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.
NPR: Mexicans no longer make up the majority of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally
For the first time in more than a decade, Mexicans no longer make up the majority of immigrants staying in the U.S. illegally, according to new estimates by the Pew Research Center.
According to the judge’s order, the Justice Department can still withhold grants from places that don’t comply with the law, but it cannot enforce the order “in a way that violates the Constitution,” according to a Washington Post reporter.
News Taco: The number of undocumented is at a longtime low. And it has nothing to do with Trump
The number of undocumented persons in the U.S. is falling - In fact, the number is lower than what it was at the end of the Great Recession. This is according to the most recent Pew Research Center gathering of statistics and such.
USA Today: Homeland Security now acknowledges deported DREAMer had protective status
The Department of Homeland Security reversed itself Wednesday saying that a young man, identified by USA TODAY as the first DREAMer to be deported by the Trump administration, had valid protective status despite its earlier claim.
On Tuesday, the department said its records showed the protective status of Juan Manuel Montes, 23, expired in 2015. On Wednesday, the department said that status was in fact valid until 2018.
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.
CNN Money: How much it costs ICE to deport an undocumented immigrant
During fiscal 2016, ICE spent $3.2 billion to identify, arrest, detain and remove undocumented immigrants, according to the Department of Homeland Security. ICE handled some 240,000 of the roughly 450,000 total deportations that took place last year. (Customs and Border Patrol was responsible for the rest. It also arrests and deports undocumented immigrants, but mainly as they try to enter the U.S.)
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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.
The USA Today: DREAMers Aren't About to Self-Deport - Richard Whitmire
Something surprising happened last month when officials at a little-known program that offers modest college scholarships to undocumented “Dreamers” looked at their application in-box: They were swamped.
In a time of political attacks on illegal immigrants — and raised uncertainty about the status of these Dreamers, who were brought into the U.S. as children — they were expecting just the opposite. “We had expected a chilling effect, with not as many students applying,” said Candy Marshall, president of THEDREAM.US.
VOX: The Ecological Disaster That Is Trump's Border Wall
There’s a long debate over whether physical barriers on the border actually curb the illicit flow of people and drugs. The Border Patrol, which is backing Trump’s plan, says they’re a “vital tool.” Migration experts say they’re more symbolic than effective.
But what is undeniable is that the 654 miles of walls and fences already on the US-Mexico border have made a mess out of the environment there. They’ve cut off, isolated, and reduced populations of some of the rarest and most amazing animals in North America, like the jaguar and ocelot (also known as the dwarf jaguar). They’ve led to the creation of miles of roads through pristine wilderness areas. They’ve even exacerbated flooding, becoming dams when rivers have overflowed.
And while we don’t yet know exactly what path Trump’s new wall would take, DHS has been eyeing unfenced areas in an East Texas wildlife refuge that conservationists consider some of the most ecologically valuable areas on the border — home to armadillos and bobcats. If a wall were to slice through these ecosystems, it could cause irreversible damage to plants and animals already under serious threat.
The New York Times: Once Routine Check-Ins Are Now High Stakes
For years, it was an uneventful ritual. Unauthorized immigrants who weren’t considered a priority for
deportation would meet with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer and be told simply, “See you next year.”
The deportation officers, as they are known, were employing prosecutorial discretion, which let them free up resources and detention center space to focus on the deportation of convicted criminals. Now, under President Trump, the stakes of these meetings have changed.
What was routine is now roulette.
American Immigration Council: It's Not Up for Debate - Immigrants Invigorate the Economy
As any reputable economist will tell you, immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy in many ways. Yet the often subtle complexities of immigration economics are largely absent from a March 24 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal authored by Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies.
To begin with, immigrants are responsible for most labor force growth in this country now that the Baby Boom generation is aging into retirement. And immigrants add value to the economy through the goods and services which they produce through their labor. Immigrants (and their families) also spend money in U.S. businesses, which creates jobs for the people who work in those businesses. In addition, they also pay taxes to federal, state, and local governments, funding essential services and sustaining the salaries of government employees. Moreover, the businesses that immigrants so often create sustain the jobs of even more workers.
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
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.
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
Child Care and Education Resources
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
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:
From ZERO TO THREE
Child Care Policy
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