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October 2017
  • The White House (October 8) demanded that lawmakers harden the border against thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America before President Trump will agree to any deal with Democrats that allows the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers to stay in the United States legally.” – The New York Times, October 9, 2017…. In a related story, Cristina Jiménez Moreta was awarded a 2017 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Genius grant for her work as executive director and co-founder of Untied We Dream, the country’s largest immigrant youth-led organization. – NBC News, October 12, 2017
  • Colorado Rockies co-owner Linda Alvarado made the Sports Illustrated “30 Most Influential Hispanics in Sports” list for Hispanic Heritage Month. Among those joining her were former baseball slugger Alex Rodriguez, now an MBL analyst for Fox, and retired quarterback Tony Romo, now an NFL analyst for CBS. – Sports Illustrated, October 13, 2017
  • Moody’s Analytics, an economic forecasting firm, estimates that Hurricane Maria “could cost Puerto Rico up to $95 billion in damage and lost economic output. It could take months, even years, for parts of the island and its 3.4 million residents to recover from the storm, which destroyed much of its electrical grid and left millions without running water or reliable mobile phone service.” – The New York Times, October 10, 2017
  • “Amid an economic crisis that has caused crippling shortages of food and medicine and spurred a sharp increase in violence, Venezuelans went to the polls (October 15) to vote for governors in the country’s 23 states.” Despite pre-election polling showing a majority win for the opposition, “Venezuela election officials announced that it was President Maduro’s governing party that had scored a lopsided victory, taking 17 governorships.” – The New York Times, October 15, 2017
  • Spain’s central government threatened (October 19) to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy after the region’s leader said it could go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid continued its ‘repression.’ In an unprecedented move since Spain returned to democracy in the late 1970s, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he would hold a special cabinet meeting (October 21) to impose direct rule in Catalonia.” – Reuters, October 19, 2017
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