Las Notis: The Effects of Hurricane Laura, Joe Biden Has a Word for Trump & More

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

  • More details are emerging about the man killed during protests in Portland, Oregon over the weekend. Police say he was Aaron J. Danielson, a Trump supporter associated with the far-right group Patriot Prayer. Authorities haven’t identified a suspect for the killing, which comes days after 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, also a Trump supporter, killed two people at protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. [CNN]
  • Texas Democrats are hoping for a bigger voter turnout this year and they have their eye on roughly 5 million people who are eligible to vote in the state but are not registered. Many of these people are from Latino communities, and the party plans to appeal to them during a registration blitz coinciding with Texas Voter Registration Week. [NBC Latino]
  • Joe Biden spoke out against Donald Trump on Monday, defending himself against the president’s rant on Twitter that his campaign is tolerant of “Anarchists, Thugs & Agitators.” Biden emphasized that while Trump continues to blame Democrats for violence, it’s all happening under a Trump administration. “He keeps telling us if he was president you’d feel safe,” Biden said. “Well, he is president, whether he knows it or not.” [NYT]
  • Families who lost power after Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana may be without power for weeks, due to damage to the region’s power grid. More than 300,000 homes and businesses remain in the dark since the Category Four storm struck last week. [Bloomberg]
  • People waiting for their naturalization applications to be processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are finding a backlog is slowing down the process. Thousands of applications are pending, and those who looked forward to voting this year are finding they might miss voter registration deadlines in October. [WaPo]
  • According to data published by the Pew Research Center, remittances are up in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, despite being down in most other parts of Latin America. Money being sent to Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has declined compared to 2019, however. [KTLA]
  • The Venezuelan government pardoned 50 opposition politicians who many believed had been arbitrarily detained for holding views contrary to President Nicholas Maduro. The pardons included 20 legislators who had been accused of conspiring against Maduro as elections approached in the winter. [Al Jazeera]