DREAMers and TPSeanos Are as American as Baseball and Apple Pie

As fans across the country watch the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s hard to miss that America’s pastime is one of the most diverse sports leagues in the nation.

And it is fitting that the two teams vying for the championship represent cities whose vibrancy is equally powered by the strength of that diversity and the contributions of immigrants.

Among the teams’ fans and in the cities they call home, there are thousands of immigrants who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS), as well as young immigrants who have grown up here and are eligible for the recently rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

  • In Los Angeles, there are more than 34,000 TPS holders from El Salvador and Honduras, and 123,000 young people eligible for DACA.
  • In Houston, there are more than 23,000 Temporary Protected Status holders from Honduras and El Salvador and 44,000 young people immediately eligible for DACA.

Like baseball, these individuals are as American as apple pie. But recent and potential decisions by the Trump administration and Congress could put their futures at risk.

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The TPSeano Series: Construction Industry Stands to Lose if TPS Ends

By Carlos Guevara and Sabrina Terry, UnidosUS

In the third installment of the TPSeano Series, we look at how ending TPS protections for more than 325,000 people could impact the construction industry, as well as public safety. Our earlier posts in the series set the stage about what temporary protected status is and what is at stake.

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Democratic Senators Take the Lead in Advocating for Workers’ Safety in the Workplace

By Yuqi Wang, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, UnidosUS

Every worker deserves to be safe in their workplace and to know that their well-being is a priority for their employers. Unfortunately, that is not always a reality—in 2015, the AFL-CIO found that 4,386 U.S. workers were killed on the job. That year, a staggering 903 Latinos had a workplace-related fatality, the highest number of Latino deaths in 10 years. This means that about 2.5 Latinos die just trying to make a living each day.

A national poll recently released by UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) found that safe working conditions and protections intended to promote workers’ safety and well-being are lacking for many low-income Latino workers:

  • One in five low-income workers (20 percent) reported that going to work sick or delaying a medical appointment is a problem they have experienced in the workplace.
  • More than one-quarter of low-wage Latino workers (28 percent) received no orientation at their jobs.
  • More than one-third (34 percent) of low-wage earning respondents received no training about workplace rights or safety.
  • When low-income Latino workers try to speak up about their concerns or dissatisfaction with their working conditions, they report experiencing employer retaliation. Nearly one in two workers have said they or someone they know have been treated differently or punished for raising workplace problems.

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A Preview of the 2017 NCLR Workforce Development Forum: Workshops Edition

Each year, NCLR’s Workforce Development Forum provides a platform for uniting and engaging the Latino community on issues that affect the immigrant workforce. This year, one of the focuses will be addressing the complex needs of America’s future workforce: our young people.

Along with the knowledge and skills that participants will take from this year’s Forum, which will once again be held in the fabulous city of Las Vegas, attendees will also have the opportunity to network and mingle with leaders from the various fields that make up workforce development. Attendees will also get the chance to learn from one another with the hope of enhancing our education and workforce systems for years to come.

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February Yields Strong Growth for Latino Workers

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Today, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that employers added 235,000 jobs in February, a hefty gain that far exceeded economists’ prediction of 190,000 jobs. Additionally, the national unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.7 percent. The U.S. Federal Reserve says that he low rate, which has stayed under 5 percent since April 2016 indicates our economy is at or near full employment.

The Latino unemployment rate dropped by almost half a percentage point to 5.6 percent last month. An increase in construction appears to have spurred Latino employment. The industry added 58,000 jobs with the most growth in specialty trade contractors and heavy and civil engineering construction. While Latinos comprise nearly 1/3 of construction jobs, they are more likely to be in lower-wage labor positions.

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Latino Unemployment Rate Holds at 5.9%

Employers in the United States added 227,000 jobs last month. These figures are the latest numbers the Depart of Labor issued in their monthly employment report. The unemployment rate ticked up slightly from 4.7% in December to 4.8% in January. Latino unemployment kept steady at 5.9%.

Our latest Latino Jobs Report, shows that participation in the labor force, however, did increase for all workers. Translation: people who were previously not in the labor force are now returning to it. The rate of Latino worker labor force participation stands at 66.1%, the highest of all other racial and ethnic groups

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How Congress Intends to Rollback Protections for American Workers

By Amelia Collins, Policy Analyst, NCLR

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Starting this week, the 115th Congress began work dismantling public protections for American workers, consumers, and families. NCLR has a history of being active in the regulatory process with significant success. This includes a final overtime rule that will benefit two million Latino workers, and a rule ensuring that retirement advisors make decisions in their client’s best interest. These rules will help millions of Latinos and other workers get more for their hard work.

So why would Congress want to eliminate these and other crucial protections? Well, some say that regulations cost the economy jobs and stymie growth. However, recent economic trends suggest otherwise:

  • The economy is on a record of 75 consecutive months of job growth.
  • Unemployment is down to 4.7% from a pre-recession peak of 10%, and wages are rising.
  • Median household income increased in 2015 and poverty rates fell, with the Latino poverty rate being the lowest since 2006.

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Unemployment Dips to Lowest Rate Since 2007

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The national unemployment rate fell from 4.9% in October to 4.6% in November, the lowest it has been since 2007. says the Department of Labor in it’s monthly jobs report. Last month, 178,000 jobs were added, which is likely due to modest job growth and more than 400,000 people leaving the work force.

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Latino Jobs Report: Latinos See a Decline in Unemployment

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that U.S. employers added 161,000 jobs in October 2016. While this is lower than the 175,000 new jobs economists had predicted, it is enough to absorb new workers coming into the labor force.

The national unemployment rate fell from 5% in September to 4.9% in October. For Latinos, the unemployment rate decreased to 5.7%.

Read more in our latest Latino Jobs Report.

Professional Services Led Job Growth in September

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The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in September 2016, down from 167,000 in the prior month. The national unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged at 5 percent. The Latino unemployment rate increased from 5.6 percent in August to 6.4 percent in September.

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