News Clips Oct. 21, 2009

CNN’s Latino special avoids Dobbs

By DAVID BAUDER (AP) – 15 hours ago

NEW YORK — CNN is airing a four-hour special on Latinos in America this week that ignores its own commentator Lou Dobbs, whose persistent advocacy against illegal immigration has angered many Hispanics.

Some activists have started an anti-Dobbs petition drive, and an advocacy group’s effort to criticize Dobbs within the documentary was turned down by CNN. This week’s special has left many Latinos with mixed feelings: proud that CNN talks about issues important to them but disappointed the network isn’t addressing Dobbs’ position head-on.

Reviews | ‘Latino in America’: Stereotypes mar often engaging documentary

Bill and Betty Garcia moved from New York City to Charlotte, N.C., so their sons could grow up away from the grind and grime of urban life. Now they think they made a mistake: “The boys might have lost a vital connection to their Latino roots.” So the Garcias take the kids back to New York once a year to reestablish their ethnicity, which, according to their parents, they do by playing basketball (which was invented in Kansas) and listening to hip-hop music (which was invented by Jamaican immigrants in New York City).

Navarrette: Inspiring stories in ‘Latino in America’

But when O’Brien began knocking on doors in Latino neighborhoods to collect stories for the new documentary, CNN’s “Latino in America” (airing today and Thursday), people just smiled and welcomed her home.

“I would show up at the door,” she told me during a recent interview, “and people would literally say, ‘I knew you were one of us. I knew — that name. I knew you were.’ ”

Partisan politics threaten to undermine the 2010 Census count

The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday, Oct. 19:

Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires an “enumeration” of the population every 10 years. Since 1790, the federal government has duly conducted its decennial census.

Now politics are threatening to undermine the accuracy of the 2010 population count. These distractions must be vanquished, and the important mission of counting everyone must remain the focus.,0,5420027.story

Arlington police chief to call for immigration reform

Theron Bowman (at right), longtime police chief in Arlington, will be among several other top cops holding a conference call with reporters at 11 a.m. today on the issue of immigration reform.

AZ Sheriff Calls “Illegals” Diseased And Dirty

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PHOENIX, AZ – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is making big news again for his office’s controversial immigration enforcement efforts.

He made an appearance Monday on CNN

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Hispanic Immigrants’ Children Fall Behind Peers Early, Study Finds

HOUSTON — The children of Hispanic immigrants tend to be born healthy and start life on an intellectual par with other American children, but by the age of 2 they begin to lag in linguistic and cognitive skills, a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, shows.

The study highlights a paradox that has bedeviled educators and Hispanic families for some time. By and large, mothers from Latin American countries take care of their health during their pregnancies and give birth to robust children, but those children fall behind their peers in mental development by the time they reach grade school, and the gap tends to widen as they get older.

Expert says growing Hispanic population making its mark

PRINCETON TOWNSHIP — Hispanics are the fastest-growing demographic group in the state and the country and their impact is being felt in classrooms now and in the job market in the future, an education expert said.

“It’s not a prophecy, folks, it’s mathematics,” said Loui Olivas, president of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) about the rapidly growing segment of the population.

Americans more familiar with Latinos, poll finds

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Latinos were once unfamiliar to more than half of all Americans, but a new poll indicates that two-thirds of those surveyed now say they have at least some contact with Latinos where they live, work or shop.

Sixty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday say they have some or a lot of contact with Latinos. That’s up 15 points from 1990.


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