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Inside Washington: On immigration, GOP Starts Off on Wrong Foot PDF Print E-mail

When Republicans seized control of the Senate and increased their power in the House last November we knew that the political calculations surrounding Comprehensive Immigration Reform were going to change.  Just how much has changed in Washington when it comes to immigration became clear in the last couple of weeks when House Republicans presented bills to fund the Department of Homeland Security that included “poison pills” tying the Department’s budget to a rollback of the administrative action on immigration  that President Obama announced last year.  Claiming that the President had exceeded his constitutional authority by suspending some deportation proceedings and expanding the number of undocumented immigrants who would be eligible for deferred action, the most anti-immigrant elements in the GOP wanted to force Democrats into the unenviable position of voting against Homeland Security funding in order to protect undocumented immigrants.

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Movimiento Hispano Expands Across CT PDF Print E-mail

Hispanic Federation congratulates HF member agencies Hispanic Health Council (Hartford), Junta for Progressive Action (New Haven), Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury and the Greater Bridgeport Latino Network on the award of civic engagement grants to conduct voter registration and mobilization drives across Latino communities in Connecticut.

The selected agencies have been awarded grants by Hispanic Federation to provide civic engagement services, including voter education, voter registration and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) initiatives for Connecticut’s November 4th General Election.

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Meet Our New College Peer Mentors! PDF Print E-mail

Join us in welcoming and celebrating our new college peer mentors! Last week, Hispanic Federation (HF) and the City University of New York (CUNY) hosted a three-day comprehensive leadership development training for its new cohort of 14 academically-gifted CREAR Futuros peer-mentors. These high-performing students will play a central role in HF’s efforts to increase academic retention and success for 320 Latino incoming freshmen at LaGuardia, John Jay, and Lehman Colleges during the 2014-2015 school year.

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Hispanic Federation Applauds EPA Landmark Climate Rule PDF Print E-mail

Measure would protect public health and fight climate change 

Jose Calderon, president of the Hispanic Federation, released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their Clean Power Plan to reduce power plant carbon emissions:

"Today's announcement by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to curb emissions at our nation's power plants is a bold step to protect public health and fight climate change. We have an obligation to act and protect our children and future generations from dangerous carbon pollution that is putting their health at risk. The burden of dirty air falls heavily on Hispanic children, with 8 percent suffering from asthma. As states prepare to implement the new standards, we look to work with local communities and partners to make our nation more energy efficient and to reduce carbon emissions more significantly."

In 2013, the Hispanic Federation released a comprehensive policy blueprint entitled La Gran Manzana: The Road Ahead for New York City's Latino Community. Among other recommendations, the report called for "renewable energy sources both to reduce local emissions and increase megawatt production."



 
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Fight for Immigration Reform Enters Crucial Stage

It has been nearly two months since the Senate delivered a bipartisan vote on the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” (S. 744). While far from perfect, S.744 extends legal status to the majority of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States with an opportunity to earn citizenship. Yet the Republican majority in the House of Representatives failed to move on the bill before recessing earlier this month.

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