I took the kids to a “Candidates Night” in our neighborhood. There is a mayoral race this year, and the current Cleveland mayor, Jane Campbell, spoke about Hispanic issues (the neighborhood had a big Hispanic population). She said since her administration started, the high school graduating rate for Hispanic youth has jumped from 32.4% a year to 50% a year… Several years ago on a Hispanic Immigration Border Tour, we researched the “Hispanic Council Program” in Eunice, New Mexico. Hispanics in this border town, who had been in America for awhile, set up a grassroots program to help new Hispanic arrivals. Bi-lingual tutors helped the new Hispanic youth with school work and scholarship funds were raised for youth who wanted to go on to college. Seminars were held to inform new arrivals about the array of social services they could utilize. There was also information about how to start small businesses in America, and so on. One of the coordinators, Leon Navarette, told me that new Hispanic arrivals here often get stereotyped (work wise). Many have much more talent than “putting a foot to a shovel,” he said. Note: While on the border tour, I told the Hobbs, New Mexico Sun newspaper that we shouldn’t look at new Hispanic arrivals as a burden; but rather as a tremendous opportunity: to help.