LATINO NEWS BITES RUBIO COMMENDS PANAMA’S RESPONSE TO VENEZUELA CRISIS DURING VISIT WITH FOREIGN MINISTER A NEW STUDY BY THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SHOWS NEARLY ONE IN FIVE FLORIDIANS 19.5 PERCENT –– IS FOREIGN BORN. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) met with Foreign Minister of Panama Francisco Álvarez de Soto on Tuesday evening to discuss the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela, its negative consequences for the hemisphere, and Panama’s efforts to ensure that inclusive organizations, such as the Organization of American States, continue to be the hemisphere’s main forum to address issues of regional interest. Rubio and Álvarez de Soto discussed their shared concern over the violence plaguing Venezuela, as well as the need for Panama to continue on a democratic path where government institutions operate without political interference. “I commend the Panamanian government for courageously standing with the people of Venezuela, for the InterAmerican Democratic Charter, and against the brutal repression of peaceful demonstrators in Venezuela,” Rubio said. “For over two months, tens of thousands of Venezuelans have risked their lives to demand a more democratic and hopeful future for their country. President Maduro has met their legitimate demands with bullets, torture and unjust incarcerations. “Venezuela has become an authoritarian military regime right before our eyes, but shamefully, most countries in the region have chosen to either look the other way or to gloss over the brutality inflicted by the Maduro regime on the Venezuelan people,” Rubio added. “The United States’ support is important, and I am proud that Panama has taken a strong interest and leadership role to find a legitimately inclusive solution to the political crisis affecting Venezuela.” The study released by Pew’s Hispanic Trends Project used the Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey as the basis for its findings. Pew found that about 3.8 million of Florida’s 19.3 million residents were born outside of the country. Only California, New York and New Jersey recorded a higher percentage of foreign born residents. That is a 41 percent increase from 2000 when 2.7 million Floridians were found to be foreign born. The most common birthplace among the foreign born population is the Caribbean followed by South America, the study found.