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Former President George H.W. Bush dies at 94

George Herbert Walker Bush died Friday, November 30, at the age of 94.
President Donald Trump designated Wednesday as a national day of mourning,
and a representative for the New York Stock Exchange said markets would close
on that day, in keeping with the Big Board’s longstanding tradition.
Bush was the patriarch of a political dynasty that included one son who served as
president, another as a governor and a grandson who currently holds statewide
office in Texas.
The senior Bush had a lifetime of public service before he became president —
as a young Navy pilot in World War II, Texas congressman, CIA director and
faithful vice president to Ronald Reagan.
He served one term as commander in chief, but left behind a significant legacy in
American politics and policy, and one of the last politically influential pragmatists
in the Republican Party.
Bush’s most notable accomplishments in the White House came in the area of
foreign policy.
For a complete Scott Horsley’s article, published by NPR on November 30, go to
www.npr/politics.

MLCDC hires new Advance Fund Director

Juan J. Montoya will serve as the new director of the Advance Fund Community
Development Financial Institution (CDFI) for the Midlands Latino Community
Development Corporation (MLCDC).
As director, Montoya will be responsible for the leadership, management and
growth of MLCDC’s emerging CDFI. He will manage a diverse, growing small
business loan profile and will build on CDFI’s first year of lending success to
expand into other products and lines of business.
MLCDC’s small business loan fund, Advance Fund, provides business capital to
primarily Latino, immigrant, and low-income women-owned local businesses with
an emphasis on job creation and place-keeping.
MLCDC’s direct service Asset Building programs serve more than 7,000
individuals each year through education and coaching programs. These include:
financial capability, housing counseling (homeownership and rental), business
development, workforce development and digital literacy. MLCDC also serves the
Financial Advisory Window at the Mexican Consulate in Omaha.
For more information contact Marta Sonia Londoño Mejía at 402.933.4466 or
info@midlandslatinocdc.org.

Progressive leader joins migrants looking for asylum

House Progressive leader Pramila Jayapal joined a “caravan” of migrants
seeking asylum as they try to enter the United States from Tijuana on Saturday
afternoon — an attempt to spotlight what Democrats view as the inhumane
effects of President Donald Trump’s border crackdown.
The Washington Democrat flew to the border and is gathering information on the
treatment of migrants from Central America by both Mexican and U.S.
authorities. She will follow a group of migrants trying to claim asylum to ensure
they’re getting a fair shake, she said.
Jayapal’s visit comes amid a tense standoff at the border. The president railed
about the dangers of “the caravan” — a group of mostly women and children
migrants from Honduras — on the campaign trail in the final days of the mid-term
elections. The president has tried to limit asylum claims including by executive
order but has been rebuffed in part by the courts.
Jayapal has made several trips to the southern border in recent months. She was
the first lawmaker to visit federal prisons housing migrant children who were
taken from their parents or carers during Trump’s family separation initiative.
For the complete article written by Rachael Bade and published by Politico on
December 1, go to www.politico.com/Immigration.

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