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Obama Immigration Defeat Could Help Dems Win

Democrats plan to mobilize Hispanic vote

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's tie vote on President Obama's immigration pla n yesterday killed off that part of his legacy—but it may have made it more likely that Hillary Clinton will be his successor. Democrats say the ruling, which blocks a plan to shield more than 4 million... More »

Trump Attempts Latino Outreach With Taco Bowl

'I love Hispanics!'

(Newser) - Would Donald Trump use Cinco de Mayo to shore up his historically awful favorability numbers with Latino voters? You better believe it! The presumptive Republican nominee tweeted a photo of himself eating a taco salad Thursday along with the message "Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in... More »

US' Biggest Immigrant Group Won't Be Hispanics for Long

US population will jump to 441M by 2065: Pew

(Newser) - The face of America changed drastically in the last 50 years, and will look quite different in another half-century. Before the Immigration and Nationality Act passed in 1965, white Americans made up 84% of the population, followed by African Americans at 11%, Hispanics at 4%, and Asians at less than... More »

In Census, 2.5M Hispanics Change Race to White

Shift follows pattern of Irish, Italian immigrants

(Newser) - The racial make-up of America is changing—even among individual Americans. Census forms reveal that a larger proportion of Americans of Hispanic origin are declaring themselves to be white, for a net shift of 1.2 million between 2000 and 2010, the New York Times finds. Some 2.5 million... More »

Spanish ObamaCare Site Also a Headache

Like it's not written in proper Spanish, for one thing

(Newser) - Welcome to ObamaCare's website woes, part two: the Spanish version. Americans who visit CuidadoDeSalud.gov to enroll for ObamaCare say it's slow, has links to English-speaking pages, and poor translations—like using "prima" for "premium" even though the Spanish word is commonly used for "female... More »

40% of US Whites Lack Non-White Friends: Poll

And 25% of non-whites have only friends of own race

(Newser) - When it comes to friendship, a vast chunk of Americans are stuck within their own racial communities, a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 4,170 people finds. Some 40% of US whites have no non-white friends, while 25% of non-whites have only friends of their own race. Even if coworkers are thrown... More »

NYPD's Kelly Tried to 'Instill Fear' in Minorities: Ex-Cop

State senator Eric Adams testifies over stop-and-frisk laws

(Newser) - As controversy continues over New York City's stop-and-frisk law, a state senator—and former cop—has testified in federal court that the police commissioner aimed to "instill fear" in the black and Hispanic communities. State Sen. Eric Adams, a police officer for 22 years, said that during a... More »

Eva Longoria: Political 'Power Player'

She helps Obama on immigration, he helps her on tattoos: WSJ

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal today anoints none other than Eva Longoria—she of Desperate Housewives and Hottest Woman of the Year honors—as a DC "power player" given her role as Hispanic activist. The profile notes that she has hired one of Bono's advisers, hoping to duplicate his... More »

Dear GOP, Learn Spanish

Kathleen Parker: Republican message to Latinos has been disastrous

(Newser) - Kathleen Parker has two words of advice for Republicans today in her Washington Post column: "Learn Spanish." She doesn't mean it literally—nothing's worse, she writes, than hearing a US politician "pandering" to Latino voters with a brutal fake accent—but rather "metaphorically."... More »

Whites No Longer Majority by 2043

By 2060, 57% of US will be non-white

(Newser) - By 2043, white people will cease to be the majority in the US, Census data suggests; at that point, there will be no single ethnic majority. That's actually a year later than had been predicted, the New York Times notes. With a still-higher birthrate among minorities than among whites,... More »

Arizona Ruling a Quagmire for Romney, GOP

Hispanic vote needed for swing states, but GOP loves tough policies

(Newser) - With Republicans and Mitt Romney struggling to get Hispanic votes, yesterday's Supreme Court ruling mostly striking down Arizona's tough immigration law has just muddied an already difficult dilemma, reports the Washington Post . Getting tough on illegal immigration fires up the GOP base, but Romney needs upward of 40%... More »

Hispanics Key to 2012 Electoral Map

And things aren't looking good for Mitt Romney

(Newser) - If he wants to win in November, Mitt Romney will need to make giant strides among Hispanics, and he knows it. A failure to do so "spells doom for us," he was caught saying at a fundraiser. President Obama already appears to have a large electoral-vote lead—247... More »

Justice Dept. Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

Obama administration says it discriminates against Hispanics

(Newser) - The Obama administration has stepped in to block a controversial Texas law requiring voters to have a special ID card, on the grounds that it discriminates against minorities, particularly Hispanics. The Justice Department concluded that there was little evidence of voter fraud that would justify the law, and that it... More »

Ala.: OK, Kids Don't Need to Show Birth Certificate

State education dept. relaxes rule after thousands don't show

(Newser) - Alabama issued a statement yesterday imploring parents to send their children to school even if they don’t have a birth certificate, after thousands of Hispanic students failed to show up for classes this week. Alabama’s strict new immigration law requires all enrolling students to present a birth certificate,... More »

Hispanics Now the Majority Sent to Federal Prison

Big demographic shift attributable to immigration offenses

(Newser) - With immigration offenses on the rise, more than half of those sent to federal prison for felonies this year are Hispanic. Though Hispanics already outnumbered other ethnic groups in that category, this is the first year they have been the majority of such offenders, the AP reports. A new government... More »

Obama Makes Push for Latino Voters

Speaks today with largest Hispanic advocacy group

(Newser) - President Obama will speak today to La Raza, the country’s top Hispanic advocacy group, as he aggressively pursues the Latino vote in 2012. He’s already been the first sitting president since JFK to visit Puerto Rico, nominated the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, given a major speech on... More »

'Jose' Falls From Top 50 Names in US

It might be a sign of Hispanics' assimilation, says one professor

(Newser) - A milestone of sorts from last year's federal survey of US baby names: "Jose" has dropped out of the top 50, something that has happened only once since 1972, notes the New York Times . Jose has long been the most popular name for Hispanic boys born in the... More »

US Hispanic Population Exceeds 50M

Latinos account for 16% of the nation

(Newser) - The latest Census Bureau numbers mark a milestone for the Hispanic population in the US—the figure exceeds 50 million for the first time. The total (50,477,594 to be exact) is a 43% increase from a decade ago, reports CNN . Related stats:
  • Hispanics, now the nation's second largest
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Census: California Power Shifting Inland to Hispanics

Minorities fuel most of state's growth

(Newser) - California's census numbers confirm the rise of the state's Hispanics: Latinos now make up 37.6% of the population (or 14 million), just a shade below the 40.1% of whites (15 million). And the trend is clear—that's a 28% increase for Hispanics over the last decade and a... More »

SC Lawmaker Under Fire for 'Brothers' Remark

Jokes that we need immigrants because blacks, whites don't work hard enough

(Newser) - A black state senator in South Carolina has caused a ruckus with his argument against a law curbing illegal immigration. The US needs these immigrants, said Robert Ford, because they're willing to do hard work that ordinary Americans won't. Except he used far more colorful language: "I know brothers—... More »

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