Friday, April 26, 2019

Democrats want to tackle DACA and TPS first, then a comprehensive immigration bill

Latino Democrats are charging ahead with plans to move a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year, bolstered by recently secured support from some of the party’s top brass. Leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) are drafting a measure that some Democratic leaders say they are ready to bring to the floor after the chamber […]

Latino Democrats announce task forces for Congress

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) announced yesterday its issue-based task forces for the current Congress. The CHC will have 13 task forces, up from 11 during last Congress, as the group has grown in number and reach. The CHC currently recognizes 38 members, compared to 32 last Congress. The new task forces are Arts and […]

At ceremony, Latino legislators vow to overcome government shutdown

At a ceremony to usher in a record number of Latino Democrats in Congress, lawmakers exuded more outrage than delight as they recognized their legislative ambitions are contending for now with a standoff over a border wall with Mexico that has partially shut down the government. “It’s because of Trump’s obsession with stirring up anti-immigrant […]

Hispanic Caucus demands answers on detention of immigrant children

The leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) called yesterday for the top federal official in charge of refugee resettlement to explain the administration’s policies on detention of immigrant minors. In a letter to Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Director Scott Lloyd obtained by The Hill, the CHC asked for a meeting with its members “to discuss […]

House Democrats want to know the administration’s plan to reunite separated families

House Democrats on Tuesday demanded that the Trump administration provide its plan to reunify more than 500 undocumented children who remain separated from their parents as a result of the government’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. “Since the Administration instituted and rescinded the zero-tolerance policy, which purposefully targeted and separated migrant children from their parents, we have […]

Trump’s Chief of Staff comments about ‘lazy’ DREAMers causes controversy with Hispanic lawmakers

Hispanic lawmakers on Tuesday blasted White House chief of staff John Kelly for saying President Trump’s immigration plan would generously help immigrants “too lazy” to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “The difference between 690 [thousand] and 1.8 million were the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, […]

Hispanic Caucus Alarmed by Lack of Obamacare Latino Outreach

On Thursday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price saying that they are “alarmed” by the lack of work with the coalition of Latino advocacy groups called the Latino Affordable Care Act Coalition. The caucus is demanding to meet with Price to ensure that Hispanic families […]

Excelencia in Education: Placing Latinos in the Financial Aid Conversation

Excelencia in Education is using a Capitol Hill briefing today to release the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded white paper Using A Latino Lens To Reimagine Aid Design And Delivery. “This is a framing document getting people to think about what they can be doing as they develop policy regarding Latinos and federal financial aid,” Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in […]

Record Number of Latinos Sworn in to 113th Congress

A record number of Latinos were sworn in yesterday to the 113th Congress, with three U.S. Senators and 28 Latino House members making up the historic number. According to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the 113th Congress is “the largest class [of Latinos] in our nation’s history.” Nine of these […]

Needs of Same-Sex Couples Addressed in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) released yesterday its nine fundamental principles for comprehensive immigration reform, creating an inclusion for same-sex couples. In the document released on November 28, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus states that the second stepping stone in comprehensive immigration reform is protecting the sanctity of marriage. The reform references same-sex couples in the […]