July 2009 Blog Posts (48)

Illegal Immigration from Mexico Hits Lowest Level in Decade

The flow of immigrants from Mexico to the U.S. declined to the lowest level in a decade during the past year, a sign that the recession is deterring economic migrants from heading north in search of jobs.

However, there is no evidence of an increase between March 2008 and March 2009 in the number of Mexicans returning home from the U.S., according to an analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center, an independent research group in Washington.

The slowing of Mexican immigration to… Continue

Added by News on July 30, 2009 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Look For Opportunity In The Financial Sector

Our country is stressed. In fact, 42% of the 8,453 U.S. adults we surveyed -- using a nationally representative online sample -- in March/April '09 strongly or somewhat agreed with the statement "I feel stressed most of the time." But among Hispanics, agreement was even higher, at 50%; this can manifest itself in mistrust of the country's financial sector and, in the case of Hispanics, participation in it.

Given the growth in the U.S. Hispanic population, their participation in the… Continue

Added by News on July 30, 2009 at 10:22pm — No Comments

Hispanic liaison bridging culture gap

There are more than 18,000 Hispanics living in Chesterfield County, and that number is expected to rise in the next few years. The county is taking notice.

He's a hot commodity. Juan Santacoloma rushes between county departments and his office working to meet the needs of local Latinos.

"I try to solve all the different problems or concerns that Latinos have," he said.… Continue

Added by News on July 30, 2009 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Business tough for area Hispanics

Saul Moya’s restaurant, El Puerto Mexican Restaurant, serves the same size crowds as it did two years ago. But his revenue still has slipped.

From Moya’s perspective, local residents are still choosing to eat out on occasion, but they’re being more thrifty with their cash.

“Business has come down about 20 percent,” said Moya, who has owned the restaurant in Fox Lake for seven years. “When the people come to eat, they eat the less… Continue

Added by News on July 30, 2009 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Corzine in trouble with Hispanics?

Some interesting figures from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling on the governor’s race in New Jersey. PPP shows Republican challenger Christopher Christie leading Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine by a 50%-36% margin, which is pretty much in line with other firms’ top line results; the realclearpolitics.com average of recent polls is a 51%-39% Christie lead.

The first thing I found interesting is that PPP stratifies its results by… Continue

Added by News on July 30, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Hispanic edge

Republicans’ dilemma in connecting with the growing Hispanic electorate will be on vivid display Tuesday: GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote overwhelmingly against confirming Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latino nominee to the Supreme Court. And the Democratic Party chairman will address the nation’s largest Latino political group — partly in Spanish. No national GOP official is speaking.… Continue

Added by News on July 29, 2009 at 11:06am — No Comments

Recession leads to drop in birthrates in Silicon Valley, throughout California

Paychecks, housing values and general optimism have all contracted in the state during the recession that began at the end of 2007, and now the tough times have ushered in another slowdown — at hospital delivery rooms.

California had 14,570 fewer births in 2008 than in the previous year, a 2.6 percent drop that surprised demographers with its size. It was the first annual decline in births since 2001, when the state was last mired in a recession. While the economy is one likely… Continue

Added by News on July 26, 2009 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Latinas hear it from 'Ugly Betty'

She's best known as TV's "Ugly Betty," but on Saturday, young Latina actress America Ferrara was the picture of poise as she gave a college commencement address here stressing the importance of education.

"I can relate to these graduates," Ferrara, 25, told the Chicago Sun-Times, after speaking at Navy Pier on Saturday to more than 2,500 graduates of Kaplan University, a national online university with offices in Illinois.

"My… Continue

Added by News on July 26, 2009 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Meet the New Elite, Not Like the Old

They are the children of 1969 — the year that America’s most prestigious universities began aggressively recruiting blacks and Latinos to their nearly all-white campuses.

No longer would Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia be the domain of the privileged. Instead, in response to the national soul-searching prompted by the civil rights movement, America’s premier colleges would try to… Continue

Added by News on July 26, 2009 at 12:42pm — No Comments

2009 NCLR Conference in Chicago featured free events, don't miss out!

Added by News on July 21, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Know your Madisonian: Brenda Gonzalez

Brenda Gonzalez is deputy director of New Routes to Community Health, a national program that uses locally focused media created by immigrants to improve their health. With a bachelor’s degree in social psychology, she immigrated to Wisconsin 14 years ago from Mexico and also has worked for the city health department and as director of interpreter services and cultural outreach for Dean Health System.… Continue

Added by News on July 21, 2009 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Union grip on public schools threatens future of education

Recently, the Associated Press reported that hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid full salary with benefits to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just doing what they please.

Why? Because their union makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to fire them. So they are banished to the so-called "rubber room" waiting for months, even years, for their… Continue

Added by News on July 21, 2009 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Lawyer Leads an Immigration Fight

On a recent morning, Kris W. Kobach, a conservative law professor, rushed late into a federal courtroom here with his suit slightly rumpled and little more than a laptop under his arm. His mission was to persuade the judge to uphold an ordinance adopted by a Dallas suburb that would bar landlords from renting housing to illegal immigrants.

A team of lawyers from a Latino advocacy group had set up early at the opposing table, fortified with… Continue

Added by News on July 21, 2009 at 12:43pm — No Comments

New Jersey's Latino Leadership asks Obama to rescind Morristown's 287(g) status

The Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey has sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to revoke 287(g) status for Morristown and Monmouth County, according to Sunday's editions of El Diario, a regional Spanish language daily newspaper.

The letter was sent last week signaling "profound disagreement" with the administration's move to grant immigration officer status to Morristown police and the Monmouth Sheriff's… Continue

Added by News on July 21, 2009 at 11:39am — No Comments

Program helping Latina girls enters second year

A nonprofit group aims to keep young Latina girls in school and on the right path.

About to enter its second year, Circle de Luz selects a group of young Latina women about to begin seventh grade and mentors them through their senior year with the hopes they'll continue on to college.

"There's a general stereotyping of Latina girls that doesn't allow for them a lot of possibility and if that's the kind of theme you get from people as you walk through life then you start to… Continue

Added by News on July 21, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments

David Arquette Apologizes for Saying Latinas Are "Just Nuts"

David Arquette issued an apology for the racist remarks he spouted on Fox and Friends last week. In case you missed it, the "actor" first claimed that he was an expert on Latinos because he was born and raised in Los Angeles, and then said that while some Latina women have good judgment, others are "just nuts" in reference to Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court Nomination.… Continue

Added by News on July 21, 2009 at 11:04am — No Comments

Minorities, youth showed some gains in 2008 vote

Though 2008 voter turnout remained "statistically unchanged" from 2004, 5 million more people voted that year than in 2004, with large increases among minorities, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released yesterday.

The bureau's survey found that about 131 million people reported voting in the 2008 presidential election - a turnout of 64 percent, the same percentage as 2004. Of the 5 million additional voters in 2008, 2 million were black, 2 million Hispanic and 600,000… Continue

Added by News on July 21, 2009 at 10:40am — No Comments

Hispanic worker deaths up 76% since 1992

The number of Hispanic workers who die on the job has risen, even as the overall number of workplace deaths has declined, according to federal statistics.

Hispanic worker deaths increased from 533 in 1992 to 937 in 2007 — a 76% jump. In the same period, total fatalities in all jobs nationwide fell from 6,217 to 5,657, according to the data. The 2007 tally, the latest available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, followed a record 990 Hispanic deaths in 2006.

Last… Continue

Added by News on July 21, 2009 at 10:36am — No Comments

Qwest bilingual service corners Hispanic market

Twenty-five years ago, four Qwest employees in Arizona launched El Centro de Qwest, a bilingual call center to cater to Spanish-speaking customers, giving callers the option to dial for help in Spanish.

Now Qwest has 350 people working in the operation, which has expanded to Salt Lake City, and about a tenth of the company's call-center workers are bilingual.

About 12 percent of customers for the Denver-based company request… Continue

Added by News on July 21, 2009 at 10:33am — No Comments

National Latina Women Business Association Honors Verizon's Elva Lima with Corporate Leadership Award

The National Latina Women Business Association has presented its Corporate Leader of the Year Award to Elva Lima, Verizon's vice president of strategic programs, for her dedication to advancing the professional development and business leadership of Latinas.

The award honors outstanding Latina business women in the Los Angeles metropolitan area who have demonstrated success in business and a commitment to the betterment of the Latino community.

"As the nation's leading… Continue

Added by News on July 16, 2009 at 9:41am — No Comments

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