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:
- Capitol Police are monitoring the Capitol building for rioters and potential assaults after plots by a militia group and conspiracy theories have surfaced, indicating many of them falsely believe March 4 is the day former President Trump will be restored to office. Trump lost the 2020 election by more than 7 million votes. [NYT]
- According to draft plans, the Biden administration is trying to convert immigrant family detention centers in South Texas into rapid-processing hubs to screen incoming parents and their children with the goal of releasing them into the U.S. quickly. The effort is meant to address bed space and personnel shortages as more migrants are allowed into the country after waiting in Mexico. [WaPo]
- Biden has apparently given in to Republicans and moderates and decided to place a stricter income limit on the next round of stimulus payments through his $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package. Through the plan, $1,400 checks will go to individuals who make $75,000, single parents with children earning $112,500, and couples making $150,000. [NYT]
- A group of 11 indigenous groups, backed by American and French NGOs, has sued the French supermarket chain Casino for selling beef linked to deforestation. They are seeking $3.7 million in damages under a French law that instructs businesses to avoid human and environmental rights violations in their supply chains. [BBC]
- Five of the Supreme Court’s conservative judges cinched a ruling against Clemente Pereida, an undocumented immigrant who has lived in the country for 25 years and said he was wrongfully denied a chance to prove to a judge why his deportation would cause hardship on his son, a U.S. ciritzen. Neil Gorsuch wrote a majority opinion that claimed Pereida did not meet the burden required to show he should have been allowed to present his case to an immigration judge. Justice Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan dissented. [USA Today]
- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has nominated 25 films that represent Latino experiences for the National Film Registry. These include Raising Victor Vargas, Frida, Tortilla Soup, The Motorcycle Diaries, and Lo que le pasó a Santiago, among others. [NBC Latino]