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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

Asuntos que Afectan a los Latinos en Illinois

IMPACTO Illinois es un espacio al que puede acudir para recibir noticias de actualidad e informes sobre asuntos de ámbito nacional que afectan a los Latinos de Illinois.Asismismo, se enumera una serie de grupos a los que puede seguir para recibir novedades. Para suscribirse a esta página, etiquete @latinopolicy o #ImpactoIL en Twitter.


National Immigration Law Center: Immigrant and Refugee Children A GUIDE FOR EDUCATORS AND SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF 

Loyola University Chicago: A Guide for Parents in Illinois who are Undocumented Planning for your Children in Case of Detention or Deportation / En Español 

Catholic Legal Immigration Network: CONOZCA SUS DERECHOS - Un recurso para estudiantes, padres y tutores

Immigrant Defense Project: ICE TOOLKIT/La Guia Sobre Redadas y Arrestos de ICE

Know Your Rights Materials: https://www.immigrantdefenseproject.org/redadas-de-inmigracion/


WTTW: A Look at Immigration Status in the Workplace

The fear of raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Chicago has been high in recent days. Some businesses in neighborhoods like Little Village say they’re having trouble attracting patrons and employees. It all comes amid a stepped-up immigration crackdown from the Trump administration. Just last week, ICE agents raided food-processing plants in Mississippi, targeting undocumented immigrants. With very few exceptions, businesses are required to have new workers fill out I-9 forms to prove their identities and work authorization. The government can then check those forms through the online e-verify system, through the Social Security system or by auditing a company’s I-9s.

The New Yorker: The Vital Importance of Learning to See Latinos in Trump’s America

After the massacre at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Latinos across America are feeling shaken and terrified. Aura Bogado, an investigative reporter at Reveal, a publication from the Center for Investigative Reporting, asked her Latino followers on Twitter how they were feeling after the shootings. The last time I checked, she had five hundred and one public answers, most of them full of anguish: parents relieved that their children had fair skin, mothers afraid to take their children to school when classes resume, and lots of people frightened to speak Spanish in public. Ana Dopico, a professor of comparative literature at New York University who is currently working on a book in Miami, replied in the thread that she was now “constantly monitoring accents & reactions to Spanish usage.” Bogado told me, “There was an assumption that this was something that happened somewhere else”—in places with a long history of anti-Latino sentiment. “But the fact that this kind of supremacist violence happens in places in which Latinx have grown safe is scary, and people are coming to terms with that.”

Univision Chicago: El gobierno de Trump busca negar la residencia a inmigrantes legales que usen beneficios públicos

 El gobierno de Donald Trump se prepara para aplicar una nueva regla que afectará a los inmigrantes en situación regular que usen fondos públicos o sean susceptibles de convertirse en una carga pública. Se trata de una de las medidas más fuertes que intenta poner en vigencia el gobierno de EEUU para controlar también la inmigración legal (*).

La norma fue incluida en la regla final de Carga Pública que fue anunciada en octubre en el Registro Federal (diario oficial estadounidense) y entrará en vigor a los 60 días de ser publicada contados a partir del 14 de agosto.

NPR: 2020 Census Could Lead To Worst Undercount Of Black, Latinx People In 30 Years

Challenges threatening the upcoming 2020 census could put more than 4 million people at risk of being undercounted in next year's national head count, according to new projections by the Urban Institute.

The nonpartisan think tank found that the danger of an inaccurate census could hit some of the country's most difficult to count populations the hardest. Based on the institute's analysis, the 2020 census could lead to the worst undercount of black and Latino and Latina people in the U.S. since 1990.

"Miscounts of this magnitude will have real consequences for the next decade, including how we fund programs for children and invest in our infrastructure," says Diana Elliott, a senior research associate at the Urban Institute who co-wrote the report released Tuesday.

NBC News: Latino commission delivers dire prediction on 2020 census, slams administration 

Americans for the first time will be able to respond to the census online next year, but there is skepticism that the change will lead to a more accurate count, particularly for Latinos. The shift to digital, along with a potential question about U.S. citizenship, language barriers, underfunding and other issues, are combining to potentially make the 2020 census inaccurate and incomplete, according to the National Latino Commission on Census 2020. “The census is at the greatest risk than it has ever been in our lifetime,” Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, which formed the commission, told NBC News

The New York Times OpEd by UnidosUS President Janet Murguia: President Trump's Immigration Policies Are Hurting American Children

Few of the Trump administration’s policies were as universally reviled by Americans across the country as the family separation policy at the border. Yet many Americans would be surprised to learn that the heartbreaking images of children being torn from their parents’ arms are playing out, often invisibly, in communities in this country, posing a severe threat to millions of American children and their families.

In the months leading up to the election, Donald Trump vowed to deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. In 2017, the Trump administration unveiled an aggressive immigration agenda that made all immigrants a priority, regardless of whether they had a criminal conviction. As a result, apprehensions of immigrants with no criminal convictions skyrocketed during the first 14 months of his term.

new report by UnidosUS found that for the nearly six millionAmerican children under the age of 18 who live in a household with undocumented residents, mostly parents, the risk of being separated from one or both parents has risen exponentially under the Trump administration. The consequences for the children who remain could be devastating: causing permanent, irreparable harm that will play out for years to come.

Telemundo Chicago: Pese a demandas, el Censo recibe datos de inmigrantes

Bajo un plan propuesto, el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS, por sus siglas en inglés) proporcionaría a la Oficina del Censo una gran cantidad de información personal de individuos que no son ciudadanos, incluido su estatus migratorio, según información obtenida por The Associated Press.

Se trabaja en un acuerdo pendiente de aprobarse entre las agencias desde al menos enero, el mismo mes en que un juez federal de Nueva York le impidió al gobierno agregar la pregunta sobre ciudadanía al censo que se efectúa cada 10 años.

Telemundo Chicago: Los cambios en los impuestos y cómo te afectan

Existen muchos cambios que entraron en vigencia este año en el proceso de declaración de impuestos y que impactan el bolsillo de los contribuyentes. Dos expertos en el tema hablaron en detalle sobre las modificaciones más importantes.

NBC News: Latinos on track to be largest share of nonwhite voters in 2020, Pew says

In the next presidential election, 32 million Hispanics will be eligible to vote, just slightly more than the 30 million voters who are black.

Univision Chicago: 'I am a dreamer', el documental que expone las vivencias y luchas de los soñadores

La producción audovisual nació del impacto que han generado las decisiones tomadas por el presidente Donald Trump en los dreamers, según explica el director Mario Rosales. Por su parte, el actor Ash Gonzáles asegura que el gran objetivo del proyecto es poder mostrarle a la gente las experiencias que tienen que vivir miles de familias que quieren alcanzar el sueño americano.

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. 

UnidosUS - @WeAreUnidosUS - formerly NCLR or National Council of La Raza - Advocates for Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy

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

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

Chicago Urban League - Helping people find jobs, affordable housing, educational opportunities, and grow businesses. Passionate advocates for educational equality, economic development and social justices

Southern Poverty Law Center -  Dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justices for the most vulnerable members of our society.

NAACP - Ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.


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