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Only 40% of Hispanic Children Go to Pre-school

Education

Education

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a new report outlining the unmet need for high-quality early learning programs in America.

Across the nation, 59 percent of 4-year olds – or six out of every 10 children – are not enrolled in publicly funded preschool programs through state preschool, Head Start, and special education preschool services. Even fewer are enrolled in the highest-quality programs.

For Latino children, the unmet need is especially great. While Latinos are the fastest growing and largest minority group in the United States, making up a quarter of 3- and 4-year-olds, Latinos demonstrate the lowest preschool participation rates of any major ethnicity or race. The participation rate for Latinos is 40 percent, compared to 50 percent for African-American children, and 53 percent for white children. In addition, children from low-income families are less likely to be enrolled in preschool than their more affluent peers – 41 percent compared to 61 percent.

Read more in the report, A Matter of Equity: Preschool in America.

Tuition Equity for DREAMers

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The Florida Immigrant Coaliton and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a few months ago a basic fact sheet to guide DREAMers in their understanding of House Bill (HB) 851 on Tuition Equity for DREAMers. This bill allows all Florida high school graduates regardless of status to pay in-state tuition rates at all Florida Public Universities and Colleges.

 

Last June, five DREAMers had the opportunity to meet with Governor Scott and Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera. They expressed their gratitude to the Governor for signing the bill and also took the opportunity to remind him there is so much more at stake and there is much more our immigrant communities in Florida need. They had a conversation on driver’s licenses and its importance not only for the immigrant youth in this state, but also for their parents and our communities overall.

 

Please find below the fact sheets on HB 851 to help you understand the process:

Please, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

UnidosNow Continues to Expand

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When UnidosNow was founded in 2010, the leadership team created a compelling vision for change to support Latino integration into the fabric of our community, understanding fully that this would be a multi-generational process. They recognized that integration had multiple interdependent dimensions, but that education attainment was the foundation to success.

Over the past few years, UnidosNow has successfully launched its Future Leaders Academy for low-income Latino students, and has conducted numerous workshops for students and parents to improve college and career readiness. None of this could have been accomplished without the support of our many volunteers, partners and donors, to whom we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude. Because of you, our little two-person organization, has been able to make a meaningful difference in the community.

While we are proud of our accomplishments in education, and realize that there is still much to be done, UnidosNow has never lost sight of its vision to support the broader integration requirements of the Latino community. We are now in a position to expand our organization, and we are excited to welcome the newest member of our team, Jessica Perez-Maqueda.

Jessica will be responsible for delivering much needed services to Latinos qualifying for DAPA/DACA programs, while also strengthening our referral network to support the wide-ranging needs of the Latino population. She comes to UnidosNow with a demonstrated passion for our cause, and the experience and skills required to be successful in her new role.

We look forward to your continued support as UnidosNow enters into the next leg of its journey.

Qué significa la suspensión temporal de DACA y DAPA

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La semana ha comenzado con una triste noticia sobre DACA y DAPA, la Acción Diferida para Llegadas en la Infancia (DACA) y la Acción Diferida para los Padres de hijos estadounidenses y residentes permanentes legales(DAPA).

Hoy, 18 de febrero, se suponía que la ampliación de DACA empezaba, pero ahora está en una suspensión temporal, ya que “[un] juez del Sur de Texas [Hanen] ha ordenado una medida cautelar sobre las acciones ejecutivas del presidente estadounidense Barack Obama sobre inmigración que permite millones de inmigrantes indocumentados a permanecer en el país”, tal como informa la revista TIME.

Esto significa que también los planes para aceptar solicitudes de DAPA han sido suspendidas temporalmente.

Sin embargo, no todo está perdido. El Secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional, Jeh C. Johson, declaró en un comunicado de prensa ayer que está en total desacuerdo con la decisión del juez Hanen: “El Departamento de Justicia, juristas, expertos en inmigración e incluso otros tribunales han dicho que nuestras acciones están dentro de nuestra autoridad legal”, escribió en la nota.

Ahora, según la Casa Blanca, el Departamento de Justicia planea apelar la decisión del juez, “y creemos que los tribunales en última instancia rechazarán esta demanda, ya que no tiene absolutamente ningún valor jurídico”, escribe Gabe Ortiz, de la Voz de América (America’s Voice).

Ortiz envió un mensaje masivo el martes en el que afirmaba: “Sé que da un poco de miedo, pero muchos expertos legales han dicho desde el principio que la demanda no es más que una maniobra política anti-inmigrante de Fiscales Generales y Gobernadores”.

“La mejor manera en que nuestra comunidad puede luchar contra este ataque es a mantenerse en el camino. Si usted es elegible, continúe preparándose para la ampliación de DACA y para DAPA y aplique de inmediato cuando llegue el momento. Y, muy importante, este ataque no afecta al DACA de 2012 o su proceso de renovación. así que si usted ya tiene DACA y puede renovar, debe hacerlo “, sigue explicando Ortiz.

Así que no se desanime. Continúe la recolección de sus documentos y la preparación para la ampliación de DACA y para DAPA, para que cuando se apele esta decisión, usted está listo para aplicar de inmediato. Y recuerde: esta decisión NO afecta al DACA de 2012, por lo que si ya puede aplicar o debe renovar su permiso, hágalo.

No dude en ponerse en contacto con nosotros para más información.

What the Temporary Suspension of DACA and DAPA Mean

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The week has started with sad news about DACA and DAPA, for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).

Today, February 18th, the expansion of DACA was supposed to start, but now it is on a temporary suspension since “[a] South Texas judge in Texas [Hanen] has ordered an injunction on U.S. President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration that permitted millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country”, as TIME magazine informs.

This means that also the plans to accept applications for DAPA has been suspended temporarily.

However, not everything is lost. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh C. Johson, stated on a press release yesterday that he strongly disagrees with Judge Hanen’s decision: “The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts and even other courts have said that our actions are well within our legal authority”, he wrote on the note.

Now, according to the White House, the Department of Justice plans to appeal the judge’s decision, “and we believe the courts will ultimately reject this lawsuit because it has absolutely no legal merit”, writes Gabe Ortiz, from America’s Voice.

He sent an email blast Tuesday were she affirmed: “I know it sounds kind of scary, but many legal experts have said all along said that lawsuit is nothing more than a political stunt by anti-immigrant Attorneys General and Governors”.

“The best way our community can fight back against this attack is to stay on track. If you’re eligible, continue getting ready for expanded DACA and DAPA and immediately apply when the time comes. And, very importantly, this attack does not affect 2012’s DACA or its renewal process. So if you already have DACA and are set to renew, you should do so“, keeps explaining Ortiz.

So do not feel discouraged. Continue gathering your documents and getting ready for expanded DACA and DAPA, so when this decision is appealed, you are ready to apply right away. And remember: this decision DOES NOT affect 2012’s DACA, so if you can apply or are due to renew your permit, go ahead.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

 

DACA se expande para incluir a más aplicantes

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El 20 de noviembre marcó una fecha inolvidable: el presidente Obama anunció nuevas acciones ejecutivas sobre inmigración, presentando 5 iniciativas que darán a los inmigrantes indocumentados un camino hacia una presencia legal provisional, así como la mejora de los programas de visas existentes y promover el proceso de naturalización.

En este post vamos a centrarnos en la expansión de la DACA (Acción Diferida para Llegadas en la Infancia), lo que significa que los inmigrantes indocumentados más jóvenes serán elegibles para solicitar este programa sin temor a la deportación. Carlos Tolentino, líder comunitario y experto en inmigración, dice: “El programa se expandirá para ayudar al menos a 100,000 personas”.

Puede empezar a aplicar para DACA, por primera vez o para renovar, ¡a partir del 18 de febrero!

USCIS (Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los EE.UU.) nos da esta información básica en su sitio web:

QUIÉN ES ELEGIBLE

  • Las personas sin estatus migratorio legal que interesan obtener DACA por primera vez o interesan renovarla.

QUÉ HARÁ LA INICIATIVA

  • Amplía el plazo de acción diferida y autorización de empleo de dos a tres años, y le permite ser considerado a DACA si:
    • Usted entró a los Estados Unidos antes de cumplir 16 años de edad;
    • Ha residido continuamente en los Estados Unidos desde por lo menos el 1 de enero de 2010, a diferencia del requisito anterior que era al 15 de junio de 2007.
    • Tiene cualquier edad (elimina el requisito de haber nacido a partir del 15 de junio de 1981); y
    • Cumple con todos los demás requisitos de DACA.

CUÁNDO PUEDE COMENZAR A PRESENTAR LA PETICIÓN

  • El 18 de febrero de 2015 (USCIS no aceptará peticiones a la ampliación de DACA antes de esta fecha).

CÓMO HACER LA PETICIÓN

RECUERDE: Usted puede solicitar la ampliación de DACA desde este miércoles, 18 de febrero. Empiece a reunir todos sus documentos y llenar la solicitud. Para obtener más información, por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto con UnidosNow en el 941-256-0625.

(Fotografía del folleto de USCIS en DACA).

DACA Expands to Include More Applicants

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November 20th marked an unforgettable date: President Obama announced new executive actions on immigration, presenting 5 initiatives that will give undocumented immigrants a path to a provisional lawful presence, as well as improving existing visa programs and promoting the naturalization process.

In this post we will focus on the expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which means that more young undocumented immigrants will be eligible to apply for this program without fear of deportation. Carlos Tolentino, a community leader and expert on immigration, says: “It will expand to help at least 100,000 more people”.

You can start applying for DACA -for the first time or to renew- on February 18th!

USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) gives us this basic information in their website:

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

  • Individuals with no lawful immigration status who are seeking initial or renewal DACA.

WHAT THE INITIATIVE WOULD DO

  • Extends the deferred action period and employment authorization to three years from two years, and allows you to be considered for DACA if you:
  • Entered the United States before the age of 16;
  • Have lived in the United States continuously since at least January 1, 2010, rather than the prior requirement of June 15, 2007;
  • Are of any age (removes the requirement to have been born since June 15, 1981); and
  • Meet all the other DACA guidelines.

WHEN YOU CAN START TO MAKE A REQUEST

  • February 18, 2015 (USCIS will not accept requests for expanded DACA before that date)

HOW TO MAKE A REQUEST

REMEMBER: You can apply for the expansion of DACA this Wednesday, February 18th. Start gathering all your documents and filling out the application. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact UnidosNow at 941-256-0625.

(Photography from USCIS flyer on DACA).

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