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AOC Explains How Voters Can Encourage Support For $50,000 Loan Plan & More In Today’s News

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla

Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on the political, media + other going ons in Latin America and the diaspora—all in one quick digest.

    Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today:

  • Millions of Texans have been instructed to boil their water after a historic cold snap cut off power supplies and froze wells and water treatment plants. Many are still without power as temperatures continue to slow and the storm moves into other parts of the country this week. [NYT]
  • President Biden is planning to release his immigration proposal on Thursday. In what’s seen as at least a partial rebuke of Trump-era policies, the plan offers an eight-year path to citizenship for some of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. It also eliminates restrictions on family-based immigration and expands worker visas. [NYT]
  • Ted Cruz ignited a backlash after social media photos surfaced purportedly showing him traveling to Cancun, Mexico, when millions of people in Texas residents are still struggling without heat or power in freezing weather. [WaPo]
  • Voto Latino and Media Matters are teaming up with former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez to launch ‘Latino Anti-Disinformation Lab,a new initiative aimed at combating political and health misinformation aimed at Latino communities. [NBC Latino]
  • An Honduran father and son who were kidnapped while waiting in Mexico under the Trump-era “remain in Mexico” policy that kept asylum seekers from entering the United States have been allowed into the country. They’re the first to be admitted as part of a new Biden policy. [NYT]
  • AOC criticized Joe Biden’s refusal to clear $50,000 in student loan debt for borrowers and went on a step further on Twitter. She outlined a step-by-step guide for how her followers can reach their representatives and urge them to support the plan. [Business Insider]