Latinos Have Much to Lose Under Senate GOP Health Care Bill

In May, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would strip health coverage from 23 million Americans and slash more than $800 billion in federal funding from the Medicaid program. Yesterday, the Senate GOP released its proposal and it is just as cruel as the House version, if not more so, including even deeper cuts in federal funding to the Medicaid program. This proposal is a threat to millions of Americans, including Latinos.

This week Families USA and NCLR released new state fact sheets highlighting just how much is at stake for Latino children and families in states like Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Florida. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, more than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance, including more than four million Latino adults and 600,000 children. In states like Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Florida, these gains have been particularly significant, especially when it comes to children’s access to health care. Those gains are now in jeopardy.

Here’s a glimpse at what’s at stake:


In Nevada, more than one in four residents identify as Latino.

  • Nevada stands to lose an estimated $5 billion in federal Medicaid funding.
  • Medicaid coverage for around 225,400 Latinos in Nevada is at risk.
  • About 54% of children with Medicaid or other public health coverage in Nevada are Latino.


In Colorado, more than one in five residents identify as Latino.


In Arizona, one in three residents identify as Latino.


In Florida, one in four residents identify as Latino.

Click here to read more on what’s at stake for millions of Americans, including Latino children and families. The shared progress we’ve made to give more children and families the opportunity to be healthy and more financially secure is on the line.

Call your Senators today at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to oppose the GOP health care bill!


Giving Credit Where it’s Due: Latinos and Credit Scores

By Agatha So, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, NCLR
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In the run up to the Great Recession, Latinos and other low-income homebuyers of color more often than not received higher-priced mortgage loans than White borrowers. Today, Latinos and low-income communities of color are still being short-changed in the mortgage market.

In 2015, few mortgages were made to Latino and Black borrowers, with 8% of all home purchase loans made to Latinos, and only 5% going to Black borrowers. Tight lending standards have made it difficult for millions of Americans to buy a home since the Great Recession, especially for Latinos and low-income families with credit scores below 700. While the minimum credit score needed to qualify for a home loan has increased by 40 points, the credit scores of Latinos who receive mortgages have increased by nearly 80 points since 2000.  Moreover, Latino borrowers are less likely than White borrowers to have a credit score and full credit history, making them appear riskier to lenders than they really are.

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Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker Join NCLR’s Janet Murguía to Discuss the Latino Community’s Top Priorities

June 19, 2017                                           


Gabriela Gomez
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Special event focuses on how lawmakers are pushing back against the Trump administration’s harmful policies

NEWARK, N.J.—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) released its new policy agenda for the 115th Congress during a special forum that featured an informative and lively discussion moderated by NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía with New Jersey Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker. The conversation, held at Rutgers Business School, also focused on the steps the senators are taking to push back on the Trump administration’s harmful policies and defend the progress the Latino community has made in recent years.

Efforts to slash funding for Medicaid and essential nutrition programs, the attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and a doubling-down on draconian immigration policies have put our community on high alert. NCLR’s report, titled “2017 Latino Priorities, American Values: A Latino Policy Agenda for the 115th Congress,” recommends policies to strengthen opportunities for Latino workers, families and students. The agenda also examines the progress the Latino community has made in recent years in vital areas including immigration, health care, education and the economy.

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This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending June 16

Week Ending June 16

NCLR Celebrates Anniversaries of Historic Plyler v. Doe Decision and Announcement of DACA: This week NCLR marked the historic decision handed down 35 years ago in Plyler v. Doe, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ensured equal access to a free public education for all children in the United States, regardless of immigration status. The Supreme Court found that denying children a public education based on immigration status not only violates the U.S. Constitution, but also jeopardizes any future contributions these children may make in helping the nation advance. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía recognized the historic decision as vital to opening doors of opportunity: “The Supreme Court decision 35 years ago confirms what we already know—education is an investment in a better America for all. Plyler v. Doe ensures that all children in America have a constitutional guarantee of an education. As the next generation of children enter America’s public schools, this critical pathway to success must be protected.”

 This week also marked the 5-year anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). “The road to a better America begins with education and opportunity. That’s why we support Plyler v. Doe and DACA, and the future they offer to millions of children and youth across the nation,” stated Janet Murguía.

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NCLR President and CEO Responds to DHS Actions on DACA, DAPA

In response to a new memo released yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the rescission of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía issued the following statement:

“While we applaud the administration’s apparent decision to keep DACA in place, today’s action is far from reassuring. The announcement that DACA would not be repealed was coupled with a decision to formally revoke DAPA, which would have given temporary protected status to an estimated five million parents of U.S. citizens. Further, the Trump administration took pains to note that they have not yet decided on DACA’s long-term future, as if the benefits to our economy, our society and the more than 750,000 young people beginning their adult lives in the only country they have ever known can be debated or denied. Claiming that DACA recipients are safe, while ending protections for parents and issuing executive orders to increase an already draconian enforcement policy does not actually ensure their safety or anyone else’s. This is why NCLR will continue to protect and defend the Latino and immigrant communities in the United States, and continue advocating for commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform.”