The 12 Gifts of Immigration Reform

Passing immigration reform legislation will bring a multitude of gifts to our country. Here’s the first of our list of 12 gifts that Congress can deliver to the nation by approving immigration reform.

12. The 12th gift of immigration reform: New jobs!

Immigration reform will create on average 14,000 new jobs in every congressional district in the country.









11. More Homeowners!

Immigration reform will boost the economy by creating 3 million new homeowners.







10. New Tax Revenue!

Immigration reform will allow aspiring Americans to increase their contributions and the federal government would accrue up to $5.4 billion in additional net tax revenue over three years.








9. Bolstering Medicare!

Immigrants put in more to Medicare than they receive creating a surplus that will grow with the contributions of legalizing immigrants.









8. Sustaining Social Security!  

Immigration reform will increase revenue into the Social Security Administration by $300 billion over ten years.  







7. Increasing the GDP!

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the U.S. would increase by $700 billion over ten years.








6. Bipartisanship!

Immigration reform will allow members of Congress to demonstrate that they can work together across party lines to provide a solution that 87% of Americans support.










5. Opportunities for DREAMers!

Immigration reform will allow young people who have grown up in this country to reach their full potential and continue their contributions to the country they call home.










4. Revitalized Communities!

Immigration reform will allow counties whose populations have been shrinking to attract new workers whose contributions will be felt across communities as new jobs are created.









3. Modernized Immigration Laws!

Immigration reform will bring our outdated immigration system into the 21st century and allow our country to retain the workforce it needs and keep its competitive edge in the global economy.










2. A Roadmap to Citizenship!

A Roadmap to Citizenship! It is in the best interest of our country to allow aspiring Americans to come forward, fulfill requirements, and earn the ability to apply for citizenship just like every other group of immigrants before them.











1. The Number One Gift of Immigration Reform: Keeping Families Together!

Immigration reform will allow families to be efficiently reunited instead of being stuck in backlogs and will allow children, spouses, and loved ones to stay together instead of being torn apart because of our broken immigration laws.



Got Parents?

By Crystal J. Gallegos, Assistant Principal, Chavez/Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy, Pueblo, CO

(This was first posted to the National Institute for Latino School Leaders blog.)

NILSL_parentspost_CrystalGallegosSchools across the country are working diligently to get parents more involved in their students’ education. As educators look for innovative ways to engage parents in their schools they are also seeking assistance from the outside community.

There are numerous reasons parents are not engaging in the educational process. These include, but are not limited to: transportation, work, money, intimidation, a feeling of the unknown, insecurities, language, and socio-economic status. Each of these factors must be taken into account when encouraging parents to come and participate at school.

There are numerous outside programs that can be replicated with success at a school, such as: Padres Comprometidos (an NCLR program), Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students), Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO), Family Nights, Classroom Parents, Parent Volunteer Groups, and Conversation Groups between parents and administration. The partnership between schools and families are the driving force of student success.  Continue reading

More Can Be Done to Protect Auto Consumers

By Enrique Lopezlira, Senior Policy Advisor, Policy Analysis Center, NCLR

cardealerThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a $98 million settlement with Ally Financial Inc. and Ally Bank (Ally) for discriminatory practices in auto lending.  The CFPB and DOJ determined that between August 2011 and December 2013, more than 200,000 African-American, Hispanic and Asian consumers were charged higher rates for auto loans, in violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). Latino consumers are a key component of the car industry.  According to Polk, an automotive research firm, Latinos make up about 10 percent of the industry, spending over $20 billion in new cars last year. This legal action is an example of the government’s commitment to ensure all consumers, regardless of race and ethnicity, are protected from abusive practices by financial institutions.

Although this enforcement action is an important marker for consumers, we are unconvinced that it will substantially improve the experience of minority auto borrowers going forward. Discriminatory practices in auto lending are nothing new. Back in 2004, General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) settled a class action lawsuit filed by the National Consumer Law Center on behalf of African-American and Hispanic consumers.   According to the lawsuit, despite comparable credit ratings as White consumers, minority consumers consistently and more frequently received higher rates from GMAC. Although GMAC made concessions in the 2004 settlement, old habits die hard:  GMAC changed its name to Ally in 2009 and they are continuing to discriminate against minority auto borrowers. Continue reading