Posts By Julián Lazalde

Por Julián Lazalde, Civic Engagement Manager

La rescisión del Programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, por sus siglas en inglés) ha dejado en el aire la vida de casi 800,000 menores y jóvenes por todo el país, incluidos 42,376 beneficiarios en Illinois. El Latino Policy Forum está en completo desacuerdo con la decisión adoptada por la administración, y ni nuestros aliados ni nosotros mismos desistiremos en nuestro deseo colectivo de lograr políticas justas y humanitarias que impacten positivamente a la comunidad inmigrante y a sus aliados en Illinois y en el conjunto del país. Una vez la decisión acaba de adoptarse, entendemos la necesidad de información y recursos fiables que ayuden a aquéllos que se... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration Reform & Policy

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. 

Some immediate information to... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration Reform & Policy

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

Immigration has consistently ranked as one of the most important issues to likely voters throughout the 2016 presidential election cycle. Throughout the primaries and into the general election, candidates from the major parties have focused their immigration policies and rhetoric on the estimated 11-12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States; what to do about them and subsequent undocumented immigrants who may arrive in the future.

Unfortunately, the electorate has not received a clear and accurate immigration policy discussion that we need from our candidates. Instead, the topic of immigration and undocumented immigrants has been hijacked by fearmongering, unfounded speculation, demonization, and misinformation. Immigrants from Latin America, especially... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration, Immigration Reform & Policy

Wednesday, June 15 marked the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program four year anniversary. Since, over 728,285 initial DACA applications have been approved nationally. Of that, Illinois accounted for 40,162 according to the most recent data from the United States Immigration and Customs Services (USCIS). It is third most of any state in the country, behind Texas (117,025) and California (210,712).

DACA provides a two-year, renewable period of protection from deportation for eligible individuals based on criteria such as age, educational achievement level, physical presence in the country, good legal standing and when a person arrives in the country. DACA... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration, Immigration Reform & Policy, Immigrant Integration

Here are the latest immigration updates from the Forum.

DACA/DAPA: The court case that has stalled the President’s executive actions to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA+) and launch the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program (DAPA) will be heard by the Supreme Court later this month. Oral arguments are set to begin April 18. Though the executive orders were issued in November 2014, the case has been in legal limbo since February 2015 when a Texas Circuit Court judge placed an injunction on them, preventing their implementation.

The case has only grown in notoriety with the recent unexpected death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, which was followed... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration, Immigration Reform & Policy, Immigrant Integration, Leadership

It's been one year

  ·  Julián Lazalde

It’s been one year since U.S. District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen halted President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions to expand the program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) and the launch the new, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).


In the legal roller coaster ride that has ensued since Hanen issued his injunction, immigrant leaders and advocates have continually called for a swift judicial resolution in hopes that DACA+ and DAPA could be enacted and implemented before the end of the Obama presidency. 

After a longer than expected, yet wholly unsurprising, 2-1 decision against implementation by the Fifth Circuit Court of... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration, Immigration Reform & Policy
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