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Latino Caucus: Our Communities Will Not be Terrorized

CHICAGO – The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s latest threats to immigrant families:

“Donald Trump is terrorizing immigrant families in order to distract people from his disastrous budget which makes devastating cuts to services that millions of Illinoisans depend on. He’s deliberately intimidating our communities to hide his true plans: cutting Medicaid and other health care programs; slashing assistance for families who lack access to food; and making it harder for students experiencing economic hardship to pay for their education.

“We applaud Chicago for standing strong and making it clear to Donald Trump that we will not take part in his bigoted charade. Illinois is one of the most welcoming states and we’re ready to continue our work to ensure families feel safe and that they understand their rights as immigrants in this country. Our communities will not be terrorized into the shadows.”

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Latino Caucus Calls on Congress to Stand for Refugees, Reject Funding of Trump Program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus released the following statement calling on Congress to reject a budget that allocates funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Migrant “Protection” Protocols (MPP), a federal program that endangers the lives of individuals seeking asylum:

“At a time when Illinois is leading by example in creating the most welcoming state in the nation, the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus calls on Congress to stand with immigrant communities by not supporting a budget that continues to fund an immigration detention process that has resulted in countless deaths, a blank check for Trump’s wall, and a system that leaves refugees stranded at the border in extremely dangerous and life-threatening conditions.

“Illinois passed House Resolution 577 earlier this year calling on Congress to defund the Migrant ‘Protection’ Protocols because this program leaves vulnerable asylum seekers stranded in dangerous and unsanitary conditions at the southern border and systemically denies them protection from persecution. Illinois took a bold position in support of those most vulnerable, and Congress should do the same.

“Congress has an opportunity to stand on the right side of history by voting no on the budget appropriation and in opposition to fiscal impunity for the abuses committed by the Department of Homeland Security upon immigrant communities.”

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State Reps. Hernandez, Villanueva, Congressman Garcia Host DACA Renewal Workshop

BERWYN, Ill. – State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, is working with local leaders and community-based organizations to help DREAMers renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status at a workshop on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Unity Lutheran Church, located at 6720 31st St. in Berwyn.

“With all the uncertainty facing the DREAMers, it is critical that families are informed are able to renew their status and have any questions they may have answered,” Hernandez said. “I want to thank our local partners for working with me to ensure local families are able to renew their status so they can feel safe and welcomed in our community.”

Hernandez is working with local leaders like Congressman Garcia, and Family Focus to host a DACA Renewal Workshop, which will help local DREAMers are able to renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Space is limited and free assistance will be provided to the first 40 people who register. Attendees should bring a copy of their most recent work permit, a valid photo ID, their last approval notice, a copy of previous DACA application, proof of current address and two passport-style photos.

To secure your spot or for more information, please call 708-683-9284 or Hernandez’s full-time constituent service office at 708-222-5240.

Who: State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez

Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia

State Rep. Celina Villanueva

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Family Focus

 

What: DACA Renewal Workshop

 

When: Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon

 

Where: Unity Lutheran Church 6720 31st St. Berwyn

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Hernandez Invites Local Families to Citizenship, DACA Renewal Event

BERWYN, Ill. – State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, is working with community-based organizations to host a free Naturalization & DACA Renewal Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Morton West High School, located at 2400 Home Ave. in Berwyn.

“With all the uncertainty and hatred being spewed by Donald Trump, it is critical that immigrant families are informed about the naturalization process and how to renew their DACA status,” Hernandez said. “I strongly encourage local families to join us for this critical workshop, so they can have more certainty and peace of mind by beginning the process of becoming a naturalized citizen.”

Hernandez is working with PASO-West Suburban Action Project and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to provide immigration services and information and to local families. Families interested in starting the naturalization process should bring the permanent residency card, social security number, state ID and other relevant documents. Information about applying to renew someone’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status will also be provided. For more information, please call Rep. Hernandez’s full-time constituent service office at 708-222-5240.

Who: State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, PASO-West Suburban Action Project, and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

What: Naturalization & DACA Renewal Workshop

When: Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Morton West High School, located 2400 Home Ave in Berwyn

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Hernandez Invites Local Families to College Financial Aid Events

CICERO, Ill. – With the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application officially opening on Tuesday, Oct. 1, state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, is hosting a Financial Aid Seminar and Workshop event for local students and their families.

“The financial aid process can be quite difficult for anyone struggling to plan how they’re going to pay for college,” Hernandez said. “We made great progress this year to expand access to grants and scholarships that make college more affordable for working families, so it’s my hope that this seminar will ease some of the stress families may be facing and prepare them to navigate the financial aid process.”

Hernandez is working with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to host the events on the following dates and at the following locations:

  • Financial Aid Seminar on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the Cicero Community Center’s gym, located at 2250 S 49th Ave. in Cicero. At this event, ISAC will go over the basics of the financial aid process, scholarships, grants and changes in the law that will impact immigrant students.
  • Financial Aid Workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 5-9 p.m. at the Cicero Community Center’s computer room. Located at 2250 S 49th Ave. in Cicero. At this event, ISAC will be on hand to help families and students actually fill-out their FAFSA applications. Families are encouraged to bring a copy of their 2018 tax documents to this workshop in order to complete the application.

Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible starting on Oct. 1 given that awards are made until funds are depleted. Information will also be provided in Spanish.

“Whether you’re planning on pursing a bachelor’s degree or vocational training, it is important that you apply for all of the resources available as soon as possible,” Hernandez added. “I encourage local families to come to this helpful seminar and have their questions answered.”

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Latino Caucus Invites Communities to Join Census Tour and Make Sure Everyone is Counted

CHICAGO – To highlight the importance of participating in the 2020 Census, state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, and State Sen. Omar Aquino, D-Chicago are inviting residents throughout the Chicagoland area to join them and fellow members of the Latino Caucus and the Illinois Latino Caucus Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 7 at their various visits of Latino-owned businesses, which include Mi Tierra en la Villita.

The Latino Caucus is working to ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census, so that communities receive their share of funds for local schools, roads, and other critical services that lift up working families. Latino Caucus members are hosting a series of stops across the Chicagoland area as part of their 2020 Census Tour. They are inviting local residents to join them and fellow Latino legislators at either of the Latino owned businesses below to have any concerns they may have addressed such as understanding that the Census will not include a question about someone’s citizenship and that participating in it will not put a family at risk.

Who:   

  • State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez
  • State Sen. Omar Aquino,
  • Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus members
  • Illinois Latino Caucus Foundation members

What:  

  • 2020 Census Tour

When:  

  • Saturday, Sept. 7

Where:

  • El Tarasco Restaurant, located at 4358 W. 51st St. in Chicago at 8 a.m.
  • Nellie’s Restaurant, located at 2458 W. Division St. in Chicago at 10 a.m.
  • La Quinta De Los Reyes, located at 36 E. New York St. in Aurora at noon
  • Jorge’s Paletas, located at 110 S. Neltnor Blvd. in West Chicago at 1:30 p.m.
  • Dulce Vida, located at 2003 Irving Park Rd. in Hanover Park at 3:30 p.m.
  • Mi Tierra en la Villita, located at 2528 S Kedzie Ave. in Chicago at 6 p.m.

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Hernandez, Villanueva Invite Local Residents for Discussion of 2020 Census at Mi Tierra en la Villita

CHICAGO – To highlight the importance of participating in the 2020 Census, state Reps. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, and Celina Villanueva, D-Chicago are working with fellow Latino Caucus members and the Illinois Latino Caucus Foundation to host the Census 2020 Tour, which will include stops across various Latino owned businesses in the Chicagoland area.

“Given Donald Trump’s bigoted attempt to intimate immigrant communities to not participate in the 2020 Census, we must work like never before to address any issues and inform communities on the facts of the census,” Hernandez said. “I hope local families that are hesitant about participating or have questions come out and join us so we could address their issues.”

Hernandez and Villanueva are hosting a series of stops across the Chicagoland area as part of their 2020 Census Tour. Hernandez is inviting local residents to join her and fellow Latino legislators at the final stop of the tour which will take place at 6 p.m. in Mi Tierra en la Villita, located at 2528 S. Kedzie Ave. in the Little Village neighborhood. Other stops will include:

  • El Tarasco Restaurant, located at 4358 W. 51st St. in Chicago at 8 a.m.
  • Nellie’s Restaurant, located at 2458 W. Division St. in Chicago at 10 a.m.
  • La Quinta De Los Reyes, located at 36 E. New York St. in Aurora at noon
  • Jorge’s Paletas, located at 110 S. Neltnor Blvd. in West Chicago at 1:30 p.m.
  • Dulce Vida, located at 2003 Irving Park Rd. in Hanover Park at 3:30 p.m.

Hernandez and fellow Latino Caucus members are working to ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census, so that communities receive their share of funds for local schools, roads, and other critical services that lift up working families.

“The Census will not include a question about someone’s citizenship and you will not be putting your family at risk for participating in it,” Villanueva added. “The Census is crucial in order to secure resources for our communities, so we must be informed and make sure that our friends and neighbors are as well.”

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