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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.


Hispanic National Bar Association: Statement on Labor Secretary Nominee Alexander Acosta

WASHINGTON, DC --The National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Pedro J. Torres-Díaz, released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Florida International University Law Dean Alexander Acosta to be U.S. Secretary of Labor.

“Congratulations to Dean Acosta for his nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Labor,” said HNBA National President Torres-Díaz. “As dean of one of the most diverse and successful law schools in the nation, Mr. Acosta understands that our nation’s diversity is our strength. The HNBA has previously recognized Dean Acosta’s work to ensure all Americans regardless of race, ethnicity, or background are free to exercise their legal and constitutional rights."

“Today's nomination demonstrates that diversity does not come at the expense of highly skilled and experienced candidates for this presidential cabinet. The nomination of the son of Cuban immigrants, with a demonstrated commitment to public service and our nation, is just one example of qualified and diverse individuals around the nation that will not only help lead the government but also better reflect the citizens it serves. We commend and urge this Administration to continue to recruit from the pool of diverse talent as it fills the remaining posts.”

Alert! A Day Without Immigrants Protest

Immigrants in D.C. and across the country plan to participate in the “Day Without Immigrants” boycott, a response to President Trump’s pledges to crack down on those in the country illegally, use “extreme vetting” and build a wall along the Mexican border. The social-media-organized protest aims to show the president the effect immigrants have in the country on a daily basis. The boycott calls for immigrants not to attend work, open their businesses, spend money or even send their children to school. The Washington region had the seventh-largest immigrant population in the country in 2010, with 21.8 percent of the population being foreign-born, according to a study from the Brookings Institution.

WTTW: Immigration Raid Has Chicago Businesses and Residents on Edge

A targeted raid on undocumented immigrants last week has many Chicago residents on edge. And some local minority business officials say the anxiety is impacting portions of the city's economy.

The raid took place between Feb. 4 and Feb. 10. It nabbed 235 foreign nationals in Illinois and five other Midwestern states, according numbers released Monday by the Department of Homeland Security.

The arrests include 48 that happened in the Chicago area. Forty-five of those were convicted criminals for offenses ranging from DUI to criminal sexual assault and 20 of them had also previously been deported; 33 were from Mexico, one from Guatemala and one from El Salvador, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials.

Reuters: Mexican DREAMer Nabbed in Immigration Crackdown in Seattle

U.S. immigration authorities have detained a 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and given a work permit during the Obama administration, according to a lawsuit challenging the detention in Seattle federal court.

The man's lawyers say this could be the first time under U.S. President Donald Trump that a person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been taken into immigration custody. The program was established in 2012 by Democratic President Barack Obama to allow those brought to the country while young to attend school and work.

Education Writers Association: Betsy DeVos Is Secretary of Education. Now What?

Kimberly Hefling of Politico discusses the new U.S. secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, who was confirmed Tuesday after Vice President Mike Pence was called in to break a 50-50 tie in the Senate. What will be her top priorities moving forward? How aggressively will the new secretary push school choice, and how likely is President Trump’s $20 billion school choice plan to gain traction? Has DeVos lost political capital during the bruising confirmation process? Was she held to a higher standard than other nominees for President Trump’s cabinet? And how much power will the Republican mega-donor have to roll back the Obama administration’s education policies and initiatives? 

Washington Post: Up to 100,000 visas revoked by Trump's travel ban

Over 100,000 visas have been revoked as a result of President Trump’s ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, an attorney for the government revealed in Alexandria federal court Friday. The number came out during a hearing in a lawsuit filed by attorneys for two Yemeni brothers who arrived at Dulles International Airport last Saturday. They were coerced into giving up their immigrant visas, they argue, and quickly put on a return flight to Ethiopia.

 That figure was immediately disputed by the State Department, which said the number of visas revoked was roughly 60,000. Virginia Elliott, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the State Department, said the revocation has no impact on the legal status of people already in the United States. If those people were to leave U.S. soil and try to return, the visas would no longer be valid.

New CNN POll: Majority of Americans Oppose Trump's Travel Ban

Most Americans oppose the travel restrictions put in place by President Donald Trump's executive order last week, a new CNN/ORC poll has found.

Fifty-five percent say they see it as an attempt to ban Muslims from entering the US. Further, 6 in 10 oppose Trump's plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico.
Overall, 47% say they favor the executive order on travel, which prohibits entry to the US for 90 days by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries while suspending the US refugee program for 120 days and reducing the total number of refugees the US will accept this year. A majority, 53%, say they oppose the order. Those who favor the ban say by a 2-to-1 margin that they would like to see it expanded to other countries.

Latino Policy Forum: Immigrant Communities Respond to Executive Actions Banning Refugees and Attacking Sanctuary Cities

The Forum joined immigration advocates from across Illinois who gathered today in Chicago to protest Donald Trump’s executive orders targeting sanctuary cities, banning refugees from specific war torn countries and directing federal resources for construction of his promised border wall.

While these executive actions were signed under the auspices of protecting the United States from violent threats, they are nothing more than racist policies fueling xenophobia and Islamophobia resulting in our nation’s current political climate.

Newsweek: Trump Signs Orders for Border Wall, Sanctuary Cities

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed directives to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and crack down on U.S. cities that shield illegal immigrants, proceeding quickly on sweeping and divisive plans to curb immigration and boost national security.

The Republican president is also expected to take steps in the coming days to limit legal immigration, including executive orders restricting refugees and blocking the issuing of visas to people from several Muslim-majority Middle Eastern and North African countries including Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen.

Trump signed two executive orders at the Department of Homeland Security, one ordering construction of a wall along the roughly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border and the other moving to strip federal grant money from "sanctuary" states and cities, often governed by Democrats, that harbor illegal immigrants.

New York Times: Press Secretary Affirms that Trump Believes Lie of Millions of Illegal Voters

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, confirmed on Tuesday that President Trump has long believed that millions of undocumented immigrants voted illegally in the 2016 election, furthering a false claim from the podium of the West Wing briefing room and refusing to rule out an investigation down the road.

The BRIDGE Act Reintroduced

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to protect undocumented young people brought to the United States as children should the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be discontinued under the next Administration. The Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act, which was first introduced in the Senate late last year, would provide temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to undocumented youth. U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (CO-06) and Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04) are introducing companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

Chicago Reader: Chicago Bills Itself as a Sanctuary City But Advocates Worry About Limits to Protections For Undocumented Immigrants 

Indeed, Chicago's Welcoming City ordinance should help the mayor make good on these promises by limiting the interactions that city employees, including police officers, have with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. With a few exceptions, city employees are not allowed to ask about a person's immigration status or hand undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities. A recent amendment to the city law also bans police officers from intimidating or hurting someone based on their immigration status.

Daily Herald: Immigrants Urged to Learn Their Rights, Stay Involved

Immigrants concerned about their futures in the United States in Republican Donald Trump's upcoming presidential administration were urged to stay calm and educate themselves about their rights during a forum Monday night in Mundelein.

About 150 people filled the gym at Washington Elementary School to hear speakers including representatives of the Mexican Consulate in Chicago, state Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills and Mundelein Public Safety Director Eric Guenther.

Economic Policy Institute: 13 charts that show the difference between the economy we have now and the economy we could have

The election of Donald Trump alerted many to what should have been obvious long ago: the U.S. economy has failed to deliver the goods to the vast majority of American families for decades. In the context of Trump’s election, this economic failure was often characterized as being unique to white working-class voters in the upper Midwest. But this is wrong. Income growth has been sluggish, and hourly wage growth near zero, for low- and middle-income families across the board. The fact is, our economy has generated enough income in recent decades to deliver very substantial wage gains for all workers—men and women, people of color and whites. Our economy has the capacity to provide not just decent wages but labor protections that support strong families and policies that provide security in retirement. These charts show the gap between what is and what could be. (For policies to close the gaps, see EPI’s Real agenda for working people.)

NBC News: Most Americans Don't Want Undocumented Immigrants to Leave, Poll Says

Despite Donald Trump's campaign promise to crack down on illegal immigration, a majority of Americans would like to see undocumented immigrants stay in the country and get a chance to become citizens, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

The response, 60 percent, was the highest since the Quinnipiac poll started asking the question four years ago.



The HillLatinos need jobs, not gimmicks

Even as there are signs that the economy is beginning to turn the corner for the better, the Hispanic community is lagging behind. Hispanics have a higher than the national average unemployment rateand many more are living below the poverty line. Most gut-wrenching, nearly a third of all Latino children are living in poverty. The last eight years have failed to do much to ameliorate this situation despite well-intentioned government policies.

Latino USANew Economic Study Says Latinos Will Make America Rich Again

A new comprehensive study released this month is concluding that the country’s Latino population “is growing, young, increasingly educated, employed, connected, entrepreneurial, and upwardly mobile in terms of income as well as consumption.”

Authored by Dr. Jeffrey A. Eisenach of NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by the Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC) and the Royal Bank of Canada, “Making America Rich Again: The Latino Effect on Economic Growth” provides a deep statistical dive into the current and future state of the U.S. Latino population.

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