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Affiliate Digest for August 13, 2019

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Affiliate Digest

August 13, 2019


Dear UnidosUS Affiliates,

Below you will find the UnidosUS Affiliate Digest, a weekly 

newsletter that highlights events, updates, and resources. 

We encourage you to share information on upcoming activities or successes at your organization to

include in the Digest.

This issue includes:

UnidosUS Updates and Events
URGENT: Join Today’s Facebook Live Discussion on the Public Charge Rule

Please join today, August 13, for an urgent #FBLive with @Momsrising & @NILC to learn about the Trump administration’s recently finalized 'public charge' regulation, a federal immigration policy, and how we can come together to #ProtectFamilies: 

FB Live Details:


Date: August 13th, 2019

Time: 7:00pm ET - 7:25pm ET (English)

           7:30pm ET - 8:00pm ET (Spanish)




Hashtag: #ProtectFamilies


Click here for additional resources and information.

UnidosUS Affiliate Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance is Working to Heal Communities

Last week, ICE raided a Mississippi poultry plant arresting 700 workers and separating families. Our Affiliate the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance is working hard to heal communities in Mississippi as a result of the ICE raids, and they need your support. Please share Janet Murguía’s tweet and donate:

Registration for Fall Affiliate Convenings is Now Open (Open to All Affiliates) 

The UnidosUS Fall Convenings provide Affiliates the opportunity to connect with peers from across the country, discuss important priorities impacting the Latino community, and exchange best practices. This year, UnidosUS will host two Fall Regional Convenings open to all Affiliates providing two options for Affiliates to participate. Join UnidosUS Affiliate Council Representatives and UnidosUS staff for a convening of UnidosUS Affiliates happening in California and Texas. Affiliates across regions are open to attend one or both of the convenings.

At each Convening, Affiliates meet for two-days and participate in workshops, networking, and leadership development.  UnidosUS hosts a community reception at the close of the first day of the convenings. The agendas are developed based on Affiliate input and planning with the UnidosUS Affiliate Council. Sessions will feature the expertise, experience and excellence of  UnidosUS Affiliate leaders. A limited amount on travel stipends will be available to Affiliates that are current with membership including co-branding.  (Detailed agendas forthcoming)


Register for Los Angeles, CA

Register for El Paso, TX

October 8-9, 2019

November 7-8, 2019


Highlights From This Year’s Annual Conference 

Each year’s Annual conference brings leaders together from around the country to discuss pressing issues affecting the Latino community. This year we had an opportunity to listen to speakers and attend expert-led sessions to continue creating change across the country. Read all about the 25+ workshops, three expert-led plenary session, and five general sessions today. All five general sessions can be viewed by visiting our blog here!

Remarks of Janet Murguía, UnidosUS President and CEO at the 2019 UnidosUS Annual Conference 
Vision 2020: A Conversation With the Candidates – Watch It Again on Our Blog

At this year’s 2019 Annual conference we had an opportunity to hear from five of the Democratic presidential candidates.  Given that in 2020 Latinos will be the largest minority group of voters it is an important time for Latinos to be engaged, informed, and ready to lead.  To catch videos from the conversations moderated by Janet Murguía read the full blog here!


Opportunities and Resources


Submit Application for The National Institute for Latino School Leaders (NILSL) Today! Deadline is August 14, 2019

If you are a current school or nonprofit leader supporting K-12 students and you work with Latino students, we encourage you to consider applying for this year’s NILSL fellowship! If you are looking for that next step in your leadership and are hungry to figure it out, learn alongside others, and deepen your understanding of education policy NILSL is for you! You can find more information about NILSL and the application here. Applications are due end of day Wednesday August 14th, 2019.

Take the 2019 Race to Lead Survey – Deadline is August 28, 2019

Building Movement is pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 Race to Lead Survey. This short, confidential survey is open to anyone working for pay in the U.S. nonprofit sector. It focuses on experiences at work, views of leadership, and perspectives on nonprofits and race. By participating, you will contribute to one of the largest existing data sets on race and leadership in the nonprofit sector, and will help inform the next round of Race to Lead reportsThe survey should take about 25 minutes to complete. Just go to

Have You Had an Opportunity to Register for the Workforce Development Forum in Los Angeles?
Workforce Development Forum Taking Place in Los Angeles this November

There is still time to register for this year’s  UnidosUS’s 2019 Workforce Development Forum: Latinos @ Work: Developing Talent for Today and Tomorrow. Join us at this two-day conference that will bring together business, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and training providers to network and learn from each other. At the forum you will: get inspired, learn best practices, engage in thoughtful discussions, forge connections, and keep up to date with latest trends.

Where: The California Endowment, 1000 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA

When: November 19-20, 2019

Register here!


Defend and Advance
Janet Murguía’s Op-ed in The New York Times Responding to El Paso and Dayton Shooting

We invite you to read this op-ed by Janet Murguía for The New York Times regarding the shooting in El Paso. Janet Murguía writes that the violence in El Paso is not about immigration policy but rather promoting hate, fear and division shown by President Trump. Read full op-ed here: The El Paso Shooting Is the Violence Latinos Have Been Dreading

You can help! Various UnidosUS Affiliates are part of a collaborative group gathering donations and offering services to those directly affected. Read more on how you can help the communities affected by the El Paso shooting.

UnidosUS Collaborates with ADL and LULAC to Prevent Bias-motivated Violence and Improve Hate Crime reporting

ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) and LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) announced a new partnership, which will share best practices and techniques for documenting and responding to hate violence. This will include efforts to improve comprehensive hate crime reporting. This effort is to ensure that hate crimes are treated seriously by state and local law enforcement officials. Together this collaborative will work together to empower people to report hate crimes to law enforcement regardless of immigration status. Read more here.

Poll Release: UnidosUS Releases 2020 National Latino Electorate Survey 

At the UnidosUS Annual Conference, we presented the findings of a new poll that takes the temperature on Latino sentiment toward the parties, sketches what Latinos want to see in a presidential candidate and takes a closer look at what lies behind Latino issue priorities. The poll surveyed 1,854 Latino registered voters between June 1-14, 2019. Read our press release

View and download:

Poll presentation


Complete questions and results

Latest Update on Public Charge Ruling


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on August 12 that it is moving forward with its so-called “public charge” rule.  In short, this rule is about making it harder for low-income people to complete the green card application process, thereby restricting access to the nation’s LEGAL immigration system. 

As we shared yesterday, we want all Affiliates to have the information below, which includes a summary of the regulation; a webinar hosted by our partners and scheduled for tomorrow; talking points to frame your messaging and work in the community; and additional resources.

Summary of regulation: This Public Charge rule would effectively impose new heightened income tests on those who, prior to the rule going into effect on October 15, would meet the eligibility requirements for a green card.  It will impact Americans (and green cards holders) who seek to reunite with a spouse or other eligible family member living abroad, as well as those living within the United States in mix-immigration status households.  We believe this is one more assault on our community with the intention of reshaping the face of America for generations to come.  What makes the rule particularly cruel is that it puts American children living in mixed-immigration status household in the crosshairs, threatening to undercut their health and wellbeing. 

Suggested Talking Points

  • The lengths that this Administration will go to instill fear and chaos in our community has no bounds.  If conducting the largest worksite raid in decades last week in Mississippi wasn’t enough, this week the Administration is doubling down on its attacks by announcing its nasty Public Charge regulation, which would impact millions of mixed- status families. This is all happening on the heels of El Paso, one of the most depraved acts of violence targeting Latinos.
  • Let’s also be clear about something:  The Trump Administration is trying to achieve, through the back door, what he hasn’t been able to sell in Congress – restricting LEGAL immigration to America.   With this new rule, people who have a pathway to a green card today may no longer meet the Administration’s new income test once the rule goes into effect this fall. As we have noted before this is a part of a broader strategy stoked by the restrictive voices in the Administration to radically reshape the face of America to their liking.
  • What makes this potential rule especially cruel is that it targets the healthcare, nutrition, and housing of U.S. citizen kids too. By forcing families to choose between getting a green card, reuniting with their loved ones, or weathering tough times, it would make the U.S. a sicker, hungrier, poorer nation.
  • As we document in a recent report, this rule is part of a series of immigration enforcement policies that are threatening to handicap the futures of millions of American children.  In doing so, these policies also threaten the health and vibrancy of nation.
  • Americans believe that a person’s story should be defined by their efforts and contributions to society, not by the color of their skin or how much money they have.  The good news here is that when Trump has gone too far, we’ve also seen the American people fight back. Everyone should fight this unjust, bigoted, and counterproductive regulation.

Additional Resources.

Please join tomorrow for an urgent #FBLive with @Momsrising and @NILC to learn about the Trump administration’s recently finalized 'public charge' regulation, and how we can come together to #ProtectFamilies:

Fact Sheet - Changes to Public Charge

Resources: Toolkit to Assist People Facing Expanded Expedited Removal

The Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Stanford Law School in partnership with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center created this toolkit to help advocates provide advice in light of the expansion of expedited removal. As of July 23, 2019, DHS provided notice that expedited removal will be implemented nationwide, allowing ICE to expeditiously remove those that cannot show they have been present at least 2 years. Under this policy, DHS can remove someone without a chance to present their case in court, without an attorney. The ACLU and AIC intend to challenge this expansion in court. This toolkit will help explain expedited removal to community members and to help create case-by-case advice on how to respond to ICE contact in light of this policy. Toolkit can be downloaded here!

 “Know Your Rights” Resources

Find know your rights resources on our website. You will be able to find resources for your organization, for individuals, access the red card, and factsheets.

Affiliates in the News 
UnidosUS Affiliate Organizations Honored for Outstanding Conributions to the Latino Community

The work of the UnidosUS Affiliate network is tireless, driven, and essential! The commitment that each organization in network demonstrates to achieve meaningful change for the Latino community is admirable. At this year’s Annual conference Affiliate organizations were recognized for the great work they are doing in their network.

Affiliate Awards:

-          Far West Regional Affiliate of the Year: Latino Network

-          Texas Regional Affiliate of the Year: Su Clínica Familiar

-          Midwest Regional Affiliate of the Year: Esperanza, Inc.

-          Southeast Regional Affiliate of the Year: East Coast Migrant Head Start Project (ECMHSP)

-          Northeast Affiliate of the Year: Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. (APM)


  • Family Strengthening Award:

-          Para Los Niños

-          Sociedad Latina

  • Award for Advocacy:

-          Redlands Christian Migrant Association

  • The Helen Rodríguez – Trías Health Award:


You can read  full press release on Affiliate of the Year Awards as well as full press release on Family Strengthening Award here!


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