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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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Immigration Status Adds Layer of Complexity to ACA Enrollment

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 11:30 PM

One NCLR Affiliate is working to reach eligible immigrants in families with mixed statuses

The promise of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can only be met once everyone who is eligible and in need of health coverage receives it. This is especially true for the Latino community, which stands to...

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The Promise of the Affordable Care Act Must Reach All Communities

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 7:07 PM

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, more than 15 million Americans have received some type of health coverage. This open enrollment period alone has seen almost 7 million new sign-ups. Still, there are many more to reach, especially in the Latino community, where one in four...

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Congress Should Not Impede the Nation's Progress

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 5:53 PM

The president's sixth State of the Union address to Congress last night was heavy on the actions our country should take to build on the progress that American families have made over the past two years, thanks to a recovering economy. In a statement today, NCLR President and CEO Janet...

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5 Things Latinos Should Know About Getting Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 5:37 PM

By Steven Lopez, Manager, Health Policy Project, NCLR

More Latinos lack health insurance than any other group in the U.S., so it is crucial that they take the opportunity to obtain coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While significant improvements have been made to the enrollment process, some Latinos,...

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Why American Workers Benefit from Executive Action

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 4:08 PM

By Catherine Singley Harvey, Program Manager, Economic and Employment Policy Project, National Council of La Raza

Kenneth Blackwell's op-ed on the economic impact of President Obama's executive action on immigration is yet another example of the fact-free zone that the immigration debate has become.

First, Blackwell's assertion...

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Executive Action Has the Power to Transform Lives

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 2:10 PM


On the first day that members of Congress were back in Washington, a number of representatives joined veterans and DREAMers who are aspiring service members in front of the Capitol to urge President Obama to use his executive authority to provide administrative relief....

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The Election Is Over; It's Time for the President to Act

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 4:17 PM


Election Day has come and gone. No matter who's the majority in Congress, one thing is clear: Latino voters who went to the polls were motivated by immigration reform.

We saw the early signs of this through Election Day polling we...

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The Consequences of Delayed Executive Action

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 6:06 PM


President Obama's decision to delay taking executive action on immigration this past September affected millions of hardworking people and their families. Like many of us who were disappointed in the House Republican leadership's failure on immigration, we were expecting President Obama to act,...

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Hanging in the Balance: The Ramirez Family

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:18 PM


Vicky Ramirez is a recent college graduate and a member of NCLR's Líderes Youth Advisory Council. She is currently putting her skills and expertise to use at an international development agency in Washington, D.C. She recently spoke about what it would mean to...

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Immigration Is Personal to Latino Voters

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 4:01 PM


A series of polls released by the NCLR Action Fund and Latino Decisions show that immigration will once again be a top priority for Latino voters on Election Day. In late September, the groups surveyed Latino voters in Florida,

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Three Latinas Dealing With the Threat of Deportation

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 6:42 PM


For this week's "Hanging in the Balance" series, we bring you the stories of Anabel, Maria, and Elizabeth. Each of them are facing the threat of deportation either for themselves or for their loved ones. More than two million people have been deported...

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The Accidental Immigration Advocate

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 4:50 PM


Giancarlo Tello is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who has worked tirelessly to not only create opportunities for himself, but also for other aspiring Americans. When his DACA application was approved, he thought of his parents and their...

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Hanging in the Balance: A Tale of Two Latinas

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 6:34 PM


This is the story of two young Latinas with the same name, living in the same Southern city, one having recently graduated from college, the other just beginning there, both in the same field. The women immigrated to the United States as children...

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Delayed Executive Action Threatens to Shatter an Ohio Family

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 5:22 PM



The recent announcement by the Obama administration to delay the promised executive action on immigration will affect millions of hardworking individuals and their families. Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants will be deported while...

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A Small-Town Mayor with Big Hopes for Immigration Reform

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 4:05 PM


2014-09-23-PaulBridges_CapAwards_HuffPostPic.png Paul Bridges (center) at the 2012 NCLR Capital Awards with NCLR Board Chair, Jorge Plasencia, and NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguía

Paul Bridges is the former mayor of Uvalda, a small town in Southern...

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A DREAMer's Story

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 6:58 PM


Today, in our ongoing "Hanging in the Balance" series, we bring you the second part of Gaby Gomez's story. If you haven't yet, read her earlier blog post, then watch the short video featuring Gaby below.

This was first posted to the NCLR...

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An Undocumented Military Spouse: The Story of Fanny Lopez

(5) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 4:59 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 | 6:04 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 | 12:42 PM


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 | 6:57 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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