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October 2019
  • President Trumps immigration agenda ran into legal blockades in courts around the country (October 11) as judges in four states barred his administration from trying to withhold green cards from people who use public benefits and rejected his plan to divert funds to erect a border wall, The New York Times reported October 12. Lawsuits filed by 21 states and the District of Colombia argued that the new regulations, which had been due to take effect (October 15), discriminate against low-income people from developing countries and undermine the well-being of children whose families might avoid using nutrition, health and other programs.
  • The total economic output of Hispanics in 2017 was $2.3 trillion. If it were an independent country, the U.S. Latino GDP would be the eighth largest in the world. Hispanic Executive, October 10, 2019
  • A record 32 million Latinos are projected to be eligible to vote in 2020, up from 27.3 million in 2016. The 2020 election will mark the first time that Hispanics will be the largest racial and ethnic minority group in the electorate. Pew Research Center, October 14, 2019
  • ESPN baseball broadcaster Jessica Mendoza was featured in the October 14 issue of Time. Mendoza, an Olympic gold medalist, will be inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame on November 9.
  • Alicia Alonso, who overcame near-blindness to become a charismatic ballerina of unusual range and power, and who helped found what became, with Fidel Castros support, the National Ballet of Cuba, died (October 17) in Havana. She was 98. The New York Times, October 18, 2019
  • Jos Jos, the Mexican crooner known as the Prince of Song, whose melancholic love ballads earned him an adoring fan base and whose dozens of albums sold millions of copies around the world, has died at a hospital in South Florida. He was 71. The New York Times, October 2, 2019.
  • The United Nations General Assembly voted to add Venezuela to its 47-member Human Rights Council, despite stringent opposition from activists denouncing the countrys human rights record. The New York Times, October 18, 2019
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