October 2nd, 2017 - Curated over the past week.Also out today:
The Hispanic unemployment rate stood at 4. 7% in the second quarter of 2017, about the same as in the second quarter of 2006 (4. 9%). The improving labor market prospects for Latinos mirror trends for U. S. workers overall. The national unemployment rate in the second quarter of 2017 was 4. 2%, compared with 4. 6% in the second quarter of 2006. (Estimates are non-seasonally adjusted, but seasonally adjusted data show the same trend. )
The cold open brought back Baldwin’s Trump in his typical blowhard mode, to arrogantly dismiss Melissa Villasenor as San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz as she attempted to ask for much-needed aid for Puerto Rico. “I know things are, as the locals say, Despacito,” he joked, referring to Puerto Rican native Luis Fonsi’s record-smashing pop song. (“Despacito” means “slowly” in Spanish. )
Trump jetted to New Jersey that Thursday night to spend a long weekend at his private golf club there, save for a quick trip to Alabama for a political rally. Neither Trump nor any of his senior White House aides said a word publicly about the unfolding crisis. Trump did hold a meeting at his golf club that Friday with half a dozen Cabinet officials — including acting Homeland Security secretary Elaine Duke, who oversees disaster response — but the gathering was to discuss his new travel ban, not the hurricane. Duke and Trump spoke briefly about Puerto Rico but did not talk again until Tuesday, an administration official said.
President Trump lashed out at the mayor of San Juan on Saturday for criticizing his administration’s efforts to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, accusing her of “poor leadership” and implying that the people of the devastated island were not doing enough to help themselves.
Researchers at the UNT Health Science Center received a $12 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study why Mexican-Americans develop cognitive loss earlier than other groups. "The Latino population, in general, appears to be at an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease," says neuropsychologist and researcher Dr. Sid O'Bryant, PhD. "We have found Mexican-Americans appear to develop memory loss average of about a decade younger. "
Statistics provided to The Washington Post show that U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is on track to deport fewer people during the 2017 federal fiscal year ending September 30 than were deported during the same period last year when former President Barack Obama was in office. As of September 9, ICE had deported 211,068 immigrants this year, versus 240,255 last year.
According to its new study, Latino children are not only more likely to suffer from depression, they're also less likely to receive treatment. The statistics can be startling. "Even to a researcher this is very eye-opening," says Salud America Project Coordinator Rosalie Aguilar. 22 percent of Latino youth have depressive symptoms – a higher rate than any minority besides Native American youth.
The high school dropout rate among U. S. Hispanics has fallen to a new low, extending a decades-long decline, according to recently released data from the Census Bureau. The reduction has come alongside a long-term increase in Hispanic college enrollment, which is at a record high.
The pressure from some immigrant activists to reject any compromise that would tighten border security has frustrated Democratic leaders, who recognize the political risks of being labeled the party of open borders — a potentially lethal tag as they seek to regain support from working-class voters across the Midwest. Fearful of concessions to Mr. Trump that could increase immigration enforcement aimed at their families and friends, the activists are targeting Democratic congressional leaders with loud political protests. And Democratic politicians may be vulnerable. They have already shifted to the left on a number of issues, such as health care, as they try to take advantage of liberal fervor stoked by the Trump era.
President Donald Trump’s administration ramped up its crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities this week when U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out nationwide detention raids, arresting 498 people from 42 different counties for alleged violations of federal immigration laws. The operation, dubbed “Safe City,” targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, gang affiliations or those who have fled and re-entered the country following a previous deportation, the agency said on Thursday.
Despite a dramatic drop-off in new Immigration Court cases involving unaccompanied children this year, the backlog of pending children's cases has continued to rise. The latest case-by-case court data show that the court backlog of these children's cases reached an all-time high of 88,069 at the end of August 2017. These detailed case-by-case Immigration Court records trace court proceedings on removal orders sought by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for unaccompanied children (UAC) who have been apprehended by the agency. The data, current through August 31, 2017, was obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) under the Freedom of Information Act.
The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs reports that during the last fiscal year, the NHCC campus had 226,793 visitors – up from 189,933 in fiscal year 2016 – making it the most visited state museum for the first time since its inception. When compared with similar institutions in much larger metropolises, the local Hispanic center – which features fine art and sculpture galleries, three theaters, a restaurant, a large plaza for outdoor events and educational and genealogical research components – is drawing much larger crowds.
While Puerto Rico suffers after Hurricane Maria, much of the U. S. media (FiveThirtyEight not excepted) has been occupied with other things: a health care bill that failed to pass, a primary election in Alabama, and a spat between the president and sports players, just to name a few. Last Sunday alone, after President Trump’s tweets about the NFL, the phrase “national anthem” was said in more sentences on TV news than “Puerto Rico” and “Hurricane Maria” combined.
The song is her first foray into singing in Spanish in several years, but it is far from her only musical venture in the language. In fact, there was an entire period of Bey’s career where it was clear she was reaching out to her Spanish-speaking fans around the world, and that she was looking to leave her mark on the Latin music industry, just as she had been doing to the English sector for over a decade. At the time, it seemed to go only so-so (especially by typical Beyoncé standards), but this time around, she may enjoy the success she was looking for all along. A decade ago (almost exactly), she dropped her only Spanish collection, Irreemplazable, an EP that initially served as part of a deluxe edition of her album B’Day, and which was eventually sold on its own. The 8-track release featured mostly Spanish reworkings of a handful of her hits—“Irreemplazable” (“Irreplaceable”), “Bello Embustero" (“Beautiful Liar”) and “Oye” (“Listen” from the film Dreamgirls)—as well as a few remixes and an additional collaboration with Alejandro Fernández.
Thousands of Puerto Ricans coming to Orlando suddenly will have a definite impact on the economy and jobs market, economists and local officials said. And the issue is not if they will come, but when — and how many. While the impact might cause difficulty at first, and a higher unemployment rate, the end result might be economic expansion in Central Florida.
Twenty major metropolitan areas with 50,000 or more Hispanics of Puerto Rican origin will likely absorb the influx of climate refugees from the island. These cities will need to prepare for new residents who have full US citizenship but several unique characteristics that differentiate them from the general US population and other Hispanics. Examining likely impact of Hurricane Maria on internal migrations, research firm EurekaFacts identified the key cities likely to receive an influx of new residents.
In reality, most of that money is owed to everyday investors. Less than 25% of Puerto Rican debt is held by hedge funds, according to estimates by Cate Long, founder of research firm Puerto Rico Clearinghouse. The rest of the debt is owned by individuals and mutual funds that are held by mom-and-pop investors. "For the most part, Main Street America owns this debt," Long said. "It's not as though these are vultures circling around the island. "
This essay is one in a series celebrating deserving artists or albums not included on NPR Music's list of 150 Greatest Albums By Women. In 1985, the Miami Sound Machine exploded onto the popular music scene with the Latin crossover hit "Conga," introducing many English-speaking listeners to salsa and Latin rhythms. Sung in English but maintaining all the musical elements of salsa — complete with multiple percussion breaks — "Conga" changed the game for U. S. -based Latin music.
To explain to you why I love Nopalito, I have to start with mis abuelos. My brother and I would descend upon them in Southern California a few times a year, cramming into the extra bedroom in their small house and barreling through Abuelita’s perfectly arranged décor like small hurricanes. My grandparents, who came to the U. S. from northern Mexico when they were in their teens, had built themselves a lovely manifestation of the American dream: their own business, a little ranch house a few blocks from the beach, a rotating cast of cool vintage cars. When my brother and I arrived, we moved aside the embroidered doilies and china figurines of the apostles, ran in and out of the house sloughing beach sand all over the floors, and left our bikes strewn across the small road out back. And whenever we needed a second to breathe, we ate.
The United States ordered on Friday the withdrawal of all non-essential personnel assigned to its embassy in Cuba’s capital, as well as all family members, an action taken after at least 21 American diplomats showed symptoms of apparent sonic attacks, the secretary of state said.