By Julián Lazalde, Civic Engagement Manager

The rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has thrown the lives of nearly 800,000 youth and young adults nationwide, including 42,376 recipients in Illinois, into great uncertainty. The Latino Policy Forum completely disagrees with the administration’s decision, but we and our allies will not be deterred in our collective desire for just and humane policies that positively impact immigrant communities and allies in Illinois and across the country. In the immediate wake of this decision we recognize that what is needed most by those directly impacted is reliable information and resources that will assist them and their family members in making timely and informed decisions. 

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Posted In: Immigration Reform & Policy

CHICAGO, IL – El gobernador Rauner ha convertido en ley, con su firma, la Illinois Trust Act en una ceremonia que ha tenido lugar en La Villita. El Latino Policy Forum valora que el gobernador haya aprobado una normativa de esta importancia, y le felicita por ello. La legislación, que establece límites razonables y constitucionales a la colaboración entre la policía local y el Servicio de Control de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés), entra en vigor con carácter inmediato.

La Illinois Trust Act impide a la policía local ejecutar órdenes federales de retención de inmigración que no hayan sido dictadas por un... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration Reform & Policy

By Manny Gonzales

It was a great day for Illinois. School children, parents, educators and lawmakers cheered as Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a landmark school funding reform bill yesterday that will benefit all students equitably across the state. 

The Forum’s Executive Director Sylvia Puente and Manager of Education Policy and Research Karen Garibay-Mulattieri were also on hand to applaud SB 1947, which has specific benefits for one of the fastest growing segments of the student population: English Learners. The Forum’s efforts promoted an increase to funding for English Learners that will result in a total of $38 million in new revenue,... Continue Reading

Posted In: Education

Illinois Trust Act Becomes Law 

“This will help law enforcement officers do their jobs better and make our communities safer in Illinois," -Governor Bruce Rauner

CHICAGO, IL – Governor Rauner today signed the Illinois Trust Act into state law at a ceremony in the Little Village community. The Latino Policy Forum recognizes and congratulates the Governor for signing this essential legislation, which will take effect immediately and sets reasonable, constitutional limits on local police interaction with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Furthermore, this legislation affirms that the State of Illinois is prioritizing safer cities through fostering trust between immigrants and the police officers who are sworn to protect and serve the region.

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The Latino Policy Forum condemns President Donald Trump’s unusual pardoning of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose history of racial profiling, bigotry and defiance of federal laws led to his conviction of criminal contempt by a federal court judge last month.

According to the Washington Post, federal officials under President George W. Bush started investigating the Arpaio’s office in 2008 for potential civil rights violations. The investigation continued under President Obama and, in 2011, the Justice Department concluded Arpaio had engaged in systemic racial profiling of Latinos. The conclusion led to the Department of Homeland Security removing immigration-enforcement authority from Arpaio’s agency.

Last July, Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court, stemming from a 2007 racial-profiling case in which... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration