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Deferred Action for Dreamers: What You Need to Know

On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration announced that DREAMers will be eligible for deferred action. We applaud this effort! But what does deferred action mean? Who is eligible? When can people start applying? To find out the answer to these questions, and more, read through HF’s printable Deferred Action for DREAMers Fact Sheet.

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TThe author reviews two recent books, Marisa A. Abrajano’s Campaigning to the New American Electorate: Advertising to Latino Voters (2010) and Marisa A. Abrajano’s and R. Michael Alvarez’s New Faces New Voices: The Hispanic Electorate in America (2010). These books are part of a growing literature that scientifically studies the evolving Latino electorate, and attempts to answer difficult questions about this ethnic group’s electorate cohesiveness and how candidates might be able to influence the Latino electorate. A careful read of Abrajano’s recent books brings additional understanding to Latino voter behavior, and by implication, how this key group will influence the electoral game in 2012 and beyond. The main message of these texts is that the Latino vote is complex and evolving and not easy to shoehorn into existing frameworks.

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With Voters Focused on Economy, Obama Lead Narrows

Social Issues Rank as Lowest Priorities, April 17, 2012

With voters continuing to focus on economic issues, Barack Obama holds a slim 49% to 45% advantage over Mitt Romney in the latest Pew Research Center survey of nearly 2,400 registered voters nationwide. Obama’s lead has narrowed since last month, when he had a 12-point advantage, though it is comparable to margins from earlier this year. 

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To enhance LCLAA’s focus on the needs of Latina women in the U.S., LCLAA is commencing a campaign entitled “Trabajadoras.”  The mission of this campaign is to raise awareness about how Latina women fare in U.S. society. This campaign combines research, policy, advocacy and mobilization around the challenges Latinas face, including a bilingual community and media outreach effort that will empower Latinas with the information and resources necessary to improve conditions in their workplaces and communities. LCLAA’s Trabajadoras campaign will increase awareness about worker protections and safety with a particular focus on Latina women in the workforce.

Latina workers face many challenges and are disproportionately vulnerable to violations of wage and hour laws and safety regulations.  Latina working women represent 12.8 percent of women in the U.S. workforce and their jobs are among the most dangerous and least compensated in the nation; Latina working women earn on average 60 cents for each dollar that white men earn. Furthermore, their experience on the job often entails sexual harassment, poverty-level pay and minimal access to healthcare. Of these women, unauthorized Latina workers fare even worse. These women face daily and systemic exploitation, dangerous working conditions, low wages, sexual and physical violence at the workplace as well as the threat of deportation for reporting any violations. For this reason, it is imperative to look at workplace issues with a gender lens in order to advance an agenda that ensures workers’ rights for all.

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Framework for Providing All Students an Opportunity to Learn

Through Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

On July 26, 2010 the NAACP and a coalition of civil rights groups released a six-point plan for providing more educational equity in the next reauthorization of the nation’s key education law.

Today there is nothing short of a state of emergency in the delivery of education to our nation’s communities of color. As our communities quickly grow on pace to become a numerical majority, it is clear that confronting the issues we face is not just our challenge alone but all of America’s challenge. As a nation, we are failing to provide the high-quality educational opportunities that are critical for all students to succeed, thereby jeopardizing our nation’s ability to continue to be a world leader.

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No Way to Live

Alabama’s Immigrant Law, December 14, 2011

This 52-page report documents the effect of the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer Citizen and Protection Act, commonly known as HB 56, on unauthorized immigrants and their families, as well as the larger Alabama communities in which they live. It is based in part on first-hand accounts by 57 Alabama residents, including citizens and permanent residents, who reported abuse or discrimination under the law.

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publications: Votinglawchanges...

Ahead of the 2012 elections, a wave of legislation tightening restrictions on voting has suddenly swept across the country. More than five million Americans could be affected by the new rules already put in place this year -- a number larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections.

This report is the first full accounting and analysis of this year's voting cutbacks. It details both the bills that have been proposed and the legislation that has been passed since the beginning of 2011.

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Hispanic Federation 2011 National Policy Platform

The Hispanic Federation is a service-oriented membership organization that works with 100 Latino nonprofit health and human services agencies to promote the social, political and economic well-being of Hispanic-Americans. The Federation is committed to ensuring that the aspirations and needs of the Latino community are heard and addressed by policy- makers and decision-making bodies throughout the nation. This document provides a framework of the Federation’s top budget and policy priorities for 2011.

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