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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

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 Atlantic: Trump's Puerto Rico Visit is a Political Disaster

Making his first appearance in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico since Maria’s landfall, President Trump offered a hearty round of congratulations to federal relief efforts and thanked the island’s governor. But the president also suggested Maria was not a “real catastrophe,” made an odd and misleading comparison to the death toll from Hurricane Katrina, and joked about how the hurricane would affect the federal budget.

ABC News: Americans back DACA by huge margin

A vast 86 percent of Americans support a right to residency for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, with support crossing the political spectrum. Two-thirds back a deal to enact such legislation in tandem with higher funding for border control.

See PDF with full results here.

Possibly in light of President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, disapproval of his handling of immigration overall reaches 62 percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll. Just 35 percent approve.

Additional hurdles for Trump are his demand for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico -- again 62 percent oppose it -- and substantial concerns about his immigration enforcement policies.

The DREAM Act Toolkit: The key lawmakers here are the 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! 

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.”

WGN: Chicago mobilizes for Puerto Rico hurricane relief effort

The National Museum Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) is partnering with Congressman Gutierrez and Chicago's Puerto Rican community to support the disaster recovery efforts that will be immediately needed in Puerto Rico.

ABC7 News: How to help victims of Mexico's deadly earthquake

These organizations already have campaigns dedicated to helping those impacted by the earthquake. Some pages may require a translation extension on your browser in order to view in English.

The Los Angeles Times: The end of DACA would be a big win for Mexico

Relations between the United States and Mexico have been strained since the inauguration of President Trump, who has threatened to dismantle the North American Free Trade Agreement, vowed to make Mexico pay for a border wall and — during his campaign — called Mexican immigrants rapists.

But Mexico has not given up hope that relations can improve, said its foreign secretary, Luis Videgaray. 

“For us this is the most important relationship in the world,” he said in an interview with The Times’ editorial board and reporters. “We believe also for America, Mexico is a very important relationship as well, and it's in the best interest of both sides to work it out in a constructive way.”

Politico - Legal fight to preserve DACA takes shape

An expected flurry of litigation against President Donald Trump’s decision to end an Obama-era program for undocumented immigrants kicked off Tuesday, just hours after the administration announced that it plans to phase out legal protections and work permits in the next six months.

Immigration advocates handling a lawsuit for Mexican-born New York medical student Martin Vidal informed the federal judge handling the case that they plan to amend the suit to charge that Trump’s effort to rescind President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program is unlawful because it lacks a reasonable basis and because it is motivated by racial animus against Latinos.

The Hill: White House: Border wall funding doesn't have to be tied to DACA legislation

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told reporters on Tuesday that President Trump would not demand that border wall funding is tied to a legislative replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

CBS Chicago - Trump's pardon of Joe Arpaio is a slap in the face to Latinos

Forum Executive Director Sylvia Puente is interviewed by CBS about former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's pardoning, after he was convicted of contempt of a federal judge's order to stop racially profiling Latinos.  Related: MSNBC - Joe Arpaio a Thug - Pardon could haunt Trump later 

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.

The Washington Post: It's a 'grave mistake' for Trump to cut legal immigration in half

“Restricting immigration will only condemn us to chronically low rates of economic growth,” said Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist at the Economic Outlook Group. “It also increases the risk of a recession.”

UnidosUS: How parents are teaching other parents to make a difference in schools

The stage was set with three chairs and mics, but Adriana De León, Ruth Gomez, and Liliana Rodríguez never sat down. Instead, they spoke to the audience with energy you wouldn’t expect at 9 a.m. The three women are parent facilitators with Padres Comprometidos, a program that uses unique methods to get Latino parents more involved in their kids’ school lives.

They addressed a packed room of parents hoping to learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, the national law that sets up standards for measuring how well students are succeeding in school. They met in a morning workshop at the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference titled “Parent Advocacy in Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.”

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.

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