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.

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
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