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The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.

Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCLR serves all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country and has has regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Antonio and Miami as well as state operations in California, Texas and Florida.

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An Undocumented Military Spouse: The Story of Fanny Lopez

(5) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 3:59 PM


"When Our Troops Serve, Their Families are Serving, Too." So says the slogan of Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative to bring attention to the needs of military families. But what happens if a family member is undocumented? Does...

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How DACA Changed My Life

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 5:04 PM


By Gabriela Gomez, Former Intern, Communications Department, NCLR

2014-09-11-JM_GG_resize_new.jpg I am a college student. I am a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient. And, I am a DREAMer. I am many other things, too,...

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A Broken Immigration System Hurts Communities and Businesses

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 11:42 AM


By Laura Vazquez, Senior Immigration Legislative Analyst, NCLR

When we talk about the need for President Obama to grant administrative relief to qualifying immigrants, we often focus on the families who lose cherished loved ones. But there is more...

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Loving Couples Forced to Make Impossible Choices

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 5:57 PM


By Laura Vazquez, Senior Immigration Legislative Analyst, NCLR

In this week's edition of "Hanging in the Balance," we meet a young couple whose dreams of living happily ever after were turned upside down because of the United States' dysfunctional immigration...

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Hanging in the Balance: Stories of Aspiring Americans

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 11:13 AM

By Laura Vazquez, Senior Immigration Legislative Analyst, NCLR

We're lifting up the stories of individuals who would benefit from administrative action to address the suffering caused by increases in detention and deportation.

Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has squandered the best opportunity in years to...

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Wondering When to Retire and Begin Collecting Social Security?

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 4:02 PM

By Leticia Miranda, Senior Policy Adivsor, Economic Security Policy, NCLR

Quick Answer: Delay the date you choose to collect benefits

As eight million Latino Baby Boomers barrel toward retirement over the next 20 years, a critically important decision they will face is deciding when to retire and begin collecting the...

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Two Years Later: Taking Stock of DACA's Success

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 4:46 PM

On July 15, 2012, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an initiative that grants temporary relief from deportation to certain undocumented youth. In the two years since the president's announcement, more than half a million DACA applications have been approved, allowing many undocumented...

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Parents Hold the Key to Success for Common Core State Standards

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 7:37 PM

By Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President, Programs, NCLR

It's the time of year that millions of students look forward to: donning caps and gowns and walking in their high school graduation ceremonies, cheered on by friends and families. One of our community's proudest accomplishments in the last decade is that...

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Latinos and the 2014 Elections: Five Reasons to Vote in November

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 6:11 PM

By Loren McArthur, Deputy Director, Civic Engagement, NCLR

Elections matter. This November, Americans will choose governors in 36 states, elect the entire U.S. House of Representatives and one-third of the U.S. Senate, select a great majority of their state legislators, and decide who...

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Acknowledging the Barriers to Mental Health Care in Latino Communities

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 1:48 PM

By Patricia Foxen, PhD, Deputy Director of Research, NCLR

Years ago, a young colleague of mine -- let's call her Rosa -- experienced a break with reality. A shy, disciplined, hardworking woman in her early twenties, she started to exhibit erratic, self-destructive behavior and nonsensical speech. Rosa's friends brought her...

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I Have Nothing to Hide: Government Surveillance Does Not Concern Me

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 4:08 PM

By Irasema Garza, J.D., Policy Advisor, NCLR Policy Analysis Center

The old adage that nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes is no longer entirely correct. With the advent of new and emerging technologies, we can add government surveillance to the list. Our daily activities are routinely...

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Competing for the Latino Vote in Texas Part II: The Democrats' Dilemma

(4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 3:54 PM

By Loren McArthur, Deputy Director, Civic Engagement, NCLR

This two-part blog series explores the challenges and opportunities that a rising Hispanic electorate presents to both the GOP and Democrats. You can read Part I here.

The conventional narrative is that Democrats need only wait for...

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Competing for the Latino Vote in Texas

(10) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 6:06 PM

By Loren McArthur, Deputy Director, Civic Engagement, NCLR

The Latino vote is a rising force in American politics, and Texas, with its 36 electoral college votes, is one of the states where the expanding Hispanic electorate has the potential to transform the political map. Hispanics currently comprise 38...

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On Immigration Reform: Enough With the Excuses

(23) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Latinos, Republicans and editorial pages are pushing back on the excuses made by House Republican leadership.

We have heard Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor and Majority Whip McCarthy hem and haw over whether they are going to introduce legislation for months. First they were only going to move legislation forward...

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Low Expectations But High Hopes Remain for Action in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 7:23 AM

By Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, NCLR Policy Center

Last Tuesday, President Obama laid out an agenda for 2014 that aimed high but remained grounded in reality. In order to get anything done on a grand scale, the president must work with a Congress that has produced very little in recent...

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The Latino Vote Can Make a Difference in the 2014 Elections

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:22 PM

By Loren McArthur, Deputy Director of Civic Engagement, NCLR

The 2012 elections were a powerful demonstration of the growing electoral influence of Latinos. Hispanic voters comprised 10 percent of the total vote -- making them a decisive factor in electoral outcomes across the nation and helping to create a mandate...

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Three Things to Know About Cervical Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 12:08 PM

By Marcela Vargas, Project Coordinator, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR

The New Year is here and everyone is trying to stick to their New Year's Resolutions. I have had countless conversations with friends about their decisions to eat healthier and go to the gym more often. In fact, many New...

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With Rep. Watt Confirmed as FHFA Director, We Look Forward to True Relief for Homeowners

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 10:51 AM

By Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, NCLR

In a major win for homeowners, ending months of congressional stalemate, the Senate voted today to confirm Representative Mel Watt (D-NC) as Director of the Federal Housing and Finance Agency (FHFA). Rep. Watt's confirmation brings fresh...

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Borinqueneers Deserve Their Gold Medals

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 2:11 PM

By Rafael Collazo, Director of Political Campaigns, NCLR

Veterans Day is a special day on the calendar for me. It brings to mind the amazing lives of my two abuelos: Alfredo Gonzalez and Rafael Collazo. Both men grew up with modest means in Puerto Rico in the early part of...

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Join Cesar Millan in Calling on Congress to Pass Immigration Reform!

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 4:18 PM

Former undocumented immigrant, Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer, wants you to tell Congress the time for immigration reform is now!

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