This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending February 17

Week Ending February 17

This week in immigration: NCLR responds to immigration enforcement actions; shares information on Telemundo town hall on immigration; and responds to A Day Without Immigrants.

NCLR responds to enforcement actions: This week we continued to see chaos that erupted as a direct consequence of President Trump’s Executive Orders and his full-speed ahead order to immigration agents to arrest and detain any and all undocumented immigrants they encounter.

Millions of American families are feeling anxious as a result of the scorched-earth approach this administration is pursuing. This follows the deportation of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, a long-time Arizona resident and mother of two U.S. citizens when she went for a check in with the local immigration office. Earlier this week, another mother of U.S. citizens with strong ties to her community took sanctuary in a church in Colorado.  NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguia took to twitter to state that deporting hard-working moms who pose no threat does not make anyone safer but does destroy families.

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House Votes to Strip Retirement Savings from Millions of Americans

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Hardworking Latinos took another hit from the Republican-led Congress this week when the House of Representatives voted to overturn Department of Labor regulations that support state efforts to provide retirement programs to private sector workers.

“We are disappointed that members of Congress have voted against the financial security of millions of Americans. In California alone, the Secure Choice program that was voted into law last year with bipartisan support would help connect 7.5 million workers—half of whom are Latino—to a retirement savings account,” said Eric Rodriguez, NCLR’s Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation.

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Make Your Voice Heard – Protect Our Care!

If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, 30 million more Americans, including 6.5 million Latinos, stand to lose their coverage, and millions more will likely be harmed. From California’s Central Valley to Miami, Americans are showing up and speaking out to demand “no repeal without replace”. Now, we’re asking you to join this growing chorus of concerned Americans.

This weekend and in the coming days, as Members of Congress go back to their districts for the President’s Day recess (February 18-26), they need to hear from YOU, their constituents, about what having health coverage means to you and your loved ones and why as a nation we cannot afford to go backwards when it comes to the gains we’ve made.

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D.C. Circuit Court Decision Is a Victory for Consumers

By Renato Rocha, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, NCLR

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed to rehear a case, PHH Corp. vs. CFPB, that would have seriously weakened the efficacy of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Last October, a three-judge panel attempted to make it easier to remove the director of the consumer agency, allowing the president to fire the director at will. The full federal appeals court decided that it will revisit the issue at a hearing in May, effectively scrapping this earlier decision, and allowing the CFPB’s structure to continue as Congress intended.

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Making Mental Health Services Work for Latino Youth

Bringing mental and behavioral health programs into schools increases early access to interventions, reduces the stigma around mental health issues, and normalizes the need for a healthy, supportive environment in schools. These were some of the issues addressed during last week’s Facebook Live event in celebration of National School Counselor Week, where NCLR’s Deputy Research Director Patricia Foxen was joined by Lourdes Rubio, Licensed Professional School Counselor for Arlington Schools, and Marisa Parrella, Senior Clinical Manager at Mary’s Center, for a discussion on school-based mental health programs for Latino students.

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