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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

NBC NEWS: Trump says he has signed spending bill ‘as a matter of national security’

FRI, MAR 23-President Trump also requested a line-item veto for future government spending bills and demanded an end to the filibuster rule.

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

NBC News: With no permanent immigration fix by DACA deadline, Dreamers amp political mobilization

Disappointed over the lack of action by the White House and Congress over the long-term fate of DACA and immigration reform, Dreamers are focusing their energies on this year's elections and mobilizing through political action. Back in September, President Donald Trump had marked Monday as the the last day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA, program. The Obama-era executive action allowed young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as young children to apply to work and study in the country without fear of deportation. But two federal judges blocked the Trump administration from rescinding the program and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the government’s appeal, which expanded Dreamers’ time frame to garner congressional support for a permanent solution. “They kind of gave people a relief,” said Astrid Silva, a DACA beneficiary and co-founder of Dream Big Vegas in Nevada and who has been involved in immigrant and political activism for nearly 10 years. She worked with former Sen. Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, and put pressure on the Obama administration before the former president announced the DACA program.

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.

NPR: From DACA To DeVos: Education Predictions for 2018 

Predictions for educational trends for 2018 that can affect Latinos in Illinois. NPR veteran educational reporter, Claudio Sanchez, dives into what he believes will occur in the world of education.

AP: 2018 brings governor's race, other big contests in Illinois

The new year will be one of big decisions in Illinois, from whether voters give Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner a second term to whether tech giant Amazon chooses the state for its second headquarters and some 50,000 new jobs. Some high profile court cases and a tribute to the nation’s first black president also will move forward.

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.

Cronkite News: In Focus DACA Special Report 

Dec. 8 has come and gone. The budget has passed and the government is open, for now. And Congress is no closer to passing legislation to protect recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals than they were three months ago.

NILP Report: How the GOP is winning over Latino voters

On paper, some may believe that I am the ideal Democrat voter: a woman from the blue state of New Jersey who also happens to be Hispanic. Quite frankly, I once was a registered Democrat, as was my entire family - but that all changed when a teacher helped me secure my first internship for Governor Chris Christie's office, and I realized that I was, in fact, a fiscal conservative.

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.

New York Times: Trump sells tax plan with false claims

He inaccurately suggested the plan wouldn’t help the wealthy. Mr. Trump insisted that the tax bill is “not good for me” or the wealthy. Referring to Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority leader, the president said: “I keep hearing Schumer, ‘This is for the wealthy!’ If it is, my friends don’t know about it.” That is not supported by most analyses of the tax plans being considered in Congress. Under the Senate plan, every income level would receive a tax cut in 2019, but people earning $20,000 to $30,000 annually would face a tax increase the next year, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. By 2027, most people making under $75,000 each year would see a tax increase, while those making more would continue to receive a tax cut.

National Institute of Latino Policy: Federal Judge rules Trump defunding sanctuary cities "unconstitutional" 

A federal court on Monday ruled to block President Trump's executive order halting certain federal funds for so-called sanctuary cities, calling it "unconstitutional on its face." 
"The defendants are permanently enjoined from enforcing Section 9(a) of the Executive Order against jurisdictions they deem as sanctuary jurisdictions. Because Section 9(a) is unconstitutional on its face, and not simply in its application to the plaintiffs here, a nationwide injunction against the defendants other than President Trump is appropriate," U.S. District Judge William Orrick ruled.
The injunction comes after Orrick issued a temporary ruling in late April that blocked Trump's directive to withhold some federal funding from cities that refuse to comply fully with immigration enforcement, siding with San Francisco and Santa Clara County.

NPR: 8 Prototypes of Border Wall Installed

Construction crews are erecting eight looming prototypes of President Trump's border wall in a remote section of the San Diego borderlands. Four are solid concrete; four are made of steel and concrete; one is topped with spikes. They all approach 30 feet in height. Customs and Border Protection is paying $20 million to six construction companies from Mississippi, Maryland, Alabama, Texas and Arizona. Crews in white hardhats operating cranes and forklifts are expected to complete the models by the end of the month.

 New York Times: Trump’s Argument Against Immigrants: We’ve Heard It Before

Though the roots of most Americans lie in other lands, there is among them a streak of xenophobia that can be broad. Chinese and Irish immigrants were the targets of nativist hostility in the 19th century, as were Eastern European Jews and Southern Italians in the early 20th. Japanese-Americans were confined to detention camps in World War II. Now the unwelcome mat is spread for many Latinos and Muslims.

Much of the focus these days is on undocumented immigrants, but under President Trump the mood has turned conspicuously anti-foreigner in general. The president wants to sharply reduce even legal immigration. He is also ready to impose the strictest limits of modern times on refugees fleeing persecution and deprivation in their homelands — those huddled masses enshrined at the Statue of Liberty.

We have seen all this before. In line with its mission of examining how major news events of the past shape the present, Retro Report reflects in this video documentary on another moment of backlash against the “other.”

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. 

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


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