BELatina’s Weekend Briefing: DACA, Cuba, and More

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BELatina’s Weekend Briefing is a weekly summary of the most important news you should know before starting the week.


Happy Monday morning.

As much as we would like to start this week with all the optimism in the world, we can’t help but lament recent events in terms of immigration in the United States. From a judge’s decision against DACA to the ideological divide brought on by the protests in Cuba, here’s what you need to know to start your week.

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Judge orders closure of DACA to new applicants

A federal judge in Texas last Friday ordered the U.S. government to close the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to new applicants. The complaint appears to harken back to arguments of years past in which conservative state governments rejected the program, saying the Obama administration had no legal authority to grant deportation relief and work permits to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

Accepting a petition from Texas and other Republican-led states, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen required the Biden administration to stop approving new DACA applications, blocking tens of thousands of immigrant teens and young adults from accessing Obama-era legal protections.

Biden, for his part, said in a statement that Friday’s decision was “deeply disappointing.” While the judge’s order does not affect those already covered by the Deferred Action program, it “relegates hundreds of thousands of Young immigrants to an uncertain future,” Biden added.

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Cuba crisis divides Latin America into ideological sides

If the statements by Black Lives Matters Global Network Foundation (which does not represent the entire BLM movement) regarding the protests in Cuba were surprising to many, the ideological realities into which the rest of the continent is divided are nothing short of shocking.

While last Thursday, the @blklivesmatter Instagram released a statement on networks blaming the United States for the situation in Cuba, glossing over nearly a century of history and completely obliterating the suffering of Cubans at the hands of the Castro regime, part of the continent was dancing to a similar tune.

The UN human rights chief, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, called the Cuban government to task for excessive use of force and lack of communication with protesters. At the same time, Mexico’s president blamed the U.S. embargo for fomenting the unrest.

On the other hand, Chile and Peru urged the Cuban government to allow the pro-democracy protests. Meanwhile, the Castro regime refuses to accept a humanitarian corridor to help the island out of the crisis.

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New figures show the impact of Covid-19 on the Latino community

A new Pew Research Center survey released Thursday showed that Covid-19 had dealt a double blow to U.S. Latinos.

More than half of those surveyed said a family member or close friend had died or been hospitalized from the coronavirus.

According to the survey of 3,375 Latinos in March, the reach has been broad, with substantial percentages across all age groups, immigration status, education, and party affiliation saying someone close to them has been sickened by Covid-19.

Nearly as many, 49 percent, said someone in their household had lost a job or taken a pay cut since February 2020.