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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.

 

Bloomberg: U.S. Supreme Court Mostly Revives Trump's Travel Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared most of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to take effect immediately and agreed to hear arguments in the fall, giving the president at least partial vindication for his claims of sweeping power over the nation’s borders.

The ban on people entering the U.S. from six mostly Muslim countries can apply for now to everyone except people who have a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," the justices said Monday in an unsigned opinion.

That includes people visiting a close family member, students who have been admitted to a university or workers who have accepted an employment offer, the court said. But the court said people can’t avoid the ban by entering into a relationship solely for the purpose of traveling to the U.S.

Associated Press: Supreme Court limits ability to strip citizenship

The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the government's ability to strip U.S. citizenship from immigrants for lying during the naturalization process. The justices ruled unanimously in favor of an ethnic Serb from Bosnia who lied about her husband's military service. Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that false statements can lead to the revocation of citizenship only if they "played some role in her naturalization."

The court rejected the position taken by the Trump administration that even minor lies can lead to loss of citizenship.

The woman, Divna Maslenjak, and her family were granted refugee status in 1999 and settled near Akron, Ohio, in 2000. She became a citizen in 2007.

She initially told immigration officials her husband had not served in the Bosnian Serb military. That was a lie, she later conceded, and lower courts upheld a criminal conviction against her. The conviction automatically revoked her citizenship, and she and her husband were deported in October. Maslenjak was convicted by a jury that was told even an inconsequential lie was enough for a guilty verdict.

Daily Kos: Ice agents continue to stalk immigrants at courthouses - this time at a human trafficking court

Despite the fact that the chief justices of the California Supreme Court, the Connecticut Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the Rhode Island Supreme Court (so far) have taken the extraordinary step of condemning ICE’s reprehensible tactic of arresting immigrants at courthouses, federal immigration agents deplorably persist, this time stalking immigrants at a human trafficking court in Queens, New York:

A WNYC reporter was in the building when Legal Aid lawyers huddled frantically in the hallway: Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had been spotted in the building. The lawyers approached one of the agents, and he acknowledged there were warrants for several people in the building.

The lawyers said they learned from the judge that ICE wanted a young Chinese woman in the Human Trafficking Intervention Courtroom. They said she'd been charged with working illegally as a masseuse, and was about to receive an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal after completing a program with a community group — a goal of human trafficking court.

The attorneys were able to protect their client by asking the judge for bail, and bought enough time for her to leave the building without being detained.

According to WNYC, an ICE spokesperson attempted to justify the arrests of the three individuals who were taken into custody that day by saying that they were apprehended outside the courthouse, not inside. That doesn’t change the fact that ICE is not only further attacking victims, but also ignoring pleas from judges and others to stop immigration operations at courthouses, period.

Time Magazine: President Trump's Immigration Crackdown is Driving Some Poor People Off Food Stamps

(NEW YORK) — A crackdown on illegal immigration under President Donald Trump has driven some poor people to take a drastic step: opt out of federal food assistance because they are fearful of deportation, activists and immigrants say.

People who are not legal residents of the U.S. are not eligible to take part in what is formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

But many poor families include a mix of non-legal residents and legal ones, such as children who have citizenship because they were born in the U.S. In those cases, it is often an adult who is not a legal resident who submits the application.

Some now feel that is too dangerous under a president who has made immigration enforcement a priority. Throughout the U.S., there are accounts of people resisting efforts of nonprofit organizations to sign them up for food stamps, letting benefits lapse or withdrawing from the program because of the perceived risk.

The Hill: Senators tell DeVos she has a tough time defending Education budget

Senators tell DeVos she has a tough job defending Education budget

© Greg Nash

Betsy DeVos faced a tough sell for her budget proposal on Tuesday, with Senate Republicans and Democrats telling the Education secretary before she even testified that her planned $9.2 billion in funding cuts will likely die in committee.

“I think it's likely the kinds of cuts proposed in this budget will not occur, so we really need to fully understand your priorities and why they are your priorities,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, said at a panel hearing.

The Guardian: Ice agents are out of control and they're only getting worse

With arrests of non-violent undocumented immigrants exploding across the country, it’s almost as if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) agents are having an internal contest to see who can participate in the most cruel and inhumane arrest possible. The agency, emboldened by Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric, is out of control – and Congress is doing little to stop them.

Last week, Ice agents ate breakfast at a Michigan restaurant, complimented the chef on their meal and then proceeded to arrest three members of the restaurants kitchen staff, according to the owner.

Depraved stories like this are now almost too prevalent to comprehensively count: Ice has arrested undocumented immigrants showing up for scheduled green card appointments at a US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office. They’ve arrested a father after dropping his daughter off at school. An Ice detainee was even removed forcefully against her will from a hospital where she was receiving treatment for a brain tumor.

Chicago Tribune Analysis: This is what Betsy DeVos thinks about people who oppose her school-choice vision

Now we have a new education secretary, Republican Betsy DeVos, and she is taking attacks on people who disagree with her to a whole new level. She, too, has denounced the status quo as unacceptable and has suggested that those who oppose her want to maintain it. She said at the Brookings Institution in March: "The reflexive question asked, often politely, by critics of choice is why should we not simply fix the broken schools first? If only schools received more funding, they say, the schools could provide a better learning environment for those being left behind.I don't pretend to have all the answers, but we should not pretend that the status quo is acceptable."

Latino USA: ICE Immigration Arrests Increased 37.6% Between early 2017 and 2016

new media release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) highlighting President Trump’s 100 days in office said that immigration arrests from January 22 to April 29, 2017 increased 37.6%, when compared to the same timeline in 2016.

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.

NPR: Mexicans no longer make up the majority of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally

For the first time in more than a decade, Mexicans no longer make up the majority of immigrants staying in the U.S. illegally, according to new estimates by the Pew Research Center.

 

News Taco: The number of undocumented is at a longtime low. And it has nothing to do with Trump

The number of undocumented persons in the U.S. is falling - In fact, the number is lower than what it was at the end of the Great Recession. This is according to the most recent Pew Research Center gathering of statistics and such.

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.

Education Week: How Much Can Schools Protect Undocumented Students 

As the Trump administration aggressively ramps up deportations of undocumented immigrants, some K-12 leaders have pledged to protect the rights and privacy of students who don't have legal immigration status. Some vow schools are "sanctuaries" where educators won't cooperate with authorities to identify or take action against undocumented students and families. But the fast-moving, politically charged situation has also created confusion for educators about what they can and can't do.

American Immigration Council: It's Not Up for Debate - Immigrants Invigorate the Economy

As any reputable economist will tell you, immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy in many ways. Yet the often subtle complexities of immigration economics are largely absent from a March 24 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal authored by Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies.

To begin with, immigrants are responsible for most labor force growth in this country now that the Baby Boom generation is aging into retirement. And immigrants add value to the economy through the goods and services which they produce through their labor. Immigrants (and their families) also spend money in U.S. businesses, which creates jobs for the people who work in those businesses. In addition, they also pay taxes to federal, state, and local governments, funding essential services and sustaining the salaries of government employees. Moreover, the businesses that immigrants so often create sustain the jobs of even more workers.

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

CNN Money: Without immigrants, U.S. workforce would shrink dramatically over the next 20 years

Without immigrants, Pew Research projects the total U.S. workforce population -- those ages 25 to 64 -- would fall from 173.2 million in 2015 to 165.6 million in 2035. But if the current rate of both legal and unauthorized immigration remains steady, Pew projects that the number of working-age adults will rise to 183.2 million in 2035.

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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