Former University of Puerto Rico Student Sentenced in Cyberstalking Case
A judge on Wednesday ordered Iván-Santell Velázquez, a former student at the University of Puerto Rico, to serve 13 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to cyberstalking.
The Politics of COVID-19 (A Latino USA Podcast)
Maria Hinojosa is joined by her In The Thick co-host Julio Ricardo Varela, co-founder of EquisLabs Carlos Odio, and award-winning journalist Tanzina Vega, as they discuss the last two years of the pandemic and what to expect from Latino voters in the upcoming midterms.
On New York’s Highest Court, Unvaccinated Judge Rivera Learning the Price of Dissent (OPINION)
New York’s Commission on Judicial Conduct is considering the removal of Associate Judge Jenny Rivera from the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, allegedly for “noncompliance” with vaccination policies issued during the pandemic.
COVID-19 Asylum Limits at US-Mexico Border to End May 23
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that it is ending a policy that limited asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The government said it was already making plans to erect tents and take other steps to prepare for an expected influx of migrants.
A Reimagined Pedagogy Is Needed Before We Return to In-Person Learning (OPINION)
More than ever, we need to reimagine a pedagogy from the ground up and build a democratic learning space that responds to students’ multiple interests, incorporates the diversity of knowledge and intellectual traditions, and fights all forms of oppression.
Courts Give Conflicting Orders on Asylum Limits at Border
U.S. authorities have expelled migrants more than 1.6 million times at the Mexican border without a chance to seek humanitarian protections since March 2020, and the Biden administration has extended use of Title 42 authority, named for a 1944 public health law.
Flaws in Medicaid System Put Millions at Risk (OPINION)
Whether you’re a citizen, resident, or an undocumented imigrant who relies on Medicaid for health insurance, flaws in the existing program, and the decisions being made by a government whose job is to represent “the people,” will inevitably affect millions.
With a Rocky Start, Brazil Prepares for Presidential Election in 2022
January marks the beginning of an election year that could see Jair Bolsonaro re-elected as president of Brazil. Polls and conditions in the country suggest he won’t have it easy.
Latin America and Asia Hit With Omicron Surge
The Americas reported nearly 7.2 million new COVID infections and more than 15,000 COVID-related deaths over the past week, the Pan American Health Organization said Wednesday. Coronavirus infections across the Americas almost doubled between January 1 and January 8, from 3.4 million cases to 6.1 million, PAHO said.
Puerto Rico Widens Booster Requirements Amid COVID-19 Surge
Puerto Rico’s governor announced Thursday that he will require public school students age 12 and older and all people in the tourism and entertainment sectors to get booster shots as the U.S. territory fights a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Puerto Rico Police Detain Fugitive Couple in COVID-19 Case
A couple accused of refusing to fill out the required COVID-19 entry form at Puerto Rico’s airport and providing proof of a negative test for the coronavirus were detained after they locked themselves in their minivan for several hours, prompting police to send a negotiator, officials said Wednesday.
Mexican President Announces He Has COVID-19 for 2nd Time
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president announced Monday he has come down with COVID-19 a second time, as coronavirus infections spike in Mexico and virus tests become scarce.
As Omicron Spikes, Mexico President Calls It ‘a Little COVID’
As coronavirus cases spike in Mexico and tests become scarce, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told Mexicans Monday to just assume they had COVID-19 if they had symptoms. The number of confirmed cases spiked by 186 percent last week.
Canadian Passengers Stranded After Party Flight to Mexico
Passengers who filmed themselves partying without masks aboard a chartered flight from Montreal to Mexico face being stranded after three airlines refused to fly them home to Canada.
Where Is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Amidst the Omicron Surge? (OPINION)
In an episode reminiscent of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s infamous flight to Cancún as his state grappled with one of the worst environmental disasters in decades, Gov. Ron DeSantis is missing in action as Floridians struggle with an ongoing public health crisis.
Puerto Rico Battles COVID-19 Surge, Imposes New Measures
Puerto Rico on Tuesday imposed new measures to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases that has overwhelmed medical staff in the U.S. territory and led to temporary shortages of testing kits.
The Winter of Brazil’s Discontent (OPINION)
December has shown that not much changed in the year 2021 in terms of Bolsonaro and his aggressive statements and actions against politicians, the media, and other parts of government.
‘Dramatic’ Change in Mortality Profile Due to COVID-19 in Puerto Rico
A month after Gov. Pedro Pierluisi eliminated the key protection measures related to COVID-19, virus-related deaths in Puerto Rico saw a rebound that nearly reached the level of the highest peak of mortality of the entire pandemic. The difference was that this time most of the people who died were significantly younger.
The Setbacks of the Management of COVID-19 in Haiti
Without massive testing and no comprehensive mortality statistics, it is impossible to quantify how many people have been infected and died of COVID-19 in Haiti. But one thing is certain, Haitian health authorities have not had control over the spread of the virus in the country.
US, Mexico Launch Joint Project to Tackle Root Causes of Central American Migration
The “Sembrando Oportunidades” project will combine efforts from the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (Amexcid) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to focus on Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
The English Learner Who Became Secretary of Education (A Latino USA Podcast)
Secretary Miguel Cardona grew up in a Puerto Rican household in Meriden, Connecticut; Spanish was his first language. On his first day of kindergarten, he couldn’t speak any English.