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:
- Coverage would become unaffordable for working families, including many Latinos who would see out-of-pocket health care costs skyrocket.
- Drastic cuts to Medicaid would jeopardize the health of over 70 million Americans, including 18 million Latinos.
- Medicaid expansion would effectively end, eliminating coverage for over three million Latinos.
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.
ACT NOW! The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights: BRING HOPE TO THEIR JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES - BE A CHILD ADVOCATE FOR AN UNACCOMPANIED IMMIGRANT CHILD
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
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Geoff Wood, at
email@example.com 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 DACA, see 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.
Hispanic Federation - @ - 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
Latinos Progresando - @ - 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 - @ - The nation's premier civil and human rights coalition -
National Equity Atlas - a comprehensive data resource to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth
National Hispanic Leadership Agenda - @ - 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.
Tomas Rivera Policy Institute - an interdisciplinary community of scholars, students, practitioners and journalists from across the University of Southern California