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October 2016
  • Federal prosecutors “charged Sheriff Joe Arpaio Maricopa County with criminal contempt of court, saying he willfully defied a judge’s orders to stop targeting Latinos – including citizens and legal immigrants – in traffic stops and other law enforcement efforts, behavior the judge said showed a pattern of discriminatory policing.” The Arizona sheriff has made a name for himself as an unapologetic pursuer of illegal immigrants. – New York Times, October 18, 2016
  • Hillary Clinton holds a wide lead over Donald Trump among various Hispanic groups, based on the annual Pew Research Center National Survey of Latinos. Some 58 percent of Hispanics would vote for Clinton over 19 percent for Trump. – Pew Research Center, October 11, 2016
    • Clinton has 67 percent to 17 percent for Trump among Hispanics, according to an NBC News/ Wall Street Journal/ Telemundo poll. – Chicago Sun-Times, October 17, 2016
    • Florida’s Hispanic population, once a Republican bastion, is veering from GOP to Democrat the New York Times reported October 3, after an analysis of voter rolls in one of the nation’s most important swing states.
  • Ecuador announced that it had cut off Julian Assange’s internet access in his exile at the country’s London embassy, “making it clear that it feared the tiny country was being sucked into an effort to ‘interfere in electoral processes’ in the United States by the activities of the founder of WikiLeaks.” – New York Times, October 19, 2016
  • Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize “for his ‘resolute’ efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end. Santos said he would donate the almost $1 million in prize money to the victims of the conflict. The status of Colombia’s peace effort is in limbo after voters narrowly rejected on October 2 a treaty to end the war.” – Time, October 24, 2016
  • Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, known as a “gaucho priest,” was canonized by Pope Francis becoming Argentina’s first native saint. Pope Francis wrote that Brochero, who died in 1914, “never stayed in the parish office. He got on his mule and went out to find people like a priest of the street.” – BBC News, October 16, 2016
  • “Eduardo Cunha, the former speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress who engineered the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff this year, was arrested” on corruption charges including “accusations that he took as much as $40 million in bribes from the state oil company Petrobras.” – New York Times, October 20, 2016
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