This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending May 27

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Week Ending May 27

This week in immigration: overwhelming majority of Latinos favor pathway to citizenship; and efforts to highlight the humanitarian side of the immigration debate.

Nine in 10 Latino voters support pathway to citizenship, according to new poll: A new Fox News Latino poll shows an overwhelming majority of Hispanic voters support establishing a path to legal immigration status for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The survey, conducted in May, shows 90% of Latino voters nationwide in favor of a pathway to citizenship, with only 6% favoring deportation and 4% unsure. “I’ve never seen that high a consensus before” among Latinos on illegal immigration, said Brent Wilkes, the national executive director of LULAC. “That’s something that is really amazing.”

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Advancing Health Equity through the Affordable Care Act

No individual, or group of people, should face discrimination, especially when it comes to something so fundamental as accessing health care. Yet for too long, this has been the case. However, with implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, not only did the law provide new opportunities to access quality, affordable health coverage, but it established new civil rights protections in health care.acasigned_new

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the much-anticipated “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities” final rule, otherwise known as Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Section 1557 builds upon longstanding federal civil rights laws by barring discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, and sex in our health care system. It applies nondiscrimination protections to all health programs that receive federal funding. Health care plans sold through the federal health insurance marketplace are covered under this law, as are hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers. Programs like Medicaid and Medicare are all covered under this provision as well.

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Is Brown the New White?

By Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR

BrownNewWhiteAt a time when we’re being assaulted by new levels of hate, intolerance, and bigotry in our political campaigns, an important new book, Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority, points the way toward a more inclusive, just, and fair society. Written by Steve Phillips, a veteran social justice activist and founder of PowerPAC+, Brown is the New White argues that a “new American majority” composed of progressive people of color and Whites is already a demographic reality. He cautions correctly, though, that this potential alliance is not yet a political reality. That would require—and is still awaiting—an affirmative effort to be mobilized and realized by increasing “cultural competence” and making wiser electoral investments.

Phillips’ book makes several critical contributions to public discourse on the subject. Through rigorous analysis of the country’s changing demographics, Phillips shows that the combined potential voting power of progressive people of color and Whites is already an effective working majority. He carefully studies Blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Arab Americans, demonstrating that they share many common interests with each other and with many White Americans.

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What’s with the Red Nose?

By Kaitlyn Maloney, Development Associate, NCLR

RND_blog1I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there have been a lot of pics floating around the Internet of people wearing these weird red noses. Bizarre new fad, or marketing genius? It turns out the reason people are playing around on social media is to raise money for charity.

FUN-raising is more than just a silly pun; it’s a business strategy. Everyone enjoys having fun, and when you can combine that fun with a good cause and raise money for a charity you care about, it gets even better!

Red Nose Day has long been a tradition in the U.K., but only made its U.S. debut last year. Harnessing the mighty power of comedy, celebrities and corporations loan their time, money, and skills to the fantabulous cause of supporting children and teens in the United States and around the world.

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Latinos in Florida Making Strides, but Growing Number Face Mixed Progress: Report

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Florida’s Latino community is a crucial source of economic power in a state that was ravaged by the 2008 housing market crash and subsequent recession. This is among the findings in our newest report, Latinos in the Sunshine State: Building a Brighter Economic Future. The report also shows that Latinos in Florida have the highest workforce participation rate of any group (63.9 percent compared to 60.6 percent overall). Latino men lead Florida in employment-to-population ratio among men of all other racial and ethnic groups in Florida at 68.2 percent, compared to White men at 55.3 percent and 61.3 percent for all Floridian men. The share of Latinas in Florida’s labor force increased from 53 percent in 2000 to 59 percent in 2014.

Additionally, the number of businesses owned by Latinos in Florida increased by 34 percent between 2007 and 2012. Latino purchasing power in Florida increased by 980 percent between 1990 and 2012, as well.

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