More than two months have passed since Congress failed to meet the September 30 deadline to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Last year, CHIP insured nearly nine million children, including a significant number of Latino children.
If Congress fails to act soon and reauthorize CHIP funding, millions of our nation’s children stand to lose their health coverage.
“If they won’t let us dream, we won’t let them sleep!” activists chanted yesterday on the steps of the Supreme Court as they demanded Congress pass a DREAM Act now to help the nearly 800,000 young people who came to the United States as children.
The Trump administration’s arbitrary and cruel decision to “wind down” the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program has put the lives of thousands of young people in jeopardy.
And now as Congress has failed to act to provide relief for DREAMers, every day 122 people are losing their chance to pursue their education, have a shot at their dream job, or just provide for their families.
Clarissa Martinez-de-Castro, Deputy Vice President in the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, joined UnidosUS staff and partners at the rally in Washington along with thousands of other activists from around the country.
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While Americans are gathering to give thanks this week, Senate Republicans are rushing to pass a tax plan that would give large tax cuts to the wealthy, drive up the federal deficit, and make it harder for working families, including millions of Latinos, to make ends meet.
Latino Memphis Joins Call for Congress to Act Before the Holidays
Last week, Latino Memphis, one of UnidosUS’s Tennessee Affiliates, hosted a panel discussion titled “The Future of DACA.” At the event, six Memphis-area college presidents signed on to a letter to Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, as well as Congressman David Kustoff, who represents the city, urging them to support a legislative solution for DREAMers by the end of the year.
Nearly 300 people attended to hear about how Trump administration’s September decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will impact their community and all communities across the United States in the months to come.
DACA provided young immigrants with temporary deferral of removal for two years, as well as a renewable work permit, enabling many to attend college or support their families.