See NHLA's latest press releases below.
Jun 26, 2013
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) expressed its dismay at Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder which struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. NHLA member organizations MALDEF, LatinoJustice/PRLDEF and NALEO filed an amicus brief earlier this year detailing the persistent and severe discrimination against Latinos in the Southwest.
Jun 25, 2013
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s 7-1 decisionin Fisher v. University of Texas, issued yesterday, that preserves diversity in admissions policies at institutions of higher education. Last year, nineteen NHLA member organizations filed an amicus brief in support of the University of Texas’ admissions policies.
Jun 18, 2013
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) welcomed yesterday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down an Arizona law requiring voters provide documents proving their citizenship. The decision in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona requires states to accept and use the federal voter registration form under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
Jun 10, 2013
With debate of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, S. 744, set to begin on the Senate floor, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), will continue its activity on Capitol Hill and across the nation to pressure lawmakers to support comprehensive immigration reform that will allow the 11 million undocumented immigrants in our nation to earn legal status and then citizenship and recognizes the unique situation of DREAMers and agricultural workers.
Jun 7, 2013
This week the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) announced the launch of the Latino Appointments Program, the first-ever national campaign of its kind to identify, support and increase the number of Latinos selected to serve in presidential and state-level appointments. With a press conference at the National Press Club and a very successful reception and resume drop that engaged 325 people, this program promises to improve our democracy to the betterment of all now and in the future.
Jun 4, 2013
On Wednesday morning, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 34 preeminent national Latino organizations, will hold a press conference to announce its Latino Appointments Program. While Latinos have grown in population and political power, the number of Latinos appointed on the federal and state executive levels remain dismal. NHLA will announce a re-energized federal appointments advocacy effort and the first-ever national campaign to increase the number of Latinos appointed to state-level executive positions in key Latino-populated states throughout the country.
May 23, 2013
Swift Senate Confirmation Urged for President Obama's Highly-Qualified Nominee to Lead the Office of Personnel Management
May 17, 2013
NHLA issued letters to Senate Judiciary Committee members last week and earlier this week in which it made recommendations on how to vote on 28 amendments offered to Title I of the bill, dealing with border security, and 19 of the amendments offered to Title IV of the bill, covering non-immigrant visas. The committee on Thursday took action on six of the Title I amendments that carried over from Tuesday and six of the Title IV amendments yesterday. All NHLA recommendations on amendments to Title IV were adopted in committee.
May 16, 2013
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 12-10 to approve Thomas Perez’s nomination to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor and send his nomination to the full Senate.
May 15, 2013
On May 15, 2013, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), CASA de Maryland, United Farm Workers, the Hispanic National Bar Association and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) held a march and rally, which drew over 100 people, in support of confirming Thomas Perez as U.S. Secretary of Labor and calling on senators to cease their unwarranted attacks and filibuster threats against Mr. Perez.
May 14, 2013
On May 15, 2013, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), CASA de Maryland, and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will hold a march and press conference in support of confirming Thomas Perez as U.S. Secretary of Labor and calling on senators to cease their unwarranted attacks and filibuster threats against Mr. Perez.
May 10, 2013
NHLA issued a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members making recommendations on how to vote on an initial list of 28 key amendments. The committee took action on 13 of those 28 amendments yesterday, adopting seven and rejecting six. Only one amendment that NHLA opposed was adopted by the committee.
May 9, 2013
As the Senate Judiciary Committee begins its mark up of bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation, NHLA issued the following statement emphasizing that Latinos across the country will be watching the process closely and NHLA will be scoring Senators on their votes on key amendments.
May 8, 2013
Hector Sanchez, NHLA Chair and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, released the following statement on today’s cancellation of the vote by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on the nomination of Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor, calling on the Senate to provide the highly qualified Labor Secretary nominee the up-or-down vote in Committee and the full Senate that he deserves.
May 7, 2013
NHLA leaders stand with Congressional Hispanic Caucus leaders -- Representatives Hinojosa, Becerra, Cardenas, Linda Sanchez, Ben Ray Lujan, and Michelle Lujan Grisham -- urging the Senate to confirm Thomas Perez. Read their statement following the joint Capitol Hill press conference.
May 7, 2013
Today Politico newspaper published an op-ed by Hector Sanchez, NHLA Chair and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, on Thomas Perez's confirmation and GOP threats to filibuster.
May 7, 2013
On May 7, 2013, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will hold a press conference to urge the Senate to confirm Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor. Mr. Perez's nomination is scheduled to be voted on in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Wednesday, May 8.
Apr 29, 2013
NHLA Leaders Join in White House Meeting to Strengthen Relations and to Advance Policies Impacting Latinos in the Americas
Apr 18, 2013
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of over 30 of the nation’s preeminent Latino organizations, launched its Confirm Tom online campaign today. The efforts call on constituents across the nation to urge their Senators to confirm an exceptionally qualified leader -- and the only Latino nominated so far to serve on the President's second-term Cabinet -- to the post of Secretary of Labor.
Apr 16, 2013
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of the nation’s preeminent Latino organizations, sent a letter to Senators on the Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions Committee, urging them to favorably consider Perez’s nomination during this week’s confirmation hearing and to favorably report his nomination to the full Senate. The text of that letter follows.