Latinos & Economic Security - News


  • 13 JULY 2015

    The Link between Citizenship Status and Income

    mmigrants make up a sizeable proportion of the U.S. working-age population. However, the economic security of immigrants—particularly Latino immigrants—can be jeopardized by a lack of citizenship or documentation status.

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  • 25 JUNE 2015

    LES's Fernando Torres-Gil Commentary in Time magazine, Zocalo Public Square & KCRW

    California, Where Brown and Gray America Collide: Two of the Country's Fastest Growing Populations Are Learning How to Embrace Change

    It was like being in a foreign country. Having never lived anywhere but California, I arrived at Brandeis University in the 1970s to study gerontology and geriatrics. I was a grandson of migrant farm workers, a polio survivor, and one of the first Latino students from the Southwest to attend a Boston-area college.

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  • 11 MAY 2015

    Challenges for Undocumented Immigrants

    The Tumultuous Path Toward Legal Protections and Economic Security

    After years of unproductive dithering by Congress, President Obama stepped in and took executive action on immigration in late 2014. Immigration debates generally involve people blindly defending their political positions, without making sure that there is reliable data to support their ideas.

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  • 7 MAY 2015

    White House Conference on Aging Regional Forum, March 31st, 2015

    On March 31st Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil, Director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging participated as an expert panelist in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging Regional Forum in Phoenix, Arizona.

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  • 11 FEB 2015

    New Realities of Immigration in an Aging Society

    Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil in a news story on Univision based on his lecture on the new realities of immigration in an aging society at University of Texas at Austin in January 2015.

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  • 8 FEB 2015

    Hammer Conversations

    On Feburary 8, 2015 Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Fernando Torres-Gil, the director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging and a UCLA professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy, discussed immigration and aging at the UCLA Hammer Museum.

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  • 14 MAY 2014

    El Seguro Social: Vale la pena esperar /
    When To Take Social Security: It Pays to Wait!

    These videos on When To Take Social Security: It Pays to Wait! were produced by one of our Ford Foundation BESOL (Better Economic Security Over A Lifetime) partners: the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). You can go here to download their toolkit.

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  • 7 MAY 2014

    The Racial Wealth Gap in America

    Though the United States is one of the wealthiest countries, to many Americans this prosperity remains out of reach. Blacks and Hispanics, who are striving to make a better life for themselves and their families, are not given the same asset building opportunities. [Click Here to View the video from our partner, the Urban Institute.]

  • 17 APRIL 2014

    The Next America

    In the Pew Research Center's new interactive essay, The Next America, it is noted that, "Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray. Each of these shifts would by itself be the defining demographic story of its era. The fact that both are unfolding simultaneously has generated big generation gaps that will put stress on our politics, families, pocketbooks, entitlement programs and social cohesion" For more on this new interactive essay, go to

  • 17 APRIL 2014

    Conflict on the Horizon

    Pew reports that, "Meantime, the cost of our programs for seniors will soon exceed half of the federal budget. This spending continues to crowd out budgeting for education, research and infrastructure – investments that would help build a better future for Millennials and their children. At its core, this is a problem of generational equity. But it need not lead to a generation war. A war needs combatants. We find very little evidence from our Pew Research surveys that old and young are spoiling for a fight over these issues. To the contrary, they like each other too much. And nowadays more than 50 million, a record, are living in multi-generational family households, their fortunes braided together, because that turns out to be a good way to make ends meet in hard times. If Americans can bring to the public square the same genius for generational interdependence they bring to their family lives, the politics of these issues will become less toxic and the policy choices less forbidding. That's a big 'if.' But it's a start." For more go here:

  • 29 JANUARY 2014

    Statement from Latinos & Economic Security Project
    on New myRA Program

    Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2014 Today President Barack Obama signed an executive order creating the myRA program, a new option for retirement savings, supplementing the existing IRAs, Roth IRAs and 401(k) retirement accounts. The myRA targets mainly lower-income Americans and those employed by small companies that do not offer retirement programs. The Latinos & Economic Security (LES) Project supports this new vehicle to promote retirement savings among Latinos, especially those who may not be knowledgeable about current retirement vehicles.

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  • 1 OCTOBER 2013

    Latinos Drive Growing Workforce

    Between 2010 and 2030, the working age population* in the U.S. is projected to grow by 11 million people. This increase is primarily due to growth within the U.S. Latino population. The figures are in line with evidence that 93% of the growth in the working-age population between now and 2050 will be immigrants and their U.S.-born children (National Journal/Pew Research Center).

    For more information on how the U.S. can benefit from these changes, click here.

    *Working age is defined here as ages 25-64.
    Source: Independent analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data

  • 13 AUGUST 2013

    Video Webinar: Enhancing Economic Security for the Latino Community

    Presenting the research outcomes of the Latinos & Economic Security Project
    Funding from The Ford Foundation
    A collaboration of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging,
    the USC Davis School of Gerontology, and
    the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

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  • 23 JULY 2013

    Citizenship Status of Latino and Asian Baby Boomers

    This figure shows the change in the Latino and Asian baby boomer populations since 1980, broken down by citizenship status. We can see that the the foreign-born population (non-citizens plus naturalized citizens) of Latino boomers has increased considerably, with large early increases in non-citizens and a slower increase in naturalized citizens. By contrast, far more Asian boomers have become naturalized citizens over the years than Asian boomers who are living in the U.S. as non-citizens.
  • Naturalization, the process by which immigrants become U.S. citizens, has been linked to both civic engagement and economic security. In so far as these are benefits to both the individual and larger society, it is important to put policies in place that encourage naturalization for Latino immigrants at a rate close to or at that of Asian immigrants.

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  • 1 APRIL 2013

    LES Research Team Presents Project Outcomes at UCLA-CPRA Symposium

    On March 21, 2013, the Latinos & Economic Security (LES) research team composed of Kathleen Wilber, Chon Noriega, Max Benavidez and Zach Gassoumis, presented outcomes and policy recommendations based on of eight years of research and analysis at a symposium, "Aging in a Majority-Minority Nation: Interracial and Intergenerational Tensions & Opportunities," marking the 15th anniversary of the Center for Policy Research on Aging.

    The LES researchers covered the following key points:

    -- The U.S. has an aging population that is largely white and a growing Latino workforce that is supporting current retirees

    -- Latinos 65+ depend heavily on Social Security for their retirement income

    -- Education and citizenship are key to economic security

    -- Investing in the education and development of the workers of tomorrow is critical for the well-being of the U.S

    To view the LES researchers' Powerpoint presentation, please click here. »

  • 5 MARCH 2013

    UCLA's Center on Policy Research on Aging Marks 15th Anniversary with Groundbreaking Symposium: "Aging in Majority-Minority Nation: Interracial and Intergenerational Tensions and Opportunities"

    Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil convenes symposium to examine the economic clash between aging white baby boomers and young Latinos

    Los Angeles, California ?The UCLA Center for Research on Aging (CPRA), in cooperation with the Archstone Foundation and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, today announced a groundbreaking symposium on Thursday, March 21, 2013 to mark the center's 15th anniversary. The symposium, "Aging in a Majority-Minority Nation," will feature leading experts and researchers who will examine the interracial and intergenerational tensions and opportunities that will affect our nation for the next century. Read More »

  • 6 SEPTEMBER 2012

    Aging and the 2012 Election With Fernando Torres-Gil

    1) Why is there public concern about funding Medicare, Social Security and other public benefits for the elderly?

    Response: Since the inception of entitlement programs such as Medicare (l965), Social Security (l935) and Medicaid (l965), the general public has come to view these programs as an entitlement; if you grow old and pay taxes, these public benefits will give you a measure of security for yourself as you grow old and for your parents and grandparents. Read More »

  • 18 JUNE 2012

    The Great Retirement Squeeze?Pension Cuts Mean Poverty for Future Elders

    New America Media, News Report, Paul Kleyman

    SAN FRANCISCO?Only a week after an election signaling a rollback in public-employee retirement benefits, new Federal Reserve data show a sharp decline in family wealth. The effect is especially acute for non-whites and Hispanic households. Read More »

  • 16 FEBRUARY 2012

    Why Latinos Aren't Saving for Retirement

    Kerry Hannon - Contributor, Forbes

    When it comes to retirement savings, Latinos are failing.

    That?s what a new survey rolled out about a week ago by ING Retirement Research Institute reveals. In many ways, it echoes what has been laid out in previous minority retirement studies. Read More »

  • 11 JANUARY 2012

    The Next Immigration Challenge

    Op-Ed By: Dowell Meyers, New York Times

    THE immigration crisis that has roiled American politics for decades has faded into history. Illegal immigration is shrinking to a trickle, if that, and will likely never return to the peak levels of 2000. Just as important, immigrants who arrived in the 1990s and settled here are assimilating in remarkable and unexpected ways. Read More »

  • 12 SEPTEMBER 2011

    Education Impacts Work-Life Earnings 5x More Than Other Demographic Factors, Census Bureau Reports

    09/08/2011 By

    According to a new U.S. Census Bureau study, education levels had more effect on earnings over a 40-year span in the workforce than any other demographic factor, such as gender, race and Hispanic origin. For example, a worker with a professional degree is expected to make more than a worker with a eighth grade education or lower.
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  • 12 July 2011

    Rep. Roybal-Allard Co-Hosts Briefing Entitled ?Reframing The Generational Divide: Baby Boomers Vs. Young Latinos.?

    U.S. Capitol Complex, Washington D.C., Jul 7 - Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) welcomed Hill staffers to a congressional briefing sponsored by the UCLA-USC Latinos & Economic Security Project entitled ?Reframing the Generational Divide: Baby Boomers vs. Young Latinos? about the potential economic, social and political impact of our nation?s rapidly growing young Latino population and aging baby boomers. Read More »


    Re-Framing the Generational Divide:
    Baby Boomers vs. Young Latinos

    What the Briefing Will Cover: Two rapidly developing demographic changes will define the United States over the next quarter century: aging Baby Boomers and a growing population of young Latinos. Are they on an economic collision course, or can they establish a new social contract that strengthens American society and its economic security? This is the trillion dollar question as experts from the UCLA-USC Latinos and Economic Security Project assess the economic consequences for the nation, demonstrate the need to re-frame this debate, and seek a solution-oriented approach to the greatest inter-generational and inter-ethnic challenge of this century.

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  • 31 MAY 2011

    Illegal Immigrants? Children Suffer, Study Finds

    By Kirk Semple

    Eulogia was scared and adrift. At 25, she was poor, pregnant and an illegal immigrant. She worried about how she would pay for medical care and raise her baby, and even whether a trip to the hospital might prompt her deportation to Mexico. Read More »

  • 15 APRIL 2011

    America Is at the Nexus of Aging and Multiculturalism

    By Fernando Torres-Gil and Diana Lam

    The United States, like other nations, is now experiencing a ?silver? tsunami. And, as has occurred in other countries, we?ve seen this tidal force coming, but are not prepared for it. Read More »

  • 11 APRIL 2011

    California Budget Cuts at Odds With State?s New Alzheimer?s Plan

    Felipe Garcia, 79, looks up with a ready smile as his two-year-old granddaughter, Marina, orbits his shuffling legs?her mother Elena keeping a sharp eye on the toddler to avoid any mishaps around the family?s modest home in Silicon Valley. Elena says Marina doesn?t quite understand yet that her abuelo (grandpa) has Alzheimer?s disease and can?t concentrate on her for long periods of time. Read More »

  • 11 APRIL 2011

    Latino Family Joins Forces in Alzheimer?s Care to Make Memories

    When brothers Marco and Oscar Garcia made the unusual decision several years ago to merge their two households and move in with their elderly parents, they had no idea how challenging it would be. Read More »

  • 09 APRIL 2011

    Paul Ryan's Budget Blueprint Would Push the Aged Into Poverty

    Op-Ed By: Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times

    His proposal to abolish Medicare and gut Medicaid would send tens of millions of people living on fixed incomes over the financial brink. Read More »

  • 25 MARCH 2011

    Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010

    2010 Census Briefs

    Issued: March 25, 2011
    By: Karen R. Humes, Nicholas A. Jones, and Roberto R. Ramirez

    This report looks at our nation’s changing racial and ethnic diversity. It is part of a series that analyzes population and housing data collected from the 2010 Census, and it provides a snapshot of race and Hispanic origin in the United States. Racial and ethnic population group distributions and growth at the national level and at lower levels of geography are presented. This report also provides an overview of race and ethnicity concepts and definitions used in the 2010 Census. The data for this report are based on the 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File, which is among the first 2010 Census data products to be released and is provided to each state for use in drawing boundaries for legislative districts. Read More »

  • 04 MARCH 2011

    The #Hashtag Generation: Young Latinos and America's Future

    By: Max Benavidez, Ph.D.

    Thursday, 4pm: we log on to read Kim Kardashian's tweets. Or Snooki's. Or, now, even Charlie Sheen's. It doesn't matter... I'm amazed by the junk that's out there and our willingness to consume it. But I think Americans are actually tired of "fast-food" culture and need something more substantial. I think we hunger for a new kind of voice -- one with guts and creativity, not just vapid narcissistic tweets. Read More »

  • 22 FEBRUARY 2011

    Rising Young Hispanics in Texas Poised to Pick Up Aging Tab

    Whites who dominated Texas’s population for generations are growing older and more dependent on the earning power and taxes of younger Hispanics, now poised to take over as the state’s largest demographic group. Read More »

  • 24 JANUARY 2011

    Comfortable retirement eludes Hispanics

    Orbelina Reyes spends much of her time watching television at home. The 67-year-old Salvadoran doesn?t miss any episodes of her favorite novelas, or soap operas, now that she works only once a week.

    But it?s not because she wants it that way. Read More »

  • 28 DECEMBER 2010

    Baby Boomers Near 65 with Retirements in Jeopardy

    Through a combination of procrastination and bad timing, many baby boomers are facing a personal finance disaster just as they're hoping to retire. Starting in January, more than 10,000 baby boomers a day will turn 65, a pattern that will continue for the next 19 years. Read More »

  • 15 NOVEMBER 2010

    What to Do with Abuelita Challenges Traditions, Wallet

    When Helen Von Hapsburg asked her 76-year-old mother to consider talking to an elder law attorney about preparing for the next phase of her life, the conversation didn?t go so well.

    Her mother, Macrina, immediately jumped to conclusions: This was the beginning of the end; her family was going to put her into a nursing home. Read More »

  • 15 NOVEMBER 2010

    The Gray And The Brown: The Generational Mismatch

    In an age of diminished resources, the United States may be heading for an intensifying confrontation between the gray and the brown.

    Two of the biggest demographic trends reshaping the nation in the 21st century increasingly appear to be on a collision course that could rattle American politics for decades. From one direction, racial diversity in the United States is growing, particularly among the young. Minorities now make up more than two-fifths of all children under 18, and they will represent a majority of all American children by as soon as 2023, demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution predicts. Read More »

  • 23 AUGUST 2010

    UCLA Project Researches Latino baby Boomers & Recommends Actions

    During the past year, a new research project sprouted into being to gather and disseminate information on Latinos and their financial Successes into the future. The project, Latinos and Economic Security (LES), is already on its fifth policy brief, released this past May. Read More »

  • 4 MARCH 2010

    Latino Baby Boomers and CNBC?s ?Tom Brokaw Reports: Baby Boomer$?

    Tonight CNBC will air ?Tom Brokaw Reports: Baby Boomer$,? a special documentary on the 80 million American Baby boomers. We applaud CNBC and Mr. Brokaw for reporting on this trend-setting generation. We also want people to know that Latinos comprise 10% of all Baby boomers?8 million people. Read More »

  • 17 FEBRUARY 2010

    A Roadmap for killing Social Security

    Like a zombie tromping through a Hollywood gorefest, the idea of privatizing Social Security still walks among us.

    The last promoter of the idea that people should personally invest their Social Security assets in the stock market was President George W. Bush, in 2001. With the dot-com crash still ringing in people's memories, the idea died in 2005. Read More »

  • 10 FEBRUARY 2010

    Retirement Needs of Latino Baby Boomers

    Latino baby boomers in the United States make up a population group so diverse and heterogeneous that the common practice of lumping them into a disadvantaged underclass is entirely inappropriate, according to a new report from the USC Davis School of Gerontology and the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging. Read More »

  • 07 OCTOBER 2009

    The Latino Imperative Is the Answer to Future U.S. Prosperity

    The future economic prosperity of the United States will depend on how well we educate the emerging Latino majority. However, as things look at the moment, our prosperity has a huge question mark over it. That's because the current public image of Latinos is one of an impoverished underclass with skyrocketing high school dropout rates, income levels below the poverty line, poor health, and wealth levels lower than any other group in the country. Read More »

  • 02 OCTOBER 2009

    Latinos and the Future of Social Security

    Recent debates about the Social Security system have failed to take into account the impact of the current system on Latinos and how proposed changes could affect them. Latinos are the largest minority group and fastest growing population in the United States. Research demonstrates that when compared with the U.S. population as a whole, Latinos benefit more from Social Security and therefore rely on it for a greater share of their income in retirement. Read More »

  • 13 MARCH 2009

    New Issue of Generations Journal Highlights The Nexus of Immigration and Aging

    The new issue of Generations, the Journal of the American Society on Aging (ASA), highlights the nexus of immigration and aging. It will be released at the "Aging In America" Conference, taking place in Las Vegas from March 15-19, and is devoted entirely to this timely topic. In the course of 14 thought-provoking articles, the journal delves into three interrelated areas: Policy Issues and Political Dilemmas; Older Immigrants; and The Nexus of Immigration and Aging. Read More »

  • 12 SEPTEMBER 2008

    Latino Boomers flying under radar

    America is witnessing a historic moment: the convergence of aging Baby Boomers with a burgeoning Latino population. That fact draws our attention to the people who fall into both categories: the Latino Baby Boomers, a population that is largely invisible.
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  • 15 July 2008

    New report defines Phantom Population: the Latino baby boomers

    A national research project-A New Latino Agenda: Realities on Aging, Diversity, & Latino Financial Security-has released its latest policy report, "Who Are the Latino Baby Boomers? Examining the Demographic and Economic Characteristics of a Hidden Population." Authored by researchers Zachary D. Gassoumis, Kathleen H. Wilber and Fernando Torres-Gil, the report looks at the historic convergence of aging baby boomers and the burgeoning Latino population. Read More »

  • 08 May 2008

    National Expert on Latinos and Aging to Deliver Policy Address: "The Nexus of Aging & Diversity: Latinos and the New Aging".

    Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil, the nation's leading expert on Latinos and Aging, will address the National Health Policy Forum on May 9, 2008 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. This policy address is part of the Ford Foundation-funded project, "A New Latino Agenda: Realities on Aging, Diversity, & Latino Financial Security."
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