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By Daniela Bardon and Gypsy Gavia

In the past few months, there has been an increase in media reports of landlords exploiting the growing fear people have of immigration authorities to evict people or unfairly raise rents. The president’s immigration policies have made these communities more vulnerable to abuse in the housing sphere. Hostility towards immigrants has increased the already problematic challenge in housing discrimination of unreported complaints due to fear of filing and facing some form of retaliation.

April is National Fair Housing Month and this year marks the 49th anniversary of the 1968 historic federal Fair Housing Act, which sought to increase access to housing among those vulnerable... Continue Reading

By Manny Gonzales

Spring is here and Illinois remains in a budgetary limbo. Human service organizations and non-profits that help Illinois’ most vulnerable communities continue to feel the pain of nearly two years of no full-year budget. Some organizations have been forced to cut staff and a few have shuttered completely. Unfortunately, without community based programs, working families will not be able to access high quality child care to support them.

Cornell Brisco is a Chicagoland father whose three-year old daughter, Naomi Ivory, is excelling in bilingual courses at Carole Robertson Center for Learning in Southwest Chicago. He has seen the costs of some... Continue Reading

Posted In: Parent Engagement, Preschool, Strengthening Leadership, State Investment, Education

La propuesta de un aumento de casi 5 billones de dólares al presupuesto para la aplicación de leyes migratorias, representa el próximo paso del mandatario de los Estados Unidos en tratar de cumplir con la promesa hecha durante su campaña electoral de deportar a millones de inmigrantes indocumentados de la manera más rápida posible.

Los presupuestos gubernamentales son documentos morales y esta primera propuesta de presupuesto demuestra que la prioridad de la administración actual es controlar la inmigración para lo que argumentan es “proteger” la seguridad nacional.

Para lograr este aumento al presupuesto para la aplicación de leyes migratorias  (es decir, deportaciones) y seguridad nacional (es decir, el muro... Continue Reading

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