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May 2018
  • “President Trump and House Republican leaders have reopened negotiations over the fate of young undocumented immigrants and border security, resurrecting the politically explosive issue of immigration that has stymied the GOP.” – The Washington Post, May 17, 2018
  • “Even as Trump tightens immigration, the U.S. labor shortage is becoming a crisis,” The Dallas Morning News reported in its May 17 edition. “By 2020, the private sector will be facing a shortage of 7.5 million workers.”
  • This month’s issue of Hispanic Executive noted the needle is moving very slowly for Latinos in the board rooms. “Only 2.5 percent of board directors at Fortune 500 firms were Hispanic in 2015. By 2017, that percentage rose 0.1 percent.”
  • San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, entrepreneur performer Jennifer Lopez and Oscar winning film director Guillermo del Toro were among “The 100 Most Influential People” in the Time April 30/ May 7 issue.
  • “A painting by Mexican artist Diego Rivera has been sold by Christie’s in New York for a record $9.76 million, the highest price paid for a Latin American artwork at auction. The record had previously been set by a work by Frida Kahlo, with whom Rivera had a decades-long tumultuous relationship.” – BBC News, May 10, 2018
  • Argentina raised interest rates to 40 percent. It was the third time in eight days that the central bank had raised rates as the country’s currency, the peso, continued to fall sharply. – BBC News, May 4, 2018
  • “From the perspective of the White House, the United States had negotiated a preliminary deal with Brazil, as well as Argentina and Australia, to exempt the countries from punitive steel and aluminum tariffs. From the perspective of Brazil, it was issued an ultimatum. Brazil accused the Trump administration” of breaking off negotiations and issuing a take-it-or-leave-it offer. – The New York Times, May 3, 2018
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