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February 2018
  • The Senate blocked three measures February 15 to resolve the fate of the so-called Dreamers. As senators struck down the measures, “a week that began with the promise of a rare open, free-ranging debate on the issue crashed headlong into the same divisions that have prevented Congress from fixing the nation’s immigration system.” – The New York Times, February 16, 2018
  • “A year into the Trump administration, the White House website still has no Spanish-language content, unlike during the two previous administrations, even though nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States speaks Spanish.” Meanwhile, President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and his plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico are alienating some Hispanics. – Associated Press, February 10, 2018
  • “Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates higher than their white counterparts. This modern-day redlining persisted in 61 metro areas even when controlling for applicants’ income, loan amount and neighborhood.” – Chicago Tribune, February 17, 2018
  • “In 2014, Alfonso Cuarón became the first Mexican filmmaker to win the Oscar for Best Director, when his work on ambitious sci-fi drama “Gravity” was lauded by the Academy. Four years on, the Best Director Oscar has been dominated by filmmakers of Mexican origin. Since Cuarón went home with the gold, his fellow countryman Alejandro G. Iñárritu has won twice, for “Birdman” and “The Revenant,” the New Statesman reported February 13. “Guillermo del Toro, perhaps the most well-known proponent of the movement know as New Mexican Cinema, is the running favorite to win Best Director” next month for “The Shape of Water.”
  • Former President Álvaro Colom of Guatemala and his finance minister, who is now the chairman of Oxfam International, were arrested (February 13) in a graft case that is the latest chapter in the country’s sweeping attack on corruption.” – The New York Times, February 14, 2018
  • Costa Rica’s presidential election will go into a runoff after evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz won the first round but failed to secure enough votes to win outright. He will face Carlos Alvarado Quesada of the center-left Citizen’s Action Party (PAC) in the second round April 1.” – BBC News, February 5, 2018
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