Ohio Commission on hispanic/latino affairs: Weekly news and notes

April 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Latina Mentoring Academy Kick off Event
The Hispanic Chamber of Columbus is proud to be the first organization in the state of Ohio to offer a formal mentoring and professional development program geared to Latina women. The 2011 LMA is gearing up to a much awaited and proclaim academy kick-off event. The LMA along with the Second academy class, continues to be supported by the Mayor of the City of Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Ohio Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Fifth Third Bank. The event will take place Thursday April 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at Nationwide, Building 1; Floor 2 – Heritage Room. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 4/13/2011.

State Local and Government Affairs Testimony
In sponsor testimony, Sen. Stewart said the bill was the same as SB35 that passed the Senate during the last General Assembly. He explained it directs the state Attorney General to pursue a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Attorney General to give local law enforcement officers jurisdiction, with proper training, to enforce immigration law as granted by the federal Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. He said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has 71 active agreements in 26 states with 1,120 officers trained, although when asked, he said he was uncertain whether any of those states included any bordering states. Sen. Lehner said she sat on a National Task Force on Immigration when a member of the Kettering City Council, and questioned the possibility of unintended consequences connected with what she call well-meaning legislation. She said community trust levels decline in the face of officers present in matters involving immigration leading to failure to report crimes and serving at witnesses. Sen. Stewart responded that that was only one point of view. Gongwer Ohio. 4/15/2011.

GOP’s new district map has to upset some Ohioans in Congress
Following every decennial federal census, Ohio’s congressional members act out their own version of Survivor, working feverishly behind the scenes to save their political hides. The pressure from Ohio’s 13 Republican and five Democratic members of Congress will be intense because two of them are going to lose their jobs. Ohio’s new congressional map must be pared from 18 districts with an average of 640,917 residents to 16 districts with an average of 721,032 residents. The GOP might justify cutting opposition seats by noting that much of the state’s population shift involved residents moving out of the districts now held by Democrats: Fudge and Dennis J. Kucinich of Cleveland, Betty Sutton of Barberton, Kaptur, and Ryan. According to the 2010 census, those five districts lost 182,114 people between 2000 and 2010, while the 13 Republican districts gained 329,130. Columbus Dispatch. 4/17/2011.

Around the United States

Education


Secretary Duncan at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

America’s ability to answer President Obama’s call to “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build” the rest of the world is inextricably linked to the future of the Latino community, said Secretary Duncan in a speech last week at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ (HACU) National Capitol Forum in Washington, DC. Nearly 150 presidents and other leaders from Hispanic-serving institutions gathered at the 16th Annual Forum to discuss initiatives to ensure greater college access and completion for the country’s Latino population. US Department of Education. 4/11/2011.

The Nation Sees a Drop in Latino Preschool Enrollment
The proportion of Latino 4-year-olds enrolling in preschool grew dramatically through the 1990s and up until 2005, but it declined between 2005 and 2009, a study released today by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, shows. Hiro Yoshikawa’s, a professor of education at Harvard University, research shows that lower-income Latino immigrant parents experience barriers to getting information about high-quality child care and preschool programs. He added that some mothers and fathers also have fears about contacting formal institutions. Yoshikawa observed that Mexican-American preschoolers have a very low rate of preschool enrollment in the United States, while the rate of enrollment for preschoolers in the country of origin of their families is very high. He said enrollment of 4-year-olds in preschool in Mexico is more than 80 percent in part because a national law in Mexico makes preschool universally available. Education Week. 4/11/2011.

Record Number of Latinos Admitted to Harvard
Harvard College may have admitted a record number of Latino students this year — 12.1 percent of the 2,158 total students admitted to the Ivy League school were Hispanic, the college says. Last year, 10.3 percent of Latinos were admitted, though the figures were tallied differently this year to comply with federal requirements. Harvard said it actively recruits students from all backgrounds, with admission officers visiting all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Mexico, according to Jennifer Gandy, director of the Joint Travel Program. About 35,000 students applied to Harvard. Of that, 6.2 percent were accepted. “Our colleges and universities are reaching out more than ever before for students with remarkable personal qualities and character who can play leadership roles in addressing the many urgent challenges facing us,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. Fox News Latino. 4/15/2011.

Health

Key to the Fight Against Diabetes May Not be in Doctor’s Office, Study says
The secret to effectively manage diabetes among Hispanics may not lie in the doctor’s office. A study is looking into whether community health workers (promotores de salud) can be more effective in helping Latinos diagnosed with type 2 diabetes to incorporate nutritional management and physical activity into their lifestyles, and use their medications safely.There is evidence that community health workers can effectively engage, educate, and activate individuals with chronic diseases in ways that the formal health system cannot,” explained Dr. George Smith, president of Humana Senior Products in Texas. Fox News Latino. 4/11/2011.

Latino Children Mirror Poor Exercise Habits of Parents
Latino parents may have more control over their children’s health than realized. A new study suggests the activity levels of Hispanic children closely parallel those of their parents. The study, conducted by researchers from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, tracked the physical activity levels of 80 Hispanic parents and their preschool-aged children.  Three months worth of data showed that Hispanic parents play a significant role in setting patterns of physical activity for their children. The Los Angeles Times reports that nearly 23 percent of immigrant Hispanic children in the study are physically inactive. While they may be at most risk, prevalence of inactivity decreases only by five digits for U.S. born Hispanic children. Latina Magazine. 4/15/2011.

Business/Media

Digital marketing for Spanish-speakers in the USA
The US Hispanic community is a rapidly growing online consumer market, representing 11% of the total US online market – research by eMarketer shows that there are 32m Hispanic Americans online this year, a number that is predicted rise to 40m in 2014 – and it’s no secret that Hispanic Americans are the fastest growing demographic in the US. And yet, digital marketing that’s localized for Latino-Americans is relatively rare. Best Buy famously launched a full online Hispanic marketing campaign with their website almost entirely duplicated in Spanish – with all new content and promotions going straight onto both language versions, the website is efficiently bilingual. And the efforts appear to have paid off – Best Buy reports that users of the Spanish language website spend twice as long browsing and, more importantly, spend twice as much as English-speaking customers per visit. EConsultancy. 4/14/2011.

Girl Scouts Salutes Hispanic Market
Count the Girl Scouts of the USA among the national organizations and advertisers who value the Hispanic population as having major growth potential. The marketing-savvy Girl Scouts recently started a national media campaign that focuses on Hispanic and multicultural recruitment, for a very simple reason: Hispanic communities have one of the only girl populations in the Unites States that is growing. Reaching that market is crucial to the nearly 100-year old organization, which currently counts one in 10 American girls as members. Hispanic PR Blog. 4/14/2011.

Immigration

Federal appeals court upholds stay blocking Arizona’s tough immigration law
A federal appeals court today upheld a stay blocking implementation of major parts of a tough Arizona law targeting illegal immigrants, The Associated Press reports. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down an appeal filed by Gov. Jan Brewer. Brewer had asked the court to lift an injunction imposed by a federal judge in Phoenix the day before the law was to take effect last July. The measure, among other things, would require police to check immigration status when enforcing other laws. The U.S Justice Department is suing to block the law outright, arguing that it is unconstitutional because enforcing immigration law is a federal issue. USA Today. 4/11/2011.

Georgia Lawmakers Target Illegal Immigration
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said on Friday he would sign into law an Arizona-style immigration bill, a move that would thrust his state into the center of the national debate over securing the country’s borders.The measure “fulfills his campaign promise to crack down on the high expenses that state and local governments here incur because of illegal immigration,” spokesman Brian Robinson said in an emailed statement. Wall Street Journal. 4/16/2011.

Court Protects Immigrants’ Right To Reopen Cases From Outside the U.S.
A federal appellate court recently reversed a Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) decision that would have prevented noncitizens from presenting new evidence in their removal cases – evidence that potentially could change the outcome – because they are outside the United States. Federal law gives noncitizens 90 days to file a “motion to reopen,” a procedural mechanism for submitting new evidence after a removal order becomes final. But the BIA has long maintained that it cannot consider a motion to reopen if a foreign national is outside the United States. The court rejected the government’s position, emphasizing that allowing the immigration courts to refuse to hear motions in these cases enables the Department of Homeland Security to unilaterally restrict the opportunity to seek reopening by deporting a person before the deadline for filing a motion to reopen.  As the court concluded, the government’s position “completely eviscerate[s] the statutory right to reopen provided by Congress.” American Immigration Council. 4/14/2011.

Maryland Dream Act Passed in Final Hours of Legislative Session – Legislation would allow illegal immigrants to receive in-state college tuition.
Maryland State House and Senate, legislation allowing illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state college tuition rates passed last night, as the 428th session of the Maryland General Assembly came to a close in Annapolis. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has pledged to sign the bill, paving the way for students to enroll in community college as early as this fall. The bill will allow undocumented high school graduates to receive in-state college tuition rates providing they meet certain criteria. The research arm for the state legislature, The Department of Legislative Services, estimated it would cost Maryland taxpayers $778,000 in fiscal year 2014 and up to $3.5 million in fiscal 2016 to subsidize the tuition rate undocumented students would receive. There are currently 16 community colleges in Maryland. Bowie Patch. 4/13/2011.

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