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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


Asuntos que Afectan a los Latinos en Illinois

IMPACTO Illinois es un espacio al que puede acudir para recibir noticias de actualidad e informes sobre asuntos de ámbito nacional que afectan a los Latinos de Illinois. Asismismo, se enumera una serie de grupos a los que puede seguir para recibir novedades. Para suscribirse a esta página, etiquete @latinopolicy o #ImpactoIL en Twitter Fuentes a las que seguir El Forum ha identificado a las siguientes organizaciones como fuentes que ofrecen una información fundamental de manera puntual para la población latina en los Estados Unidos. Presione en la símbolo + a, la derecha, y el nombre de cada organización para acudir a su página web y a su cuenta de Twitter.


URBAN JUSTICE CENTER: Immigration Detention: An American Business


On April 6, 2018, the administration announced a "zero tolerance" immigration policy that requires every undocumented adult immigrant and asylum seeker in the U.S. to be criminally prosecuted under federal law. As a result, over 2,000 children were forcibly separated from their families, labeled "unaccompanied," and transported to remote shelters around the country. After intense political backlash, on June 20, 2018, an executive order ended family separation by requiring that children be detained with their parents in family detention centers instead. The reunification plan for families already separated remains unclear.

POLITICO: Trump signs executive order halting family separations

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that ends the administration’s policy of separating migrant families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, abandoning the president’s previous stance that only Congress can fix the problem.

“I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” the president told reporters in the Oval Office, flanked by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Vice President Mike Pence. “I think anybody with a heart would feel strongly about it. We don’t like to see families separated.”

The Boston Globe: ‘Children are being used as a tool’ in Trump’s effort to stop border crossings'

The Trump administration’s policy of splitting up families is creating a burgeoning population of dislocated and frightened children, held in makeshift detention centers near the border, including one in a former Walmart, or scattered in shelters and foster homes across the country. As the children and parents experience the fallout of forced separation by US authorities, advocates are struggling to get even basic information about the location and status of these detainees.

The Trump administration says the goal is simple: to punish people trying to enter the country illegally, and that means immediately arresting adults and placing them in detention without their children.

Betsy DeVos is Wrong: Schools May NOT Contact ICE Regarding Immigrant Children

U.S. Supreme Court law ensures undocumented children are entitled to public education. As the Supreme Court ruled in 1982 in Plyler v. Doe, states cannot, on account of immigration status, deny students public education.

Immigrant Defense Project: ICE TOOLKIT/La Guia Sobre Redadas y Arrestos de ICE

Defensa contra las redadas y los arrestos comunitarios de ICE (actualizada en julio del 2017) – esta guía es una colaboración entre Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) y Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), y la culminación de nuestro trabajo colectivo contra las redadas en hogares por Control de Inmigración y Aduanas (Immigration and Customs Enforcement, o ICE) durante las administraciones de G.W. Bush y Obama. Está diseñada para ayudar a defensores de derechos a prepararse para hacer frente a las redadas de ICE durante la administración de Trump.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS MATERIALS: https://www.immigrantdefenseproject.org/redadas-de-inmigracion/

Washington Post: America's president is the bully of children

According to news reports, Trump spent 30 minutes dressing down his homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, for insufficient zeal in closing the southern border to illegal immigrants. One consistent source of tension between the two has been Trump's desire to use family separation as a deterrent against illegal crossings.

Huffington Post: If Politicians Want The Latino Vote, They’ll Have To Work For It

According to a new study, the increasingly sought-after Latino electorate will need more than just sound bites and one-liners to be mobilized. The study by Latino Decisions, a polling firm known for their independent analysis of Latino public opinion, analyzed the impact of Spanish-language political ads in state-based media markets and compared them to media markets in the same state where such ads were not present.

Illegal Immigration Does Not Increase Violent Crimes, 4 Studies Show

Academic studies suggest that illegal immigration does not increase the prevalence of violent crime or drug and alcohol problems. 

Chicago Sun-Times: EDITORIAL: Working people in Illinois deserve a fairer state income tax

Illinois’ flat income tax — one that charges the same rate no matter how much money someone earns — hits taxpayers at the low end extra hard because they must spend a larger share of their income on necessities, such as rent and food and diapers for the 

baby. Lower-income folks also are hit hard by other levies, such as sales taxes and payroll taxes. Add it all up, and the percentage of income a working woman or man pays in overall taxes is much higher than the percentage paid by a wealthy person.

In contrast, a graduated or progressive income tax takes a higher percentage from people in the upper ranges of the income scale. That’s how the federal income tax is structured. A Lake Forest lawyer, for example, pays a higher percentage of his income in taxes than a Logan Square barista. Thirty-four states also use a graduated income tax.

Telemundo: Reacciona Chicago a eliminación de deportaciones obligatorias

La Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos anuló parcialmente hoy una ley federal que facilitaba la deportación de inmigrantes condenados por crímenes de violencia.

Univision Chicago: Denuncian supuestos retrasos intencionales en programas de educación especial en Chicago

Maestros, padres de familia y algunas organizaciones, revelaron pruebas del presunto abuso en los programas de educación especial ofrecidos por CPS. Según el análisis independiente que tardó 5 meses, se implementaban procedimientos para retrasar o negar servicios a estos estudiantes y ahorrarse los costos.

The Hill: Holder Group Will Fight Citizenship Question on the Census

A Democratic group headed by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will go to court over a decision by the Commerce Department to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census.

The Nation: It's time to abolish ICE

The idea of defunding ICE has gained traction among immigrant-rights groups horrified by the speed at which, under President Donald Trump, the agency has ramped up an already brutal deportation process. Mary Small, policy director at Detention Watch Network, said, “Responsible policymakers need to be honest about the fact that the core of the agency is broken.” Her group led the charge to defund ICE with its #DefundHate campaign last year.

Protect Defend DACA - UNIDOSUS

The Trump administration's morally bankrupt decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an insult to the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients who attend school, work hard, build businesses, and buy homes, and will have their lives disrupted because the administration caved in to a manufactured, political crisis.The American people stand with DREAMers—three out of four registered voters support DACA, including a majority of Republicans, according to recent poll data from FWD.us. And so do we. We deserve better from our leaders. We call on Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work together to pass a clean DREAM Act.

DREAMACTTOOLKIT.ORG: Encourage Congress to take action NOW on the Dream Act

A list of key lawmakers who are swing votes we need to secure passage of the Dream Act (with no compromises!) and provide Dreamers with a pathway to permanent legal status and citizenship. Call and tweet at them now to let them know Dreamers are not bargaining chips!

Loyola University Chicago School of Law: A Guide for Parents in Illinois who are Undocumented

ABC News: Deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care

The number of legal immigrants from Latin American nations who access public health services and enroll in federally subsidized insurance plans has dipped substantially since President Donald Trump took office, many of them fearing their information could be used to identify and deport relatives living in the U.S. illegally, according to health advocates across the country.

NBC News: Segregation, school funding inequalities still punishing Black, Latino students

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights published a report Thursday Public Education Funding Equity: In an Era of Increasing Concentration of Poverty and Resegregation, which confirms what educators have known for a long time now -- that educational resources and outcomes have a lot to do with a child's particular neighborhood.

Chicago Tribune: Pace of Chicago immigration court slows to a crawl as record number navigate system 

Sometimes lost in the blur of statistics on the immigration court here is the fact it now has the second-longest average time to dispose of a case in the United States: more than 1,000 days.

ABC 7 Chicago - Forum ED Sylvia Puente Weighs in On Retiring Rep. Luis Gutierrez may be testing waters for 2020 presidential run

"He's gone from taxi driver to Congress, I think he can do anything that he puts his mind to," said Sylvia Puente, executive director of the Latino Policy Forum. Puente said Gutierrez will be looking to build his base nationally. "So I think he certainly has to appeal to go beyond the Latino community, and really make his pitch directly to the working people of America in terms of what we all want for a better future for America," she said.

The Chicago Reporter: Evaporating dreams: Ending DACA puts whole communities at stake

Illinois has 42,376 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, according to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service.  They range from youth with professional and graduate degrees to youth who have completed their GED and joined the work force. Some have come of age with DACA. But others who were older when the program was implemented know too well what they stand to lose under President Donald Trump’s plan to end the program.

“Ernesto” graduated from high school and worked for two years in a factory under harsh labor conditions. Once DACA was passed, he was able to combine a private scholarship with his savings to attend a public local university and study to become a music teacher. With DACA, he supplemented his scholarship by teaching music and dance. DACA also allowed him to visit his family in Mexico for the first time in 15 years, and see his grandfather shortly before he died. He has completed his student teaching and graduates in December. While Ernesto’s scholarship allowed him to finish college in five years, “Alicia” took 10 years to finish, and was only able to do so because DACA allowed her to  work two jobs while attending, part-time, a public university that had no private funds to offer her. Having DACA also meant she could put her name on a mortgage and help her mother purchase a house. Alicia graduated last December and is now a youth counselor.

For Ernesto and Alicia, the end of DACA will put a halt to everything they have worked for. And behind Ernesto and Alicia, there are thousands of DACA students currently attending college and high school hoping to pursue their own dreams.  As Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian poet and author, said, “Nothing is harder on the soul than the smell of dreams while they’re evaporating.”

 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.

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.


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. 

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

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

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

Chicago Urban League - Helping people find jobs, affordable housing, educational opportunities, and grow businesses. Passionate advocates for educational equality, economic development and social justices

Southern Poverty Law Center -  Dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justices for the most vulnerable members of our society.

NAACP - Ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.


Child Care and Education Resources

From NWLC:

Trump Child Care Proposal Fact Sheet


Child Care Coalition Agenda with Sign Ons [Attached]


Resources on Children and Families, ACA and Medicaid


State by state numbers on decline in children served in CCDBG


Know Your Rights – information for Immigrant Families:


Safe Spaces Resource


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


America for Early Ed


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



Child Care Policy


Home Visiting


From Child Care Aware® of America:

President Trump Proposes Elimination of Programs That Support Child Care


House Moves Forward on ACA Repeal and Replace Legislation


Take Action: Childcareworks.org   


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