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LULAC's Policy Team: The Latino Community's Liasion in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1929, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), is the oldest and most widely respected Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States of America. Since its founding, LULAC has fought for full access to the political process and works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

The mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

LULAC advances its mission through three primary and complementary approaches:

Programming- LULAC programming focuses on the following key areas: civic participation, civil rights, economic development, education, health, housing, immigration, leadership, public service, technology, women, youth, young adults, and the 50+ demographic. Each of these issues offers unique challenges and opportunities. LULAC programming varies based on available funding as well as the current needs of our community.

Advocacy- As the Latino community's government liasion in Washington, D.C., LULAC monitors legislation and provides policy makers with the Latino perspective on education, immigration, civil rights, health care, business, and other issues impacting our community.  The LULAC National Policy Platform can be found at www.lulac.org/platform.

Membership- LULAC's extensive membership base works to achieve LULAC’s mission through programming and advocacy at the local level.

LULAC Advocacy Sheets

Read the latest LULAC Advocacy Fact Sheets on the issues of improtance to the Latino community.  LULAC relies on its 135,000 volunteer network of members to advance policy initiatives at the local, state, and federal level.  Become an e-member today and help us advance change.  Sign-up now to get the latest alerts by clicking here.

LULAC ADVOCACY FACT SHEETS

Click here for 2014 education advocacy sheet. 

 Click here for 2014 health care advocacy sheet. 

 Click here for 2014 immigration advocacy sheet. 

Click here for 2014 Puerto Rico advocacy sheet.

Click here for 2014 ENDA advocacy sheet.

Click here for 2014 Voting Rights Act advocacy sheet.

Click here for 2014 LNESC advocacy sheet.                       

UNACCOMPANIED MINORS AT THE BORDER

Unaccompanied Children on the Border: Brief Overview (LULAC PowerPoint 8.13.2014)

Sample Letter to the Editor in Support of Border Children (LULAC)

Sample Resolution in Support of Border Children (LULAC)

Take Action: Tell Congress to Stand Up for Border Children

Dallas LULAC Latino Leaders Mobilize to Help Border Children (news article)

LULAC Effort Underway in Milwaukee To Help Border Children (news article)

Unaccompanied immigrant children Placed in Iowa, LULAC Takes Lead (news article)

Information from the Department of Health and Human Services

Information from the Department of Education

Resources from Welcoming America

Learn what other communities are doing

Local leaders across the country are speaking out and taking action to support the unaccompanied children:

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed released a statement in support of welcoming immigrant children

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for the humane treatment of unaccompanied migrant children

Pittsburgh – with the support of Mayor William Peduto – is partnering with the local faith and community leaders to develop a humanitarian response

New York City has formed a task force to figure out how to best help the unaccompanied children

Leaders in Columbia, SC voted in favor of welcoming unaccompanied children

California foundations form an emergency relief fund to support Los Angeles nonprofits assisting children

The Eychaner Foundation in Iowa launched 1000 Kids for Iowa to find safe temporary homes for children.

In St. Louis, local government and community organizations are working together to provide housing for unaccompanied children.

You can find more media coverage of communities welcoming the children here.

Resources from the Center for American Progress


5 Things You Need to Know About Unaccompanied Children

Violence is Causing Children to Flee Central America

Children Fleeing Central American Violence Need Access to Lawyers

A Way Forward on Child Refugees

The Surge of Unaccompanied Children from Central America

Statistical Analysis Shows that Violence, Not Deferred Action, Is Behind the Surge of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border

Resources fromthe CATO Institute

DACA Did Not Cause the Surge of Unaccompanied Minor Children

Unaccompanied Minors Crossing the Border - The Facts

Unaccompanied Children in Limbo - Podcast

Resources from the National Immigration Forum

Policy Recommendations on Unaccompanied Children (UAC) at Southwest Border

Resources from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition

Recent Legislation on Unaccompanied Minor Children

Backgrounder on Unaccompanied Minor Children

Myths and Facts on Central American Migrant Surge

Additional Resources and Reports on Unaccompanied Minor Children

Resources from the Immigration Policy Forum

Taking Attendance: New Data Finds Majority of Children Appear in Immigration Court (July 2014)

Children in Danger: A Guide to the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border (July 2014)

No Childhood Here: Why Central American Children are Fleeing Their Homes (July 2014)

Mexican and Central American Asylum and Credible Fear Claims: Background and Context (May 2014)

New Report Helps Explain Why Central American Children Are Leaving Their Home Countries (July 2014)

Effort to Quickly Deport Child Migrants Fails to Address the Problem (June 2014)

Congress Needs Reminding of Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s Plight (June 2014)

Not All Members of Congress Recognize the Nation’s Role in Protecting Unaccompanied Minors (June 2014)

Child Refugees from Central America Need Protection, Not Deportation (June 2014)

Migrant Children Flee Violence in Home Countries (June 2014)

Findings and Recomenndations Relating to the 2012-2013 Missions to Monitor the Protection Screening of Mexican Unaccompanied Children Along the U.S.-Mexico Border (June 2014) 

Resources fromother partners

The U.S. Government’s Response to the Current Influx of Unaccompanied Children at the Border and Its Obligations Under Existing Court Orders (National Immigration Law Center, June 2014)Children on the Run (UNHCR, March 2014)

Forced from Home: The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America (Women’s Refugee Commission, October 2012)

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: A Growing Phenomenon with Few Easy Solutions (Migration Policy Institute, January 2011)

Unaccompanied Alien Children: A Primer, The Bipartisan Policy Center

No Childhood Here: Why Central American Children Are Fleeing Their Homes, American Immigration Council

Q. and A.: Children at the BorderNew York Times 

Voices of Central American Youth – Why They Are Fleeing Their Countries, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

To contact LULAC on a policy issue, please email Luis Torres, Director of Policy and Legislation by clicking here.

Latest LULAC Policy Activity

09/25/2014: LULAC joins other civil rights organizations in sending letter to President Obama regarding detention centers in Dilley, Artesia, and Karnes.  Read the letter here.

09/23/2014: LULAC sends letter to House urging them to sign on to letter calling on President Obama to take LGBT-inclusive administrative action.  Read the letter here.

09/22/2014: LULAC joins other civil rights organizations in sending letter to President Obama with recommendations for administrative action on immigration reform.  Read the letter here.

09/18/2014: LULAC joins other civil rights organizations in sending letter to Secretary Burwell regarding treatment of UACs.  Read the letter here.

09/18/2014: LULAC sends letter to Senate urging them to reject H.R. 5272, legislation that would strip critical protections from DACA recipients. Read the letter here.

08/28/2014: As a co-Chair of the Hispanic Education Coalition, LULAC sends letter to Senate regarding the Higher Education Affordability Act.  Read the letter here.

08/27/2014: LULAC sends letter to California Senate and Assembly Committees expressing support for California legislation to support unaccompanied minors.  Read the letter here.

08/26/2014: LULAC joins other organizations in sending a letter to President Obama asking him to restore coverage for DACA grantees and ensure healthcare access is expanded in any Administrative Relief action.   Read the letter here.

08/22/2014: LULAC sends letter House of Representatives expressing concern regarding reports that recently deported migrant children have been killed in Latin American.  Read the letter here.

08/21/2014: LULAC joins other organizations in sending a letter to President Obama asking him to ensure that LGBTQ undocumented immigrants are provided with relief in any Administrative Relief action.   Read the letter here.

08/20/2014: LULAC sends letters to the Senate and House of Representatives expressing concern regarding reports that U.S. citizen children are locked up in migrant detention centers as a result of inadequate screenings, botched handling of cases, and lax oversight.  
Read the letter to the Senate, here.  
Read the letter to the House, here.

08/13/2014: LULAC sends letter to the Senate urging that the post-recess schedule includes movement on The FAMILY Act.  Read the letter here.

08/12/2014: LULAC sends letter to Speaker John Boehner urging him to schedule a vote on comprehensive immigration reform legislation after the August recess. Read the letter here.

08/12/2014: LULAC sends letters to Members of the House of Representatives on votes for H.R. 5230, a border supplemental appropriation bill that included language making it easier to deport migrant children.   Read the letter to Members voting Yes.  Read the letter to Members voting No.

07/31/2014: LULAC sends letter to Senate regarding border supplemental appropriation bill.  Letter expresses support HHS and USAID funding and also notes concerns about altering language in 2008 trafficking law that would make it easier to deport migrant child refugees.     Read the letter here.

07/31/2014: LULAC sends letter to Congress expressing opposition to H.R. 5272, legislation aimed at stipping President Obama's authority to provide temporary protection to additional DREAMERS and other migrants.    Read the letter here.

07/30/2014: LULAC sends letter to Congress expressing opposition to border supplemental appropriation bill that includes language aimed at deporting migrant children.  Read the letter here.

07/24/2014: LULAC sends letter to Treasury officials expressing opposition to the proposed Banc of California's plan to acquire Banco Popular.  Read the letter here.

07/02/2014: LULAC sends letter to President Obama supporting his intended use of executive action to achieve progress on immigration reform and emphasizing the importance of focusing on the needs of migrant children. Read the letter here.

06/16/2014: LULAC sends letters to US Senators on cloture votes for S.2432, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act to express gratitue to Senators who voted Yes and express concern to Senators who voted No. Read the conrresponding letters here: Letter to Senators who voted Yes. Letter to Senators who voted No.

06/13/2014: LULAC sends letter to House Appropriations Committee urging passage of $2 billion in emergency funds for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Unaccompanied Alien Children (AUC) in LHHS-FY 2015 Appropriations Bill. Read the letter here.

06/11/2014: LULAC sends letter to Senate Appropriations Committee urging support for President Obama's Race to the Top competition for Equity and Opportunity (RTT-Opportunity). Read the letter here.

06/09/2014: LULAC sends letter to Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Directors urging support for the passage Latino Heritage Day.   Read the letter here.

05/27/2014: LULAC sends letter of support for SB 1200: Donahoe Higher Education Act to California legislature. Read the letter here.

05/27/2014: LULAC sends letter of support for SB 1365: California Voters Rights Act to California legislature. Read the letter here.

05/19/2014: LULAC and other Latino civil rights organizations unite to send letter to Members of Congress announcing their intent to release the National Latino Immigration Report Card of 2014.    Read the letter here.

05/15/2014: LULAC joins other civil rights organizations in sending a letter to the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights on Tittle IX protections against discrimination based on sex and gender identity. Read the letter here.

05/05/2014: LULAC joins other civil rights organizations in writing a brief supporting LGBT rights. Read the letter here.

04/30/2014: LULAC and the Leadership Conference Education Fund release an informational fact sheet providing important information on the benefits of raising the minimum wage for Latinos.  If you would like to access the fact sheet in Spanish, please click here or in English, please click here.

04/30/2014:
 LULAC, along with 150 other organizations, signed on to a letter that was submitted as a comment for the federal register on the 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record Standards and Certification Criteria Proposed Rule. Read the letter here.

04/29/2014:
LULAC sends letter to Senate Expressing Support for Passage of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act. Read the letter here.

04/21/2014:
LULAC sends letter to California legislature in support of SB1010, the Fair Sentencing Act . Read the letter here.

04/09/2014: LULAC sends letter to Congress Expressing Support for Passage of Emergency Unemployment Legislation. Read the letter here.

04/07/2014: LULAC Letter to Congress Supporting Race to the Top for Equity and Opportunity. Read the letter here.

04/03/2014: LULAC sends letter to Congress expressing opposition to changing full time employee status for the Affordable Care Act. Read the letter here.

04/02/2014: LULAC sends letter to Congress expressing support for Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Read the letter here.

03/26/2014: LULAC sends letter to Secretary Sebelius requesting an extension past March 31st for the Affordable Care Act enrollment period. Read the letter here.

03/26/2014: LULAC sends letter to President Obama requesting an extension past March 31st for the Affordable Care Act enrollment period.  Read the letter here.

03/18/2014: LULAC sends letter to Senator Diane Feinstein expressing opposition to Senate voucher bills.  Read the letter here.

03/18/2014: LULAC sends safe schools letter to Congress expressing support for SNDA and SSIA.  Read the letter here.

To read letters co-led by LULAC as part of the Hispanic Education Coalition, click here.

To read archived LULAC letters, scroll down to the end of this page to the "Advocacy Letters Archive."

Action Alerts

Act for Kids TODAY: Lead a Donation Drive in Your Community

Sep 22, 2014

Act for Kids TODAY: Lead a Donation Drive in Your Community

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the recent increase in child refugees, today, LULAC will make a toolkit available that will provide instructions for how you can help

Tell Congress to Stand Up for the Migrant Refugee Children on the Border!

Aug 13, 2014

Tell Congress to Stand Up for the Migrant Refugee Children on the Border!

Contact your members of Congress today and tell them to stand up for the migrant refugee children on the border!

Stop Legislation that Deports Latino Refugee Children

Jul 30, 2014

Stop Legislation that Deports Latino Refugee Children

Contact your member of Congress today and tell them to reject legislation that attempts to deport Latino refugee children.

Act for Immigration Reform

Apr 29, 2014

Act for Immigration Reform

Contact your member of Congress today and tell them to vote for immigration reform!

This Veterans Day Honor Them by Honoring Those They Serve

This Veterans Day Honor Them by Honoring Those They Serve

This Veterans Day, we honor those who defend our country and stand ready to defend their families’ quest for American citizenship. Sign the petition today to pass immigration reform!

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Petition: Concerns with Department of Education ESEA Waivers

Petition: Concerns with Department of Education ESEA Waivers

On August 27, LULAC as a coalition partner of the Campaign for High School Equity, released a white paper that focused on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waivers for states. The paper found that the waivers provided less accountability for the educational success of underserved students, including Latino students. However, 41 states including the District of Columbia have already been granted these waivers!!!

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Advocacy Letters Archive

02/26/2014: LULAC sends letter to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer urging a veto of the discriminatory "Religious Freedom Restoration Act."  Read the letter here.

02/25/2014: LULAC issues call asking membership to contact the House of Representatives and urge them to get immigration reform over the finish line!   Learn more about this LULAC Action Alert by clicking here.

02/25/2014:
LULAC issues call asking membership to contact the House of Representatives and urge them to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act!   Learn more about this LULAC Action Alert by clicking here.

02/25/2014:
LULAC issues call asking membership to contact the Federal Communications Commission and weigh in on the importance of expanding and modernizing E-Rate.  Learn more about this LULAC Action Alert by clicking here.

02/12/2014:
LULAC issues call asking membership to contact U.S. Senate to urge the defeat of language resembling Senator Ayotte's child tax credit proposal which would prevent millions of Latino children from accessing child tax credit resources. Learn more about this LULAC Action Alert by clicking here.

02/12/2014
- LULAC sends letter to Senate urging rejection of language resembling Senator Ayotte's child tax credit proposal which would prevent millions of Latino children from accessing child tax credit resources. Read the letter here.

02/11/2014
- As co-chair of the Hispanic Education Coalition, LULAC signs letter to Senate urging the defeat of language resembling Senator Ayotte's child tax credit proposal which would prevent millions of Latino children from accessing child tax credit resources. Read the letter here.

02/07/2014:
LULAC leads health care coalition working to push Governors in 24 states to expand Medicaid.   Learn more about this LULAC Action Alert by clicking here.

FEBRUARY-
Read the latest edition of the LULAC Education Enewsletter.  Click here to read the enewsletter.

01/28/2014:
LULAC sends letter to Congress urging for the passage of critical nutrition assistance program legislation.  Read the letter here.

01/28/2014: LULAC signs letter to Texas State Board of Education Regarding STEM graduation requirements.  Read the letter here.

01/15/2014:
LULAC sends letter to House and Senate Members urging the immediate passage of legislation funding emergency unemployment insurance legislation. Read the letter here.

JANUARY 2014 :
Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

DECEMBER 2013 :
Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

NOVEMBER 2013 :
Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

11/15/2013:
LULAC sends action alert requesting that members contact the House of Representatives and urge them to support the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Click here to participate in action alert.

OCTOBER 2013 :
Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

10/03/2013 : LULAC advocates on the Hill press Congress on critical issues related to education reform.  Read the LULAC ACTober 2013 fact sheet here.

SEPTEMBER 2013: Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

09/20/2013:LULAC submits comment for the Federal Register providing recommendations for the Department of Education’s request for information to inform the Title III Technical Assistance Agenda and the Future Activities and Services of the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA). Read the comment here.

09/19/2013: LULAC sends letter to House of Representatives expressing opposition to FY14 Continuing Resolution that aims to defund the Affordable Care Act and does nothing to end the sequestration cuts. Read the letter here.

09/19/2013: LULAC sends letter to House of Representatives expressing opposition to H.R. 3102, a House Republican measure that reauthorizes nutrition programs but cuts almost 10 times more from programs like SNAP than the measure approved in the Senate.  Read the letter here.

09/16/2013: LULAC sends letter to Federal Communications Commission regarding ConnectED Initiative and E-Rate Program expressing modernization and expansion.  Letter was signed by 46 organizations.   Read the letter here.

09/12/2013: LULAC sends letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding the Department’s ELL data collection efforts following a report from the Government Accountability Office highlighting lack of reporting and shortage of data on charter schools.  Read the letter here.

09/11/2013 :
LULAC Sends Letter to Congress On Negative Impact of Sequester, Urges Congress to Repeal Sequester in FY 14.  Read the letter here.

AUGUST 2013 :
Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

08/27/2013:
LULAC sends letter to Members of Congress regarding the release of ESEA White Paper raising concerns about the lack of strong accountability in states with ESEA waivers.  Read the letter here.

08/27/2013: LULAC joins 9 other civil rights organizations in releasing a white paper analyzing the Department of Education's ESEA Waiver system.  White paper raises concerns regarding the rigor of state accountability systems.  Read the white paper here.

08/19/2013:
LULAC co-signs letter sent by over 40 organizations to U.S. Department of Education regarding civil rights data collection. Read the letter here.

07/24/2013: LULAC sends a letter to the PARCC Governing Board and Achieve, Inc. expressing the need for a Spanish language version of the CCSS-aligned assessment. Read the letter here.

7/18/2013:
LULAC sends Members of Congress specific vote recommendations on various amendments being considered on the floor of the House on H.R. 5, the Student Success Act of 2013. Read the letter here.

07/15/2013:
LULAC co-signs letter with other organizations addressing criticisms Regarding the Department of Justice and Department of Education’s Enforcement of Title IX and the Nomination of Tom Perez for Secretary of Labor. Read the letter here.

07/15/2013:
LULAC co-signs Letter with other organizations to Senate Appropriations Committee regarding funding for school police. Read the letter here.

07/11/2013
: LULAC sends letter to House Education and Workforce Chairman, John Kline, expressing opposition to H.R. 5, the Student Success Act of 2013. Read the letter here.

07/11/2013:
LULAC sends letter to House Education and Workforce Ranking Member, George Miller, expressing support for the substitute amendment to H.R. 5, the Student Success Act of 2013. Read the letter here.

07/9/2013
: LULAC co-signs Letter with other civil rights organizations to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Read the letter here.

07/01/2013:
LULAC co-signs Letter with other organizations regarding E-Rate program. Read the letter here.

JULY 2013:
Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

04/18/2013:
LULAC co-signs Letter with other civil rights organizations to Congress regarding the Student Non-Discrimination Act. Read the letter here.

04/03/2013:
LULAC sends letter to Texas Senate expressing opposition to lowering graduation requirements. Read the letter here.

04/01/2011: LULAC Co-signs letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressing opposition to Foxx-Kline amendment to FY11 Continuing Appropriations bill. Read the letter here.

03/28/2011: LULAC issues piece on Science Education and Latinos. Read the piece here.

02/01/2011:
LULAC issues FY2012 Appropriations priorities funding requests related to education. Read copy of fact sheet here.

02/16/2011:
LULAC and COE send letter to Congress expressing opposition to H.R. 1 appropriations bill gutting education, health care, employment, and other services for under-served populations. Read the letter here.

01/26/2011:
LULAC co-signs letter with broad coalition of more than 35 organizations that advocate for civil rights, consumers, veterans, students and college access today sent a letter to President Obama urging his administration to issue a strong and enforceable “gainful employment” rule.  The letter points out: “Numerous investigations have revealed pervasive abuses by some career education programs: deceptive and aggressive recruiting of students; inflated job placement rates and false reporting to authorities; overstatement of a program’s value and understatement of its high cost; and dismal completion rates. Too many of these programs are preying on low-income students, minority students, and veterans who are seeking to further their education and, by doing so, enhance their employment opportunities.” Read the letter here.

01/01/2011:
LULAC Releases the Education Advocacy Toolkit, a guide to equip education advocates with the tools necessary to advocate for education reform at the local, state and/or federal level. Read a copy of the toolkit here.

05/13/2010: LULAC produces draft TX plan to transform ELL education. Read a copy of the draft plan here.

03/26/2010: LULAC and many other education reform advocacy organizations submitted ESEA priorities and recommendations to the House Education and Labor subcommittee in response to Congress' attempt to reauthorize NCLB in 2010. LULAC’s recommendations cover the areas of academic assessments and accommodations, accountability, graduation rates, middle school interventions, family engagement, teaching of, and support for teachers, of English Language Learners and charter schools. Read copy of the recommendations here.

09/01/2010:
LULAC sends letter to Secretary Arne Duncan regarding proposed gainful employment rule.  Cites concerns about deceptive practices by some institutions.  Read the letter here.

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