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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA:

    Contacto:

    Kathy Mimberg
    (202) 776-1714
    kmimberg@nclr.org

    Enero es el “Mes de la Concientización del Cáncer Cervical”, y para todas las mujeres alrededor del país, esto debe de servir para recordar la necesidad de hacer una cita para un examen de Papanicolaou, dado a que el cáncer cervical es fácilmente prevenible con la ayuda de este estudio. Desafortunadamente, muchas latinas no toman el tiempo para realizarse esta simple prueba y están perdiendo la batalla en contra de esta enfermedad. Cada año, 10,000 mujeres son diagnosticadas con cáncer cervical y aproximadamente 3,700 mueren por la misma. Para las latinas, el pronóstico es desalentador. Las latinas tienen la tasa más alta de cáncer cervical y la segunda tasa más alta de mortalidad entre todos los grupos raciales y étnicos. La solución de este problema es la detección temprana. Las latinas simplemente no están haciéndose esta prueba regularmente.

    “Lo que es aún más frustrante es que hayan tantas latinas muriendo de esta enfermedad sin necesidad,” dijo Manuela McDonough, Program Manager del Instituto para la Salud Hispana (IHH por sus siglas en inglés) del Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en inglés). “Los médicos saben cómo detectar esta enfermedad y cómo tratarla pero no pueden hacer esto hasta que las mujeres se hagan las pruebas regularmente.”

    A pesar de las altas tasas de mujeres con la enfermedad y las estadísticas de decesos producto de ésta, las latinas de 18 a 44 años de edad son menos propensas a hacerse pruebas para el cáncer cervical que mujeres no hispanas de la raza blanca. Sólo 73.6 por ciento de las mujeres hispanas se han hecho el examen del Papanicolaou en los últimos tres años.

    Aquellas personas con el Virus del Papiloma Humano (HPV por sus siglas en inglés) o condiciones similares que debilitan el sistema inmunológico como el VIH, experimentan mayores factores de riesgo que aumentan la probabilidad de contraer cáncer cervical. Otros factores incluyen fumar, utilizar métodos anticonceptivos por más de cinco años y haber dado a luz a por lo menos tres hijos. Sin embargo, el cáncer cervical no siempre presenta síntomas, por ello es sumamente importante la visita al médico. El IHH recomienda que las mujeres deben comenzar ha realizarse exámenes de Papanicolaou de manera regular a partir de los 21 años.

    “Uno de los obstáculos que enfrentamos es simplemente educar a nuestra comunidad sobre la enfermedad,” dijo Marcela Vargas, Project Coordinator del IHH. Vargas ayuda a coordinar el projecto Mujer Sana, Familia Fuerte, que utiliza el modelo promotores de salud para llegar a las latinas y educarlas sobre la prevención del cáncer cervical. “Somos afortunados en tener la oportunidad de entrenar a las personas que viven y trabajan en estas comunidades sobre la importancia de participar en exámenes preventivos del cáncer cervical y cómo pueden tener acceso al cuidado apropiado,” dijo Vargas. “Escucharlo de alguien que conoces o con quien trabajas, es la forma más efectiva para que sepan lo urgente de este mensaje.”

    Vargas y McDonough patrocinarán un taller de promotores sobre el cáncer cervical en Chicago del 28 al 30 de enero. Para más información sobre el entrenamiento o para hablar con un coordinador de proyecto del NCLR sobre el cáncer cervical en la comunidad latina, por favor comuníquese con Kathy Mimberg a kmimberg@nclr.org.

    Personas con bajos ingresos o aquellos sin seguro médico pueden ser elegibles para exámenes de Papanicolaou gratuitos o de bajo costo a través del National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Para más información, llame al: 1-800-CDC-INFO o visite http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    NCLR applauds new servicing standards that will put an end to dual tracking

    Borrowers at risk of losing their homes have been granted much-needed relief thanks to new protections aimed at preventing unnecessary foreclosures. Earlier today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced new servicing standards that specifically address the problem of dual tracking—the process of pushing families through foreclosure while they are simultaneously being considered for mortgage loan modifications. At a hearing in Atlanta today, Lot Diaz, Vice President of Housing and Community Development at NCLR (National Council of La Raza), provided testimony that praised the CFPB for making meaningful improvements to the dual tracking rule, which will help stem foreclosures in Latino communities.

    “There is no question that our community has been disproportionately affected by the foreclosure crisis and that dual tracking has played a significant role in so many Latinos unfairly losing their homes,” said Diaz. “Mortgage servicers have been starting the clock on foreclosures before families even have a chance to consider their options for saving their homes. The new regulations are a clear step in the right direction, and it’s time that servicers follow the rules.”

    The most promising provision in the new regulations prohibits servicers from filing for foreclosure until a mortgage is delinquent for more than 120 days. This window of opportunity provides a healthy amount of time for struggling homeowners to adjust their loans without having to worry that their foreclosure is already being processed.

    While NCLR is pleased that the CFPB has responded to many of our concerns about the dual tracking rule, they have not clarified how they intend to disseminate information about the rule to local communities. In addition, it is critical that racial and ethnic data are collected to ensure accountability and proper enforcement.

    “We’ve already seen servicers ignore the calls to end dual tracking,” added Diaz. “We need to make sure this time that what is put on paper is put into practice. Strong enforcement is key.”

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Camila Gallardo
    Main: (305) 573-7329
    Cell: (305) 215-4259
    cgallardo@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR praised President Obama’s announcement of a comprehensive proposal, including 23 executive measures, aimed at curbing gun violence in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. The President requested that Congress immediately advance a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines as well as establish universal background checks on gun buyers. He also addressed the broader issue of community violence by proposing at least $150 million for future school safety initiatives and announcing a partnership between the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Education to address a wide spectrum of mental health issues related to gun violence.

    “We praise the President’s swift, thoughtful action as well as his challenge to Congress to enact new measures and broaden this long-overdue national conversation,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “There are many promising first steps in his announcement, including measures aimed at getting guns out of the hands of the wrong individuals. In addition, we praise his approach that looks more broadly at how gun violence impacts communities of color, including the Latino community.”

    Gun violence toward youth has reached an alarming rate. In the United States, a child or teen is killed by a firearm every three hours, and every 14 hours one of those youth is Latino. In states such as California, the majority of youth homicides involve the use of a handgun. NCLR Affiliates and other community-based organizations have long worked to prevent and reduce violence, yet the resources invested in these programs and policies that make an impact have not matched the need.

    NCLR is a pleased with the administration’s responsiveness to the civil rights community’s concerns with proposals to place armed guards in schools. Children of color disproportionately attend punitive schools where overpolicing can lead to distrust of law enforcement. The new flexibility in the president’s proposal allows school districts to employ resources, including social and mental health services, to address the behavioral health of children and work with them to eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline. According to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, from 2009 to 2012 states cut an estimated $4.35 billion in public mental health spending. Many insurance plans do not provide appropriate coverage for these services, and families of children with mental health issues often have no access to professional support.

    “We are hopeful that local, state and federal lawmakers will work with the White House on policies that do not just address the accessibility of guns but also ensure that we are providing the kind of support, guidance, counseling and mental health services that can help children—especially youth routinely exposed to violence—learn to cope with issues without resorting to violence,” continued Murguía. “We look forward to working with the administration over the coming year to ensure that school and community safety measures are comprehensive and responsive to the needs of Latino youth and all of America’s children.”

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         Contact:
    January 18, 2013                                          Kathy Mimberg
                                                                        (202) 776-1714
                                                                        kmimberg@nclr.org


    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will honor the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 21 by carrying out community service activities across the nation.  NCLR staff will join local nonprofit organizations that are members of the NCLR Affiliate Network in paying tribute to Dr. King through community service projects.  Members of the public are invited to participate in these service activities; a description of each project and contact information are listed below by state and community organization.

    District of Columbia/Maryland

    Maryland Multicultural Youth Center—Riverdale, Md.
    Latin American Youth Center—District of Columbia

    These AmeriCorps members will combine efforts and energy to present a cultural expression in gratitude and honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  There will be music, poetry, dance and reenactments of his famous speeches.  The location is Buck Lodge Middle School, 2611 Buck Lodge Road, Adelphi, Md.
    Contact:  Luis Quinones, arturo@layc-dc.org

    Illinois

    Association House of Chicago—Chicago, Ill.

    AmeriCorps members will paint a mural, construct benches and craft blankets and bird houses.  This beautification effort will take place at Lafayette Elementary school. 
    Contact:  Jeannette Igwe, jigwe@associationhouse.org

    Instituto del Progreso Latino—Chicago, Ill.
    There will be a clothing drive in honor of Dr. King’s legacy.  Please bring families who may be in need of clothing to the event on Monday, Jan. 21 during regular business hours to receive complimentary shopping bags and clothes.  This event will be held in the community room on the second floor of 2520 S Western Avenue.
    Contact:  Yvonne Nieves, y.nieves@idpl.org

    Texas

    Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe—El Paso, Texas

    The AmeriCorps program will present an educational program to children about the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Child Crisis Center of El Paso, an emergency shelter for children who come from abusive households, have homeless parents or are experiencing dangerous living conditions.  AmeriCorps members will engage the children in activities and lessons that highlight the values of Dr. King and how they might apply to their lives.
    Contact:  Rosa Silva, rsilva@lafeprep.org

    California

    The Unity Council—Oakland, Calif.

    The Unity Council AmeriCorps members and the Park District will celebrate its Fourth Annual Day of Service that continues Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of improving lives, bridging social barriers and building community.  Volunteers will assist staff in restoration work and invasive plant removal in order to support and care for wildlife and their natural habitats.
    Contact:  Laura Espinol, lespino@unitycouncil.org

    Youth Policy Institute (YPI)—Los Angeles, Calif.
    YPI AmeriCorps members will partner with the YPI AmeriCops VISTA program and Gratts Learning Academy for Young Scholars elementary school to host a national day of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Members, students, parents and volunteers will paint the teacher’s lounge and complete a mural at the school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
    Contact:  Alex Gil, agil@ypiusa.org

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.  For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact:
    January 25, 2013                             Kathy Mimberg, NCLR
                                                                (202) 776-1714; kmimberg@nclr.org
                                                                 Debra Hernandez, Mexican American Unity Council
                                                                 (210) 978-0510; dhernandez@mauc.org.

    CDC reports more than one-quarter of Black and Hispanic children in Bexar County are obese

    SAN ANTONIO—With obesity rates among minority youth in San Antonio disproportionately high, the Mexican American Unity Council, Inc. (MAUC) and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) are engaging the community in examining the barriers to a healthy lifestyle for young Latinos.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 27 percent of Black and Hispanic children are obese in Bexar County, in which San Antonio is located, and the obesity rate continues to climb.  As part of a concerted effort to involve youth in addressing this critical issue, MAUC and NCLR will host a photo voice exhibit at MAUC offices in San Antonio on Thursday, January 31. 

    The exhibit, “Reflejos de Mi Comunidad” (Reflections of My Community), will display the insight of local Latino youth as they reflect on unhealthy lifestyles and eating habits and how they may affect their generation’s future.  The public is invited to view the projects of local 12- to 18-year-old students who contributed their perspectives and ideas on nutrition and active living to a photo essay contest that asked them to portray their own eating and lifestyle habits.  Exhibit information is available via Twitter at #Reflejos.

    The exhibit follows a recent project to assess the barriers that prevent low-income, inner-city Latino youth from eating healthily and living an active lifestyle.  Noted barriers include unhealthy school lunches and a lack of infrastructure that supports walking and biking.  There are also barriers to participation in extracurricular sports due to cost, lack of transportation and challenges faced by Spanish-speaking parents.  The project and exhibit are sponsored by Sodexo and the ConAgra Foods Foundation.  A similar exhibit was recently held in Chicago.

    “Good health is built on a strong foundation of nutrition and physical activity.  Nearly one-quarter of high school students are considered obese in Bexar County.  With this exhibit, we hope to engage San Antonio teenagers, parents, educators and community leaders in a common mission to help young Latinos enjoy long and healthy lives,” said Fernando S. Godinez, MAUC President and CEO. 

    If you plan on attending the event, RSVP to Debra Hernandez at (210) 978-0510 or dhernandez@mauc.org.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:     “Reflejos de Mi Comunidad,” a local youth photo exhibit

    WHO:     MAUC and NCLR 

    WHEN:     Thursday, January 31, 2013
                       6:30–8:00 p.m.   

    WHERE:     Mexican American Unity Council, Inc.
                        2300 W. Commerce, Suite 200
                        Community Room
                        San Antonio, TX 78207

    TO COVER:  Please contact Kathy Mimberg at NCLR at kmimberg@nclr.org or Debra Hernandez at the Mexican American Unity Council at dhernandez@mauc.org or (210) 978-0510. Exhibit information is available via Twitter at #Reflejos.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.  For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter

    MAUC
    provides guidance and services in areas of education, housing, community and economic development.


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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                       PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN:
    January 25, 2013                                                  Kathy Mimberg, NCLR
                                                                                     (202) 776-1714; kmimberg@nclr.org
                                                                                     Debra Hernandez, Mexican American Unity Council
                                                                                     (210) 978-0510; dhernandez@mauc.org.


    CDC reporta que más de un cuarto de los niños negros e hispanos en el Condado de Bexar son obesos

    SAN ANTONIO—Con unas tasas de obesidad desproporcionadamente altas entre los jóvenes minoritarios en San Antonio, el Mexican American Unity Council, Inc. (MAUC) y el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR) por sus siglas en inglés) están instando a la comunidad a que examinen las barreras que existen para los jóvenes latinos a vivir una vida más sana.  De acuerdo con Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), el 27 por ciento de los niños negros e hispanos en Bexar County, donde está localizado la ciudad de San Antonio, son obesos, y esa tasa sigue creciendo.  Como parte de un esfuerzo estratégico para involucrar a los jóvenes en buscar soluciones para este tema tan crítico, el MAUC y el NCLR patrocinarán una exhibición fotográfica en las oficinas del MAUC en San Antonio, el jueves, 31 de enero.   

    La exhibición, “Reflejos de Mi Comunidad,” demostrará las opiniones y reflexiones de jóvenes latinos del área local sobre los estilos de vida y hábitos de comer no saludables.   El público está invitado a MAUC para disfrutar de los proyectos de los estudiantes quienes son entre las edades de 12 a 18 años y contribuyeron sus perspectivas e ideas sobre la nutrición y un estilo de vida activa; respondieron a un concurso de ensayos fotográficos donde tuvieron que examinar sus propios hábitos de comer y estilo de vida.  Información sobre la exhibición está disponible a través de Twitter en #Reflejos

    La exhibición le sigue a la publicación de un reciente proyecto donde se analizó las barreras que previenen a los jóvenes latinos de bajos ingreso, localizados en los centros urbanos, a que vivan una vida activa y de un comer saludable.  Algunas barreras que fueron identificadas incluyen comidas escolares no saludables y una falta de infraestructura que promueva el caminar y el ciclismo.  También existen las barreras a la participación en deportes dadas al costo, falta de transportación, o retos asociados con padres que no hablan inglés.

    El proyecto y la exhibición son patrocinados por Sodexo y el ConAgra Foods Foundation.  Una exhibición similar fue realizada recientemente en Chicago. 

    “La buena salud está basada en la nutrición y la actividad física.  Aproximadamente un cuarto de los estudiantes de la secundaria en el Condado Bexar son considerados obesos. A través de esta exhibición, esperamos tener un intercambio proactivo entre los jóvenes de San Antonio, sus padres, los educadores, y los líderes comunitarios para unirnos en el objetivo de ayudar a nuestros jóvenes latinos disfrutar una vida larga y sana,” dijo Fernando S. Godinez, MAUC Presidente y Gerente General. 

    Si desea asistir al evento, por favor póngase en contacto con Debra Hernandez al (210) 978-0510 o dhernandez@mauc.org.

    AVISO A LA PRENSA

    QUÉ:         “Reflejos de Mi Comunidad,” una exhibición fotográfica

    QUIÉN:     MAUC y NCLR

    CUÁNDO:     Jueves, 31 de enero, 2013
                           6:30 – 8:00 p.m.   

    DÓNDE:    Mexican American Unity Council, Inc.
                      2300 W. Commerce, Suite 200
                      Community Room
                      San Antonio, TX 78207

    PARA COBERTURA:  Por favor póngase en contacto con Kathy Mimberg at NCLR al correo electrónico: kmimberg@nclr.org o Debra Hernandez en el MAUC al dhernandez@mauc.org o 210-978-0510.  Información sobre la exhibición está disponible a través de Twitter en #Reflejos

    El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) es la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los hispanos en los Estados Unidos y trabaja para mejorar sus oportunidades. Para más información sobre el NCLR, por favor visite www.nclr.org o síganos en Facebook y Twitter

    MAUC
    provee guía y asistencia en las áreas de educación, vivienda, desarrollo comunitario y económico.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Julian Teixeira
    (202) 776-1812
    jteixeira@nclr.org

    Key internal promotions announced

    NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is pleased to announce that Albert Steven Jacquez has joined the organization as its new Director of Legislative, Congressional and Political Affairs. In addition, Janis Bowdler has been promoted to Director of Economic Policy, and Jennifer Ng’andu will now serve as the organization’s Director of the Health and Civil Rights Policy Projects. The recent hire and promotions within NCLR’s Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation will help elevate NCLR’s work in these strategic areas.

    “NCLR has a long tradition of policy accomplishments on social and economic issues that matter to the Latino community, as well as a reputation for strong leadership and deep expertise in policy issues. These staffing enhancements continue our noteworthy legacy in this area of work,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation.

    As the new Director of Legislative, Congressional and Political Affairs, Mr. Jacquez will be responsible for building and nurturing relationships with congressional offices and the Executive branch, advancing public policy issues that are important to the nation’s Hispanic community. Prior to joining NCLR, Jacquez was a principal at Strategic Solutions Washington, where he served as senior advisor and federal policy representative for the William C. Velazquez Institute. He also held the position of administrator for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and was the chief of staff for Congressman Esteban E. Torres. He holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas and a bachelor of arts degree from Whittier College.

    “Mr. Jacquez’s experience and leadership come at a crucial juncture when leaders in government are looking for ideas and solutions to address the nation’s most pressing social and civil rights issues affecting Latinos,” Rodriguez said. “He will be a key voice for our community and institution as we strive to pass immigration reform, settle on our nation’s fiscal priorities and work to protect the rights of Latino workers.”
    Janis Bowdler previously served as the Director of the Wealth-Building Policy Project. In her new role, Ms. Bowdler will continue to lead NCLR’s housing and wealth-building issue areas, as well as integrate NCLR’s work in economic development and retirement issues into one cohesive strategy. She holds a master’s degree in urban policy from Cleveland State University and is a graduate of Malone College, where she received her bachelor’s degree in political science and history. 

    Jennifer Ng’andu, formerly Deputy Director of the Health Policy Project, will continue to lead NCLR’s health policy work, and in her new position she will be in charge of the organization’s civil rights project, a portfolio with traditional antidiscrimination and equal opportunity issues that also addresses critical policies in juvenile justice, telecommunications and LGBT rights. As a graduate of Duke University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology. 

    “Ms. Bowdler and Ms. Ng’andu bring their leaderships skills and talent to crucial areas of our work,” Rodriguez stated. “Ms. Bowdler will lead NCLR efforts on key economic issues as we steer our way out of the Great Recession while Ms. Ng’andu will help lead in an era when the civil rights agenda is evolving.”

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Signaling that 2013 is the year for immigration reform, a bipartisan group of senators released a set or principles for overhauling the nation’s immigration system that includes a pathway to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds Senators Bennet (D–Colo.), Durbin (D–Ill.), Flake (R–Ariz.), Graham (R–S.C.), McCain (R–Ariz.), Menendez (D–N.J.), Rubio (R–Fla.), and Schumer (D–N.Y.) for initiating this process and urges their colleagues in Congress to join them in delivering a commonsense solution to this issue. 

    “It is a new day for immigration. This is an incredibly promising sign that policymakers have turned a corner on immigration and are ready to work together on the reform our nation needs and the American people want,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “The senators’ blueprint also confirms unequivocally that a roadmap to citizenship must be part of resolving this issue. We must build on this pivotal moment of constructive bipartisanship and call on other members of Congress to swiftly act to modernize our immigration system and ensure immigrants are fully integrated into our society.”

    “NCLR applauds this strong and serious start by the bipartisan group of senators and also the laudable work of our champions on the Hill, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. NCLR will be working closely with them to ensure that we have the immigration system America deserves—one that respects all American families,” Murguía added.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA

    Contacto:
    Julian Teixeira
    (202) 776-1812
    jteixeira@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Señalando que el 2013 es el año para la reforma migratoria, un grupo bipartidista de senadores publicaron una lista de principios para reformar el sistema migratorio del país que contienen un camino hacia la ciudadanía para millones de americanos aspirantes. El Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en inglés) aplaude el esfuerzo de los Senadores Bennet (D–CO), Durbin (D–IL), Flake (R–AZ), Graham (R–SC), McCain (R–AZ), Menendez (D–NJ), Rubio (R–FL), y Schumer (D–NY) por iniciar el proceso y instar a sus colegas en el Congreso que se unan a esta solución de sentido común. 

    “Es un nuevo día para la inmigración. Es una señal muy positiva de que los políticos han cambiado la página y están listos para trabajar juntos para reformar nuestro sistema de inmigración que tanto lo necesita y que tanto el pueblo americano ha reclamado,” dijo Janet Murguía, Presidenta y Gerente General del NCLR. “Estos principios confirman que el camino a la ciudadanía está al centro de cualquier solución. Necesitamos unirnos para tomar ventaja de este momento de bipartidismo constructivo para hacerle un llamado a los miembros del Congreso para que actúen inmediatamente para modernizar nuestro sistema de inmigración y asegurar que los inmigrantes estén completamente integrados a nuestra sociedad.”

    “NCLR aplaude este comienzo fuerte y serio, comenzado por este grupo bipartidista de senadores y también queremos reconocer el trabajo de nuestros campeones en el tema, el Congressional Hispanic Caucus. NCLR trabajará de acerca con ellos para asegurar que tenemos el sistema migratorio que nuestro pueblo merece—uno que respeta a todas las familias americanas,” añadió Murguía.

    El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) es la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los hispanos en los Estados Unidos y trabaja para mejorar sus oportunidades. Para más información sobre el NCLR, por favor visite www.nclr.org o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—On the heels of yesterday’s unveiling of a bipartisan Senate blueprint for immigration reform, President Obama today laid out his administration’s plan for overhauling the nation’s immigration system. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) welcomes the president’s aggressive push for action on this issue, which adds further evidence that 2013 is the year for immigration reform.

    “The president’s announcement today is a clear indication that he intends to champion this cause, and it is certainly heartening to see him act firmly to fulfill the promise he made to the Hispanic community during his campaign,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “His announcement today, coupled with yesterday’s Senate proposal, has turned the corner on this issue, building momentum and motivating lawmakers to put politics aside and get this important work done. Both parties now agree that reform is the necessary thing to do—and the right thing to do.

    “Among the most encouraging developments is that there is now consensus that a roadmap to citizenship must be the centerpiece of any viable piece of legislation put forward. Even more heartening is that the president’s plan contains a straighter path to citizenship for new Americans than yesterday’s Senate proposal. We are also very glad to see that his plan embraces the recommendations outlined by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, whose principles should be a guiding light in the debate. Specifically, we are pleased to see that the president’s platform promotes a system that respects all American families, including our LGBT brothers and sisters.

    “Additionally, we want to ensure that we keep in mind the health needs of workers, children and families who stand to benefit from immigration reform, and we intend to work closely with all parties to achieve that goal. A rational solution to modernizing our immigration system and making it fair and equitable is on the horizon. We urge Washington to continue working together to make those critical changes a reality.”

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • 01/29/13--10:31: PBS NewsHour
  • President Obama endorsed a bipartisan immigration plan crafted by eight senators, but that blueprint may face hurdles in the House, where some lawmakers are working on a competing plan. Gwen Ifill gets views from Kris Kobach, Secretary of State of Kansas, and Clarissa Matinez de Castro of the National Council of La Raza.

    Watch Bipartisan Blueprint for Immigration Reform Faces Hurdles on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact:
    January 30, 2013                                                           Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                         (202) 776-1566
                                                                                         jrendeiro@nclr.org

     
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Heading into his second term, President Obama has nominated Richard Cordray to continue as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  NCLR (National Council of La Raza) fully backs Cordray for this position, as he has proven to be a strong ally for Latino homeowners since the CFPB opened its doors, fighting to end unfair banking practices and improve accountability among financial institutions.

    “Over the past year, Richard Cordray has built up a strong track record as a champion for consumers and homeowners alike,” said Janis Bowdler, Director of Economic Policy at NCLR.  “Under his direction, the CFPB has defended consumers, advanced new protections and disclosures for remittances and issued new mortgage rules that will keep homeownership opportunities open to Hispanic families.”

    “There is no question that Cordray should continue in his current position and that Congress should swiftly confirm this crucial appointment,” Bowdler continued.  “Homeowners and consumers across the country need an advocate who is willing to stand up against banks and other financial institutions that aim to take advantage of their clients.  Cordray has proven time and again that he stands for commonsense standards of accountability and fairness and is willing to push back against those who try to mislead and defraud consumers.”

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.  For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • The president of the National Council of La Raza, Janet Murguia, talks with Andrea Mitchell about the Senate’s proposal for immigration reform and whether it will make a difference with Hispanic voters.

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA

    Contacto:

    Camila Gallardo
    (305) 215-4259
    cgallardo@nclr.org

    Después del anuncio por parte de un grupo de senadores de una propuesta bipartidista para la reforma migratoria, el Presidente Obama detalló hoy una lista de iniciativas para modificar el sistema migratorio nacional. El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza por sus siglas en inglés) le da la bienvenida al esfuerzo proactivo por parte del Presidente sobre este importante tema, dejando claro, con acciones como esta, que el 2013 es el año de la reforma migratoria.

    “El anuncio del Presidente es una clara indicación de que él intenta encabezar esta causa, y ciertamente nos alienta el saber que está actuando para cumplir con la promesa que le hizo a la comunidad hispana durante su campaña,” dijo Janet Murguía, Presidente y Gerente General del NCLR. “Su anuncio, en conjunto con la propuesta del Senado, nos indica que hemos llegado a un momento trascendental para este tema y que está creciendo el impulso para una solución comprensiva que deje de lado diferencias políticas y se enfoque en la consecución de este proyecto. Ambos partidos están de acuerdo en que la reforma no es solamente necesaria, sino que se trata de algo justo y correcto que debe ser realizado.”

    “Entre los acontecimientos más favorables es que existe un consenso de que la ciudadanía debe ser la base y el eje de cualquier iniciativa legislativa que sea propuesta. Es aún más alentador que el plan del Presidente contenga una vía más directa a la ciudadanía que la propuesta del Senado. También estamos contentos de que los principios detallados por el Congressional Hispanic Caucus fueron incorporados en esas incitativas y nos agrada saber que el plan del Presidente promueve un sistema que respeta a todas la familias americanas, incluyendo a las de nuestras hermanas y hermanos de la comunidad LGBT.”

    “Al mismo tiempo, queremos asegurarnos que se tomen en cuenta las necesidades concernientes al cuidado de la salud de los trabajadores, niños y familias que se beneficiarían de la reforma migratoria e intentamos trabajar con todos los involucrados en este tema para asegurar que sus intereses estén representados. Una solución para modernizar nuestro sistema de inmigración y hacerlo más justo y equitativo está a nuestro alcance. Instamos a Washington a que continúe trabajando en conjunto para hacer de estos cambios tan necesarios una realidad.”

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA:                 Para más información:
    31 enero, 2013                                                Julián Teixeira
                                                                              (202) 776-1812
                                                                              jteixeira@nclr.org

               
    El grupo NCLR Texas Latino Advocacy Day reúne a la comunidad hispana para presionar a los representantes estatales y diputados del estado de Texas para que aprueben un plan que apoye una reforma migratoria completa y que restauren fondos para la educación

    AUSTIN— Más de 150 defensores de los derechos civiles de todo el estado de Texas, representando la red regional del Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en inglés) compuesta por 25 organizaciones que sirven a la comunidad latina del estado, se reunirán en el Capitolio el martes, 5 de febrero, para llevar a cabo una conferencia de prensa. Este grupo de líderes tiene como objetivo presionar, tanto a los miembros de la legislatura estatal como a los representantes al congreso por el estado de Texas, que promuevan y apoyan  una reforma migratoria completa este año.

    Justo después de la conferencia de prensa, participantes en el NCLR Texas Latino Advocacy Day llevarán a cabo reuniones individuales con sus representantes para recalcar la necesidad urgente de una reforma migratoria, y para destacar los temas y problemas que son críticos para los latinos que residen en este estado. Uno de los temas más importantes a discutirse será la necesidad de un aumento en los fondos destinados para la educación.

    Estos líderes latinos de Texas concentrarán sus esfuerzos en lograr el objetivo que apoya la NCLR de lograr una reforma migratoria humana y sólida que cumpla las siguientes metas:
    •    Restaurar una orden de derecho que cree un proceso claro hacia la legalización y la ciudadanía de los inmigrantes;
    •    Establecer métodos de cumplimiento que mejoren la seguridad, que apoyen los canales legales establecidos y que prevengan la discriminación;
    •    Crear canales legales factibles que promuevan la unidad familiar, que protejan los derechos de los trabajadores y que respondan a las necesidades de nuestra economía;
    •    Fortalecer la fibra de los Estados Unidos de América mediante la adopción de medidas efectivas que aseguren la integración completa de los nuevos inmigrantes en nuestra sociedad.

    La comunidad latina del estado de Texas representa un porcentaje significativo de la población total del estado y estos números aumentan cada día. De hecho, el número de menores de edad en Texas aumentó en más de un 41 por ciento en esta última década, lo que significó que los niños latinos sean casi la mitad (48.9 %) de todos los niños del estado de Texas. 

    Las conversaciones que se llevarán a cabo con los legisladores acerca de la política de educación estarán enfocadas en la necesidad de desarrollar una estrategia que tenga en consideración la importancia de preparar a los niños latinos del estado de Texas para el futuro. En la última sesión legislativa, se redujeron más de $5.4 billones en el sistema de educación deTexas. Esta reducción significó un golpe duro para las escuelas del estado que se encuentran poco preparadas y con escasos recursos para suplir las necesidades de una población estudiantil en crecimiento.

    Justo después de la conferencia de prensa y de las visitas a los legisladores, los participantes de esta actividad se reunirán para decidir y redactar un plan de acción inmediato. 

    AVISO A LA PRENSA

    QUÉ:           Conferencia de prensa y llamado a acción urgente para promover reforma migratoria 

    QUIÉN:       Janet Murguía, Presidente y CEO de NCLR
                        State Senator Carlos I. Uresti (D–10), Chair, Hispanic Senate Caucus
                        State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer (D–116), Chair, Mexican American Legislative Caucus

    CUÁNDO:   Martes, 5 de febrero de 2013
                        De 10:00 a.m. a 10:30 a.m. 

    DÓNDE:      Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin Downtown
                        Travis Ballroom, 2nd Floor 
                        111 East Cesar Chavez Street
                        Austin, TX 78701

    ¡ Excelente oportunidad para obtener buenas fotografías !

    Para más información, preguntas o para coordinar una entrevista, favor de comunicarse con Julián Teixeira a su dirección electrónica: jteixeira@nclr.org.

    El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) es la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los hispanos en los Estados Unidos y trabaja para mejorar sus oportunidades. Para más información sobre el NCLR, por favor visite www.nclr.org o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                              Contacto:
    5 de febrero, 2013                                                       Julian Teixeira
                                                                                         (202) 776-1812
                                                                                          jteixeira@nclr.org

    Participantes del NCLR Texas Latino Advocacy Day instan a legisladores a incrementar presupuesto de la educación y unirse al esfuerzo para la reforma migratoria nacional

    AUSTIN—Más de 200 activistas del estado Tejano, representantes de la red regional del NCLR de más de 25 organizaciones latinas, se reunieron en el capitolio estatal hoy día para pedirles a los representantes estatales y legisladores federales que tomen acción inmediata en el tema de inmigración y la educación.  Los grupos proveen servicios a más de 900,000 personas en San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Midland, Lubbock, Laredo y el Rio Grande Valley. 

    En Texas, hay más de 9.5 millones de  latinos, y ese número sigue rápidamente creciendo.  Desde el año 2000, la población joven en Texas a crecido más de 41 por ciento—esto significa que hoy los niños latinos constituyen casi la mitad de los niños en el estado, y más de la mitad de los niños menores de cinco años. 

    “Claramente, la prosperidad de Texas depende mucho de que nuestros jóvenes latinos reciban una educación de buena calidad y que ellos y sus familiares tengan la oportunidad de obtener movilidad asciéndete,” dijo Sonia Troche, Directora Regional de Texas, NCLR.  “En las próximas semanas, el liderazgo federal y estatal de Texas tomarán decisiones críticas sobre la reforma migratoria que impactarán por muchos años a las familias y los jóvenes hispanos, al igual que el estado,.  Nuestro propósito hoy es asegurar que las prioridades de la comunidad latina sean incluídas en estas discusiones,” dijo Troche. 

    Los latinos en el estado han sido seriamente impactados por los recortes a la educación y la falta de adelanto en temas tan importantes como el de la inmigración.  En el 2011, la legislatura estatal cortó más de $5.4 billones en fondos para la educación que resultó en recortes masivos de maestros, un incremento en el tamaño de las clases y recortes drásticos a la educación bilingüe y los programas de participación de los padres.  Los jóvenes de bajo ingresos han sido desproporcionadamente impactados por tan drástico recortes mientras que el estado disfruta de un excedente.   

    “Los líderes estatales tienen que entender que un día muy cercano, los latinos constituirán mitad de la población de Texas.  Si este sector laboral futuro no está equipado con la educación, herramientas, y capacitación necesaria, dañará severamente el futuro económico del estado—y eso no está en el interés de nadie,” continuo Troche. 
    El electorado hispano creciente, alimentado por un promedio de 890,000 jóvenes que cumplen 18 años cada año, ha incrementado su voz y activismo sobre estos dos temas de importancia—la educación y la inmigración.  En términos económicos y políticos, movimiento en estas dos áreas es crítico para cualquiera que piense postularse para un cargo político al nivel local, estatal, o federal. 

    “Dado al impulso detrás de la reforma migratoria, los representantes congresionales tienen una oportunidad para unirse a los esfuerzos bipartidistas para avanzar una reforma migratoria comprensiva y de sentido común que ayude a fortalecer a las familias Latinas e inmigrantes quienes contribuyen a las economías locales, estatales, y nacionales.  Ya es tiempo para la reforma migratoria—queremos que la delegación de Texas apoye una propuesta nacional y que se esfuercen para arreglar este sistema en quiebra.  Es crítico para nuestra comunidad que cualquier propuesta de ley incluya un camino a la ciudadanía para que nuestros jóvenes latinos y familias trabajadoras puedan integrarse a esta nación y contribuir a sus triunfos,” concluyó Troche. 

    El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) es la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los hispanos en los Estados Unidos y trabaja para mejorar sus oportunidades. Para más información sobre el NCLR, por favor visite http://www.nclr.org o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact:
    February 5, 2013                                                           Julian Teixeira
                                                                                          (202) 776-1812
                                                                                           jteixeira@nclr.org


    NCLR Texas Latino Advocacy Day participants meet with legislators to urge increased state education funding and bipartisan effort for national comprehensive immigration reform

    AUSTIN—More than 200 advocates from throughout Texas, representing NCLR’s (National Council of La Raza) regional network of 25 Latino-serving organizations, converged on the state capitol today to urge state and federal legislators to take immediate action on immigration and education reform.  The groups collectively serve over 900,000 people in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Midland, Lubbock, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. 

    Texas Latinos number over 9.5 million, and the population is growing rapidly.  Since 2000, the Hispanic child population in Texas has grown by more than 41 percent—meaning that Latino children now compose nearly half of all the children in the state, and more than half of all children under the age of five. 

    “Clearly Texas’s future prosperity relies heavily on ensuring that our Latino youth are receiving a quality education and that they and their families have opportunities for upward mobility,” said Sonia Troche, Texas Regional Director, NCLR. “In the coming weeks, the state and federal leadership in Texas will make critical decisions on immigration reform and school funding that will impact Hispanic youth and families, as well as the state as a whole, for years to come.  Our purpose today is to ensure that the priorities of the Latino community are not lost in these discussions.”

    The state’s Latinos have been severely impacted by education cuts and a lack of progress on such touchstone issues as immigration.  In 2011, the state legislature cut over $5.4 billion in funding from Texas schools that resulted in mass teacher layoffs, increased class sizes and drastic cuts to bilingual education and parental involvement programs.  While low-income Latino youth disproportionately suffer the consequences of such a drastic slash in funding, the state sits on an $8.8 billion surplus. 

    “The state’s lawmakers need to realize that Latinos will soon make up half of the state’s population.  If this future labor force is not equipped with the proper education, skills and training, it will severely harm the state’s economic future—and that’s not in anyone’s interest,” continued Troche.

    A growing Hispanic electorate, fueled by an average of 890,000 Latino citizens turning 18 each year, has become increasingly engaged and vocal about the need for reform in these two critical areas—immigration and education.  In economic and political terms, movement on both issues seems vital for anyone vying to represent the community at the local, state or federal levels. 

    “Given recent momentum to push for immigration reform, Texas congressional representatives have an opportunity to join bipartisan efforts to advance comprehensive, commonsense immigration reform that strengthens Latino and immigrant families who contribute to the local, state and national economies.  The time for immigration reform is now—we want the Texas delegation to get behind a national reform package and give their best efforts to ensure that we fix our broken immigration system.  It is critical for our community that any reform package features a pathway to citizenship which fully integrates our Latino youth and hardworking families into the American fabric, so they too can fully participate and contribute to the success of this great nation,” concluded Troche.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.  For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    New research from NCLR (National Council of La Raza) offers a glimpse into the future of the U.S. economy by taking a closer look at the Hispanic workforce in communities with rapidly growing green economies. NCLR’s report, Bright Green: Five Metropolitan Areas Where the Latino Workforce and the Clean Economy Overlap, compares the education and occupation profiles of Latinos and green jobs in five “bright green” locales:

    • Knoxville, Tennessee
    • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
    • Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
    • Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California

    “The growth of the Latino workforce and the push toward environmental sustainability will define the future of the American economy,” said Catherine Singley, Senior Policy Analyst for the Economic and Employment Policy Project at NCLR. “The challenge is how to align the fastest-growing segment of the labor force with the fastest-growing sectors of the economy. Investing in education and training for Latino workers should be part of any strategy to advance the green economy.”

    According to NCLR’s report, the benefits of emerging green industries extend beyond a healthier environment. In general, green jobs pay higher wages than many traditional Hispanic occupations and are more accessible to workers without a four-year college degree. NCLR’s analysis relies on Census figures and the Clean Economy Database developed by the Brookings Institution.

    "Making the job creation potential of the burgeoning clean energy economy a reality for Latino workers requires calling on our cities and states to use green and clean technologies in pending infrastructure projects," said Shamar Bibbins, Senior Political Associate at Green For All. "It is equally important to ensure that opportunities are given to Latinos in upcoming projects."

    Susannah Sutherland, Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Knoxville, Tenn., joined Singley and Bibbins on a press call to discuss the findings in the report.

    "Knoxville is excited by the potential outlined in this research,” said Sutherland. “Much of our grant funding provided education for entering and excelling in the workforce—in fields such as solar installation and energy-efficient construction—and we intend to use the recommendations in this report to increase the outreach and scope of these efforts."

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a final rule exercising the department’s authority to enforce the Fair Housing Act and create a national standard to clearly delineate discriminatory housing practices. As arbiters of this rule, HUD is responsible for identifying and eliminating housing practices that have intended or unintended discriminatory effects and create segregated housing patterns based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

    “NCLR commends HUD for the release of such a critical rule. This is a profound step forward in the fight against discrimination. Over the past four years, Latinos have experienced great hardship in the housing market, with disproportionately high rates of foreclosure and unnecessary barriers to purchasing and keeping their homes,” said Janis Bowdler, Director of Economic Policy at NCLR (National Council of La Raza). “Latinos are projected to account for nearly 50% of new households formed between 2010 and 2020. HUD’s new rule will help ensure that policies for these future homeowners are fair and that quality, affordable housing is accessible for all.”

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    Emphasizing the ongoing unemployment crisis and dwindling resources for vital programs that serve Latino children and families, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), commended President Obama’s call in last night’s State of the Union address to stop the automatic budget cuts that are scheduled to take effect on March 1, 2013. Preventing more cuts to job training, child care and education is critical, Murguía said, and cannot be done in a way that puts the middle class even further out of reach for Latino families.

    “We agree with President Obama that Congress should halt this reckless approach to deficit reduction,” said Murguía. “Latinos understand that cutting federal programs that invest in children and working families will only lead to further job losses and undermine the future prosperity of our economy and our country.

    “Hardworking Latinos already face a number of barriers to climbing the ladder to basic economic security, which is why lawmakers must push to strengthen and expand the middle class. We can do that by investing in our economy and creating a strong, vibrant and healthy Latino workforce. Improving access to affordable health care and housing, investing in job training and making sure our communities are safe are just some of the important steps that will improve life for Hispanics in this country. And we are particularly pleased with the president’s bold commitment to guarantee that every child in this country is afforded the opportunity to receive a quality education starting in preschool, which is perhaps one of the most critical investments with the potential to advance our children and our community.”

    Murguía also noted the importance that passing immigration reform will play in getting the U.S. economy back on track: “Now is the time to pass comprehensive reform that provides a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans, creates a fair and equitable immigration system, protects the needs of workers and respects the dignity of all families. Immigration reform is unquestionably a boon to our economy that would remove uncertainty from the lives of so many families, who would finally be able to earn higher wages and pursue the American Dream.

    “This is a new dawn for President Obama and Congress. It’s time for politics to take a backseat, and for the health of the economy and the American people to be front and center.”

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