UnidosUS: La decisión de retirar el proyecto de ley Graham-Cassidy para derogar la ley ACA es una vi

26 de septiembre de 2017 WASHINGTON, DC— La siguiente declaración ha sido emitida hoy día por Janet Murguía, presidente y CEO de UnidosUS (la organización conocida anteriormente como el NCLR ) como respuesta al anuncio hecho por los senadores republicanos de que retirarían el proyecto de ley Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson que intentaba derogar y sustituir la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible (conocida en inglés como el Affordable Care Act o ACA): “Aplaudimos a los senadores de ambos partidos que fueron firmes durante todo el proceso para enfrentarse a este terrible proyecto de ley y que lograron prevenir que fuese considerado en el pleno del Senado. Esta acción de hoy día es una victoria para

Members of Congress Push for Steps to Help Recovery Plan for Puerto Rico

Request Jones Act Suspension, Exemption from FEMA Matching Funds Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) led fellow Members of Congress in writing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security calling for tangible steps to accelerate Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria. The lawmakers are requesting that the Jones Act be temporarily waived in order to expedite supplies being shipped into the Island's ports. Additionally, the letter asks that Puerto Rico be exempted from requirements that local resources match federal funds expended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). When Hurricane Maria savaged the Island, many of our deepest fears were realized. With a power grid that already faced

Let's give 'em something to DACA 'bout

On September 5, 2017, President Trump sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions to deliver news that he would be rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since its establishment in 2012 by President Obama, DACA has protected more than 800,000 individuals from facing deportation. This protection allowed for these persons who were brought to America as children to continue their lives without the fear of being stripped away from their families, careers and lives they worked so hard to create. Although President Trump claimed in 2017 that his administration would act on DACA "with heart," his actions voiced through AG Sessions proved otherwise. Deporting these DREAMers fr

NALEO Educational Fund and 3,000 Groups Across the Country Celebrate National Voter Registration Day

Organization’s toll-free bilingual hotline 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA will be in operation to assist eligible new voters in advance of November state and municipal elections Washington, DC – In advance of state and municipal elections this November, NALEO Educational Fund and more than 3,000 groups across the country are celebrating National Voter Registration Day today by joining together for a massive 50-state effort to register voters. Every year, millions of Americans are unable to vote because of problems with their voter registration. New data from the Democracy Fund shows that many Americans lack a basic understanding of the voter registration process, with 41 percent of voters stating they di

7.1 earthquake rocks Mexico City, central Mexico

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the central Mexican state of Puebla on Tuesday afternoon, the US Geological Survey said. Preliminary reports put the epicenter 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles (55 km) south-southwest of the city of Puebla, according to the USGS. It was felt in the center of Mexico City, which is only about 75 miles (121 km) from the epicenter. The earthquake struck at a depth of about 33 miles (51 km). Adrian Wilson, a photographer from New York City, was eating in the capital when he felt the earthquake. "I was having lunch when the floor gently rocked as if a big truck went by," Wilson said. "It then amplified in waves and the wh

Join LULAC in Celebrating #NationalVoterRegistrationDay!

LULAC is excited to once again participate in a national effort to engage and mobilize Americans in our political process by helping to register over a hundred thousand voters across the country on September 26, 2017, National Voter Registration Day. First held in 2012 for that year’s presidential election, National Voter Registration Day has become a 50-state holiday where thousands of organizations and volunteers organize to ensure our family, friends, and neighbors are registered to vote. Have you moved — even just across town — since the last election? Have you changed your name? Will you turn 18 by Election Day? Are you a newly naturalized citizen? Have you not voted in a while? I

Legisladores latinos indignados con eliminación de DACA

WASHINGTON, 5 de septiembre de 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- El Caucus Nacional de Legisladores Estatales Hispanos (NHCSL, por sus siglas en inglés), que representa los intereses de sobre 400 legisladores estatales de ambos partidos en legislaturas estatales alrededor del país, expresó su indignación hoy luego que la Administración decidiera eliminar el programa "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals", o DACA por sus siglas en inglés. DACA ha ayudado a más de 800,000 "Dreamers" a permanecer en este país y contribuir a que sea exitoso. "Los miembros de NHCSL estamos indignados de que esta Administración haya decidido terminar un programa que ha permitido que personas que fueron traíd

HNBA Statement on the Trump Administration’s DACA Announcement

WASHINGTON, DC -- The National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Pedro J. Torres-Díaz, released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, barring any new applications for relief after September 5, 2017, and any applications for renewal after March 5, 2018. “While only providing temporary relief, DACA was designed to address the decade-long stalemate in Congress on immigration reform and give young Americans who live in this country without proper legal status, through no fault of their own, the opportunity to contribute fully to the only country they call home,” said HNBA National

Elimination of DACA Strikes Blow to Latino Community and Nation

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) today issued the following statement in strong opposition to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) is deeply concerned by the chain of events that President Donald J. Trump has put in motion by ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “The DACA program embodied the ideals and values we treasure as a nation, allowing young individuals who were brought to this country through no fault of their own to come into the light, work hard,

The End and Future of DACA by By Congressman Luis Gutierrez

President Trump has taken action to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that for five years has allowed young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. more than ten years ago as children to come forward, register, submit to a background check, and be allowed to work while designated as the lowest priority for deportation. Advocacy by me during the Obama Administration was instrumental in forcing the former President to act to protect immigrant youth (the so-called DREAMers) in 2012. Throughout the month of September, there are expected to be multiple votes on funding the government and the various federal agencies and functions for the next fiscal year beginning Oct

U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DECISION TO END DACA

Washington, DC — In response to today’s decision by President Donald Trump to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to continue to live, work and study in the U.S. and contribute to the nation’s economy, leaders of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) issued the statements below. In addition, USCM is sending an open letter to Congress urging quick action on bipartisan legislation that would enable DREAMers to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship if they meet certain criteria. America’s mayors stand ready to do whatever they can to assist Congress in seei

MFV Calls For Immediate Passage of Strong DREAM Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly 800,000 young adults who have thrived in the U.S. and helped grow the economy with protection from deportation and a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), had their dreams shattered Tuesday after the Trump administration announced plans to phase out the program that has strong bipartisan support across the nation. The president will begin phasing out the program in six months to let Congress decide in the meantime whether and how to protect 800,000 young Americans who were brought to the U.S. as children without documents. Although Trump promised during his campaign to rescind DACA, and then backed away from it after his election, prom

Trump elimina DACA

Washington, DC – A continuación compartimos las reacciones de Frank Sharry, Director Ejecutivo de America’s Voice Education Fund, y de Juan Escalante, beneficiario de DACA y Director de Campañas Digitales de America’s Voice, en torno al anuncio de la eliminación del programa. El DHS inmediatamente dejará de aceptar solicitudes para el programa de Acción Diferida para Quienes Llegaron en la Infancia (DACA) y dejará de renovarlo a los actuales beneficiarios en marzo de 2018. Frank Sharry, Director Ejecutivo de America’s Voice Education Fund: “Hoy, el presidente Trump ha terminado formalmente el programa DACA que dio esperanza y futuro a cientos de miles de jóvenes que son estadounidenses

LATINO LEADERS UNITED IN CONDEMNING DECISION TO END DACA AND CALL ON CONGRESS TO ACT IMMEDIATELY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 45 of the nation’s preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, condemns President Trump for directing his Administration to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which successfully gives hundreds of thousands of young people the opportunity to live, work, and contribute to the only country they know as home. This decision is reprehensible from not only a moral standpoint, but also an economic one. DACA was created to provide young immigrants in the U.S. the opportunity to work and study without fear of deportation. The application process includes thorough background checks. According to a Cato Institute st

UFW: Trump rescinding DACA is ’heartless and immoral’

United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez issued the following statement from the union’s Keene, Calif. headquarters after President Trump rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). President Trump has left 800,000 lives in limbo by rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We condemn this appalling and counterproductive action. Donald Trump is scapegoating immigrants who were already vetted by the federal government and who are not a threat to our country. Trump taking DACA away from Dreamers so that he can try to deport them is heartless and immoral. Many Dreamers are farm workers who feed this nation or their sons and daughters. They are also doctors,

Breaking Promise to Act ‘With Heart,’ Trump Administration Ends DACA, Eliminates Protection for 800,

Washington, DC – Today President Donald Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era immigration policy that grants deportation relief for undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. as children, known as Dreamers. Established in 2012, DACA currently protects 800,000 immigrants and grants them the right to remain in the U.S. and receive work permits. As part of Trump’s plan to phase out DACA, the Administration will not consider new applications for legal status dated after September 5. DACA recipients, whose permit will expire before March 5, must apply for a two-year renewal by October 5. Some Dreamers will be eligible for legal status for an

Lessons from Harvey

Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed (English and Spanish) from Adrianna Quintero on the impacts of Hurricane Harvey Latino and low-income communities . Without a doubt, Hurricane Harvey is a historic catastrophe. After making landfall Friday and becoming a tropical storm, it has continued to wreak havoc: death, loss, missing persons, and an immediate and lingering fear among many communities. I have firsthand experience with devastating hurricanes, having lived in the path of the storm when Hurricane Andrew hit Miami in 1992. Andrew came on shore as a powerful Category 5 hurricane—the highest on the scale. Communities were literally wiped out; people lost everything, and lives were lost

Las lecciones de Harvey

Editor's Note: El siguiente es un artículo de opinión de la autoría de Adrianna Quintero sobre los impacto del Huracán Harvey en comunidades latinas y de bajos ingresos. Sin lugar a duda, el Huracán Harvey ha sido una catástrofe histórica. Además de ser un huracán con vientos devastadores, se convirtió en una tormenta tropical extrema la cual castigó a Texas con lluvias nunca vistas. Yo personalmente viví de primera mano un huracán devastador cuando el huracán Andrew azotó a Miami en agosto de 1992. Andrew llegó a Miami como un huracán de categoría 5, la más alta en la escala. Comunidades enteras fueron literalmente arrasadas. Miles de personas perdieron todo. Tal como Andrew, Harvey ha sido

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