Angela Delli Santi, AP
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spelled out his objections to an immigrant tuition bill making its way through the state Legislature for the first time Monday, when he reiterated his refusal to sign the proposal in its current form.
At his first Statehouse news conference since winning re-election with 50 percent of theHispanic vote, Christie said he opposes a provision in the bill that allows students in the United States illegally to have access to tuition aid grants.
Hispanics are the nation’s largest minority group, making up more than 53.3 million in 2012, or about 17 percent of the United States population. The Hispanic population will grow by almost 30 percent from 2008 to 2018, with much of the growth coming from births and not immigration as in previous years.
This population growth will lead to a significant increase in retail purchasing prowess, projected to reach nearly $1.7 trillion by 2017, a 42 percent increase from $1.2 trillion in 2012.
In an effort to expand on the impact of this burgeoning market, the Latino Information Network, in concert with i2live, is co-sponsoring a webinar at 2. p.m., EST/11 a.m., PST on Wednesday, December 11, entitled, An Outlook on Hispanic Consumers in the U.S. (To Register, click here.)
By Alicia A. Caldwell, AP
Advocates are demanding that President Barack Obama use his powers as chief executive to stop deportations of more people among the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally. The president is obliging, but in a bit-by-bit way that doesn't satisfy groups frustrated by Republicans' slow-walking of immigration legislation in the House.
Obama last year acted on his own to halt deportations for some young immigrants living in the country illegally who arrived as children. So far more than 550,000 young immigrants have been allowed to stay under the program, which also lets the immigrants get work permits good for two years.
Angela Delli Santi, AP
Fresh off a convincing re-election victory in which he split the Hispanic vote with his Democratic opponent, Gov. Chris Christie is now taking heat from the same constituency that could greatly enhance his chances in a 2016 presidential run.
At issue is a bill that would allow students living in the U.S. illegally to pay the cheaper in-state tuition rate to attend state colleges and universities after graduating from a New Jersey high school. A dozen states have similar laws, including Texas and California.
By Christine Armario, AP
The Miami neighborhood where inaugural poet Richard Blanco grew up, in many ways, resembles Cuba his family left behind. Down the street, a man sells avocados from a small table. His favorite bakery, a few blocks north, serves guava pastries and cafe con leche.
As a child and even as an adult, this was home. But it wasn't necessarily what he imagined as America.
From November 25 to December10, activists around the world are calling for the end of violence against women and girls
By Susana G. Baumann, LINAR
As women, we know that violence against women exists. We talk about it, we hear about it. However, many of us continue our everyday routine and soon forget about it. Even if we think gender-based violence does not affect us, I would dare to say that most of us – men or women – have suffered some degree of this social scourge.
From November 25 to December 10, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, invites you to take a moment to Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women and participate in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign.
By D'Vera Cohn, Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Danielle Cuddington - Pew Research Center
Remittances to Spanish-speaking Latin American countries overall have recovered from a decline during the recent recession, with the notable exception of Mexico, according to World Bank data analyzed by the Pew Research Center.
Migrants’ remittances to Mexico, an estimated $22 billion in 2013, are 29% below their 2006 peak. For all other Spanish-speaking Latin American nations overall, the 2013 estimate of $31.8 billion slightly surpasses the 2008 peak.
Remittances from all sources to Spanish-speaking Latin American countries have more than doubled since 2000 but remain below their peak in 2007, the year in which the U.S. Great Recession began. The 2013 estimated total ($53.8 billion) is 13% below 2007’s $61.6 billion (in 2013 U.S. dollars).
The United States is the most important source of money sent home by migrants to the 17 Latin American nations as a group (including Mexico) that are the focus of this report. U.S. remittances accounted for three-quarters of the total in 2012—$41 billion out of $52.9 billion, according to World Bank data.
New Jersey students scored among the highest in the nation this year on a standardized test often used to compare states' educational performance, and the exams revealed that Hispanic eighth-graders have made significant progress in closing the performance gap with their white peers, according to results released as part f the National Assessment of Educational Progress Report.
New Jersey's eighth-graders ranked second in the nation for the average score of the National Assessment of Educational Progress on both the reading and math tests. Fourth-graders were fourth in reading and tied for sixth in math.
A legislative proposal allowing illegal immigrant students to pay the cheaper in-state rate to attend state colleges and universities gets a hearing on Thursday.
A similar proposal was advanced by an Assembly committee in June.
There's already speculation over whether Republican Gov. Chris Christie would sign it, though neither house has scheduled final votes.
Donna Cassata, AP
The third-ranking House Republican told immigration advocates that lawmakers won't vote this year on the issue, confirming what many had long assumed.
California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, said in a meeting with immigration proponents that there weren't enough days left for the House to act and he was committed to addressing overhaul of the nation's immigration system next year. The congressman's office confirmed what he said.
Philip Elliot, AP
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday offered his Republican Party a prescription to win: show up.
Christie, fresh off a 22-percentage point win for re-election, said the GOP must go into Hispanic and black communities, talk with seniors and campaign in traditionally Democratic-leaning areas. It's what helped him become the first New Jersey Republican in a quarter century to capture more than 50 percent of the vote.