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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 

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

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


The Military Times - Commentary by Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth: Deported veterans fought for this country. It’s time to fight for them, too

This year on Veterans Day, a group of veterans gathered at a small, cobbled-together support house in Mexico. They were forced to celebrate abroad, mere steps from our soil, because our government has forbidden them from setting foot in the nation they risked their lives to defend. Nicknamed “The Bunker,” their building is inconspicuous — differentiated from those around it only by the number of American flags hanging in its windows and the newspaper clippings taped to its glass that tell the stories of the men and women who were kicked out of the nation they served, forced to rely on the Deported Veterans Support House for everything from food to community, shelter to advocacy.

Since it opened in 2014, roughly 400 mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters who sacrificed for our nation from Da Nang to Fallujah — all veterans that our government has abandoned now that they’ve hung up their uniforms — have received assistance and support from the Bunker that our government should be responsible for.

The New York Times: Supreme Court Appears Ready to Let Trump End DACA Program

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Tuesday appeared ready to side with the Trump administration in its efforts to shut down a program protecting about 700,000 young immigrants known as “Dreamers.” The court’s liberal justices probed the administration’s justifications for ending the program, expressing skepticism about its rationales for doing so. But other justices indicated that they would not second-guess the administration’s reasoning and, in any event, considered its explanations sufficient.

Still, there was agreement among the justices that the young people who signed up for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, were sympathetic and that they and their families, schools and employers had relied on it in good faith.

The arguments in the case, one of the most important of the term, addressed presidential power over immigration, a signature issue for President Trump and a divisive one, especially as it has played out in the debate over DACA, a program that has broad, bipartisan support.

Forum Statement: Silencing an Invaluable Messenger in the Latino Community The Latino Policy Forum’s Statement on the Shuttering of Hoy Newspaper - Tribune Publishing’s decision to cease operations of Hoy, an important and consistent source of Spanish-language news in Chicago for the past 16 years, creates an enormous void at a time when Illinois’ 2.2 million Latinos constitute the largest and one of the fastest growing minority groups in the state. Hoy has been more than a journalistic pillar that Chicago’s Latinos have depended on; it’s been a symbol and source of pride for the Latino community, and its closure represents a step in the wrong direction. En Espanol: Silenciando una voz fundamental para la comunidad latina El comunicado del Latino Policy Forum sobre el cierre del diario Hoy - La decisión de Tribune Publishing del cese en las actividades de Hoy, fuente fundamental y constante de noticias en lengua española durante los últimos 16 años, causa un vacío enorme en la comunidad latina. Los latinos suman 2,2 millones de personas y constituyen la minoría más numerosa y de mayor crecimiento en Illinois. Hoy es mucho más que un pilar periodístico en el que los latinos de Chicago se han apoyado; es a la vez símbolo y motivo de orgullo para la comunidad latina, y su cierre representa un paso en la dirección equivocada.

Telemundo Chicago: Trump llama "criminales curtidos" a ciertos Dreamers

El comentario del Presidente surge el mismo día en el que la Corte Suprema de Justicia se alista para escuchar los argumentos del caso

Marketplace: Undocumented immigrants quietly pay billions into Social Security and receive no benefits

If all undocumented immigrants were deported today, next year’s Social Security trust funds would have approximately $13 billion less for benefit payouts. It’s a considerable loss of dollars, especially when it’s projected that the Social Security funds will be depleted by 2034.

According to New American Economy, undocumented immigrants contributed $13 billion into the Social Security funds in 2016 and $3 billion to Medicare. Three years prior, the Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration, Stephen Goss, wrote a report that estimated undocumented immigrants contributed $12 billion into Social Security.

Approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the U.S. with no legal authorization to work, yet an estimated 8 million do, both on and off the books. Since undocumented immigrants don’t have Social Security numbers and are not authorized to work legally in the U.S., they are not eligible for any Social Security benefits, whether they’ve paid into the system or not.

Associate Press: AP Investigation: Deported parents may lose children to adoption

Federal officials insist they are reuniting families and will continue to do so. But an Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and interviews in the U.S. and Central America identified holes in the system that allow state court judges to grant custody of migrant children to American families — without notifying their parents.

Univision Chicago: Inmigración y beneficios públicos

Érika Maldonado habla sobre qué impediría a los inmigrantes que usan beneficios, poder calificar para la residencia.

Para más información llamar a organizaciones comunitarias: 1 (855) 435-7693

Para contactar al Departamento de servicios humanos de IL:

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.

Forum Statement: Words Carry Consequences Latino Policy Forum Statement on the El Paso Massacre 

The massacre we saw in El Paso was a targeted attack on Latinos and an escalation of the rhetoric that is becoming too common among political leaders, particularly the one in the White House. We condemn this hatred and bigotry. The motives behind the El Paso massacre were clearly directed at Latinos, and they were rooted in the damaging rhetoric that came into the national spotlight when Donald Trump began using words like “invasion” and “drug dealers and rapists” to describe immigrants crossing the southern border. The Latino Policy Forum joins other Latino leaders in Illinois and nationwide in holding our political leaders accountable for using divisive rhetoric. WORDS MATTER!

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

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.

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.

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