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April 2018
  • “The Supreme Court said (April 17) that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced. The court’s 5 – 4 decision concerns a provision of immigration law that defines a ‘crime of violence.’ Conviction for a crime of violence subjects an immigrant to deportation and usually speeds up the process.” – Chicago Sun-Times, April 17, 2018
  • Veronica Muzquiz Edwards, president and CEO of InGenesis, made the cover of this month’s Hispanic Executive. InGenesis was recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as one of the largest staffing companies in North America and the largest healthcare staffing firm owned by a woman or minority.
  • Quiara Alegría Hudes, the first Latina to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “Water by the Spoonful,” premiered her latest work April 10 at the Public Theater in New York. Her musical “Miss You Like Hell” focuses on a mother and daughter caught up in the immigration issues that have become “front and center on the national political stage.” – Time, April 9, 2018
  • “While Latinos make up 18 percent of the population of the United States, Latino actors account for only about 3 percent of the speaking roles in American films, according to a 2017 study released by the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at U.S.C. Annenberg.” – The New York Times, April 5, 2018
  • Miguel Díaz-Canal was “sworn-in as Cuba’s new president, replacing Raúl Castro who took over from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006. It is the first time since the revolution in 1959 that a Castro is not at the helm of the government.” Díaz-Canal “is not expected to make any radical changes.” – BBC News, April 19, 2018
  • President Trump abruptly canceled a trip to South America for a major summit of “Western Hemisphere countries, citing the crisis in Syria as his reason for scrapping his first Latin American visit as president.” – The New York Times, April 11, 2018
  • Former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva was jailed for graft, “a stunning fall from grace for a man who rose from nothing to lead Latin America’s largest nation and later” becoming engulfed in corruption allegations. – Associated Press, April 8, 2018
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