Roundtable: Covering The El Paso Mass Shooting
Friday, August 9, 2019
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A look at how Spanish-speaking media covered the El Paso mass shooting, 2020 presidential candidates speak at the UnidosUS conference in San Diego, and how a man from Honduras became the first to win asylum under the "Remain in Mexico" policy.
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Charles T. Clark , reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Kate Morrissey, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Marco Serrano, anchor, Univision San Diego
Latino coverage of the El Paso mass shooting
Mass shootings in Texas and Ohio dominated the news cycle this week. In El Paso, 22 people were killed at a Walmart. Law enforcement is looking into whether the accused shooter posted an online message indicating that anti-immigrant sentiment was a motive for the attack. Latino communities across America have responded with anxiety and fear that they are increasingly targeted by hate crimes fueled by rhetoric from President Trump.
Presidential candidates speak at the UnidosUS Conference
Several prominent Democratic presidential candidates stopped in San Diego this week to speak at the UnidosUS conference. UnidosUS, formerly known as La Raza, is a major civil rights advocacy organization. The presence of the candidates is an indication of the importance of Latinos voter turnout, especially in the west.
Honduras man wins first case under new asylum rules
An asylum seeker named Alec is the first to win his case and entry to the U.S. under the Trump administration’s "Remain in Mexico" policy. The evangelical preacher from Honduras claims credible fear due to threats from the MS-13 gang. The Department of Homeland Security continued to detain Alec after his court ruling, claiming it could do so pending government appeal. After several hours, he was released.
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