Online Action Center
Fight Back Against the "Public Charge" Rule
Since the beginning of this year, we have seen our communities negatively affected by misinformation surrounding the Trump administration’s proposed public charge rule. As rumors of changes to the rule spread, we saw families begin to drive away from programs that provide assistance in accessing health care, food, and housing. On October 10, the Trump administration published its long-awaited proposal in the federal register. U.S. immigration policy has long allowed government officials to deny permanent residency to - or possibly deport - immigrants who they believe will become dependent on the state - or a "public charge.” Under the proposed rule, immigrants who legally access a number of social services could be denied a green card or refused admission to the United States. These changes are directly aimed at low-income, non-English speaking immigrants and is purposely meant to harm this already susceptible community. Go here to submit your comments.
One Voice: Unity on Capitol Hill Day of Action
In September of 2017, Hispanic Federation mobilized 130 people to Washington DC to participate in One Voice: Unity on Capitol Hill Day of Action. During our time there, participants met with over 50 members of Congress to speak about the most pressing issues facing communities of color and immigrant communities across our nation. We connected community-based experiences to national policy impacts, and spoke with ‘One Voice’ about the issues that deeply affect our communities. Click here to read our ‘One Voice’ toolkit, that includes talking points on progressive policy positions that address access to quality health-care, humane immigration policies, education reform that serves our communities, environmental justice, and protection of our civil rights. We encourage you to contact your member of Congress and make sure your voice is also heard!
CUNY Rising Alliance
CUNY Rising is a growing alliance of 30+ community groups, non-profits, unions, student advocates and faith-based organizations that serve, mobilize and minister to millions of New Yorkers. In December 2016, CUNY Rising released a white paper making the case for free and quality education at CUNY. In January 2017, Governor Cuomo proposed a plan for a tuition free CUNY and SUNY education for New York State students beginning Fall 2017. As a leader in the CUNY Rising Alliance, HF will oversee the execution of this plan by working with groups of leading Latino student and educational advocates to restore and expand funding for CUNY, and ensure that all New Yorkers, including those from the most vulnerable economic backgrounds, and all immigration statuses, can continue to have access to an affordable and high quality college education.
Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act
In farms across New York, men and women work without the most basic labor protections. These farmworkers, many of them immigrants, some of them undocumented, work 60 to 80 hours per week, without workmen’s compensation, without being paid for overtime, without the right to organize, without the right to negotiate collective bargaining agreements. This needs to end. We’re working with a coalition of immigrant advocates and faith-based leaders to make that change possible.
Reports: Our Agenda
Annually, Hispanic Federation produces field-based research reports that lay out a Latino agenda and shape policies at a local, state, and national level on a multitude of issues. To read our reports, white papers, and policy briefs, click here.
Face of Dreamers
In September of 2017, President Trump put the lives of 800,000 exceptional young people in jeopardy by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Now, the fate of Dreamers is in Congress’ hands. Every day that Congress fails to act, another 122 Dreamers lose their DACA and become at risk of being deported. It’s time for Congress to take decisive action to prevent Dreamers from being torn from their families, jobs, and schools. Click here to learn how you can help protect America’s Dreamers.