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Jan 26, 2021

Letter to Gov. Ron De Santis of Florida

With about one in 14 people in Florida having been infected with the virus, and an increasing death toll, Florida’s coronavirus rates are twice as high among Latinos than among Caucasians. Latinos face significant barriers to accessing health care, including their proximity to health care services, previous negative experiences with health care (including discrimination, income, and insurance), and immigration status.
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Jan 22, 2021

Hispanic Federation Priorities for Latino and Immigrant Communities for the Biden-Harris Administration - First 100 Days

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has laid bare the structural racism and barriers to opportunity that are entrenched in our society and disproportionately impact Latino, BIPOC, and immigrant communities. We also know that socioeconomic disparities, carried forward, are not only unfair to our communities, but will become a compounded drag on U.S. society and the economy. Hispanic Federation looks forward to working with you and your Administration to address the most critical issues facing Hispanic and immigrant families today.
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Oct 6, 2020

Hispanic Federation Joins 200 Organizations Committed to Achieving Health Equity

HF encourages US Senators to join Senator Mazie K Hirono and become a co-sponsor of the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) of 2020, the Senate companion to Congressman Jesus “Chuy” García’s H.R. 6637 introduced in April 2020. The pandemic has exposed long-standing racial and ethnic health disparities. The HEAA is the only legislation that directly addresses the intersections of health disparities and immigration status, age, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, language, and socio-economic status.
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Sep 9, 2020

Appropriations Letter to Congress for Educational Initiatives Working with Underserved Communities

As a member of the Hispanic Education Coalition, Hispanic Federation requests from Congress support to programs and organizations that invest in equal access to education for Latinx and underserved communities. The programs and organizations in question focus on initiatives around Early Childhood Education, Elementary and Secondary Education; Higher Education; Adult Education; and Civil Rights enforcement in academia, all with an emphasis on improving the quality of and access to education for underserved and Latinx communities, including migratory communities and low-income communities of color.
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Aug 6, 2020

Comment Submitted Opposing Proposed Changes Weakening Civil Rights Data Collection for Students

Hispanic Federation joins comments submitted by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in response to a notice published in the Federal Register on 7/7/20 regarding the Dept of Education's intention to weaken Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) through proposed changes to the 2020-2021 CRDC Data Elements from the previously-approved 2017-18 CRDC Information Collection. It is vitally important to preserve the scope, frequency, and public accessibility of the information. A comprehensive, timely, and accessible CRDC is essential to ensuring equal educational opportunity and compliance with nondiscrimination laws.
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Jul 28, 2020

Congress Must Include Immigrants in Covid Relief

Hispanic Federation joins nearly 800 organizations calling on Congress to include immigrant workers, taxpayers and their US citizen family members in the next Covid relief bill.
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Jul 20, 2020

Letter to Congress Requesting Inclusion of Pandemic TANF Assistance Act in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Hispanic Federation joined Children's Defense Fund, First Focus on Children, Coalition on Human Needs, and over 170 additional organizations in a letter to Congress requesting the next COVID-19 relief package include the Pandemic Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Assistance Act (S. 3672). The inclusion would grant families access to flexible emergency assistance to cover groceries, utility bills, rent, and other basic necessities. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the economic struggle of millions of families and children.
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Jul 8, 2020

Support for Emergency Broadband Connections Act

Hispanic Federation joined almost 100 organizations in supporting The Emergency Broadband Connections Act of 2020, sponsored by Senator Wyden (D-OR). In a letter, the Hispanic Federation among other organizations calls on Senators to co-sponsor and support the Act as it would break down broadband affordability barriers in rural and low-income communities to ensure it is offered free or at a reduced cost to low-income individuals or unemployed due to the pandemic. Affordable broadband is essential for public health, economic security, and education amidst the COVID-19 pandemc.
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Jul 2, 2020

Coalition Letter in Support of HEREOS Act Election Provisions

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is joined by Hispanic Federation and more than 100 other organizations in urging the Senate to pass the election provisions of the HEROES Act. The legislation and provision would provide $3.6 billion and voting rights guardrails to help state and local governments prepare for the Presidential November 2020 election.
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Jun 30, 2020

Include Defunding Proclamation 10014 Language in Appropriation Bills

Value our Families is joined by Hispanic Federation and several additional organizations in urging both Senate and House to include in all appropriations bills language defunding Proclamation 10014 of April 22, 2020 “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak” (“Immigration Ban”) and “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak” signed June 22, 2020 (“Expanded Immigration Ban”). Appropriations bill supplemental funding bills for USCIS provisions preserving the number of allocated diversity visa and family-based visas that are not used this year due to these and other administrative actions and allow them to be used in subsequent fiscal years.
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Read Senate Letter here