Latest Hispanics News

Last year's deadly heat wave in metro Phoenix didn't discriminate

May. 28, 2024 00:08 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Priscilla Orr, 75, was living in her old white Kia in a supermarket parking lot last summer after telling her family she lost her money and home to a romance scam. But the car broke down, and the air conditioner stopped working, leaving her vulnerable to the...

Armenians, Hmong and other groups feel US race and ethnicity categories don't represent them

May. 27, 2024 18:22 PM EDT

The federal government recently reclassified race and ethnicity groups in an effort to better capture the diversity of the United States, but some groups feel the changes miss the mark. Hmong, Armenian, Black Arab and Brazilian communities in the U.S. say they are not represented...

Groups claim South Florida districts are racially gerrymandered for Hispanics in lawsuit

May. 25, 2024 15:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Progressive civic groups have challenged how four congressional districts and seven state House districts in South Florida were drawn by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature, claiming they were racially gerrymandered for Hispanics who are too diverse in Florida to be...

Asian American, Pacific Islander Latinos in the US see exponential growth, new analysis says

May. 22, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

The number of people of both Latino and Asian American or Pacific Islander heritage has more than doubled in the last 20 years yet it remains an often ignored demographic, researchers at UCLA said Wednesday. The UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute analyzed Census Bureau data...

Taxpayer costs for profiling verdict over Joe Arpaio’s immigration crackdowns to reach $314M

May. 20, 2024 18:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Seven years after Joe Arpaio was ousted as sheriff of Arizona’s most populous county, taxpayers are still footing the bills from a racial profiling verdict over his signature immigration crackdowns – and those costs have been getting heavier since. The tab for...

Latinos found jobs and cheap housing in a Pennsylvania city but political power has proven elusive

May. 17, 2024 01:25 AM EDT

HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) — Latinos seeking jobs and affordable housing have transformed Hazleton, Pennsylvania, in recent decades, but a federal lawsuit argues the way representatives are elected to their local school board is unfairly shutting them out of power. Nearly two-thirds of...

Luis Miranda Jr. reflects on giving, the arts and his son Lin-Manuel in the new memoir 'Relentless'

May. 07, 2024 09:09 AM EDT

Luis A. Miranda Jr. was just 19 years old when he arrived in New York City from a small town in Puerto Rico, a broke doctoral student badly needing a job. It was 1974 — decades before “Hamilton,” the Tony Award-winning musical created by his son Lin-Manuel, became a sensation...

Loved ones await recovery of 2 bodies from Baltimore bridge wreckage a month after the collapse

Apr. 26, 2024 22:10 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A wooden cross is laden with Miguel Luna’s personal belongings — his construction uniform and work boots, a family photo, the flag of his native El Salvador — but his body remains missing after the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. More than a month...

Why you might have heard Paul Simon’s ‘The Sound of Silence’ at Spanish Mass

Apr. 26, 2024 16:59 PM EDT

(RNS) — One song has stuck with Julio Cuellar Gonzales for practically his entire life. Among his first memories of church in the 1970s in Villa Serrano, a town in the Bolivian region of Chuquisaca, Cuellar remembers singing a specific version of the Our Father. At the time,...

Lawsuits under New York's new voting rights law reveal racial disenfranchisement even in blue states

Apr. 20, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Weihua Yan had seen dramatic demographic changes since moving to Long Island's Nassau County. Its Asian American population alone had grown by 60% since the 2010 census. Why then, he wondered, did he not see anyone who looked like him on the county's local...