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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/


Washington Post: Trump’s shutdown has paralyzed immigration courts. Oh, the irony.

IN THE name of securing the border and keeping out illegal immigrants, President Trump has opted for a partial government shutdown. Irony of ironies, that shutdown has paralyzed the nation’s immigration courts, shuttering many of them and allowing several hundred undocumented immigrants to dodge deportation orders each day the shutdown continues. They are among many hundreds of others whose cases will be postponed for years — or, in effect, indefinitely — for every day the closure lasts.

New York Times: U.S. Agents Fire Tear Gas Across Mexican Border

American border officers sent tear gas into Mexico early Tuesday to drive away about 150 migrants trying to cross the border into the United States, the authorities said. In a statement, the Customs and Border Protection agency said that the migrants tried to climb over and crawl under the border fence near San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico — the same area where American officers fired tear gas across the border late last year and where Mexico is struggling to handle thousands of migrants who have fled violence and poverty in Central America.

NPR: A Push For Diversity In Medical School Is Slowly Paying Off

Researchers say between 2002 and 2012, the proportion of female and black U.S. medical students decreased each year. But the percentage of Latino and Asian students increased.

NPR: Latinos Increasingly Concerned About Their Place In U.S. Society, Survey Finds

One out of every two Latinos in the United States says that life has become more difficult for them in the past year, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. Mark Lopez, director of global migration and demography research at Pew and a co-writer of the survey, says the findings reflect a turn "towards being pessimistic about the country, about the direction of the country and also the future for their own children."

Lopez says Latinos have traditionally been more optimistic than the general U.S. population about life in the United States. "But that's changed," he says.

ACLU: ICE Detention Center Says It’s Not Responsible for Staff's Sexual Abuse of Detainees

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government impose criminal liability on correctional facility staff who have sexual contact with people in their custody. These laws recognize that any sexual activity between detainees and detention facility staff, with or without the use of force, is unlawful because of the inherent power imbalance when people are in custody. Yet, one immigration detention center is trying to avoid responsibility for sexual violence within its walls by arguing that the detainee “consented” to sexual abuse.

Univision Chicago: Esto fue lo que pasó con los 99 niños inmigrantes separados de sus padres y enviados a Chicago 

Una investigación de ‘ProPublica Illinois’ explica cómo documentos confidenciales revelan detalles sobre los problemas para encontrar a los padres y las experiencias traumáticas durante la política de tolerancia cero de la administración Trump.

Eran tan jóvenes como de 10 meses, tan mayores como de casi 18 años. Aproximadamente un tercio de los niños que terminaron en Chicago venían de Guatemala, mientras otros habían huido de Brasil, Honduras, El Salvador, Belice, Rumanía e India. Todos tenían al menos a uno de sus progenitores detenido, frecuentemente a cientos de millas de distancia. Meses después de que las penurias de los niños separados de sus padres durante la agresiva campaña de tolerancia cero activada por la administración Trump provocara indignación pública y la derogación de esta política migratoria, muchas de las identidades y experiencias de aquellos niños durante sus detenciones siguen siendo desconocidas.

Hoy: Trump publica norma para ampliar el periodo de detención de niños inmigrantes  El Gobierno del presidente Donald Trump publicó el viernes oficialmente una propuesta destinada a modificar un acuerdo conocido como "Flores" para poder detener a los niños inmigrantes durante más de 20 días, límite máximo que fija ese pacto judicial. La norma fue divulgada en el Federal Register, el diario oficial del Gobierno en el que se difunden leyes, disposiciones, propuestas normativas y avisos públicos. 

Su publicación en el Federal Register abre el plazo de 60 días para que el público pueda hacer comentarios, momento en el que la Administración puede incorporar cambios y hacer definitiva su propuesta para comenzar a aplicarla. El plazo de 60 días se cumple el 6 de noviembre. El Ejecutivo quiere acabar con un acuerdo judicial conocido como "Flores", que data de 1997 y determina que los menores inmigrantes deben ser detenidos en las condiciones "menos restrictivas" posibles y durante un periodo máximo de 20 días.

POLITICO: Trump family detention plan challenges court settlement

 The Trump administration will forge ahead with a plan to keep migrant families detained together through the course of immigration proceedings, according to a Federal Register announcement Thursday.

The administration will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking that sets standards for the care of families, a step that may terminate the 1997 Flores settlement agreement, which governs the treatment of unaccompanied minors in federal custody. "Legal loopholes significantly hinder the Department’s ability to appropriately detain and promptly remove family units that have no legal basis to remain in the country," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a written statement. "This rule addresses one of the primary pull factors for illegal immigration and allows the federal government to enforce immigration laws as passed by Congress."

New York Times Opinion: Los niños que deben defenderse solos ante tribunales

La cobertura que han hecho los medios de la crisis fronteriza se ha concentrado de manera considerable en los padres y niños que han sido separados

New York Times Opinion: Why the Government Wants to Know Your Citizenship Status

Are you an American citizen? The Trump administration really wants to know. In March, it added to the 2020 census a question asking people, for the first time in more than half a century, about their citizenship status. Administration officials have claimed, in public and before Congress, that the Justice Department needs the question answered in order to properly enforce the Voting Rights Act. But late last month, the government turned over a batch of emails as part of a federal lawsuit that casts significant doubt on those claims. The push to include the question has also set off concerns about the way such data might be used in the next decennial redistricting cycle, which begins in 2021.

Telemundo: Dejan atrás una pesadilla pero se enfrentan a otra dura realidad

A las 1800 familias inmigrantes reunificadas todavía les queda mucha batalla: encontrar trabajo para pagarse un abogado que las represente y evitar la deportación

Huffington Post: If Politicians Want The Latino Vote, They’ll Have To Work For It

According to a new study, the increasingly sought-after Latino electorate will need more than just sound bites and one-liners to be mobilized. The study by Latino Decisions, a polling firm known for their independent analysis of Latino public opinion, analyzed the impact of Spanish-language political ads in state-based media markets and compared them to media markets in the same state where such ads were not present.

Illegal Immigration Does Not Increase Violent Crimes, 4 Studies Show

Academic studies suggest that illegal immigration does not increase the prevalence of violent crime or drug and alcohol problems. 

Telemundo: Reacciona Chicago a eliminación de deportaciones obligatorias

La Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos anuló parcialmente hoy una ley federal que facilitaba la deportación de inmigrantes condenados por crímenes de violencia.

Univision Chicago: Denuncian supuestos retrasos intencionales en programas de educación especial en Chicago

Maestros, padres de familia y algunas organizaciones, revelaron pruebas del presunto abuso en los programas de educación especial ofrecidos por CPS. Según el análisis independiente que tardó 5 meses, se implementaban procedimientos para retrasar o negar servicios a estos estudiantes y ahorrarse los costos.

ABC News: Deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care

The number of legal immigrants from Latin American nations who access public health services and enroll in federally subsidized insurance plans has dipped substantially since President Donald Trump took office, many of them fearing their information could be used to identify and deport relatives living in the U.S. illegally, according to health advocates across the country.

NBC News: Segregation, school funding inequalities still punishing Black, Latino students

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights published a report Thursday Public Education Funding Equity: In an Era of Increasing Concentration of Poverty and Resegregation, which confirms what educators have known for a long time now -- that educational resources and outcomes have a lot to do with a child's particular neighborhood.

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.  

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. 

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