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December 2018
  • A record 43 Latinos elected to Congress are set to take the oath of office in January, including the youngest woman ever elected, two Latinas from Texas, the first Latino to represent Ohio and a woman born in Ecuador. A few are ascending to leadership roles, demonstrating the growing clout of the 57 million Latinos who live in the United States. New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan will move into the fourth-highest position in Democratic leadership, becoming the highest-ranking Latino in the history of the House. In the Senate, Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Mastro will become the first Latina ever in charge of the Democratic Partys campaign arm for Senate races. Chicago Sun-Times, December 14, 2018
  • Less than 1 in 5 second-generation Hispanics and Latinos living in the United States believe the American Dream is alive and well, according to a recent survey commissioned by We Are All Human, a foundation focused on diversity and inclusion. The findings were released (December 10) at the Hispanic Leadership Summit at the United Nations. CBS News, December 11, 2018
  • Immigrants from South America remain a small share of the U.S. foreign-born population. In 2017, the three largest countries of origin were Colombia (783,000 or 24 percent of all South American immigrants), Peru and Ecuador at 14 percent. Hispanic Marketing 101, December 7, 2018
  • Puerto Ricos governor signed a bill (December 10) to overhaul the United States territorys tax laws in a bid to attract foreign investment and help workers and some business owners amid a 12-year recession. The New York Times, December 11, 2018
  • A court in Argentina (December 11) convicted two former Ford Motor executives and sentenced them to prison for helping the countrys military dictators kidnap and torture 24 workers during the 1970s. The New York Times, December 12, 2018
  • Venezuela has signed deals securing investment from Russia in the South American countrys oil and gold sectors, President Nicolas Maduro said (December 6) at the end of a three-day trip to Moscow. Reuters, December 6, 2018
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