• The GOP made it official. War on Latinos, gays, the poor and — working women!

    LatinaLista — If Republicans didn’t care about getting Latinos, gays and the poor mad because of their politics, let’s see how they do with the wrath of women voters. Today, the Senate Republicans refused to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill was meant to close the wage gap between men and women....

  • The browning of America doesn’t hold up in losing job market

    LatinaLista — Today’s Bureau of Labor Statistic’s employment report was not good news for Latinos. The report showed that the unemployment rate among Latinos edged up in May to now stand at 11 percent. Though the unemployment rate among Latinos, compared to blacks, is lower, that it went up at all is...

  • Immigration reform proposal brings all immigrant laborers into the conversation

    LatinaLista — The main thesis of a new paper about immigration titled Rationalizing U.S. Immigration Policy: Reforms for Simplicity, Fairness, and Economic Growth revolves around this simple assertion: The economic consensus is that, taken as a whole, immigrants raise living standards for American workers by boosting demand and increasing productivity, contributing to innovation,...

  • FL farmworkers on hunger strike asking why Publix won’t sign on to Fair Food Campaign

    LatinaLista — Anyone who has ever spent time outside pulling weeds knows how hard it is — on the back, hands, knees, etc. But what about picking tomatoes from sunrise to sunset? Being stooped over all day at the mercy of the elements Mother Nature throws your way coupled with your boss’...

  • Alabama legislators still aren’t feeling the love from passing anti-immigrant bill HB56

    LatinaLista — On a day when most people are feeling warm and fuzzy towards one another, it’s worth noting that in those states that passed legislation targeting undocumented immigrants and labeling them as “burdens” on their state coffers, the feeling among most of these legislators should be turning from smug satisfaction to...

  • Gingrich and Santorum guilty of wrong assumptions about Blacks, Latinos and food stamps

    LatinaLista — It wasn’t that long ago when every GOP candidate for President, and those in Congress, would scold Obama for creating a “class” war by calling attention to the 1 percent vs 99 percent. Yet, in recent debate rhetoric, two candidates, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, are being called out by...

  • Report finds new down-payment mandates threaten to exclude majority of Blacks and Latinos from home ownership

    LatinaLista — There’s no denying that the housing fiasco played a big role in the overall crisis that threatened our country’s financial system. Yet, what should be challenged is how communities of color should be the scapegoats of the housing crisis. Because so many black and Latino families were victimized by predatory...

  • New report reveals Dr. King’s dream on path to nightmare if nation doesn’t wake up and make reforms

    LatinaLista — On the third Monday of every January, the nation observes Martin Luther King Day. Both in history and folklore, Dr. King is remembered as someone who fought for racial equality in this country. However, 48 years after delivering his inspirational “I have a dream” speech, after the nation has elected...

  • Infographics and factsheets help tell real story of immigrants, Latinos and Asians’ impact on state economies

    LatinaLista — How many immigrants live within each state? How do Latinos and Asians contribute to a state’s economy? How many of any state’s immigrants are eligible to vote? All of these questions and others are answered in the Immigration Policy Center‘s re-released set of fact sheets for each of the 50...

  • US Census finds nation at lowest growth rate in over 70 years

    LatinaLista — It’s only been a year since the 2010 Census showed which states had grown in population and which were losers when it came to adding congressional seats. The ink is hardly dry on some of those states’ redistricting maps and yet, found in the U.S. Census’ latest data, some states are...

  • Guest Voz: Lack of Paid Sick Days Has Claimed Latino Lives

    LatinaLista — In this economy, many people think just having a job means you’re already ahead, even if the job comes with downsized benefits or no benefits, like not having paid sick days. But No one thinks about getting sick — until it happens. When it does, it doesn’t take long for...

  • U.S. economic crisis changing the profile of today’s Mexican immigrant

    LatinaLista — A small earthquake rocked Congress on Capitol HIll yesterday. Unlike the August 23rd earthquake that shook the region with a 5.8 magnitude, this earthquake was symbolic rather than physical. Yesterday, Republicans and Democrats came together in a vote of 389 to 15 to pass H.R. 3012, “The Fairness for High-Skilled...

  • Mexican economists tally the costs of anti-immigrant legislation and shaky economy on undocumented immigrants

    LatinaLista — A New York Times editorial today was the latest commentary to blast Alabama legislators for passing HB 56, otherwise known as THE immigration law. The editorial pointed out the devastating unseen consequences of the law on the state’s economy. Farmers can tally the cost of crops left to rot as...

  • New report shows Latinos have unprecedented success in lawncare and landscape industry — but for how long?

    LatinaLista — Every bad joke you’ve ever heard about Latinos being in the lawn care and landscaping business is about to multiply courtesy of a report released today by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce titled “The Economic Impact of the Landscaping and Lawn Care Services Industry on U.S. Latinos.” According to...

  • New report reveals Latino and black homebuyers with good credit were targets of subprime lenders

    LatinaLista — At the height of the subprime mortgage crisis, the blame for it and the subsequent housing bubble bust were laid directly on the doormat of Latino and black homebuyers. “Buying more home than they can afford” was the popular soundbite pundits and commentators echoed while trying to make someone accountable...

  • Getting a clearer picture of who are the Latino poor

    LatinaLista — The Pew Hispanic Center weighs in on the US Census’ recent release of the more detailed Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) in the new report Hispanic Poverty Rate Highest In New Supplemental Census Measure. What was made clear in the Pew report is that it doesn’t make much of a difference...

  • Growing Mexican trade helps Arizona exports keep pace with other states

    By Joshua Armstrong Cronkite News Service WASHINGTON – A strong Mexican economy is helping Arizona keep pace with other states in export sales this year, according to recent data from the International Trade Administration. Mexico accounted for more than a third of the state’s international trade in the first half of 2011,...

  • Immigration equals economic prosperity, according to a new study

    By Luis Hernandez Borderzine EL PASO – The ongoing immigration reform debate – either in favor of or against any drastic legislative change, – usually focuses on the influx of undocumented immigrants, while ignoring its effect on the U.S. economy. The way current immigration laws are written and executed is making it...

  • Debunking the myth that Americans want the jobs of undocumented immigrants

    LatinaLista — Alabama is still reeling from the aftershocks of passing the nation’s most punitive immigration bill on the books. Though the bill has wreaked havoc for public schools, it has done untold damage to the state’s economy. The state’s agriculture has suffered thousands of dollars in crop losses because immigrant workers were...

  • Pew report paints telling profile of Latino families in poverty

    LatinaLista — The latest report from the Pew Hispanic Center declaring that childhood poverty in the Latino community leads the nation isn’t a total surprise. It’s known that the recession, which triggered the loss of construction jobs, hit Latino workers the hardest. Also, the passage of anti-immigrant legislation and the increase in...