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Governmental budgets are moral documents. President Trump’s first proposed budget is a clear demonstration of his priorities and continues to show his enforcement first-and-only approach to immigration.  

The budget proposal outlines the administration’s desire to make devastating cuts to anti-hunger programs, critical foreign aid, legal aid to indigent Americans and the arts in order to vastly increase spending on immigration enforcement (i.e., deportations) and homeland security (i.e., border wall).   

The proposed increase of nearly $5 billion for immigration enforcement is the next step for the Trump administration as they attempt to make good on their campaign promises to deport millions of undocumented immigrants as quickly as possible. However,... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration

Statement by Forum Executive Director Sylvia Puente

The Latino Policy Forum congratulates Juan Salgado on being named the new Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago and commends Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City College Board on wisely  choosing a strong leader who will act in the best interest of all students in these challenging times of funding shortages for higher education.

Juan is a longtime friend and ally of the Forum and as CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino has been  involved in the Forum’s Latino Agenda.  He has been instrumental in building award-winning innovative job training programs at Instituto that provide working families a path to economic security. We look forward to his continued success at City Colleges.... Continue Reading

The Forum continues its state advocacy efforts by engaging state elected officials on passage of the following bills:

1) Student Access bill

2) Immigration Safe Zones Act

3) Illinois Trust Act

Each of these bills speaks to the Forum’s commitment to work with all organizations and allies interested in ensuring that immigrants in Illinois, regardless of their country of origin are recognized as valuable and contributing members of society with equal access to equity and prosperity. For more information on how to support the Forum’s efforts on these bills, contact the Forum’s Assistant Director, Martin Torres.  

Through the Impacto Illinois campaign, the Forum cohosted a digital town hall with Univision Chicago and Que Buena... Continue Reading

In January, the Forum welcomed the Vice-Chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Board of Commissioners Craig Chico, to meet with the Housing Acuerdo, a coalition of 31 Latino-led and Latino-serving organizations. They discussed Latino participation in CHA programs and the impact of the changing federal landscape on funding for local CHA affordable housing developments.  For more information on the Housing Acuerdo, contact Gypsy Gavia.

Image: Housing Acuerdo members with Chicago Housing Authority Vice-Chairman Craig Chico and the Forum’s Associate Director, Martin Torres.  

April is Fair Housing Month and 2017 marks the 49th anniversary of the 1968 historic federal Fair Housing Act, which sought to increase access to housing and build... Continue Reading

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will determine the future of public education in America, and the Forum has consistently been entrenched in assisting the Illinois state plan by suggesting recommendations and advocating for English Learners and Latino families so they have equitable access to high quality education.

The Forum’s education team was invited by the Chicago Public Schools’ Bilingual Parent Advisory Council to present on ESSA and school accountability to over 300 parents at several elementary schools across Chicagoland. The workshops featured live polling on a variety of questions and concerns regarding school ratings and evaluations. Thirteen different languages were spoken among participating parents.


Image: Parents listening... Continue Reading

Posted In: Education