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5 Diversity Items for June 25

Poll finds Obama still solidly winning Latino voter base; African-American WWII vets to be honored in Washington, and more.

Poll: Obama Still Winning Solid Latino Voter Base

Mitt Romney has the weakest support among Latino voters of any presidential candidate in the past 16 years, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll that found President Obama beating the GOP contender, 66 percent to 25 percent.

The poll was taken between April 16 and May 31, before Obama announced his executive order to stop deportations of young illegal immigrants. Shortly after his announcement, another poll found that eight in 10 Latino voters supported Obama.

The Romney campaign maintains that the top issue of concern for Latino voters is the economy and expressed confidence in winning over the key constituency by November. A generational shift is happening among second-generation Latinos, whose views on government roles are moving the needle toward the conservative base, USA Today reports.

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African-American WWII Vets to Be Honored for Service

Congress will for the first time honor African-American Marines who served in World War II with the Congressional Gold Medal. Thousands of African-Americans served as the Montford Point Marines, named for the segregated training camp at Camp Lejeune in the 1940s. It’s estimated that of the thousands who served, about 425 are still alive, and 100 will attend the ceremony this week in Washington.

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Senior Citizen Charged With Arranging Sham Marriages

Federal authorities on Thursday charged a Texas woman with conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, alleging that 76-year-old Santos Botello was playing matchmaker between foreign nationals seeking immigration benefits and American citizens seeking cash.

For a fee, Botello allegedly paid the citizens, filled out the paperwork, and coached the “couples” on what to say to immigration officers since 2002. She faces up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

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New Poll: Obama Still Leads Among Latinos in Battleground States

A poll released on Friday by Latino Decisions and advocacy group America’s Voice shows Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney among Latinos by wide margins in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Virginia.

Obama leads Romney by a margin of 53 percent to 37 percent, a slight increase from the 50 percent to 40 percent lead he held in January.

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Immigrants in California More Likely to Be Working than Native Cohort

Immigrants make up 34 percent of California’s labor force, and are more likely than the native-born to be working, according to a recent analysis of  census data by the California Immigrant Policy Center.

Almost two-thirds of immigrants over 16 are employed in California, compared with 57 percent of nonimmigrants. Among Latino and Asian-American men, the difference is even greater, according to the report.
Eighty-two percent of all Latino and Asian immigrant men ages 25-64 are employed, compared with 74 percent of U.S.-born Latino and Asian men.

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