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May 2017
  • Pope Francis and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos were among “The 100 Most Influential People” featured in the May 1-8 issue of Time. Pope Francis was noted as “a powerful witness” and Santos, a “peacemaker.”
  • “The city of Philadelphia has sued Wells Fargo, accusing the bank of discriminating against minority home buyers.” Hispanic borrowers were 1.7 times as likely to receive costly loans when compared with white borrowers with similar credit backgrounds. – Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2017
  • Despite rising national graduation rates, low-income and minority students continue to lag behind their peers in finishing high school, according to a study,” Associated Press reported May 3. “While the national graduation rate for the year 2015 was 83.2 percent, it was only 77.8 percent for Hispanic students and 74.6 for black students.”
  • “President Trump’s plans to hire thousands of new deportation officers, cut off money to cities that refuse to turn over undocumented immigrants and target states that legally sell marijuana were notably omitted from the spending compromise bill unveiled by Congress to avert a government shutdown.” – The New York Times, May 4, 2017
    • Immigration arrests shot up 38 percent in the first three months of the Trump administration compared with the same period last year.” – The New York Times, May 18, 2017
    • Mexico is the top origin country of the U.S. immigrant population. In 2015, 11.6 million immigrants living in the U.S. were from there, accounting for 27 percent of all U.S. immigrants.” – Pew Research Center, May 3, 2017
  • This month’s issue of Hispanic Executive featured its “Annual Best of the Boardroom” which includes Former Assistant Secretary of State Patricia Diaz Dennis, Henry Cisneros, chairman of CityView investment firm and Johnson Space Center Director, former astronaut Ellen Ochoa.
  • “With its creditors at its heels and its coffers depleted, Puerto Rico sought what is essentially bankruptcy relief in federal court (May 3), the first time in history that an American state or territory had taken the extraordinary measure.” – The New York Times, May 4, 2017
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