Diversity in Brief - May 21 Edition

Hunt for ineligible voters in Florida disproportionately targets Hispanics; Pope supports bishops' push for immigration reform and more.

Illegal Immigrant Youth Protest State Immigration Laws

Young illegal immigrants across the country are "coming out" and proudly proclaiming their undocumented status in protest of what they say are harsh immigrantion laws that leave them with no choice. The young protesters maintain that the laws unfairly criminalize their families and leave them with little options for the future.

Read more: Montgomery Advertiser (5/21)

New Book Shows Demographic Changes in Mountain West
The Brookings Institution hosted on Friday a roundtable with authors of America's New Swing Region: Changing Politics and Demographics in the Mountain West. The book presents the demographic changes going on in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Idaho and analyzes the impact those changes have had on politics in the region.

Among the findings: Nevada is the most diverse state. Idaho and Utah are the whitest. And most of the demographic change is occurring in the largest metro areas.

"The demography is changing in a way that should positively benefit democrats," said William Frey, a senior fellow and demographer who contributed to the book. But there are some exceptions, he said. For those, you'll have to read the book.

More Than Half of Voters Targeted in Florida Hunt for Noncitizens are Hispanic

Hispanics, along with Democrats and independents, are disproportionately likely to be flagged as possible noncitizens by efforts to remove ineligible voters from the rolls in Florida, The Miami Herald reported  last week.

Whites and Republicans are disproportionately the least likely to face the threat of removal, the newspaper's analysis showed.

Pope Backs Bishops Push for Immigration Reform

Pope Benedict XVI praised the "great generosity" of American Catholics in welcoming new immigrants during a meeting with American bishops, theHuffington Post reportedon Friday. He said the church must embrace "the rich patrimony of faith" from newly arrived Hispanic, Asian, and African Catholics.

Romney Campaign Releases First Spanish-Language Ad

Among Mitt Romney's first television ads of the general-election campaign was a Spanish-language spot designed to appeal to Latinos, Univision reported on Friday.

The ad, titled "Day One" or "Dia Uno," focuses on three priorities: building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, cutting taxes, and repealing President Obama's health-care law, according to Univision.

Number of Hate Groups Jumps in Response to Minority-Population Boom

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of radical "anti-government" militia groups increased from 150 to 1,274 so far during the Obama presidency, ABC News reported on Friday.

The growth is in response to the increasingly diverse demographics of the country, according to the report.

The Census Bureau released figures on Thursday that showed the majority of babies born in 2011 were non-white.

"White-supremacist groups have been having a meltdown since the Census Bureau predicted that non-Hispanic whites would lose the majority by 2050," said Mark Potok, spokesman for the SPLC, which monitors hate groups.