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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.

CALL TO ACTION: NCLR asks you to call your legislators about the health care bill

The House of Representatives is set to vote Thursday on a plan that would leave 24 million Americans—including Latinos, children, and seniors—without health insurance. 

We need your voice to protect and defend against this threat to American families. Call (202) 224-3121TODAYand tell your representatives in Congress to vote NO on the American Health Care Act (AHCA)! Lives are on the line, and the time to act is now! 

The AHCA is a clear threat to the health of our children, our families, and the future of our country. Under the AHCA:

We must protect and defend against these threats to our health care.

Call (202) 224-3121 today and tell your representatives to vote NO this Thursday!

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

MSNBC: Supreme Court rules mobile phones cannot be searched without a warrant

Police need a warrant to search the cell phone of a person who has been arrested, absent special circumstances, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

“Modern cell phones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans ‘the privacies of life,’” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought. Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple — get a warrant.”

Migration Policy Institute: Trump and DeVos: What Could the New Administration Spell for English Learner and Immigrant Students?

Vouchers and charters. Many educators are concerned about the new administration’s desire to expand charter schools and the use of vouchers, as President Trump called for in his February 28 address to Congress. These critics argue that school choice leads to increased segregation by race and by student characteristics (including EL status), and that the way that charter schools are funded starves local public school districts of resources—an especially critical problem in places where traditional public schools educate a larger share of students with the most intensive educational needs.

Baltimore Sun: Charter schools do not equal education reform

Mixed academic results: Charters, on the whole, do not result in significant improvement in student performance. It's mixed at best. In some evaluations, charter schools overall actually underperform regular public schools.

Pew Research Center: Immigration projected to drive growth in U.S. working-age population through at least 2035

As the large generation of Baby Boomers heads into retirement, the increase in the potential labor force will slow markedly, and immigrants will play the primary role in the future growth of the working-age population (though they will remain a minority of it).

Univision: Donald Trump's Three Fables

Univision's Jorge Ramos writes that "despite what Trump says, the vast majority of undocumented immigrants are not criminals; they don't drain the U.S. economy; and they do not steal jobs from Americans." 

Los Angeles Times: Fearful parents sign papers for friends to care for kids in case they're deported

The fear among immigrants in the United States illegally has reached such a pitch that some have altered their lifestyles, won't answer the door if someone knocks and pay close attention to reports of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions on social media and the news.

Wall Street Journal: Immigration Debate Masks Security Improvements on the Arizona Border

Both Presidents Bush and Obama deployed National Guard troops to the Arizona border. And groups of vigilantes like the Minutemen have patrolled here in Cochise County, where ranchland runs alongside Mexico. But the number of undocumented immigrants caught here trying to cross from Mexico has declined dramatically. In 2000, more than 616,000 people were apprehended trying to illegally cross the border in the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, which covers most of Arizona. In the latest fiscal year, 64,891 people were apprehended, according to Border Patrol data.

Statement From The Education Trust on the Overturning of ESSA Accountability Regulations in the U.S. Senate 

WASHINGTON (03/09/17) – Today, The Education Trust issued this statement following the U.S. Senate’s vote to overturn the regulations on the accountability, state plan, and public reporting provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. 

“The Senate’s action to overturn the accountability, state plan, and public reporting regulations was misguided. This resolution will cause unnecessary confusion, disrupting the work in states and wasting time that students — particularly those who are most vulnerable — cannot afford for us to waste. 

“ESSA was the result of a strong bipartisan compromise, and we deeply appreciate the bipartisan opposition to this resolution. Members of both parties recognized these rules were common-sense and bolstered the parts of the law that make clear that vulnerable students can’t be ignored. 

“But despite Congress’ action, equity-minded state advocates are more than ready to continue the fight to ensure the law is implemented in a way that will advance opportunity and achievement for low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, and English learners. We will continue to stand with them and support them every step of the way.” 

San Diego Union-Tribune: Illinois businesses prepare for the possibility of dramatic immigration raids

The uncertainty is driving workers and employers to workshops to learn about their rights in case ICE comes knocking.

Two-Day Chicago Training for New Volunteers
Saturday & Sunday, April 22nd and 23rd, 9 AM - 3 PM on
both days. Register by Monday, April 10th.
In particular, there is a need for volunteers who speak: Spanish, Portuguese, Bengali,
languages indigenous to Central America and Mexico (e.g. Mam, K’iche’), Punjabi,
Hindi, Mandarin, and Spanish-speakers who are also fluent in American Sign
Language (ASL). Space is limited. Preference will be given to bilingual volunteers.
To become a Child Advocate, you must: be at least 21 years old; submit to a background
check and health screening; participate in both days of training; and be approved by the
Young Center.
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Geoff Wood, at
gwood@theyoungcenter.org for more information.

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.  

Associated Press: Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee camps

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S. illegally through this country.

Previous U.S. policy called for only Mexican citizens to be sent to Mexico. Migrants known as "OTMs" — Other Than Mexicans — got flown back to their homelands.

Now, under a sweeping rewrite of enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, migrants might be dumped over the border into a violence-plagued land where they have no ties while their asylum claims or deportation proceedings are heard in the United States. U.S. officials didn't say what Mexico would be expected to do with them.

The only consensus so far in Mexico about the new policies of President Donald Trump is that the country isn't remotely prepared.

TAKE ACTION! EDUCATORS IN EXCELLENCE: Sign the letter to support Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals! 

Without DACA, many of our students and fellow educators face the risk of deportation or having their families torn apart. Stand alongside our students and call on the president and Congress to ensure they feel safe in our classrooms and our country.

Learn more about DACAsee why educators are involved, and check out resources for educators and school staff.

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.

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