Friday, March 22, 2019

Over 30 cities speak out against Trump proposal on immigration benefits

A coalition of 32 cities led by New York and Chicago have come out in opposition to a Trump administration proposal that would link welfare and immigration benefits. In the multi-city comment, representatives argued that the proposed rule from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) violates the Administrative Procedure Act, among other federal laws. “We’re standing […]

Trump Set to Face Latino Protests in Chicago

Donald Trump is set to appear at the University of Illinois Chicago on Friday and the news of his appearance has been met with opposition from the university’s staff and students, along with leaders of Chicago’s Latino community. The U.S. Census states that 28.9 percent of Chicago’s residents identify as Hispanic. In order to show […]

Guest Blogger: Robert Valencia “A Silver Lining in the Juvenile Justice System”

The string of shootings in Newtown, Aurora, and Oak Creek last year would make some reconsider establishing ‘stop-and-frisk’ policies in several violence-ridden U.S. cities. Most recently, an article by The Chicago Tribune’s Stephanie D. Neely on March 1, claimed that stop-and-frisk policies are needed in an attempt to curb gun violence in Chicago. According to […]

Illinois Takes Steps towards Granting Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

Pending a House floor vote, Illinois has passed a bill that will make it the fourth state to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. If passed, Bill SB957 will allow an estimated 250,000 undocumented immigrants the opportunity to obtain three-year renewable licenses. Supporters of the bill say it is a major push for public safety. […]

Texas and Chicago Latinos Affected by EPA Mercury

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new rules for mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired and oil-fired power plants. Anticipation of the rules sparked a firestorm within the fossil-fueled power industry and its political supporters, who say utilities will be forced to close out-dated, coal-fired power plants before a 2015 deadline. Republicans like […]

Latinos Key Contributors to Chicago’s Economy

A new report found that Chicago’s local Latino population is a vital contributor to the local economy. The report, “The State of Latino Chicago 201: The New Equation”, by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies concluded that Latinos contribute almost $1.2 billion more in tax revenues than they cost in the delivery […]

Latino Group says Redistricting Plan in Illinois violates Election Laws

A new map of legislative boundaries in Illinois drawn up by legislators violates the rights of Latino voters, according to a Latino legal rights group. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a non-profit that works to protect the legal rights of Latinos, says the plan denies Latino voters from Chicago’s South Side their […]

Oklahoma Hispanic Population Booms and now Largest Minority in Illinois

As the Census Bureau continues to release data from last year’s Census, more states and metropolitan areas are seeing proof of what they already know – the Hispanic population continues to fuel growth in many parts of this country. The latest numbers to be released earlier this week showed that in Oklahoma the Hispanic population […]

Transplant Program in Chicago Serves Hispanics

A unique transplant program run entirely in Spanish at a hospital in Chicago is drawing Hispanics from all over the country and even abroad seeking the live-saving procedure. Northwestern Memorial Hospital started the program in December of 2006, which is the only one known of its kind, providing care in a “culturally-sensitive manner.” “I realized […]

Guest Blogger Series: Rep. Luis Gutierrez “On Immigration, Are You a Lamar Smith-John Boehner-Steve King Republican?”

About a week ago, I announced that I would not run for Mayor of Chicago so that I could devote my full time and attention to my vocation: fighting for immigration reform in the U.S. Congress.  My decision not to run was a difficult one.  Being Mayor of Chicago — the city of my birth, […]