Today’s Latino News Headlines – 8/27/18

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

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

Today’s Latino news headlines, curated for the NewsTaco community:

Irony: I saw this movie this past weekend and the plot is archetypal telenovela. It’s like a Selena song.

‘Crazy Rich” success leaves Latinos waiting for their moment | The Business Times

Hispanic and Latino Americans are a big driver of the domestic box office, with the highest per-capita attendance at the movies last year, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. They accounted for 23 per cent of tickets sold in 2017, even though they make up 18 percent of the US population. But they’re largely absent from the big screen: 6.2 percent of speaking characters in the top 100 movies in 2017 were Hispanic or Latino characters, according to the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. A romantic comedy or drama with a majority-Latino cast has never hit it big in the US.
Caught my attention for two reasons: one, that milk consumption has become a cultural battleground. And two, there’s good data in this piece (does it translate to voting?).
Now the Dairy Industry Is Targeting Latino Immigrants | PETA

The children of foreign-born Hispanics are the bridge between parents and American trends and tastes—typically experiencing foods first and introducing them to the family. Second-generation Hispanics are fast becoming the driver to the group’s growth, with 88% of Hispanic children born in the US versus 61% of adults.
I’m not calling it a trend, but as more cities consider this, it’s going to become a thing.
The Winooski City Council voted Monday to put a proposed charter change on the ballot that would give non-U.S. citizens the right to vote in municipal elections. >“The concept is, essentially, if you’re a resident of the city, you should have a say in local decision-making,” said Councilor Eric Covey, one of the backers of the proposal.
This case comes from Dallas. A federal judge slapped-back a voting booth reverse discrimination claim.
U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater, who was appointed to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, wrote the plaintiffs “failed to prove” the lack of a second county commissioner district capable of electing a white Republican, their choice, is a violation of their equal protection rights.
This is an important development that’s flying under the headline radar.
The lawsuit arises out of an additional question to the 2020 census questionnaire that asks citizens “whether each household member is a citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization, or not a U.S. citizen.” The judge is allowing the suit to go forward and letting the plaintiffs argue in court.
Oh look!
“He is going to have coattails and I think we are especially going to see that with congressional and state races,” DeFrancesco Soto told NBC News.
Something to celebrate.
When the Texas Education Agency released its first, long-debated A-F report cards for school districts, no one cheered louder than the teachers and administrators in the McAllen Independent School District, located alongside the Rio Grande in the southernmost part of the state. The district earned 92 of 100 points on the new rating system, which translates to an A.
There are 4 notable stories regarding immigration and the Mollie Tibbetts murder. The story heated over the weekend.
White House began to use the case</a> as a talking point for revising immigration law — which Trump continued on Friday, signaling his addition of her death to his midterm stump speech.
Rob Tibbetts said the community and his family need to heal, and the only way to do it is by taking baby steps. He went on to thank volunteers and defend the Latino community while adding he was “grateful” for them.
Hours after authorities found the body of Mollie Tibbetts and charged the suspect with murder, politicians including President Donald Trump, the Iowa governor and two senators expressed outrage that Cristhian Bahena Rivera had been able to live illegally in the U.S. for years. They urged a wider crackdown on illegal immigration. The response from farming groups was more muted, reflecting the difficulty in hiring people for the physically demanding work at dairies, slaughterhouses and other agricultural operations.
A new Cato Institute report based on Texas crime statistics shows that people in the country illegally commit serious crimes at lower rates than native-born Americans. The rate for legal immigrants is even lower.”
Any time you use the words “pervasive illegal tactics” in a sentence, it’s not good.
This complaint contains 13 pseudonymized case examples and original testimony from parents who were separated from their children that show a pervasive, illegal practice by DHS officials of coercing mothers and fathers into signing documents they may not have understood, according to the 28-page document.
This lawsuit strikes at the heart of the President’s executive discretion.
California and local governments within the state are due to receive $28.9 million appropriated by Congress for the 2018 fiscal year in Justice Department grants from a program known as Justice Assistance Grants. The department is requiring that recipients certify that they comply with certain federal immigration laws and that they are not impeding federal officials in carrying out the laws.
This piece doesn’t parse the numbers for Latinas, but it’s good news.
Female, black and Latino students took Advanced Placement computer science courses in record numbers, and rural student participation surged this year, as the College Board attracted more students to an introductory course designed to expand who has access to sought-after tech skills.

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