News Clips Feb. 10, 2010

Hispanic Democratic group endorses Shami for governor

AUSTIN – A leading group of Hispanic Democrats endorsed businessman Farouk Shami for governor Tuesday, saying the Palestinian-American immigrant personifies the American dream.

“He is inclusive of all people from all walks of life and can identify with those of us who were not born in the United States,” said Dallas City Council member Steve Salazar, state chairman of the Mexican American Democrats.

Salazar said the group met with Shami on Saturday and particularly liked his stances on immigration and crime. The Houston hair products entrepreneur has criticized federal and state border security policies.

U.S. illegal immigrant population declines for second year

The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States fell by 1 million, or 8 percent, between 2007 and 2009, the U.S. government reported Tuesday.

The decline, to 10.8 million people in January 2009 from 11.8 million in 2007 and 11.6 million in 2008, coincides with the national economic downturn. It marked the first back-to-back drops in the number of illegal immigrants since the federal government allowed many to obtain legal status after a 1986 amnesty.

New report says illegal immigration population plummeted last year

The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States dropped by 1 million people in two years, according to new estimates by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The government believes 10.8 million illegal immigrants lived in the country in January 2009, down from a peak of nearly 12 million in 2007. If the official estimates are correct, not since 2005 has the population of illegal immigrants been as low as it was last year.

Census outreach to hard-to-count groups ratchets up

Koreans and Vietnamese descended upon Doraville for a chance Tuesday to land one of the coveted, $18.45-an-hour census-taking jobs.

An hour later, along Buford Highway, Hispanic leaders implored business owners to prod their customers into participating in the all-important census.

And downtown, in midafternoon, Mayor Kasim Reed endorsed a “census blitz” across Atlanta on April 10.

PCC may face grant squeeze
Colleges serving Hispanics on rise

The competition soon will be tougher for federal funds to help Hispanic college students as more colleges are designated as serving Hispanics.

There are 265 colleges that have the federal designation of “Hispanic Serving Institution.” At least 25 percent of their students are Hispanic and the colleges are eligible for Title V federal grants to help improve academic outcomes for Hispanic and low-income students.

An additional 67 colleges are very close to receiving the designation – with 20 percent to 24 percent Hispanic enrollment, according to a new study by Excelencia in Education.

All Eyes on Health Care Reform

With one in three U.S. Hispanics lacking health insurance, it’s little wonder recent nationwide surveys show that the Hispanic population considers healthcare reform to be the No. 1 issue of the day — surpassing even immigration reform and the economic downturn. Now, with a historic effort underway on Capitol Hill to merge two recently approved health bills — the House’s in November and the Senate in late December — the implications for Hispanics are monumental.

Arpaio’s Immigration Numbers Questioned

PHOENIX — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio takes credit for putting 37,000 illegal immigrants in jail but a closer look at the numbers reveals it’s not his deputies who are making most of the arrests.
Arpaio held a press conference on Monday afternoon to announce he is in the process of training his nearly 900 deputies to enforce federal and state immigration laws.

Immigration crackdowns hurt kids—US study

WASHINGTON DC, United States—Immigration enforcement takes a heavy toll on children, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute.

The study, “Facing Our Future: Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement,” puts young people into the national immigration debate by assessing their experiences.

There are 5.5 million children with unauthorized parents in the United States and when it comes to immigration enforcement, “it is often the children who pay the price,” said Carola Suárez-Orozco, co-director of immigration studies at New York University.

A new move against illegal immigrants

Bill would require Md. prisons to notify U.S. of an inmate’s status

Some Maryland lawmakers want to require the state prison system to notify federal authorities when an inmate may be in the country unlawfully – potentially resurrecting last year’s debate about how the state is responding to an influx of illegal immigrants.

The proposal, backed by a group of powerful Democratic senators that includes Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, came before a committee Tuesday. Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr. of Anne Arundel County said the measure could save the state millions by shifting incarceration costs away from the state by deporting more illegal immigrants.,0,255515.story

Students Walking to D.C. for Immigration Law Changes

Some South Florida students are walking for change in connection with the nation’s immigration laws.

Some South Florida students are walking for change in connection with the nation’s immigration laws.

Four students from Miami-Dade College are walking from Miami to Washington, D.C. stopping along the way to talk with community leaders they hope will bring reform to current immigration laws.

Earlier Tuesday, they met with an aid for Florida Governor Charlie Crist in Tallahassee and several other state legislators about their mission.


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