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Official updates from NCLR



NCLR Welcomes Defeat of House Farm Bill That Would Have Cut SNAP

NCLR Welcomes Defeat of House Farm Bill That Would Have Cut SNAP

June 20, 2013
Protecting millions of vulnerable families from losing food assistance, the House of Representatives today voted down the “Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013” (H.R. 1947), known as the farm bill, which included provisions that would have cut more than $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over ten years. The House had also added a number of harmful amendments to the bill that would, among other restrictions, eliminate SNAP benefits that are unused after 60 days, allow states to require drug tests for food stamp beneficiaries and prevent certain convicted felons from ever receiving benefits. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds the bipartisan vote to defeat this bill and prevent drastic cuts to a program that helps millions of Latinos overcome poverty and access sufficient food.
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NCLR Publica a un Libro de Datos para Exponer la Situación de la Niñez en Puerto Rico

NCLR Publica a un Libro de Datos para Exponer la Situación de la Niñez en Puerto Rico

June 20, 2013
El lunes 24 de junio, el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) publicará los hallazgos de un nuevo estudio sobre la situación de la niñez en los 78 municipios de Puerto Rico en áreas como pobreza, salud y educación.
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Seven Community Organizations Join NCLR’s Affiliate Network

Seven Community Organizations Join NCLR’s Affiliate Network

June 20, 2013
Seven new Affiliate members have recently joined the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Affiliate Network of local organizations that work with the Latino community throughout the nation.
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Siete Organizaciones Comunitarias se Unen a la Red de Afiliados del NCLR

Siete Organizaciones Comunitarias se Unen a la Red de Afiliados del NCLR

June 20, 2013
Siete miembros nuevos se han unido a la Red de Afiliados del NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) de organizaciones locales que trabajan con la comunidad latina en todo el país.
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Congressional Budget Office Score of Immigration Bill Shows Promising Future for U.S. Economy

Congressional Budget Office Score of Immigration Bill Shows Promising Future for U.S. Economy

June 19, 2013
Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) lauded the release of the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) score of the Senate’s immigration reform bill, “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” (S. 744). The nonpartisan arm of Congress charged with estimating the cost of legislation very clearly outlined that the benefits of passing immigration reform far outweigh the costs related to the bill.
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As Senate Takes Step Forward on Immigration Reform, House Takes Two Steps Back

As Senate Takes Step Forward on Immigration Reform, House Takes Two Steps Back

June 19, 2013
In an ill-advised attempt to delegate immigration enforcement to state and local authorities and criminalize aspiring Americans, the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary yesterday passed HR 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act.” NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is appalled that the House Judiciary Committee would pursue legislation that aims to expand many of the wasteful and misguided interior enforcement policies, such as the failed Arizona SB 1070, that have caused fear and insecurity in communities across the country.
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NCLR Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Strike Down Arizona Voter ID Law

NCLR Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Strike Down Arizona Voter ID Law

June 17, 2013
Today, NCLR applauded the Supreme Court’s decision on Gonzalez v. Arizona, a voter ID law that would have required potential eligible voters to prove citizenship in order to register to vote.
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In House Hearing, NCLR Warns Congress Against Delegation of Authority on Immigration

In House Hearing, NCLR Warns Congress Against Delegation of Authority on Immigration

June 14, 2013
Yesterday, Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Director of Immigration and Civic Engagement at NCLR (National Council of La Raza), testified at a House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary hearing on H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act.” During the hearing, Martínez-De-Castro warned that this legislation will expand many of the wasteful and misguided interior enforcement policies that have caused fear and insecurity in communities across the country, in part, by delegating immigration enforcement duties to state and local authorities.
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NCLR Applauds Senate Action to Move Closer to Final Vote on Immigration Reform

NCLR Applauds Senate Action to Move Closer to Final Vote on Immigration Reform

June 12, 2013
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate moved one step closer to a vote on final passage of the bipartisan "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013" (S. 744), the comprehensive reform bill set to overhaul our nation’s broken immigration system.
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NCLR to Testify at House Hearing on Interior Immigration Enforcement Bill

NCLR to Testify at House Hearing on Interior Immigration Enforcement Bill

June 11, 2013
On Thursday, June 13, Clarissa Martínez de Castro, Director of Immigration and Civic Engagement at NCLR (National Council of La Raza), will testify at a House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary hearing on H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act.”
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NCLR Releases Report on Latinos and Financial Access and Inclusion

NCLR Releases Report on Latinos and Financial Access and Inclusion

June 04, 2013
At a morning press conference today, NCLR released a report entitled “Latino Financial Access and Inclusion in California.”
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NCLR:  “Sheriff Joe Must Go”

NCLR:  “Sheriff Joe Must Go”

May 30, 2013
One year ago, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) joined a number of Phoenix-area and Arizona organizations in calling on Sheriff Joe Arpaio to resign in the wake of a blistering U.S. Department of Justice report detailing the blatant and extensive racial profiling, harassment and abuse facing Latinos in Maricopa County.
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Survey Finds Key Benefits to Citizenship

Survey Finds Key Benefits to Citizenship

May 29, 2013
As the U.S. Senate starts to debate immigration reform, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will release a report on Tuesday, June 4, which finds that the benefits of legalization and naturalization are not just economic and social, but also financial.
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Votantes Latinos Encuestados Creen que las Familias Deben Tomar Prioridad en Debate de Presupuesto

Votantes Latinos Encuestados Creen que las Familias Deben Tomar Prioridad en Debate de Presupuesto

May 29, 2013
La mayoría de los votantes latinos en tres de los estados electorales mas reñidos creen que los individuos de altos ingresos y las corporaciones deben pagar más para ayudar a reducir el déficit, de acuerdo con una nueva encuesta publicada hoy por el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza por sus siglas en inglés).
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Survey of Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Says Needs of Families Should be Federal Budget Priority

Survey of Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Says Needs of Families Should be Federal Budget Priority

May 29, 2013
The majority of registered Latino voters in three key swing states believe high-income individuals and corporations should be paying more toward reducing the federal deficit, according to a new survey released today by NCLR (National Council of La Raza). NCLR recently conducted an informal survey of more than 4,000 registered Latino voters in Florida, Colorado and Nevada, key swing states in the last presidential election, questioning participants about their views on the ongoing federal budget debate.
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NCLR Joins Rep. Degette and Community Groups to Discuss Impact of Budget Cuts on Social Safety Net

NCLR Joins Rep. Degette and Community Groups to Discuss Impact of Budget Cuts on Social Safety Net

May 29, 2013
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 30, 2013, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will join U.S. Representative Diana DeGette (D–CO), the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and Every Child Matters Education Fund at a town hall meeting to discuss the impact of federal budget cuts.
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NCLR Applauds Nomination of Katherine Archuleta as New Director of Office of Personnel Management

NCLR Applauds Nomination of Katherine Archuleta as New Director of Office of Personnel Management

May 24, 2013
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds the nomination of Katherine Archuleta to lead the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Archuleta has served as both the Chief of Staff for former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and the National Political Director for President Obama’s reelection campaign.
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NCLR Hails Strong Bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee Vote Approving Immigration Reform

NCLR Hails Strong Bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee Vote Approving Immigration Reform

May 22, 2013
Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) praised the bipartisan efforts of the Senate Judiciary Committee that resulted in the passage of S. 744: the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.” Over the past several weeks, Judiciary Committee members reviewed and voted on hundreds of amendments, many of which threatened to weaken the core of the original proposal meant to overhaul the nation’s broken immigration system.
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NCLR Congratulates Top Latino Nonprofit Organizations

NCLR Congratulates Top Latino Nonprofit Organizations

May 16, 2013
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) praised “Hispanic Business” magazine’s recognition of the stellar work conducted by Latino nonprofits in its annual listing of the top 25 Hispanic nonprofit organizations. Twelve of those groups on the list are community organizations that belong to NCLR’s Affiliate Network.
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Latino Community March and Rally for Confirming Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary

Latino Community March and Rally for Confirming Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary

May 14, 2013
On May 15, 2013, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), CASA de Maryland, and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will hold a march and press conference in support of confirming Thomas Perez as U.S. Secretary of Labor and calling on senators to cease their unwarranted attacks and filibuster threats against Mr. Perez.
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