Diversity in Brief: 4 for May 15

A digest of all the best: Rapid growth of Latino births in Texas opens new political power for the voting bloc; Sen. John McCain discusses Mitt Romney's candidacy and why the GOP should appeal to Hispanics; and more.

Increase of Births in Texas Yields New Power for Latinos

Between 2000 and 2010, births in Texas have increased the population by about 529,000 — with 65 percent of them Latino. The increase in births helped the state gain four more congressional seats, and for the first time, Texas congressional races will be held in districts where Latinos are the majority. As the Latino population continues to grow, some are recognizing the power that the Latino vote will wield in the Lone Star State, The Huffington Post reports.

Read more: The Huffington Post (5/14)

McCain: Romney, GOP Can Win Over Latinos

Republican candidate Mitt Romney could still stand to win the Latino vote in this year's presidential election, says Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., adding that the GOP shares many fundamental values with the Latino voting bloc including lower taxes, incentives for small business, and support of the military. In this Fox News interview with Juan Williams, McCain also discusses his own legacy with the Latino voter, why President Obama is lacking on immigration reform, and how Romney can capture this key demographic.

Read more: Fox News Latino [video] (5/14)

Border Patrol Initiative Gains Supporters, Critics

A 2005 initiative by Border Patrol to secure its border along the Rio Grande border in Texas is being met with both praise and criticism. "Operation Streamline" is a zero-tolerance policy that hits illegal immigrants with federal criminal charges, rather than sending them back to the border. Officials say the operation has driven border arrests to a 40-year low, but critics say the practice is costly and has unnecessarily overwhelmed the court system.

Read more: San Antonio Express-News (5/13)

CUNY to Open Institute for Mexican-American Studies, Advocacy

The City University of New York is opening an institute devoted to studying Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. The new center comes as Arizona's Tucson Unified School District announces that it would cancel its Mexican American studies program because it allegedly taught students to resent Anglos, The Huffington Post reports.

Read more: The New York Times (5/10); The Huffington Post (5/11)

Tuesday, from The Atlantic Wire's Five Best Columns:

  • Frank Bruni in The New York Times on the Republican split on gay marriage
  • Atossa Abrahamian in Reuters on dual citizenship