Census 2020

The current administration has looked at every opportunity to target the immigrant community. We’ve seen protections, such as DACA, rescinded which has caused panic and fear amongst DREAMers and all immigrants in the U.S.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Census Bureau announced its desire to include a citizenship question in the next decennial Census. This, by the very act of asking the question, will discourage Latinos (and other immigrant communities as well) from being counted. Community service organizations that rely on federal funding to support Latinos will suffer.

There will be two major consequences if Illinois Latinos DO NOT fill out and turn in their census:

  • If Latinos in Illinois do not submit the census, they will not... Continue Reading

There is a new front in the president’s all-out assault on immigrants, with the White House’s announced intention to impose harsher rules for determining when immigrants are considered a “public charge” – a legal designation that can block a person’s path to permanent legal residency (i.e., obtaining a green card). The Washington Post received a leaked draft of proposed changes to the law showing that the Department of Homeland Security would redefine "public charge" to include mere "use" of any public subsidy rather than "dependency."

Under current immigration law, an immigrant seeking a green card must show that he/she is “not likely to become a public charge," someone who is unable to support themselves and thus likely to depend on government benefits for... Continue Reading

By Roberto Valdez Jr, Latino Policy Forum Communications Associate

Christian Gutierrez, Director of Latino Affairs for Governor Bruce Rauner, declared May 9, 2018, Latino Unity Day in Springfield. This was the first time in the event’s 7-year history that the Governor’s Office officially recognized Latino Unity Day as a day of advocacy at the state capitol. The announcement by Gutierrez underlined Unity Day’s event theme, Illinois: 2.2 Million Latinos, 1 Voice, which focused on the growing Latino population in Illinois, the importance of Latinos leveraging their civic influence and speaking up about issues affecting the Latino community.

This unifying message was heard throughout the day.  At the Legislative Luncheon, Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza spoke... Continue Reading

Latino leaders across Illinois are breathing a sigh of relief this week because Governor Bruce Rauner signed a $38.5 billion state budget for fiscal year 2019 into law – the first time a full-year spending plan has received bipartisan support in the Legislature and enacted since 2015.   

The Latino Policy Forum is pleased that all our requests and topic areas advocated for, which will have a significant and long-lasting impact on the Latino community, passed the General Assembly.

Some of the Forum’s requests included millions of dollars in funding for Bilingual Education pre-K through 12th grade, including $50 million extra for Early Childhood Education. As part of its efforts to advocate for immigrants, Illinois Welcoming Centers will get over a million dollars... Continue Reading

By José Marco-Paredes, Latino Policy Forum Trainer and Communications Specialist

Christian Gutiérrez, director para Asuntos Latinos del gobernador, Bruce Rauner, declaró el 9 de mayo ‘Latino Unity Day’ en Springfield. Es la primera vez en los siete años de vida de este evento que la oficina del gobernador reconoce ‘Latino Unity Day’ como una jornada reivindicativa en el capitolio del estado. El anuncio reafirmó el lema de este año: Illinois: 2.2 Millones de Latinos, 1 Voz, que giró en torno al crecimiento de la población latina en Illinois, la trascendencia de hacer valer su influencia pública y la importancia de alzar la voz ante los asuntos que influyen a la comunidad latina.  

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