Latinos

3:41am

Fri March 1, 2013
StoryCorps

Latina Sisters Aimed High, Defying Low Expectations

When she was in high school, says Linda Hernandez, her guidance counselor told her she shouldn't bother aiming high academically because she was Latina.
StoryCorps

When Linda Hernandez was growing up in Lincoln, Neb., in the 1960s, her family was one of the few Latino families in town. And that sometimes made school life difficult, she says.

"We had to sit in the back of the class and stay after school and clean the erasers when the other kids didn't have to do that," says Linda, now 60. "But both my parents laid down the law and said, 'You had to go to school.' "

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7:05am

Thu February 14, 2013
Politics

An 'Idea Whose Time Has Come,' Debate Still Follows Illegal Immigrant Tuition Bill

Freshman Owen Hill is the first Republican state senator to vote in favor of the instate tuition measure. Hill represents part of Colorado Springs and has faced a backlash from some people in his district

As the Republican Party licks its wounds after a tough election cycle, some Colorado lawmakers are hoping a bill to give illegal immigrants in-state college tuition will help bridge the gap with Latino voters.

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9:34pm

Tue February 12, 2013
It's All Politics

Rubio, A New Face, Delivers A Familiar Message In Response To Obama

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 9:48 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at his Capitol Hill office on Feb. 7. On Tuesday night, he delivered the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio drew on his own humble beginnings and the continuing struggles of his West Miami neighbors — many of them immigrants like his Cuban-born parents — in the Republican response Tuesday to President Obama's State of the Union address.

In a speech delivered from the Speaker's Conference Room in the U.S. Capitol, Rubio strove mightily, and somewhat nervously, to transform the perception — cemented during last year's presidential race — that his party's embrace excludes those who aren't rich and white to one that has middle-class interests at heart.

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1:43am

Tue February 12, 2013
Politics

Sen. Rubio's Response Gives GOP A Chance To Woo Hispanics

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 6:44 am

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a fundraiser in Altoona, Iowa, on Nov. 17. He is delivering the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Republican leaders have tapped Marco Rubio, a 41-year-old Cuban-American senator from Florida, to deliver the official GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

It's a chance for a party that has fared badly with both young and Hispanic voters to showcase a fast-rising, youthful Latino with a new stance on immigration.

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2:46pm

Thu February 7, 2013
It's All Politics

Children of Latino Immigrants Skew Even More Democratic Than Parents, Study Says

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 5:12 pm

Immigrants take the U.S. oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony in Irving, Texas.
LM Otero AP

Immigrants from Asia and Latin America are more conservative than their U.S.-born children, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

And while most immigrants from Asia and Latin America identify with the Democratic Party, the report found that Hispanic members of the second generation — those born in the United States with at least one parent born outside of the country — were even more likely to identify as Democrats than their parents.

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