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HF Supports President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park Initiative PDF Print E-mail

America’s National Parks are going to get a lot more visitors next year if President Obama gets his way.  The President announced recently the “Every Kid in a Park Initiative.”  The program provides fourth-graders and their families with a year-long pass to enter any national park for free.  The President is banking that students who have an early and positive experience with parks will establish a link to the outdoors that lasts for years.  Given the number of national parks in our area, this could be a boon for students in communities served by Hispanic Federation member agencies.  “The President's new environmental education initiative boosts opportunities for all families to enhance the health and education of their children by exploring our parks and public lands,” said Hispanic Federation President José Calderón.  “We encourage the White House to continue to both spotlight the existing disparities in school readiness and achievement, and access to the outdoors.” 



 
HF OpEd Takes On Judge Hanen PDF Print E-mail

Federal District Court Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction against President Obama’s executive actions two weeks ago and thus delayed the start of a series of reforms that will have a significant impact on millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Hispanic Federation took to the airwaves and pages of El Diario/La Prensa to assure Latino immigrants that Judge Hanen’s ruling should only be deemed as a temporary setback and that it is the belief of the White House, and scores of legal experts across the country, that the President’s executive actions will prevail.  To read our opinion piece, click HERE.


 
Help Pass the NY DREAM Act! PDF Print E-mail

Over 3,600 undocumented students graduate from New York State high schools every year, but only a small percentage go on to pursue a college education due to financial obstacles. The New York Dream Act would help thousands of students qualify for state financial assistance and fulfill their dreams of achieving a college degree. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo included the New York Dream Act in his executive budget and the NYS Assembly passed the bill again on February 26th. Due to the support of people like you, the NY Dream Act is closer to becoming a reality than ever before.

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HF Statement on President Obama's Every Kid in a Park Initiative PDF Print E-mail

“Education is fundamental to the progress of any community. We applaud the inclusiveness of the President's new environmental education initiative -- boosting opportunities for all families to enhance the health and education of their children by exploring our parks and public lands. We encourage the White House to continue to both spotlight the existing disparities in school readiness and achievement, and access to the outdoors.” -- José Calderón, President, Hispanic Federation

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HF Statement on the Southern District Court Preliminary Injunction on President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions PDF Print E-mail

New York, NY –Hispanic Federation released the following statement today after the Southern District Court issued a preliminary injunction on President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions – the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the establishment of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) initiative – in Texas v. United States:

“Today’s federal district court injunction on the President’s immigration executive actions is disappointing and an unfortunate delay in exempting millions of immigrants from deportation and grant them work authorization,” stated José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation. “In light of Congressional gridlock and inaction, we welcome the President’s needed, legal and sensible decision to use an executive order to address our broken and dysfunctional immigration system. As we’ve said before, if Congress won’t act to protect our families and communities, then the President must. Hundreds of constitutional and legal scholars have affirmed that President Obama’s executive actions on immigration are lawful and consistent with those of past U.S. Presidents. Despite this legal delay, we will continue preparing our community to soon take advantage of President Obama’s plan to grant temporary relief to millions of immigrants who have waited for our nation to act while working to make this country a better place."

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