Today’s Latino News Headlines – July 27, 2018

U.S. Latino news headlines, curated daily by NewsTaco.

Census Bureau Stops Plans For 2020 Census Advisory Committee – NPR

According to the letter provided by Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, the bureau “carefully reviewed” its plans and decided instead to rely on its current group of advisers within the Census Scientific Advisory Committee and the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations.


131 Groups Fight to Remove 2020 Census Citizenship Question – The Leadership Conference

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, Muslim Advocates, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and 125 other grassroots, advocacy, labor, legal services, and other organizations on Tuesday submitted “friend of the court” briefs opposing motions to dismiss two lawsuits challenging the inclusion of an unnecessary and intrusive citizenship question in the 2020 Census.


Hispanic lawmakers challenge Nielsen over family separations – Politico

“She said — and we questioned her numerous times — she said that she believes that they’re on pace to be unified tomorrow,” Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) told reporters following a Congressional Hispanic Caucus meeting with Nielsen on Wednesday morning. “That’s impossible. We all said this to her.”


Growing burden of Dallas-Fort Worth rents: How do black, white, Hispanic residents compare? – Dallas Moning News

Only 22.3 percent of rentals were available to D-FW Hispanics not wanting to spend more than 30 percent of their median household income, which Zillow reported was $49,751 in 2017.


Millennial turnout fueled López-Obrador win in Mexico. Will Texas Latinos make waves in November? – Houston Chronicle

Millennials – voters between 18 and 34 – played a major role in that victory, giving hope to Latino activists in the U.S. who say a similar feat could be replicated north of the border, where Hispanic voter turnout – particularly among the young – has been notoriously lacking.


Why Don’t the Geosciences Have More Diversity? – Scientific American

I am a Ph.D. candidate in marine science. My concentration is geological oceanography and my research field is paleoceanography, the study of the world’s oceans on geologic timescales. I am also Latina. At scientific meetings, I am surrounded by scientists of every variety: geochemists, physical oceanographers, and glaciologists, to name a few. The range of expertise is extensive, but the goal is the same: to understand how Earth has changed over hundreds to billions of years. However, while I see great diversity in disciplines and sub-disciplines, I often see very little racial and ethnic diversity.


Why the U.S. Is Stuck With a Fight Over Immigration: A Debate – Bloomberg

No issue these days draws as much attention, and heated rhetoric, in the U.S. as immigration. Indeed, immigration has jumped to the top of polls as the most important problem facing the nation, ahead of dissatisfaction with America’s political leadership. Bloomberg Opinion columnists Tyler Cowen and Noah Smith recently met online to debate the role immigration plays in the nation’s economic and political life.


US officials must now say “illegal aliens,” not “undocumented immigrants” – Quartz

The DOJ now wants government lawyers to use “illegal alien,” according to an email obtained by CNN. “The word ‘undocumented’ is not based in US code and should not be used to describe someone’s illegal presence in the country,” the email says.


Hispanic lawmakers renew call for Smithsonian Latino museum – Associated Press

Rep. Tony Cardenas, a California Democrat, said Thursday, “If we don’t take charge, another decade is going to go by, another decade is going to go by, and the biggest minority population in America is not going to have a powerful presence in Washington, D.C., as we should.”


Black, Hispanic homeownership rates fall in second quarter – HousingWire

The Hispanic homeownership rate also fell from 48.4% in the first quarter to 46.6% in the second quarter. However, this is still up from 45.5% in the second quarter of 2017.


Poll: Latinos health care communication woes – Associated Press

Nearly 6 in 10 Hispanic adults have had a difficult time communicating with a health care provider because of a language or cultural barrier, and when they do they often turn to outside sources for help, according to a new study conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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