Questions abound on why Latinos are born with health advantages that help carry them to a ripe age. Researchers have dubbed it the "Hispanic paradox," with suggestions the Hispanic culture contributes to longer lifespans -- including closer family ties, healthier diets and more manual labor that keeps workers in shape.
Where a politician stands on SB 1070 and the DREAM Act have become the litmus tests on immigration and, ultimately, with the Latino community. If you ask an angry white guy what SB 1070 is about, they might say something vague about the economy and "those illegals."
Instead, Romney is still ducking the tough questions. At the Univision forum, he was asked about Obama's "deferred-action" plan for undocumented youth. Despite being repeatedly pressed by the moderators, Romney wouldn't say whether he would continue or cancel the policy as president.
The social and mobile web awards creators and developers who are agile and adaptable. That could put a place like Puerto Rico in a unique position to succeed in this sector. And the efforts in that direction are gaining ground, led by a group of local technological entrepreneurs who have decided not to wait around for the government to take the lead.
Most contemporary analysts seem to have the 2012 Latino vote completely wrong. They're focused on Obama's continuing advantage over Romney, which is real, but they're ignoring the GOP candidate's narrowing of that gap.
Two big events happen 25 September, and I'd like your help celebrating both. If I've ever helped you find a job or a place to live, I don't need or want anything for myself, just please pay it forward this way. Register to vote, and commit to vote.
By refusing to outline his stance on DACA, Gov. Romney is walking a fine line between placating his anti-immigrant base and not further alienating Latino voters, a dubious tightrope dance that leaves all sides unhappy.
Latinos know that what we need is a President who will lead our community with respect and value our contributions and that the contrast between Mitt Romney's campaign rhetoric and four years of action from this administration is clear: the man we need to lead us is Barack Obama.
After the constant mentions of reproductive rights, DREAMers, and same-sex marriage, one might have thought women, immigration activists, and gays were Democrats' sole constituents. As it turns out, they aren't. They just happen to be extremely important.
He has put forward policies that are harmful to Americans in general, and to Latino Americans specifically, his policy proposals would be disastrous. Mitt Romney's behavior is unbecoming of what we know to be the shared values that unite our incredibly diverse community.
To them, one party extends an olive branch to it's most sympathetic community members, fragile as it may be; the other, the middle finger of an angry, xenophobic white man frightened of change.
The Latino voting bloc is nuanced, and I don't pretend that my perspective is representative of that of my fellow community members. But the bottom line in the in the circles I run in is that people are frustrated--and even worse, apathetic.
A year of campaigning, grandstanding, hand-shaking, politicking, debating, mud-slinging and flag-pin wearing. A year filled with super-PACs, soapboxes, and the good ol' red, white and blue.
The more we know about Ryan, the more obvious it becomes that he and Romney aren't a winning combination for America.
The problem, however, seems to be that this candidate either doesn't remember all that encompasses the "American Dream" or, more troubling, doesn't have a plan to fix one of its basic elements--homeownership.
It's up to us of all to ensure the integrity of our voting process by getting registered right, and by encouraging everyone to vote, regardless of ethnicity or gender.