado shootings, a mostly Hispanic Aurora community grieves (Voxxi): After last week’s tragedy that had suspected killer James Holmes randomly shooting dozens of people inside the local Century 16 movie theater, Aurora, one of the most diverse cities in Colorado, is now home to mourners that unite peacefully regardless of race or ethnicity.
Obama’s Deportation Policy Change To Allow Work Permits For Young, Undocumented Immigrants Could Cost $585 Million (Associated Press/Huffington Post): The Obama administration’s new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, undocumented immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost more than $585 million and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more than 1 million anticipated requests, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Arizona sheriff denies targeting illegal immigrants by skin color (Reuters/Chicago Tribune): Veteran Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, self-described as “America’s toughest sheriff,” denied on Tuesday that his deputies targeted people because of the color of their skin in a controversial crackdown on illegal immigration.
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio testifies in racial profiling case (The Los Angeles Times): Joe Arpaio bills himself as a tough-talking lawman, but he turned down the volume in an Arizona court of law this week. The Maricopa County sheriff took the stand in the civil suit alleging that his department violated people’s rights by profiling Latinos. Media reports agree that the sheriff, famous for his strident and ferocious verbal attacks on illegal immigrants during numerous television and other media appearances, was far quieter while on the stand Tuesday. Arpaio explained that he was suffering from the flu.
Discrimination Complaint Against Virginia High School (NBC Washington): Allegations of discrimination have hit a prestigious Alexandria high school. Two organizations have filed a complaint against the admissions policy at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Martina Hone with the Coalition of Silence claims the Fairfax County Public School System discriminates against minority students and those with disabilities.