The House of Representatives gave the Hispanic community another slap in the face on Thursday when it passed the English Language Empowerment Act after six ours of rancorous debate. The bill declares English the official language of the United States and repeals provisions of the Bilingual Voting Rights Act that required states with large concentrations of non-English-speaking
Speech introduction by Brent Wilkes: Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. My name is Brent Wilkes and I am the National Executive Director of LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens. LULAC is the largest and oldest membership-based civil rights organization for Hispanics in the United States.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Derechos Humanos Coalition/Arizona Border Rights Project are convening a border summit, The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today urged Congress to include the three provisions that are the Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act (LIFA) in the final version of the Commerce, Justice and State Appropriations Bill. LIFA would successfully stabilize the immigration status of up to 800,000 immigrants who have been living, working, paying taxes and raising families in the United States for many years.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today urges the U.S. Senate to pass the Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act - S.2912 (LIFA). This legislation would positively impact the lives of over 350,000 people and begin to correct the negative impact of immigration legislation passed in 1986 and 1996.
LULAC called on Congressman to reject the deceptively named Civil Rights Act of 1997 which would abolish all Federal Affirmative Action programs. The full Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Thursday, November 6, 1997 to determine whether they will send the bill to a full vote on the House floor.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is opposed to efforts to privatize Social Security by carving out funds from the traditional program. According to a recent survey by AARP Latinos are very concerned about a secure retirement and believe that Social Security should be reformed not privatized.
October 7, 1998, LULAC Executive Director Brent Wilkes hosted a press conference on the House Triangle where members of Congress and other national Hispanic organizations came together in a joint call for justice. Thousands of immigrants have been awaiting the resolution of their residency status since the were improperly prevented from legalizing it more than a decade ago. Although the INS long ago admitted that they had illegally turned away qualified applicants under the 1986-87 amnesty program, they have refused to offer a remedy to those affected and have contested a collection of class action lawsuits designed to force them to process the applications.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Derechos Humanos Coalition/Arizona Border Rights Project are convening a border summit, "From Border to Border: Building a Human Rights Movement," this weekend, December 8-10. The Summit will bring together over 350 participants to address the growing human rights crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border and discuss three inter-related themes: globalization, immigration and the subsequent militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Many Latinos are among the working poor and depend on Social Security for ensuring that after a lifetime of hard work they can also have a moment in the sun. Latinos rely on Social Security for more of their retirement income and benefit over a longer period of time than most other population groups because of their longer life spans.
As the 60 day mark of President Bush’s effort to promote private accounts as the reform plan for Social Security quickly approaches, the broad-based coalition Latinos for a Secure Retirement (LSR) ask the president to re-consider his proposal.