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September 2016
  • The nation’s Hispanic population “has long been characterized by its rapid growth and by its wide dispersion to parts of the country that traditionally have had few Latinos.” But a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data finds that the growth and dispersion of the Hispanic population “has slowed since 2007, when the Great Recession started, immigration from Latin America cooled and Latino fertility rates began to fall.” – Pew Research Center, September 8, 2016
  • Hispanics in 2015 “controlled $1.3 trillion in buying power – equal to the GDP of Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and El Salvador combined,” the September 26 issue of Time reported in their article “How Latinos Drive America’s Growth.”
  • Dr. Yogi Hernandez Suarez was featured on this month’s cover of Hispanic Executive. She is a VP and chief medical officer for Humana’s Care Delivery Organization and is responsible for all of Humana’s wholly owned clinics across Florida, Texas and South Carolina.
  • Melissa Villaseñor will join “Saturday Night Live,” marking the first time in the show’s 42-year-history that it has a Latina cast member. Villaseñor, who is of Mexican descent, was a finalist on “America’s Got Talent” for her celebrity impressions. – Washington Post, September 13, 2016
  • The White House announced “it had chosen seven experts in finance and the law to supervise Puerto Rico’s fiscal affairs in the coming months under a law enacted this summer intended to help the island restructure its $72 billion debt.” Four are Puerto Rican, three more than required under the law. – New York Times, September 1, 2016
  • A cease-fire finally came to the decades-long war between the Colombian government and FARC, a Marxist guerrilla group. “The formal end of the conflict marks the effective end of war in the western hemisphere, home to more than a billion people.” There is still plenty of violence, but traditional armed conflict involving armies, “or between a government and an organized rebel group has ended on one-half of the planet.” – Time, September 12 - 19, 2016
  • Two weeks following the impeachment of suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, her immediate predecessor was charged with graft. Federal prosecutors filed corruption charges against Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, “portraying him as the mastermind of a sprawling graft scheme intended to maintain his party’s grip on the presidency.” – New York Times, September 15, 2016
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