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Issues Impacting Illinois Latinos

IMPACTO Illinois is a resource to get important updates and reports on issues on the national level that affect Latinos in Illinois. Also listed are groups to follow for further updates. To make a submission to this page, tag @latinopolicy or #ImpactoIL on Twitter.

 

NPR: Here's Why The Census Started Counting Latinos, And How That Could Change In 2020

For people of color, the push to be accurately counted has always been high stakes because the size of ethnic minority populations directly affects the ability that groups speaking for them have to secure federal funding and to influence the way Congressional and other voting districts are drawn.

 

The Washington Post: It's a 'grave mistake' for Trump to cut legal immigration in half

“Restricting immigration will only condemn us to chronically low rates of economic growth,” said Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist at the Economic Outlook Group. “It also increases the risk of a recession.”

The New Yorker: The Mothers Being Deported by Trump

Some of Trump’s immigration policies, in themselves, have endangered families across America. These stories of four mothers who have been targeted for deportation since January, show how. 

Associated Press: House GOP passes $788B bill for Pentagon, border wall

The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump’s controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon.

The Olympian: Trump won't support new plan protecting Dreamers from deportation 

The White House signaled on Wednesday that President Donald Trump will not support a new bipartisan plan to protect young undocumented immigrants — so-called “Dreamers” — from being placed back in line for deportation.

UnidosUS: How parents are teaching other parents to make a difference in schools

The stage was set with three chairs and mics, but Adriana De León, Ruth Gomez, and Liliana Rodríguez never sat down. Instead, they spoke to the audience with energy you wouldn’t expect at 9 a.m. The three women are parent facilitators with Padres Comprometidos, a program that uses unique methods to get Latino parents more involved in their kids’ school lives.

They addressed a packed room of parents hoping to learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, the national law that sets up standards for measuring how well students are succeeding in school. They met in a morning workshop at the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference titled “Parent Advocacy in Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.”

Joel Colindres fled Guatemala for a better life and eventually met his wife in the US.

Stopping illegal immigration and kicking out "bad hombres" was a central theme of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. In the days after his inauguration, he vowed to rid the country of violent criminals who enter the country illegally.
But the Colindres family never thought Joel would be a target for deportation. They, along with family, friends, and their lawyer Larry Delgado, maintain his case is typical of a change in the face of those targeted for deportation.
Lawyers and advocates for domestic violence victims say under President Donald Trump's stricter immigration policies, which include plans to expand deportations of people here illegally, immigrant women experiencing domestic violence are more afraid than ever to come forward. Some victims fear their partner, often the father of their children, will be deported and taken away from their family. Others fear being deported themselves.

Center for American Progress: Under #ESSA, states should hold fast to high standards & better, fairer, fewer tests says

As a nation, we value knowing the achievement of all students as a matter of promoting educational equity. States should continue to develop better ways to measure student learning to maintain the positive momentum of improvements in achievement and testing practices. To meet this need, the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, gives states significant flexibility in how they annually test their students and reduces the stakes those tests carry to address issues such as testing anxiety. States can also develop new ways to test through project-based assessments and use student growth, meaning student improvement year to year, rather than just a standalone proficiency score to measure school quality.

Washington Post: Minority teachers in U.S. more than doubled over 25 years — but still fewer than 20 percent of educators, study shows

The number of minority teachers more than doubled in the United States over a 25-year period but still represent less than 20 percent of the country’s elementary and secondary school teaching force, a new statistical analysis of data shows. And black teachers, while seeing an increase in the number of teachers, saw a decline in the percentage they make up of the overall teaching force.

From 1987 to 1988 and 2011 to 2012, researchers found that the teaching force became much larger, by 46 percent; more diverse, though minority teachers remain underrepresented; and less experienced.  There were, however, large differences among different types of schools and academic subjects. For example, the number of teachers in English as a second language, English/language arts, math, foreign language, natural science and special education all grew at above-average rates, while the fields of general elementary, vocational-technical education and art/music each had below-average growth.

Mexican Consulate: It's better to be prepared

This guide will allow you and your relatives in Mexico to know the rights and alternatives they have to preserve, protect and, if necessary, transfer your money and your assets to your community of origin.

Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/ExhF1cOkrc4

In Case You Missed It!

The Forum partnered with Univision Chicago and Que Buena radio to host a digital town hall panel of experts to discuss Trump's immigration policies. Available in English and in Spanish.  

Resources to Follow

The Forum has identified the following organizations as sources of critical and timely information for Latinos in the United States. Click on the+ sign to the right and the title of each organization to be directed to its website and Twitter feeds. 

Alianza Americas - @ALIANZAAMERICAS - ALIANZA AMERICAS seeks to improve the quality of life of Latinos and Latino immigrants in their communities both in the United States and in countries of origin

Alliance for Early Success - @4earlysuccess - The Alliance for Early Success is a catalyst that brings state, national, & funding partners together to improve state policies for children 0-8

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) @ACLU - The ACLU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, legal and advocacy organization devoted to protecting the basic civil liberties of everyone in America

Black Alliance for Just Immigration@BAJItweet - BAJI fights for immigrant rights & racial justice w/ African Americans & Black immigrants. Offices in NYC, ATL, OAK, LA. Coordinates 

The Center for Law and Social Policy@CLASP_DC - A national nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policies that strengthen families and create pathways to education and work

Congressional Hispanic Caucus - @HispanicCaucus - The 26-Member Congressional Hispanic Caucus advocates for issues affecting Latinos

Economic Policy Institute@EconomicPolicy - A Washington D.C. think tank with a focus on labor issues.

Hispanic Federation - @HispanicFed - Founded in 1990, HF seeks to support Hispanic families and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic engagement, economic empowerment and the environment 

Hispanic National Bar Association of America - @HNBANews - Represents the interests of the 25000 Hispanic American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students in the USA and Puerto Rico

Latino Decisions@LatinoDecisions  - Everything Latino Politics. Latino Decisions is the leading voice in public opinion polls of Latinos

Latinos Progresando - @latinospro - reaches thousands of families every year: meeting immediate needs, putting the Latino community’s story on center stage, investing in the next generation of leaders; and developing resources through coalition building - LP also leads advocacy and policy efforts around issues impacting Chicago’s Mexican community

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - @civilrightsorg - The nation's premier civil and human rights coalition - 

LULAC - @LULAC - Advancing the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of the Hispanic population in the United States

MALDEF - @MALDEF - The Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America 

Migration Policy Institute@MigrationPolicy - The Migration Policy Institute is the premier non-partisan, independent think tank dedicated to analysis of U.S. and global immigration

National Equity Atlas - a comprehensive data resource to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth

National Hispanic Leadership Agenda - @NHLAgenda -  a coalition of the nation's 40 prominent Latino organizations... NHLA leads the advocacy behind the pressing civil rights and policy issues impacting the 58 million Latinos living in the U.S.

National Immigrant Justice Center - @NIJC - The National Immigrant Justice Center is a legal aid organization that advocates for human rights and immigration reform with offices in Chicago, Indiana, D.C. 

National Institute for Latino Policy - @TheNiLPnetwork - a nonpartisan center focusing on Latino policy and political issues, established to act as an independent voice on critical social problems facing Latinos

NCLR - National Council of La Raza - @NCLR - Advocates for Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy

Opportunity Institute@opportunityorg - Building ladders of success from early childhood through early career. Working together, we can ensure a cycle of opportunity for all

Pew Research Trends - @PewHispanic - a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos

Tomas Rivera Policy Institute - an interdisciplinary community of scholars, students, practitioners and journalists from across the University of Southern California

Shriver Center@shrivercenter -The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law advances laws and policies that improve the lives of people living in poverty.

USCIS@USCIS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce@USHCC - The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce represents nearly 4.2 million U.S. Hispanic businesses, contributing over $668 billion to the American economy each year

Voto Latino - @votolatino - a pioneering civic media organization that seeks to transform America by recognizing Latinos’ innate leadership

The William C. Velasquez Institute - @WCVI - Conducting research aimed at improving the level of political and economic participation in Latino and other underrepresented communities

Child Care and Education Resources

From NWLC:

Trump Child Care Proposal Fact Sheet

https://nwlc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Fact-Sheet-Trump%E2%80%99s-Child-Care-Proposals-Would-Primarily-Benefit-Higher-Income-Families.pdf

Child Care Coalition Agenda with Sign Ons [Attached]

From CLASP:

Resources on Children and Families, ACA and Medicaid

http://www.clasp.org/children-aca

State by state numbers on decline in children served in CCDBG

http://www.clasp.org/resources-and-publications/publication-1/CCDBG-Participation-2015.pdf

Know Your Rights – information for Immigrant Families:

https://www.nilc.org/get-involved/community-education-resources/know-your-rights/

Safe Spaces Resource

http://www.clasp.org/issues/child-care-and-early-education/in-focus/safe-spaces-in-early-childhood

Women’s Refugee Commission materials on making an emergency plan and guide for detained and deported parents with child custody concerns

Featured Resources from AFT, NILC, and UWD for school personnel and program administrators

From NAEYC:

America for Early Ed

www.americaforearlyed.org 

NAEYC's response to the Budget Blueprint, with a take action to call Congress:  

http://www.naeyc.org/BudgetBlueprint 

From ZERO TO THREE

Child Care Policy

https://www.zerotothree.org/policy-and-advocacy/child-care-policy 

Home Visiting

https://www.zerotothree.org/policy-and-advocacy/home-visiting

From Child Care Aware® of America:

 

President Trump Proposes Elimination of Programs That Support Child Care

http://usa.childcareaware.org/2017/03/president-trump-proposes-elimination-of-programs-that-support-child-care/

House Moves Forward on ACA Repeal and Replace Legislation

http://usa.childcareaware.org/2017/03/house-moves-forward-on-aca-repeal-and-replace-legislation/

Take Action: Childcareworks.org   

http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51575/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19640

Op Ed: Dear Ivanka: If You Want To Fix Child Care, Don’t Start With Women Like Me

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dear-ivanka-if-you-want-to-fix-child-care-dont-start_us_58c01330e4b070e55af9e9c5

 

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