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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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Jun 29, 2020

Increase COVID-19 Testing Nationwide to Help Vulnerable Communities

Hispanic Federation joined the American Diabetes Association and over 100 organization in urging congressional leaders to push for an increase of funding for COVID-19 testing, especially in our most vulnerable communities being hit the hardest by the virus. Minority groups already experience higher rates of chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, and lung disease thatCOVID-19 hospitalization, and mortality data show make the virus more deadly.
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Jun 23, 2020

Letter to Senate to Vote No on JUSTICE Act and Motion to Proceed

Hispanic Federation is proud to join the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights over 130 additional organizations in urging Senators to not only opposing the JUSTICE Act but to also vote no on the motion to proceed. The Act (S.3985) does not adequately respond to the decades of oppression African-American and Black people have experienced in the country.
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Jun 22, 2020

Census Project Letter Requesting Supplemental Funding for the 2020 Census

Hispanic Federation joins the Census Project and additional organizations in urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science to include supplemental funding to help the Census Bureau cover costs related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its conduct of the 2020 Census.
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Jun 4, 2020

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Regarding USCIS Funding

Hispanic Federation joined DHS Watch and Immigrant Legal Resource Center, along with several other organizations in a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations committees regarding the additional funding for USCIS. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is stating that it needs $1.2 billion in order to avoid furloughing thousands of employees because of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, USCIS's budget shortfall was in place before the pandemic.
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