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December 2, 2017


LATINO LEADERS DENOUNCE SENATE PASSAGE OF TAX OVERHAUL

Working families and children will have to pay for tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 45 of the nation’s preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, denounces today’s passage of the Republican/Trump tax plan, which would cut taxes for the richest Americans and largest corporations, balloon the deficit by at least $1.4 trillion, and make millions of working families, seniors, and children worse off.

Latinos, like most Americans, will lose under this plan. By 2027, 70 percent of Latino families and 75 percent of Latino-owned businesses will see tax increases. At the same time, tax giveaways to the rich would be paid for by cutting nutrition, education, housing, and income support programs that help families make ends meet, putting the 6.3 million Latinos who rely on these programs at risk of falling into poverty. This plan will also trigger massive cuts to critical health care programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), threatening the health of millions of Latino workers, children, and seniors.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also attacks hardworking, tax-paying immigrants. This legislation requires certain immigrant parents to provide a Social Security number for each child to claim the Child Tax Credit—a powerful anti-poverty tool. This new requirement would add more burden and complexity, threatening the economic security of nearly 4 million Latino U.S. citizen children in mixed-status families.

“The bottom line is that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act gives millionaires, billionaires, and the largest corporations massive tax cuts and sticks the bill to our working families and children,” said Eric Rodriguez, Co-Chair of NHLA’s Economic Empowerment and Labor Committee and Vice President of UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza). “Hurting the financial well-being of millions of working families while increasing the national deficit is shameful and goes against our nation’s values. It is time for Congress to prioritize the needs of their constituents over the desires of their donors.”

“Make no mistake about it, if signed into law, the tax plan that the Senate passed today will result in a massive transfer of wealth from working families to the rich and large corporations. Income inequality will worsen as tax credits and deductions that help working families are cut or eliminated, and the massive deficit this bill creates results in steep cuts to programs that give a helping hand to those working hard to climb up the income ladder. The Senate should instead focus its energy on a tax overhaul that provides relief to struggling working families rather than those who are already wealthy,” said Hector Sanchez Barba, NHLA Chair and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.

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ABOUT THE NATIONAL HISPANIC LEADERSHIP AGENDA:
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda is composed of 45 of the leading national and regional Latino civil rights and public policy organizations and other elected officials, and prominent Latinos Americans. NHLA coalition members represent the diversity of the Latino community – Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Latino Americans. NHLA’s mission calls for unity among Latinos around the country to provide the Latino community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country’s affairs. NHLA brings together Latino leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole. For more information, please visit: www.nationalhispanicleadership.org.

NHLA MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS:
Alianza Americas | American G.I. Forum | ASPIRA Association | Avance Inc. | Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network | Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute | Farmworker Justice | GreenLatinos | Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities | Hispanic Federation | Hispanic National Bar Association | Inter-University Program for Latino Research | Labor Council for Latin American Advancement | Latino Justice PRLDEF | League of United Latin American Citizens | MANA, A National Latina Organization | Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund | Mi Familia Vota | National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures | National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives | National Association of Hispanic Publications | National Day Laborer Organizing Network | NALEO Educational Fund | National Association of Latino Independent Producers | National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. | National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators | National Hispanic Council on Aging | National Hispanic Environmental Council | National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts | National Hispanic Media Coalition | National Hispanic Medical Association | National Institute for Latino Policy | National Latina/o Psychological Association | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health | Presente.org | SER Jobs for Progress National | Southwest Voter Registration Education Project | UnidosUS | United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | United States Hispanic Leadership Institute | United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce | U.S.- Mexico Foundation | Voto Latino

November 22, 2017

NHLA OPPOSES APPOINTMENT OF THOMAS BRUNELL AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF
U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
Formally Appointing Brunell Would Send Clear Signal That the Trump Administration is Invested in Alienating Minorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 45 of the nation’s preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, strongly opposes the appointment of Thomas Brunell to serve as Deputy Director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Brunell, a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, is the author of “Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad for America,” and his research has frequently been used to defend gerrymandering. Earlier this year, the Trump administration had considered nominating Brunell to the top director post at the Census Bureau but ultimately passed because that would have required Senate confirmation. However, the deputy director position does not require approval by the Senate.

“The very fact that the Trump administration is even considering Thomas Brunell — someone who literally wrote the book on why competitive elections are bad for this nation — sends a clear signal that this administration is trying to politicize the 2020 Census and risking the undercounting of minority populations,” said Hector Sanchez Barba, Chair of NHLA and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. “As the largest ethnic minority group in the United States, it is crucial that we have a Census Bureau that is committed to counting every voice in America to ensure that Latinos and all minority groups have fair representation at all levels of government. We will not stand idly by as this administration tries to diminish our power.”

“The possible appointment of a partisan redistricting expert to run the operations of the Census Bureau is of grave concern. With the federal government’s largest civilian mobilization in years just 28 months away, the Bureau needs an expert in statistics and systems management who has experience running a large, complex organization and program as its Deputy Director. Of all federal agencies, the Census Bureau should be protected from partisan activities. The Census Bureau is a scientific organization dedicated to the collection of fair and accurate data that affect the entire nation, and there is no room for political maneuvering at the agency,” stated Arturo Vargas, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund Executive Director.

“The appointment of Thomas Brunnel as Census Deputy Director only adds to Trump and Republican efforts to delegitimize the 2020 Census count. While it is not clear what Brunnel could do from inside the agency, his appointment is part of a pattern to skew the agency’s operations in a totally partisan manner. This would undermine the integrity of the next Census in ways that would unfairly benefit the one political party currently in control of Congress and the Presidency. This would be a clear betrayal of the independence of this venerable 115-year American institution,” said Angelo Falcón, President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP).

 

November 21, 2017

LATINO LEADERS OPPOSE HOUSE-PASSED “SAVE LOCAL BUSINESS ACT” AND CALL ON SENATE TO REJECT BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 45 of the nation’s preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, called on U.S. Senators to oppose the so-called “Save Local Business Act” (bill number HR 3441), which the U.S. House of Representatives passed earlier this month and has been sent to the Senate for consideration. The legislation would undermine the effective enforcement of labor protections in joint-employer arrangements where a large company contracts with a smaller vendor, potentially impacting millions of low-wage Latino workers.

As explained in NHLA’s letter to Senators, HR 3441 would change the definitions of employment relationships under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the National Labor Relations Act, making it virtually impossible for a court or federal enforcement agency to hold that two businesses are both the employer – or “joint employers” -- of a group of workers even when the two businesses share responsibilities for their hiring and employment.

“HR 3441 creates a massive legal loophole for companies to evade their obligations to abide by laws that protect workers’ rights to, among other things, collective bargaining, a safe workplace, and fair compensation. Workers struggling to make ends meet and provide for their families should not have to face worse wages and working conditions in order to pad the profits of large corporations. Senators should reject this anti-worker legislation,” said Hector Sanchez Barba, Chair of NHLA and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.

“HR 3441 would undermine basic labor protections for millions of workers. It also would harm the competitiveness of law-abiding businesses that do not take advantage of the evasions of labor protections that this bill would permit. The bill would be especially harmful to farmworkers and other low-wage workers in industries where labor subcontracting is prevalent,” said Bruce Goldstein, Co-Chair of the NHLA Economic Empowerment and Labor Committee and President of Farmworker Justice.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
| Michael Torra | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (202) 425-0582 |
| Brenda Arredondo | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (915) 373-1483 |

ABOUT THE NATIONAL HISPANIC LEADERSHIP AGENDA:
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda is composed of 45 of the leading national and regional Latino civil rights and public policy organizations and other elected officials, and prominent Latinos Americans. NHLA coalition members represent the diversity of the Latino community – Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Latino Americans. NHLA’s mission calls for unity among Latinos around the country to provide the Latino community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country’s affairs. NHLA brings together Latino leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole. For more information, please visit: www.nationalhispanicleadership.org.

NHLA MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS:
Alianza Americas | American G.I. Forum | ASPIRA Association | Avance Inc. | Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network | Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute | Farmworker Justice | GreenLatinos | Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities | Hispanic Federation | Hispanic National Bar Association | Inter-University Program for Latino Research | Labor Council for Latin American Advancement | Latino Justice PRLDEF | League of United Latin American Citizens | MANA, A National Latina Organization | Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund | Mi Familia Vota | National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures | National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives | National Association of Hispanic Publications | National Day Laborer Organizing Network | NALEO Educational Fund | National Association of Latino Independent Producers | National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. | National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators | National Hispanic Council on Aging | National Hispanic Environmental Council | National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts | National Hispanic Media Coalition | National Hispanic Medical Association | National Institute for Latino Policy | National Latina/o Psychological Association | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health | Presente.org | SER Jobs for Progress National | Southwest Voter Registration Education Project | UnidosUS | United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | United States Hispanic Leadership Institute | United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce | U.S.- Mexico Foundation | Voto Latino

November 21, 2017

LATINO LEADERS: ENDING TPS FOR HAITIANS INHUMANE
NHLA Disappointed in Administration’s Continued Actions That Target Vulnerable Immigrants and Urges Congress to Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 45 of the nation’s preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, calls on the Trump administration to revisit its decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 50,000 Haitian immigrants granted temporary legal status following an earthquake which devastated the nation in 2010. The administration announced it was giving them 18 months to leave the United States, despite Haiti being hit by two hurricanes and a cholera outbreak in the past six months. The Department of Homeland Security must engage in appropriate outreach and fact-gathering for all TPS determinations, including a process to reassess recent terminations. Further, Congress must act swiftly to protect these immigrants and their families from the threat of deportation.

“By canceling TPS for Haitians, and Nicaraguans, the Trump administration is actually creating new groups of immigrants it can deport in order to pander to its base, while shamelessly tearing apart families — 27,000 U.S.-born children have parents who were allowed to stay in the U.S. following dangerous situations in their homelands,” said Hector Sanchez Barba, Chair of NHLA and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. “Haiti was adversely affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, and the nation was still working on its recovery following the deadly 2010 earthquake. The Trump administration is marking 50,000 individuals for deportation in 18 months and will force them to return to a nation struggling to rebuild. This is inhumane. NHLA calls on Congress to act and help save these people from an uncertain fate.”

“Laws premised on careful and considered exercise of executive discretion must be revisited in the face of an Administration that has demonstrated a pattern of policymaking based on political pandering, prejudice, and presidential pique,” said Thomas A. Saenz, Vice Chair of NHLA and President and General Counsel of MALDEF. “It is not too late for the Department of Homeland Security to revisit its ill-informed decisions on TPS, but, failing that, the Congress must act to defend the many American families that include those with TPS from Haiti or other countries.”

“The decision to end TPS for Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan is part of Trump’s mass deportation agenda and an attack on people who have been living within the law, working, and raising families for many years as productive community members. It is yet another inhumane assault on immigrants and our tradition as a beacon of hope for those in harm's way,” said Laura Esquivel, Director of National Advocacy for Hispanic Federation. “TPS holders regularly pass stringent background checks, are parents to American citizens, and contribute to the strength of the US economy and diversity of our society. Congress must act to ensure immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers who qualify under our laws can live, work, and raise their families in the open and continue to be contributing members of society. Ending TPS does not make us richer or safer; it morally and economically diminishes us as a nation.”

“DHS’ decision to end TPS for 50,000 Haitians just days before Thanksgiving is a shameful new low for an administration that has given clear priority to fear-mongering over facts in setting its immigration policies,” said Oscar Chacón, Executive Director of Alianza Americas, a transnational network of 50 immigrant-led organizations. “TPS programs for three countries have been cancelled in the last three months, and pending decisions on programs for other countries leave hundreds of thousands of lives in limbo. We will double-down on our efforts to Congress to find the political will and do what is right and formalize what long-time TPS holders are: Permanent residents of the United States.”

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
| Michael Torra | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (202) 425-0582 |
| Brenda Arredondo | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (915) 373-1483 |

ABOUT THE NATIONAL HISPANIC LEADERSHIP AGENDA:
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda is composed of 45 of the leading national and regional Latino civil rights and public policy organizations and other elected officials, and prominent Latinos Americans. NHLA coalition members represent the diversity of the Latino community – Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Latino Americans. NHLA’s mission calls for unity among Latinos around the country to provide the Latino community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country’s affairs. NHLA brings together Latino leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole. For more information, please visit: www.nationalhispanicleadership.org.

NHLA MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS:
Alianza Americas | American G.I. Forum | ASPIRA Association | Avance Inc. | Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network | Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute | Farmworker Justice | GreenLatinos | Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities | Hispanic Federation | Hispanic National Bar Association | Inter-University Program for Latino Research | Labor Council for Latin American Advancement | Latino Justice PRLDEF | League of United Latin American Citizens | MANA, A National Latina Organization | Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund | Mi Familia Vota | National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures | National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives | National Association of Hispanic Publications | National Day Laborer Organizing Network | NALEO Educational Fund | National Association of Latino Independent Producers | National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. | National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators | National Hispanic Council on Aging | National Hispanic Environmental Council | National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts | National Hispanic Media Coalition | National Hispanic Medical Association | National Institute for Latino Policy | National Latina/o Psychological Association | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health | Presente.org | SER Jobs for Progress National | Southwest Voter Registration Education Project | UnidosUS | United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | United States Hispanic Leadership Institute | United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce | U.S.- Mexico Foundation | Voto Latino

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