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February 2017
  • “A meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement intended to mollify lawmakers who are concerned one week after a round-up of nearly 700 undocumented immigrants had the opposite effect (February 16), as organizers expelled rank-and-file members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The Democratic lawmakers decried the Trump administration and Republicans for keeping the caucus out of the meeting after they were canceled on earlier in the week.” – CNN, February 16, 2017
    • Stocks for private prison companies have surged in the two weeks since President Trump signed an executive order calling for expansion of immigrant detention facilities at or near the border with Mexico, specifically authorizing the use of private contractors ‘to construct, operate, or control facilities.’” – Los Angeles Times, February 14, 2017
    • Most of the United States’ 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants live in just 20 major metropolitan areas, with the largest populations in New York, Los Angeles and Houston, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on government data.” – Pew Research Center, February 9, 2017
  • “While the home-ownership rate for all other ethnic groups decreased in 2016, the rate at which Hispanics own homes increased,” the February 17 edition of Hispanic Marketing 101 reported. “Hispanics increased to 46 percent in 2016, up from 45.6 percent in 2015.
  • Women and minorities occupy nearly 31 percent of the board seats of Fortune 500 companies, a small increase over the last four years.” Hispanic men gained 8 board seats, for a total of 188 or 3.5 percent. – The New York Times, February 6, 2017
  • “President Trump said (February 16) that he would nominate former Justice Department official R. Alexander Acosta as Labor secretary, opting for a more conventional choice after the withdrawal of his first pick, outspoken Southern California fast-food executive Andy Puzder. If confirmed, Acosta would be the only Latino in Trump’s Cabinet.” – Los Angeles Times, February 16, 2017
  • “A runoff vote appears likely in Ecuador’s presidential election with Lenin Moreno appearing to fall just short of the 40 percent required for outright victory over his rightwing rival Guillermo Lasso.” Moreno was vice-president under the outgoing Rafael Correa. Lasso is a former banker. – The Guardian, February 20, 2017
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