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March 2017
  • Undocumented residents in the United States pay an estimated $11.74 billion annually in state and local taxes, an amount that would increase significantly if these immigrants were given a pathway to citizenship, according to a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.” – The Mercury News, March 2, 2017
    • “The U.S. Department of Justice is deploying 50 judges to immigration detention centers to clear a backlog of more than half a million cases.” – BBC, March 10, 2017
    • “The number of immigrants caught by Border Patrol agents as they attempt to cross the Southwest border has plunged dramatically, dropping 40 percent since President Trump took office and signed sweeping executive orders to enforce immigration laws.” – Chicago Tribune, March 10, 2017
  • “Among likely unauthorized immigrants, 55 percent say they have serious concerns about their place in the country after Trump’s election,” Hispanic Marketing 101 reported March 10. Meanwhile, “among Hispanic immigrants who are lawful permanent residents, 49 percent say the same.”
  • José Sánchez, CEO of Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago, made this month’s cover of Hispanic Executive.
  • The United States and Puerto Rico advanced to the final four of the World Baseball Classic. Japan and the Netherlands complete the quartet. –, March 18, 2017
  • Kika de la Garza, a Democrat who helped found the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and whose 32-year tenure in the House representing South Texas spanned the presidencies of Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton, died (March 13) in McAllen, Tex. He was 89.” – The New York Times, March 16, 2017
  • Puerto Rico, reeling from a debt crisis lasting more than a year, reached an agreement (March 13) that should set the stage for meaningful talks with its creditors, who hold more than $70 billion of defaulted debt.” – The New York Times, March 14, 2017
  • Legal scholars say a pending Mexican bill submitted by a close ally of the president will broaden the power of the “government to detain suspects for years before trial, enable the police to rely on hearsay in court and potentially allow prosecutors to use evidence obtained by torture.” – The New York Times, March 17, 2017
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