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  • Deportation-wary migrants targets of crime

    2008-10-29 21:35

    Dan Kowalski

    "One Saturday evening in February, Gumercindo was chatting with a friend outside his central Phoenix apartment complex when a man walked up and demanded $100 from each.

    "We told him we didn't have any money," recalled Gumercindo, who declined to give his last name because he is undocumented.

    The man threw a large rock at Gumercindo, hitting the 31-year-old Guatemalan immigrant in the head above the right eye. Gumercindo fell to the ground, blood pouring down his face, as the man ran away. He now has a scar the size of a hockey puck where doctors operated to relieve pressure on his brain.

    Gumercindo did not report the crime to police. He said that although he is afraid of criminals, he is even more afraid of being deported."

    Daniel González in the Arizona Republic.

  • Among Hispanics in Florida, 2008 Voter Registration Rolls Swing...

    2008-10-29 19:00

    Research & Publications

    Unlike in the rest of the country, the Latino vote in the Sunshine State has tended to be heavily Republican; but changing politics and demographics have produced a substantial shift in electoral rolls.
  • Missouri Monetizes Migrants

    2008-10-28 14:14

    Dan Kowalski

    Camden County, Mo. - "Sometime within the next few weeks, the Morgan County Justice Center will reach an important milestone - a total of $5 million will have been generated through holding ICE detainees. In 2003, the county signed an extensive contract with the federal government to house U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement inmates. Before then, Morgan County Sheriff Jim Petty said the county’s new justice center was much too large to be supported just by local prisoners. “We didn’t have the money to pay for it based on the size and its use,” Petty said. After the county reviewed and signed the ICE contract, it created a new stream of revenue into the Sheriff’s Office. A little more than five years later, Petty said $5 million has been added to the county’s coffers."

    DEANNA WHEELER in the Lake Sun Leader.

  • Latinos Account for Half of U.S. Population Growth Since 2000

    2008-10-23 05:00

    Publications

    Hispanics have accounted for more than half (50.5%) of the overall population growth in the United States in this decade, a significant new demographic milestone for the nation's largest minority group. A new Pew Hispanic Center report analyzes Latino growth and settlement patterns over the past three decades. Browse our interactive maps that provide details about the changing Latino population and our interactive databases that offer demographic information about Latinos in each of the nation's 50 states and 3,141 counties.
  • Latinos Account for Half of U.S. Population Growth Since 2000

    2008-10-23 04:55

    Research & Publications

    Hispanics have accounted for more than half (50.5%) of the overall population growth in the United States in this decade, a significant new demographic milestone for the nation's largest minority group. A new Pew Hispanic Center report analyzes Latino growth and settlement patterns over the past three decades. Browse our interactive maps that provide details about the changing Latino population and our interactive databases that offer demographic information about Latinos in each of the nation's 50 states and 3,141 counties.
  • Trends in Unauthorized Immigration

    2008-10-02 05:00

    Publications

    There were 11.9 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States in March 2008, according to new Pew Hispanic Center estimates. The unauthorized immigrant population grew more slowly in the period from 2005 to 2008 than it did earlier in the decade. The inflow of immigrants who are undocumented has now fallen below that of immigrants who are legal permanent residents, reversing a trend that began a decade ago.
  • McCain says Obama and Dems blocked immigration reform

    2008-09-22 19:06

    ben

    The blog for the New York Times Editorial Board comes down pretty hard on one of McCain’s new campaign advertisements. The ad states that Obama, along with his buds on the left side of the isle, are the ones responsible for killing the last attempt at immigration reform. Pretty slippery stuff. The Times’ translation is below the video.

    Announcer: Obama and his Congressional allies say they are on the side of immigrants. But are they?

    The press reports that their efforts were “poison pills” that made immigration reform fail.

    The result:

    No guest worker program.

    No path to citizenship.

    No secure borders.

    No reform.

    Is that being on our side?

    Obama and his Congressional allies ready to block immigration reform, but not ready to lead.

    John McCain: I’m John McCain and I approve this message.

  • 2008 National Survey of Latinos: Hispanics See Their Situation in...

    2008-09-18 05:00

    Publications

    Half (50%) of all Latinos say that the situation of Latinos in this country is worse now than it was a year ago, according to a new nationwide survey of 2,015 Hispanic adults conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center. On the question of immigration enforcement, Latinos disapprove of all five enforcement measures asked about in this survey—and generally do so by lopsided margins.
  • One-in-Five and Growing Fast: A Profile of Hispanic Public School...

    2008-08-26 05:00

    Publications

    The number of Hispanic students in the nation’s public schools nearly doubled from 1990 to 2006, accounting for 60% of the total growth in public school enrollments over that period. Strong growth in Hispanic enrollment is expected to continue for decades, according to a recently released U.S. Census Bureau population projection. In 2050, there will be more school-age Hispanic children than school-age non-Hispanic white children. This report presents demographic, language, and family background characteristics of the nation’s 10 million Hispanic public school students.
  • Tickets to the gun show

    2008-08-18 16:14

    ben

    A recent article in the SF Chronicle goes into a disturbing statistic. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has concluded that over 90 percent of weapons confiscated by Mexican authorities originated from dealers in the United States.

    Last year, 2,455 weapons traces requested by Mexico showed that guns had been purchased in the United States, according to ATF. Texas, Arizona and California accounted for 1,803 of the traces submitted by Mexican authorities.

    The U.S. hosts 5000 gun shows every year in 32 states, in some, customers can skip the background check and still walk out the door with an AK-47, a .50 caliber sniper rifle, and a case of hand grenades. Along the border, the demand for weapons can be measured by the 6,700 licensed U.S. gun dealers in business near Mexico. It has become common practice for the cartels to hire buyers in the U.S. to attend gun shows or to procure from the multitude of legitimate dealers the weapons needed to take the fight to the Mexican police, and now, the Mexican military.

    Some have wondered if the current level of violence in the border region could cause the failure of the Mexican state, and that soon after the same level of violence will be felt in nearby communities in the U.S. Felipe Calderon’s soldiers are 18 months into a nationwide offensive on the cartels, who have responded with unprecedented violence.

    We are debating sending $1.5 billion aid package to the Mexican military, a third of that amount has already been appropriated. The Merida Initiative, as it is known, has been compared to Plan Colombia. Critics argue, that like in Colombia, the aid is too focused on military solutions and dosen’t do enough to curb the consumption of drugs in the U.S. which could be considered the primary cause of strife in both Colombia and Mexico.

    As our government is arming the Mexican military, our gun laws are maintaining the arsenals of the cartels. The U.S. appetite for intoxication is a virtually endless source of revenue. Unless we are willing to look at realistic solutions, we are merely allowing a dangerous stalemate to shoot itself out on our southern border.

  • The Role of Schools in the English Language Learner Achievement Gap

    2008-06-26 05:00

    Publications

    Students designated as English language learners (ELL) tend to go to public schools with low standardized test scores. However, these low levels of assessed proficiency are not solely attributable to poor achievement by ELL students. These same schools report poor achievement by other major student groups as well, and have a set of characteristics associated generally with poor standardized test performance—such as high student-teacher ratios, high student enrollments and high levels of students who live in poverty or near poverty. When ELL students are not isolated in these low-achieving schools, their gap in test score results is considerably narrower.
  • Hispanic Women in the United States, 2007

    2008-05-08 05:00

    Publications

  • Hispanics and the Social Security Debate

    2005-03-16 05:00

    Publications

    This report examines the demographic and economic characteristics that define Latinos' stake in the Social Security debate as well as their views on major policy options. The topics covered in the report include: the impact of President Bush's proposals for individual investment accounts on various segments of the Hispanic population; Hispanics' reliance on Social Security compared with other racial and ethnic groups; and the role of Latino workers in helping finance the system as the Baby Boom generation heads to retirement. In addition a new public opinion survey of a nationally representative sample of the Hispanic population examines Latino views of President Bush's proposals and other issues in the policy debate.
  • The Wealth of Hispanic Households

    2004-10-18 05:00

    Publications

    According to the study, the median net worth of Hispanic households in 2002 was $7,932. This was only nine percent of $88,651, the median wealth of non-Hispanic White households at the same time. The net worth of Non-Hispanic Blacks was only $5,988. Thus, the wealth of Latino and Black households is less than one-tenth the wealth of White households even though Census data show their income is two-thirds as much.
  • McCain Is Faltering Among Hispanic Voters

    2008-10-31 19:34

    By LARRY ROHTER

    Less than two weeks before the election, the Hispanic vote in battleground states seems to be veering in Senator Barack Obama’s favor, despite Senator John McCain’s Southwest connection.
  • Study Notes Fewer Loans to Hispanics and Blacks

    2008-10-31 19:34

    By JENNIFER 8. LEE

    New mortgages to blacks and Hispanics fell sharply in New York City in 2007 while staying flat for white borrowers and rising for Asian-Americans.
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