Howard Magazine - Page 44 - Diversity By The Numbers (5)

Howard Magazine
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Diversity By The Numbers (5)

schools. Conexiones, a nonprofit organization established in 2000, has worked to help increase graduation rates and improve other outcomes for those children.


The proportion of Hispanic and Latino clients served by FIRN is “not reflective of the population groups; it’s more reflective of the needs and the fear” in the community, said CEO and executive director Hector Garcia, referring to President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdowns and rhetoric, and the countywide debate over whether to make Howard a “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants, limiting the county’s cooperation with federal authorities.


The “sanctuary county” bill failed to pass in March 2017 after lawmakers voted 3-2 not to override then-County Executive Allan Kittleman’s veto.


After Spanish, languages from parts of Asia —Hindi and related languages from the Indian subcontinent, followed by Korean and Chinese — are the next most commonly spoken foreign languages.


On a national level, Asian immigration to the country — particularly from South Korea — boomed after the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which overturned restrictive national origin quotas like the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and Immigration Act of 1917, also known as the “Asiatic Barred Zone Act.”


In Howard, more recent waves include immigrants from India and China.