Steps Forward on Retirement Security – Emerging Consensus to Act

by Leticia Miranda, Senior Policy Advisor, Economic Security Policy

There was big news in the retirement security arena this week.  After years of no action, both Congress and the White House are proposing new ways to provide a more secure retirement for millions of Americans.  In addition to Social Security, the main way Americans save for retirement is through workplace payroll deductions into retirement plans.  Half of all American workers—and two-thirds of Latinos—are employed by companies that do not offer any type of retirement plan.  These tend to be smaller private companies that cannot afford to manage a 401(k) plan.  Since most Latinos lack access to a workplace retirement plan, they depend more on Social Security as their sole source of income in retirement than any other racial or ethnic group, yet Social Security benefits are typically inadequate to cover all living expenses.  That is why Latinos have so much at stake when it comes to finding solutions to stop the growing retirement crisis.

This week, President Obama signed an executive order establishing a voluntary pilot program called MyRA, an individual retirement account (IRA) that first-time savers may use as a way to save for retirement.  That announcement was quickly followed by more promising news—Senator Collins (R–ME) and Senator Nelson (D–FL) worked across party lines to create the “Retirement Security Act of 2014” to make it easier and cheaper for companies to band together to offer retirement savings plans to their employees.  To close out the week, Senator Tom Harkin (D–IA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, introduced the “Universal, Secure, and Adaptable (USA) Retirement Funds Act of 2014,” legislation that would give 75 million workers the ability to earn a safe and secure pension benefit for the first time.

We are pleased to see our nation’s leaders offering solutions that can help generations of Americans have greater economic security in old age.  Although the MyRA plan put forward by President Obama is a good first step, his plan is limited because it is an executive order.  Congress must also act to pass legislation.  The bills by Senators Collins, Nelson, and Harkin address a key barrier in the system by making it easier for companies to band together to pool resources and risks and lower costs.

All of these proposals represent positive steps forward to ensure that 75 million American workers—including 16 million Latinos—who lack access to a workplace retirement plan are able to save for retirement in a safe and secure manner.  These proposals would also make our retirement system more inclusive by ensuring that workers who earn lower incomes and work for small companies are part of the new system.  As one of the fastest-growing segments of the workforce, Latinos will play an important role in the future of this nation.  We must ensure that we create a better framework that helps all workers save today in order to have a more secure retirement tomorrow.  Lastly, we must ensure that Social Security, the foundation of our retirement system, remains strong for future generations.

New Rules Will Make Money Transfers Abroad Safer


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Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will begin implementing a new rule that will make it safer and cheaper to send money to loved ones abroad.  Consumers wire billions of dollars to foreign countries every year, but remittance providers can sometimes tack unnecessary, exorbitant costs onto those money transfers.  In 2009 alone, immigrants from Mexico wired almost $23 billion in remittances and spent an estimated $1.5 billion in fees and other costs to perform these transactions.  With the adoption of these new provisions, consumers will finally have the information they need to make good decisions about remittance products and the confidence of knowing that a consumer watchdog is looking after their interests in this market.

The new provisions require that:

  • Financial institutions must provide full disclosure to consumers before accepting payment.
  • Disclosures must include the exchange rate, fees, and the amount of money to be delivered.
  • Proof of payment, along with the date the money will be received, must also be provided to the consumer.
  • Companies providing remittance transfers are responsible for any errors that occur.

NCLR applauds the CFPB for pushing new banking and financial reform efforts that directly help Latinos and other immigrants.  The remittance market is huge but historically has been loosely regulated.  Thankfully, the CFPB has worked collaboratively with groups like NCLR to ensure that our concerns are addressed.  These provisions will help consumers better understand up front what they are paying for, giving them the opportunity to shop for the best deal.  Having worked on this issue for years, NCLR is pleased to see this sensible outcome and will continue working with the CFPB to make sure these new rules work for everyone.

Ghostly Greetings

Halloween is fast approaching and we know what that means…costumes!  Forget the candy—the best part about Halloween is getting to dress up.  But we have to be careful with our costume ideas.  What should be a frivolous and fun holiday sometimes crosses the line into offensive territory.  There are countless stories about costume parties that took their themes too far, and many times, Latinos end up being the butt of unfunny and incorrect jokes.

So instead of going for a stereotypical costume that could land you in a hot cauldron, try out some ideas that will elevate our Latino heritage this year.

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Latinos have made their presence known in cinema for years, so why not celebrate some of their most glamorous and exciting portrayals?  Look out for a fitted purple dress with ruffles and smolder as Anita from West Side Story, who was portrayed by award-winning actress Rita Moreno.  Or you can go as artist Frida Khalo, who was brought to life on the silver screen by Salma Hayek.  Meanwhile, guys can try a more macho and villainous look—think Bond’s latest bad guy, played by Javier Bardem, with that hideous blond wig and all.  Bonus points if you have a friend who will dress up as 007.


carlos santana         celia cruz         selena

Everyone loves a guy with a guitar.  Throw one over your shoulder, put on a fedora, and magically become Carlos Santana.  But when it comes to music, women get to go for the real glam here.  What better way to celebrate Latinas than to go over the top, Celia Cruz–style?  Besides her tremendous voice, the queen of salsa was known for her outrageous looks, so don’t shy away from the sequins, feathers, and sparkles.  And if you’re feeling more of a ’90s vibe, Selena is your go-to girl.


Lucy and Ricky        Santana Glee         Ugly Betty

Make it a family affair and go as one of television’s most iconic comedy couples.  Ricky and Lucy have the distinct looks and eccentric personalities to keep your friends amused all night long (plus you get the added bonus of dressing up your little one as Ricky Ricardo, Jr.).  Teens can take their turn as Glee’s original bad girl, Santana, with an easy-to-find cheerleading outfit.  But if being a cheerleader isn’t your style, why not go as Ugly Betty?


la llorona          zorro        don quixote

Don’t forget that Halloween is supposed to be a scary holiday.  Straight from the folktales, La Llorona would make the perfect ghostly girl to spook unsuspecting trick-or-treaters.  Guys who prefer to run around in a cape can maintain an air of mystery as the masked Zorro.  But if fighting windmills matches your interests more, don your suit of armor and step out as Don Quixote.


dora and diego         Puss n boots        cusco kronk yzma pacha

As much as we all love to dress up every year, Halloween is really about the kids.  No list would be complete without mentioning Dora and Diego.  But, thinking outside of the box, kiddies can have fun dressing up as the feline lothario Puss in Boots, who was voiced by actor Antonio Banderas.  And the cast of The Emperor’s New Groove would make the perfect group costume:  mom and dad can be Yzma and Kronk while the kids can be Cuzco.


De la Hoya         AJ Lee         Clemente

There is a treasure trove of Latinos in the sports world.  Put on your boxing gloves and step into the ring as decorated boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya, but a word of caution—a six-pack will be difficult to find at your local costume store.  From one ring to another, the world of professional wrestling, which has always blurred the line of sports and entertainment, has some interesting personalities to consider.  April Mendez, or AJ Lee as fans know her, certainly proves that women can pack just as much of a punch as any guy can.  If fighting isn’t up your alley, try going old school as baseball hall-of-famer Roberto Clemente.

The list goes on and on.  The point is that there are plenty of places to draw inspiration from that aren’t offensive.  So instead of resorting to stereotypical costumes this Halloween, be creative, be smart, and have fun celebrating your Latino heritage.

Weekly Washington Outlook – October 28, 2013

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What to Watch This Week:


The House:

On Monday afternoon, the House will hold a series of votes under suspension of the rules on legislation relating to veterans services and benefits.  Later in the week, in addition to several non-controversial bills, the House will take up the Retail Investor Protection Act (H.R. 2374), sponsored by Congresswoman Ann Wagner.  The bill would delay a Department of Labor rulemaking process mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act that relates to fiduciary responsibilities for financial planners.  The House will also consider a measure on whether to suspend the debt limit and the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act (H.R. 992), sponsored by Congressman Randy Hultgren.

The Senate:

On Monday, the Senate is expected to vote on cloture for Richard Griffin’s nomination to general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.  Later in the week, Majority Leader Harry Reid may file cloture on the nominations of several judicial candidates to fill vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  Action on the Mel Watt nomination to head the Federal Housing Finance Administration is also possible.

White House:

On Monday, the President will attend the installation of FBI Director James Comey at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC.  On Tuesday, the President will attend a memorial service for former Speaker Tom Foley at the Capitol.  On Wednesday, the President will travel to Boston where he will host and deliver remarks the following day at the SelectUSA Investment Summit. In the evening, the President and the First Lady will welcome local children and children of military families to trick-or-treat at the South Portico of the White House.  On Friday, the President will host Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House.  The visit will highlight the importance of the U.S.-Iraq relationship under the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA).  Continue reading

This Week in Immigration Reform – Week Ending October 25

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Week Ending October 25

This week in immigration reform: President Obama, joined by NCLR’s own Janet Murguía, calls on the House to get to work on passing immigration reform legislation; a bipartisan group of House lawmakers and immigration reform advocates discusses how reform would strengthen the U.S. military; reports indicate that Republican lawmakers plan to introduce immigration reform legislation; and the NCLR Action Fund announces that the Easton, Pennsylvania City Council is passing a resolution endorsing immigration reform.  NCLR staff kept the community informed as always this week, with staff quoted in stories in Univision and NBC Latino.

  • Pres. Obama, joined by Janet Murguía, calls for action on reform.  Joined by NCLR’s own Janet Murguía and other leaders in the broad coalition for immigration reform, President Obama took to the podium on Thursday, Oct. 24th and called on the House of Representatives to get back to work on immigration reform.

Murguía applauded the President’s call for reform and concurred with his remarks, saying that it continues to remain the House’s responsibility to work on passing immigration reform legislation – a commonsense policy initiative that will boost our economy, cut deficits, and that the majority of the public strongly supports.

  • Bipartisan House group calls for reform on military-readiness grounds.  A bipartisan group of House lawmakers and immigration advocates called on Congress to pass immigration reform on Oct. 23rd, arguing that our broken immigration system undermines military readiness, needlessly bars talented individuals from joining the armed forces, and harms military families that include undocumented individuals.

 Discussing how immigration reform would strengthen the U.S. military were Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-9), Rep. David Valadao (R-CA-21), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO-6), and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL-4).  The lawmakers were joined by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Educational Fund, and Jorge Tellez, a Colorado DREAMer and aspiring service member.

  • House Republicans planning to introduce immigration reform legislation.  Politico reports that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA-49) plans to introduce immigration reform legislation as early as next week.  Issa described the legislation as a “come from the shadows bill” that would grant six years of legal status to undocumented individuals currently in the United States.  Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports that Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) is working with fellow members of Congress on immigration reform legislation that will include border security and legalization provisions.
  • NCLR and Affiliates in action. 

Pennsylvania:  The NCLR Action Fund partnered with OFA (Organizing for America) and the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) this Tuesday, October 22nd to announce that the City Council of Easton, PA is adopting a resolution calling on Congress to pass immigration reform legislation.

immigration update 102513 photo 1Rafael Collazo with the NCLR Action Fund introducing the Easton City Council’s 10/22/13 resolution calling on Congress to pass immigration reform.

NCLR Affiliates:  To share your recent meetings on immigration with your members of Congress, please fill out the report-back form on our website.

This Week in Immigration Reform – Week Ending October 18


Week Ending October 18

This week in immigration reform: with the shutdown finally resolved and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle eager to pick up where they left off, the time to get immigration reform through the House has come; NCLR finds that more than 100 editorial boards across the country have urged Congress to pass immigration reform legislation this year; and NCLR hosts a business roundtable on immigration reform in Colorado.  NCLR staff kept the community informed as always this week, with staff quoted in stories in Univision, Washington Hispanic, and Latinos PostContinue reading

This Week in Immigration Reform – Week Ending October 11

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This week in immigration reform: thousands march and rally for reform in Washington, DC and hundreds – including eight members of Congress – are arrested in an act of civil disobedience; new polling shows that Republican voters in three GOP-held districts would look favorably upon lawmakers who work across the aisle to pass immigration reform; and NCLR and its Affiliates march, rally, and hold vigils around the country to remind Congress that we will keep fighting until we get immigration reform.  NCLR staff kept the community informed in a number of news items this week, with staff quoted in stories in in NBC Latino, El Mundo (Texas), KTAR-AM, CNN México, and Democracy Now!.

  • Thousands march, hundreds arrested for reform in DC.   On October 8th thousands of people pushed for immigration reform to get a vote in the House of Representatives by marching and rallying for reform on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  The afternoon featured a concert by Los Tigres del Norte and Lila Downs, as well as remarks from a bipartisan group of Representatives including Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA-10), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), and David Valadao (R-CA-21).  NCLR’s own Janet Murguía introduced Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL-4), who led a delegation of eight Representatives to the Capitol where they and over 160 advocates were arrested in an act of civil disobedience.

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Los Tigres del Norte, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and NCLR’s Janet Murguía at the Oct. 8th rally and march.

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Abel Nuñez, Executive Director of NCLR Affiliate CARECEN (Central American Resource Center), prepares to be arrested for protesting the House’s inaction on immigration reform.

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NCLR assembles before the Oct 8 rally and march for immigration reform.

  • New polls in GOP-held districts show that working to pass reform would help an incumbent’s electoral prospects.  Recent polling conducted in the 10th, 21st, and 22nd Congressional Districts of California (represented by Reps. Jeff Denham, David Valadao, and Devin Nunes, respectively) confirms that Republican voters would be more likely to vote for candidates who work across the aisle to pass immigration reform legislation.  The polling was conducted by Magellan Strategies for PICO National Network and America’s Voice.
  • Prominent conservatives Abraham and Gutierrez tout the economic benefits of reform for Michigan.  “Immigration reform is a secret weapon that can help unleash the full power of the U.S. economy,” and will add thousands of jobs and bring hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity to Michigan, Spencer Abraham (a former Republican U.S. senator from Michigan who served U.S. Secretary of Energy under George W. Bush) and Carlos Gutierrez (a former CEO of Kellogg who served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under George W. Bush) write in an October 6 piece published in the Detroit Free Press.  For the sake of jobs and our economy, the two conclude, immigration reform cannot be put off any longer.

Across the country conservative business and political leaders are making the case for reform.  If you know a conservative leader who hasn’t spoken out yet, ask them to.  As economic boosts go, passing immigration reform is a no-brainer.

  • NCLR and Affiliates in action.  The weekend of Oct. 5th saw thousands of advocates take to the streets of over 160 cities to call for immigration reform in a nationwide “March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect.”   Many of NCLR’s Affiliates were involved in the weekend’s events.  Below are a few examples:

Idaho: NCLR Affiliate Community Council of Idaho marched for reform on October 6th.

immigration update 101113 photo 4North Carolina:  NCLR Affiliate Latin American Coalition and former Emerging Latino Communities partner Action, NC held a vigil for immigration reform in Charlotte.

immigration update 101113 photo 5Also in North Carolina, NCLR Affiliate El Pueblo delivered 630 signatures to a petition calling on Rep. George Holding (R-NC-13) to work for immigration reform to Rep. Holding’s office on October 4.

Ohio:  Former Emerging Latino Communities (ELC) grantee HOLA (Hispanas Organizadas de Lake y Ashtabula) rallied for immigration reform across Ohio this week, holding rallies, vigils, and marches in Lorain, Chagrin Falls, Painesville, Norwalk and Akron and drawing extensive local media coverage.

Texas: In Houston, NCLR Affiliates Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA), American Latino Center for Research, Education and Justice (ALCREJ), Houston Gateway Academy (HGA), and KIPP Houston organized a delegation of nearly two hundred advocates to march for immigration reform in front of Houston’s City Hall.

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NCLR Affiliates:  To share your recent meetings on immigration with your members of Congress, please fill out the report-back form on our website.

Why Do You Support Immigration Reform?

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In recognition of the Camino Americano march for immigration reform happening today in Washington, D.C., we asked our supporters on our Action Network to tell us why they support immigration reform.

Below are some of the best responses so far. Want to see your message here? Text MARCH to 62571 and tell us why you support immigration reform!

Yesenia from TX: I support immigration reform to STOP breaking families apart and give hard working people the right to a better living.

Because our immigration laws need to be reformed. Immigrants have long been the bed rock of American economic growth. Good immigration laws encourage stable families.

Sergio: Es algo que no dejare de hacer pues soy un padre de familia con hijos nacidos en este pais con derechos oportunidades y un espiritu positivo.

Silvia: Por una reforma migratoria pues nosotros somos un gran pilar para que este pais y nositros crezcamos por favor entiendan y razonen que esto es real

Immigration reform is an essential christian response to brothers and sisters living in need. How can we continue denying basic necessities to those whose lives we share?

Reform now because I am a citizen who fell in love with my soul mate. Two beautiful children & I was able to finish nursing school as he worked three jobs. Hard work & dedication is what he has brought to this country. God is love. He knows no differences. We are all his children.

Because it is both humane & practical, and the only response truly consistent with the values & founding principles of this country.

The immigrants are not to blame for our economic ills. Enough of the blame game.

Por mantener unidas a las familias y evitar la deportacion injusta de gente trabajadora que ayudan a la economia de este pais.

We are small family business, my husband and i, we don’t have documents, our only daughter was work here, we are hard working person, with no legal problems and we try to do the stuff on the right way, but if we were able to legalize our status we will be able to grow as a company with out afraid, that something may happen with us!! Thanks and we support 100% the immigration reform.


Por un futuro mejor para nuestros hijos

Florida: Creo que todos merecemos una opurtunidad en este pais.

My mother and uncles and aunt and grandparents were immigrants. They contributed to the growth of our nation..current immigrants will do the same.

Por que me gustaria que la situacion se componga para los mas de 12 millones de indocumentados que estamos aqui. Que practicamente somos de aqui.

Fidel: It’s time to get beyond the politics and racism and pass immigration reform.

Lynette from CA: It is the Christian thing to do.


Adriana from CA: For working people they just came to better themselves and they paid taxes like everyone

Ernest from NM: Its the right thing to do will help econemy in the long run

Noel: Por una reforms migratoria justa que no separe las familias!!!!!

Lisa from CA: We need the reform for all this people who are living here for many years and working to help the economy.

My husband. I want to have the freedom to stop worrying if this will be the day he will not come home to me and our three kids.

Because it’s the right thing to do and the majority of Americans want it!

Maria from NV: Por la felicidad

Mi razon para apoyar es la misma que tenemos muchos inmigrantes para salir de la sombra,tengo un hijo de 14 en esta situacion

Ashley from OH: Because the United States, at its core, is a nation of immigrants…and was built upon the bedrock of diversity!

Martha: Supporting freedom for all. No one in this country should be living in the shadows.

Porque se puedan legalization tantos jovenes que necesitan trabajar, licencia, y seguros.

I support immigration reform in hopes that one day my husband can come back to us. He was deported 3 years ago and I was left with 4 kids.

Por que una reforma migratoria es agradable a Dios y por el bien de USA.

Everyone deserves a second chance. There is strength in numbers.

Because what we have now is unworkable and unAmerican!!!


For liberty and justice for ALL!


I support immigration reform because is enough of living on shadow and with fear. The economy needs immigrants.

Jessica from CA: I was undocumented and just because I’m not now does not mean I forget about where I come from.

Equality for all!!! It’s important to give those of us who are hard working and goal oriented an opportunity to reside in the US legally.

Everyone deserves a chance in life and earning a education and employment.

Marie from MS: I support immigration reform because I believe in a human equality.

Mi razon es para que sea un mundo sin fronteras y sin problemas

Brenda from NY: Economic prosperity for the USA

Rafael from CA: Para que la gente pueda tener una mejor vida y vivan sin miedo

I support immigration reform because we all descend from immigrants in this country and they also deserve a chance to be here.

Linda from VA: I support reform because it is the Godly thing to do reuniting families including my own


Pilar from NJ: We are all the same in Gods eyes and if this is a land of freedom then immigrants should be legalized to have the same freedom as Americans do

Henry from FL: Because inaction is unfair.

Charles from TX: They are us. They are more American than most of us.

Hector: Es tiempo ya

Eduardo from FL: Ya es hora….basta de politica.

Because everyone deserves a shot at shaping their future into everything they dreamt it would be, regardless of how or when they got here.

For a better USA

I support immigration reform because I believe in equality and a better life for all Latinos of all races.

Marta from FL: Our country’s economy needs immigrants to survive.

Alonzo from NM: Because everyone has human rights and deserves the right to excel in life.

Congress vote on comprehensive immigration reform now. Vote your councious and it will pass. Enough is enough.

Abigail from CA: Because people shouldn’t be criminalized for their nationality

Let’s legitimize the hard working U.S. workers that contribute everyday to the American economy and our future.

Rosa: Yo admiro a toda esa gente que lucha por todas esas personas que vienen a trabajar, que dejan sus paises para buscar una vida mejor. Yo como ciudadana doy todo mi apoyo.

Beatriz: USA needs to value the work immigrants bring to this country. They are a huge part of the growth in this country

Ruth from CA: Apoyo la reforma emigratoria todos tenemos los mismos derechos y queremos una solucion rapida y justa.

Meddmar from TX: Supporting immigration reform to stop discrimination, stereotypes, injustice! Today we are involved with

this march so that our voices and thoughts can be heard for an immigration reform! Con todos los Latinos unidos y apoyando un al otro! Sin duda si se puede lograr!

Abril from AZ: Porque ya es tiempo que se recompense a las personas que an aportado su tiempo y trabajo en este pais

Joseph from CA: The reason I support is because I like many others have had my mother deported after 20 years of living on these lands, leaving an 19 year old to raise his 15 year old brother

Humberto from FL: Lucha porque quiero una oportunidad

Louis from TX: For the children we teachers have educated and who are ready to take their places as full members and leaders in our communities!

Because everyone deserves a chance at citizenship and a better life here with those of us who were lucky enough to be born here.

Jose from CA: Quiero que pasen la reforma para que todos seamos iguales en este pais.

Para que la reforma ayude a que podamos trabajar sin ningun temor y que nuestros hijos se sientan seguros. Solo queremos trabajar y sacar adelante este hermoso pais con nuestras manos,mente y corazon

Let’s put a system in place that is responsive to the real issues of immigration. Immigrants represent a vital work force and are valuable community members.

Stop ignoring this problem and fix it.

Ruben from GA: So my brother can put his college education to great use.

Sally from KS: I support immigration reform because it’s a win win win win win proposition: for immigrants who work hard and build strong families; for democracy that needs their love of the USA; for our economy that needs their innovation and perseverence; for international relations knit together by personal ties; for me, USA-born but enriched daily by immigrant neighbors; It is important to keep family together.

Mireya from CA: So my husband can permanently stay with me and our kids! So we do not have to live in fear of being seperated! So we can travel as a family!

Those who work and support their families and pay their taxes need to reap the benefits from it!!! They need to have drivers license!

Apoyo a la reforma migratoria porque los inmigrantes somos trabajadores y aportamos a que este pais siga creciendo.

I support immigration reform because of the students I work with. They deserve to have all their dreams come to fruition.

Alexis from CA: For the Dignity and Respect of 11 Million aspiring Americans

Vanessa: I support immigration reform simply because everybody deserves the same chances that we get to have here in the U.S.

All these families want to do is be able to feed their families and give them a home that should be afforded to any living human being no matter where you come from!!!

I believe everyone should have an opportunity to better themselves, and to have better chances in life.

Kiren from NC: Because the laws in place now are rude, discriminitory, inefective, and they support the ability of law enforcement to be racist.

Lucia from NJ: Dignity and respect for all in America is fundamental value of our democracy. I will not back down from that principle!

Immigration brings talent and richness to the USA

Elsa from CA: I support immigration reform because I do not keep hate in my HEART

I support immigration reform because no one should have to wait decades to enter the land of opportunity.

I support immigration reform because every person needs be out the shadows and have obligations and responsibilities

Ronald: Porque somos humanos.

Martin: Por el respeto a los inmigrantes que han levantado este pais.

Angela from MO: We need to keep our immigrant families together and protect the children of undocumented parents. Once we get

our priorities straight, honoring human rights, children, education, then the solutions to immigration reform will be apparent.

Carlos from NY: I support immigration reform because if we are honest, it’s desired by business & necessary to keep families together as well as the net positive value immigrants contribute to our society. We are all human beings…Exercise humanity.

Because everyone that contributes positively to our great country deserves the chance to citizenship, the American dream and to keep their family together.

If THE people are successful, THE country is successful. Our achievements becomes the country’s. MARCH for a brighter future. for those who have all the intention to be the best that they can, but face the burden of 3-times-more-expensive college tuition or are unable to receive a scholarship due to their status. I’m one of the young adults suffering the struggle. The burdens won’t stop me from chasing my dreams, but a Comprehensive Reform would surely help a lot us achieve our goals a lot easier. Please, hear us out! These dreams of ours can make this country a better place

Por familias felices y unidas

Nydia from TX: Porque hay que demostrar que los hispanos no nos damos por vencidos facilmente

Daniel from TX: Reforma migratoria para toda la gente que viene a este pais a trabajar y salir adelante con su esfuerzo y con la ayuda de Dios. Daniel

Linda from CA: Todos merecemos una oportunidad de salir adelante.

Leticia: Lucha porque todos meresemos salir de las sombras

Para que este pais sea mejor 🙂

Justina from NY: Manos trabajadoras y honesta necesitan tranquilidad y un estatus definido y seguro,familias unidas por eso quiero una reforma.

Claudia from NC: Por todas las families separadas. Todos tenemos derecho a estar FELICES y con nuestras familias.

Josefina from KY: Igualidad para todos hace un mejor mundo para vivir!

I support immigration because ive been through the struggle and pain

Michelle from CA: Because we call ourselves humanitarians, we must grant amnesty to all who are contributing in a positive way

For dignity and respect of all regardless of documentation status

Letty: For Justice, and Equality. End the hatred, and Racism!!

I am an immigrant who has the privilege of automatic citizenship. I did nothing to deserve the citizenship that other immigrants don’t have.

James from CA: It’s obviously the right thing to do for people who have been an integral part of our economy, working, paying taxes, and being good citizens.

Gabriela from DC: Porque contribuimos! Because we contribute!

Isabella: We are here to integrate and make our communities stronger

Carlos from CA: For our children; our community and our future!

Everyone deserves a home and country to live in. Love one another and be kind.

We were all immigrants at one time or another. My family immigrated from Germany in the early 1900s for a better life.

Anita from FL: It makes no sense to impose further hardship on people who are seeking refuge, respite, and a better future for themselves and their children.

Gisset from NJ: I support it because immigrants work so hard and get so little back

Wendy from AL: For true justice and a stronger better America!

Francisco: Apoyo este movimiento por que simplemente estamos a hablando y exijiendo que se respeten los DERECHOS HUMANOS de cada una y todas las personas

Yo apoyo la reforma por que todos tenemos el derecho de cumplir nuestoro sueno americano


Immigrants are hard working people like everyone else, yet they go unrecognized because of their illegal status.

Judy from CO: Married wonderful father for my 3 kids 11 years ago; still have NO Process to legalize and secure my family.

Our people work hard and deserve a country to call their own. Furthermore, many have served this great country of ours to the extent of giving their own lives and still being called illegals, and all in all being great human beings.

My grandparents were ltalian and German! 3rd generation! millions of new revenue for the USA! THESE FOLKS DESERVE THE opportunity!

Because they deserve it

I think that by passing the immigration reform it will be less abuse of human rights and less injustice. It will be more oportunities for continuing education. I am working on my degree an my only hope is the inmigration reform.

Why should we be discriminated against for being born somewhere else when we’re suppose to be a melting pot of different cultures?

Nos urge una reforma integral ya que somos la fuerza trabajadora de este pais

Because everyone should have a fair chance of succeeding in this country

Por los inmigrantes que son personas luchadoras y trabajadores que estan por una razon para dar a sus hijos una vida mejor

Juan from CA: Honest, kind, hardworking, good neighbors: are the qualities of the vast majority of Latino immigrants.

Por la reintegracion de todos immigrantes en esta gran nacion por el bien de todos los ciudadanos

Miguel from IL: Yo lucho por todas las personas que estamos en las sombras incluyendome yo y deseo que pase Una reforma migratoria para poder estar con mis tres hijos ciudadanos americanos para verlos crecer y realizarse en sus vidas y no estar con el temor que un dia me puedan deportar y no estar mas con ellos. Por eso apoyo la reforma migratoria con ciudadania para los 11 Millones de indocumentados que estamos aqui SI SE PUEDE!!! Mucha FE mi gente Lo vamos a lograr!

Jose: I need to go to College to better the lives of my 3 kids.

Norma: Mi razon es mi marido tiene 10 anos de castigo lleva 8 en mexico y esos 8 anos yo he creado a mis hijas como que si fuera madre soltera es injusto aparte que ellas nacieron prematuras de 24 semanas me ha tocado batallar bastante. Es injusto siendo yo ciudadana y mis hijas (twins) tambien.

My reason supporting this is because I believe that an immigration reform is what the U.S. needs. There need to be a stop to all those deportations to people who only come to this country to look for a better life for them and their families. We need to give them a legal status so they can work get a license and stop fearing. Thank you.

Joseph: Because common sense should rule the day. Treat others like you would like to be treated.

Estoy apoyando la reforma migratoria porque pienso que todos merecemos tener una vida mejor en este pais. Si tan solo supieran lo que sufre uno.


This Week in Immigration Reform – Week Ending October 4

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Week Ending October 4

This week in immigration reform: House Democrats unveil immigration reform legislation; Oct. 5th, the National Day of Dignity and Respect for Immigration Reform, draws near; the Affordable Care Act exchanges open and NCLR updates the community on the status of healthcare; and NCLR and its Affiliates meet with their members of Congress and hold roundtables on reform with business leaders as part of the NCLR Affiliate Network’s continuing push for reform.  NCLR staff kept the community informed in a number of news items this week, with staff quoted in stories in CSPAN, Univision, El Latino – San Diego, EFE El Nuevo Herald, Latinos Post, La Opinión, CNN México, and the San Antonio Express-News. Continue reading

Food Assistance Funds for Mothers and Babies Could Dry Up if Shutdown Continues

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Let our children go hungry—that’s the message Congress is sending to families in need as America sails into day four of the government shutdown.

The political mess on Capitol Hill, in which a few stubborn conservative lawmakers have taken our economy hostage, will have dire consequences for children and mothers unless this standoff ends.  Almost nine million low-income mothers, pregnant women, babies, and young children rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for food assistance and health care referrals.  But with the government shut down, WIC can no longer issue payments and states are forced to use what little money they have left to provide this vital food assistance.  Continue reading