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The Latino Action Network is a grassroots organization composed of individuals and organizations that are committed to engaging in collective action at the local, state and national levels in order to advance the equitable inclusion of the diverse Latino communities in all aspects of United States society.

Friday, April 10, 2015

In opposing Obama action on immigration, Christie is abandoning Latino community | Opinion


In opposing Obama action on immigration, Christie is abandoning Latino community | Opinion

By Rudy A. Rodas, Esq.

Gov. Chris Christie's sinking presidential aspirations have led him to join a federal lawsuit seeking to block the temporary relief from deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants working hard to build a new life in the United States. It is another desperate ploy along the campaign trail for a governor that in recent weeks has settled an environmental lawsuit with a potential donor for billions less than anticipated and has had the New Jersey Supreme Court strip his administration of its ability to enforce fair affordable housing standards.

Immigrants are just another stepping stone for the governor.


This latest politically motivated action counters the impact of the In-State Tuition Equality Law he signed in December 2013 which allows undocumented students educated in New Jersey schools to pay in-state tuition rates. By entering the lawsuit against President Obama's executive action, Gov. Christie puts our state on the side of those fighting against regulations that would give undocumented students permission to work legally in the United States, thus hindering their ability to pay for their college education.

The Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are the two major programs arising from the president's executive actions. They grant deportation relief and work authorization to the parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and to undocumented students who arrived in our country as children. These programs were created by President Obama in response to Congress's failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform. 

While the president cannot make laws, as part of his executive powers he has the discretion to determine immigration enforcement priorities. This executive power has been used in the past by both Republican and Democratic presidents to create temporary immigration relief programs. DAPA and DACA were created as temporary means to stop the separation of families and maximize the economic potential of undocumented immigrants contributing to our society.

When Gov. Christie signed the In-State Tuition bill, he articulated these same goals as the basis of his support of undocumented students: "Even if you're cold-hearted about this, you can agree with the common sense of the economics" he said. "Our job, I believe, as a government, is to give every one of these children, who we have already invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in, an opportunity to maximize that investment." DACA and DAPA further accomplish these economic goals on a national and state level by increasing the Gross Domestic Product, reducing the deficit, raising tax revenue and raising average wages.

It’s illogical for Gov. Christie to fight against these economic benefits at a time when the state suffers.

Nationally, the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) estimates that over the next 10 years, these programs will increase gross domestic product by between $90 and $210 billion. The Center for American Progress estimates that DAPA could increase payroll tax revenues by to $21.2 billion over five years. In New Jersey that translates into $136 million in tax revenues over five years and the state's gross domestic product would increase by between $2.9 billion to $6.8 billion over the next ten years.

It's illogical and irresponsible for Gov. Christie to fight against these economic benefits at a time when the state suffers from sluggish state job recovery, successive downgrades of New Jersey's credit ratings, Atlantic City casino closures and an inability to pay into the pension fund. More importantly, the executive action programs provide an alternative revenue raising measure that does not involve raising taxes or slashing spending. Instead of developing economic policies that are beneficial for all New Jersey residents, Gov. Christie has wasted political capital by taking a stance that is tantamount to the endorsement of passive deportation that targets vulnerable, undocumented immigrants once advocated by failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

With an eye on the upcoming presidential elections, Gov. Christie actively courted the state Latino vote. Since he was re-elected handily by winning a majority of the statewide Latino vote, the Latino community and immigration advocates made it clear that in-state tuition equality was a policy priority. They compromised with Gov. Christie by reluctantly agreeing to a bill that did not include state financial aid for undocumented students. Similar to his failure to make pension payments and abandonment of his own Pension Reform Law, Gov. Christie has demonstrated a failure of leadership by abandoning both his own immigration policy and the community that made his presidential prospects viable.

Rudy A. Rodas, Esq., is the co-chair of the Latino Action Network's Immigration Committee.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sign the Petition Urging Governor Chris Christie to Withdraw HisSupport from the Lawsuit Opposing President Obama's Executive Actionfor Immigrants


The Latino Action Network (LAN) has sent a letter to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie urging him to withdraw his support for a lawsuit challenging President Obama's Executive Action for immigrants.  The lawsuit, filed by 26 states, has led to an injunction of the Executive Action on DACA and DAPA, delaying relief for immigrant families in New Jersey. 

Please join us in calling on Governor Christie to withdraw his support for the lawsuit against Executive Action for Immigrants by signing the petition below:


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Christie Hypocrisy on Display: New Jersey Joins Lawsuit to Block Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration




New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with Mitt Romney during 2012 presidential campaign stop.  Romney at the time took the position that the United States should make life so hard on immigrants that they would deport themselves.
Christie Hypocrisy on Display

New Jersey Joins Lawsuit to Block Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

For Immediate Release: March 26, 2015
Contacts:
Frank Argote-Freyre, President – 908-670-0552
Christian Estevez, Executive Vice President – 973-418-7012
Rudy Rodas, Co-Chair, Immigration Committee – 201-381-1819

Statement of the Latino Action Network Steering Committee

            Governor Christie yesterday, in a cynical political ploy, entered New Jersey into a federal lawsuit aimed at blocking an executive order by President Obama allowing some undocumented immigrants to remain in the country without fear of deportation. The move underlies the hypocrisy Governor Christie has always displayed towards the Latino community. To national audiences he has proclaimed himself a candidate with appeal in the Latino community while guarding any details about his national policies on immigration. New Jersey’s entry into the lawsuit, although nearly 20 percent of the state’s population are Latinos, should serve as a wake-up call to anyone in the community that considers him a friend.

Christie’s efforts to secure the Republican presidential nomination have led him to undermine one of the most significant bills he signed into law during his tenure as the State’s Chief Executive. When Christie signed the In-State Tuition Equality bill in 2013 at Union City High School, he essentially articulated the need for immigration reform as the basis of his support of undocumented students. The Governor said at the time:  “Even if you're cold-hearted about this, you can agree with the common sense of the economics.” “[O]ur job, I believe, as a government, is to give every one of these children, who we have already invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in, an opportunity to maximize that investment.”

By fighting against the expansion of executive programs that would give undocumented students permission to work legally in the United States, Christie is hindering these students’ ability to pay for their college education.

President Obama announced the executive order last year after Congress failed again to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Elección Latina: March 13 – 14, 2015 at Rutgers University

Elección Latina: March 13 – 14, 2015



LUPE invites you to participate in this year’s Elección Latina (Ready to Run) at Rutgers University (Douglass Campus Center, New Brunswick, NJ) on March 13 and 14, 2015.

Part of LUPE’s mission is to increase the number of Latinas in public service through various channels. Whether you are interested in running for elected office now or in the future; if you are interested in working on a political campaign or would like to serve on a board or commission; Elección Latina (Ready to Run) will provide you with essential tools to better prepare you for the challenges ahead if public life is your passion. All attendees will also get the opportunity to learn from and network with many Latina trailblazers.

 
What:    Elección Latina (Ready to Run)

Where:  Rutgers University  (Douglass Campus Center, 100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ)
When:   March 13 and 14, 2015

To register today, please  to go CAWP’s website.

Some scholarship opportunities still available:  Eleccion Latina Invitation Letter

Elección Latina 2012

Friday, February 20, 2015

Upcoming Immigration Seminars: Deferred Action

Several organizations have seminars scheduled over the next week to share information with the community regarding President Obama's Executive Order related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action  for Parents of U.S. Citizens (DAPA). Some of these seminars were scheduled prior to the recent developments in the U.S. courts temporarily enjoining the implementation of the Executive Order.  They were originally organized to provide the community with information provided by attorneys about the benefits of these programs and how the community can prepare to take advantage of them. However, given the resent developments, attorneys at these seminars will also be providing information about the court injunction and the impact that it will have on the roll-out of DACA and DAPA. 

A list of some of the events are listed below along with copies of the actual event announcements.  Please share widely. Also, feel free to contact the Latino Action Network at: LatinoActionNetwork.org to share similar events happening in your area. 

Hightstown: Saturday, February 21, 2015

Paterson: Saturday, February 21st and Saturday February 28th


Garfield: Saturday, February 28th



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY JEH C. JOHNSON CONCERNING THE DISTRICT COURT’S RULING CONCERNING DAPA AND DACA

Please read the statement below from Sec. Johnson’s office regarding the ruling concerning DAPA & DACA. 

Press Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Press Release  

Feb. 17, 2015

Contact: DHS Press Office, (202) 282-8010

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY JEH C. JOHNSON CONCERNING THE DISTRICT COURT’S RULING CONCERNING DAPA AND DACA

I strongly disagree with Judge Hanen’s decision to temporarily enjoin implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Department of Justice will appeal that temporary injunction; in the meantime, we recognize we must comply with it. 

Accordingly, the Department of Homeland Security will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA tomorrow, February 18, as originally planned. Until further notice, we will also suspend the plan to accept requests for DAPA. 

The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts and even other courts have said that our actions are well within our legal authority. Our actions will also benefit the economy and promote law enforcement. We fully expect to ultimately prevail in the courts, and we will be prepared to implement DAPA and expanded DACA once we do.

It is important to emphasize what the District Court’s order does not affect.

The Court’s order does not affect the existing DACA. Individuals may continue to come forward and request initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA pursuant to the guidelines established in 2012. 

Nor does the Court’s order affect this Department’s ability to set and implement enforcement priorities. The priorities established in my November 20, 2014 memorandum entitled “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants” remain in full force and effect. Pursuant to those enforcement priorities, we continue to prioritize public safety, national security, and border security. I am pleased that an increasing percentage of removals each year are of those convicted of crimes.  I am also pleased that, due in large part to our investments in and prioritization of border security, apprehensions at the southern border – a large indicator of total attempts to cross the border illegally -- are now at the lowest levels in years.

For more information, visit>www.dhs.gov<.

 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Photo Album: Latino Action Network's 2015 Legislative Conference

The Latino Action Network thanks all of the Latino activists, speakers and presenters who attended the Latino Action Network's 2015 Legislative Conference. The conference was a great success because of your participation.  We have posted photos from our 2015 Legislative Conference to our Facebook page.  Please click on the link below to view the full photo album:

LAN 2015 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE PHOTO ALBUM