CT’s Senate’s Only Hispanic Would Have Voted ‘No’ On Aid To Undocumented Students

A screen grab of a tweet from from of the "Dreamers"

When the state Senate voted Wednesday to open financial aid for undocumented students, it stood out that the chamber’s only Hispanic member, Sen. Art Linares, was a no-show for the vote.

It was especially surprising to the advocates, the so-called “Dreamers,” who thought they had secured his support for the bill and posed for a picture with him shortly before the vote on the floor of the state Senate.

“Sen. Linares agrees that if we are paying into the pool of money we should be able to access it,” Dreamer Alison Martinez-Carrasco tweeted with a photo attached.

That’s actually not the case.

During an interview Friday, Linares said that, ...

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The Nation’s Latino Population Is Defined by Its Youth

chart hispanic youth

Hispanics are the youngest major racial or ethnic group in the United States. About one-third, or 17.9 million, of the nation’s Hispanic population is younger than 18, and about a quarter, or 14.6 million, of all Hispanics are Millennials (ages 18 to 33 in 2014), according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Altogether, nearly six-in-ten Hispanics are Millennials or younger.

By comparison, half of the black population and 46% of the U.S. Asian population are Millennials or younger. 1 Among whites, the nation’s oldest racial group, only about four-in-ten are Millennials or younger (39%).

The nation’s Latino population has long been one of its ...

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