By Roberto Valdez Jr, Latino Policy Forum, Communications & Development Coordinator

The government shutdown is now two weeks long and has affected over 800,000 federal employees across the United States. One of those workers is my father, who has put in 34 years as a customs agent in the Department of Homeland Security. This is the third major shutdown that he has weathered. In 1996, under President Bill Clinton, he was without pay for 21 days, and again in 2013 under President Barack Obama, 16 days. Notice I stated, “without pay.” That’s because he still showed up every day on time for work, despite not getting a paycheck.

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By Rocio Velazquez Kato, Latino Policy Forum Immigration and Policy Analyst

Over 210,000 comments were submitted in the federal register in response to the proposed changes to the Public Charge inadmissibility bar, changes that would affect millions of families but take particular aim at immigrants seeking permanent residency in the United States.

The comments submitted are overwhelmingly in opposition to the proposed changes.

The Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) coalition, of which the Latino Policy Forum is a part of, had a goal of encouraging 100,000 comments nationally, and we more than doubled that. Included in the numerous comments in opposition to the harmful rule,... Continue Reading

The final days of December are always a time for us at the Latino Policy Forum to reflect on the successes we have had and the challenges we have faced. We know, too, that as we enter the new year, there will be new opportunities that we are ready to accept.

As most of you know, 2018 marked the Forum’s 10th anniversary, and I’d like to thank the founders and supporters who have stood by us this past decade. We stand on your shoulders and vision, which is rooted in the era of Mayor Harold Washington more than 35 years ago. It was then, in the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Latino Affairs (MACLA), that the seeds were planted to create... Continue Reading

There is still time to submit public comments to denounce the Trump Administration’s attempts to alter the Public Charge rule to target immigrant families and cripple Illinois’ economy. The deadline for providing comments is December 10, and you can do so by clicking HERE or text Public Charge to 69866.  

The proposed rule change is already having devastating consequences and families are making the impossible choice between their public services needs and endangering their chances of gaining legal permanent residence in the United States.

More than 100 people braved chilly, 30-degree temperatures on Wednesday night to attend a candlelight vigil... Continue Reading

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We are pleased that justice was served in today’s verdict and grieve for the families affected by this tragedy. The Forum, which builds cooperation between African American and Latino community leaders, hopes this will bring real reform and #ChicagoPeace

#VanDykeMurderTrial ‬

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