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Fight Back the Hate, Become a CHIRLA Action Fund Member

All across the country people are standing up against hate-speech. They are people like you and I who seek to create a better world that does not scapegoat, a world that provides an opportunity to reveal our own humanity to one another.

We are entering into very uncharted territory in this upcoming election. Who will win will depend on our turnout. We will either stand idly by and let hatred win, or we will arrive at the ballot box with our principles and ideals reflected in our vote. Our connection, our understanding of ourselves as one human being to another is what distinguishes us from those who stand upon a platform of hate.

Join the fight against bigotry and racism today. Become a CHIRLA Action Fund member and help us stand up against the hate. It’s time to do, or donate. Do your part today.

Turning Ignorance Around to Stop the Hate

Los Angeles, CA – The CHIRLA Action Fund and Walton Isaacson worked together to present a different take on the anti-immigrant hate speech being spewed in this Presidential Election cycle. The #turnignorancearound advertisement takes hate speech and gives it a twist. As this type of negative speech  continues to be given center stage, it is time to take a stand and stop the hate. For more information and background on this advertisement, read the story below and click on to watch the full video.


Latinos Admit to Being ‘Murderers,’ ‘Traffickers’ and ‘Thieves’ in Anti-Trump Ad

Spot Reframes Candidate’s Perjorative Characterizations

By Ann-Christine Diaz. Published on

Earlier this week, Republican group Our Principles PAC used presidential candidate Donald Trump’s own words against him in an ad featuring women reading his offensive quotes about the opposite sex. Now, the CHIRLA Action Fund has turned Mr. Trump’s statements about Latinos against him in another spot.

The ad features various Latinos “owning up” to thecharacterizations Mr. Trump had made of them as dealers, killers, murderers, attackers, traffickers and thieves, each wearing a t-shirt with those titles. “I am a dealer,” “I am a killer,” “I am a thief,” “I am an attacker,” they say.

But as each turns around, they reveal their true identities: the “trafficker” is actually a trafficker of stories — a film director; the “murderer” is a murderer of boredom, a comedian; and the dealers include a dealer of flavors (a chef), a dealer of care (a nanny) and a dealer of justice (an attorney) and so forth.

General and multicultural agency Walton Isaacson came up with the ad, whose production began at the end of last year. “We are very committed to minorities … and we believe that there’s an urgent need right now to speak the truth and confront negative racial stereotypes,” said GCD Martin Cerri. “So this idea came up organically, while we were discussing about different target audiences that we represent at the agency.”

The ad took about three months to pull together, from ideation through production. All those featured in the ad are real people — “It was a process kind of similar to what you do when you approach a focus group,” Mr. Cerri said. “It was not a normal casting, we didn’t look for the perfect delivery, we looked for a range of real people with a big range of different occupations in order to make our point.”

The ad directs viewers to an accompanying site,, where they can see the film and purchase their own t-shirts re-framing Trump’s pejorative characterizations.

SCOTUS To Hear Oral Arguments for DAPA/DACA+

Washington D.C. – The Supreme Court of the United States will move forward and prepare to hear oral arguments on the DAPA/DACA+ programs on April 18, 2016. This latest development comes as advocacy, community, and labor organizations have worked to collect signatures for Amicus Briefs from supporters of the DAPA/DACA+ program to be submitted to the Supreme Court next week. As the SCOTUS moves to hear these arguments, a groundswell of support for these legal and constitutional programs will continue. A ruling on the DAPA/DACA+ case is inching closer to a June 2016 decision.

The issue at hand for the SCOTUS to rule on is as follows:

Issue: (1) Whether a state that voluntarily provides a subsidy to all aliens with deferred action has Article III standing and a justiciable cause of action under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to challenge the Secretary of Homeland Security’s guidance seeking to establish a process for considering deferred action for certain aliens because it will lead to more aliens having deferred action; (2) whether the guidance is arbitrary and capricious or otherwise not in accordance with law; (3) whether the guidance was subject to the APA’s notice-and-comment procedures; and (4) whether the guidance violates the Take Care Clause of the Constitution, Article II, section 3.

For more information visit: SCOTUS Blog

So What Happens to the DAPA/DACA+ Case Now?

Washington D.C. – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away this past President’s Day weekend leaving the future of key cases to be decided by the remaining eight justices. Among these decisions is the Deferred Action for Parents of Citizens (DAPA) and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) case already on the court’s docket.

The question most people have is: How does this new reality impact a case that will decide the fate a 5 million immigrants? 

The short answer is that an empty seat at the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) does not change the progress already made on the DAPA/DACA+ case. In other words, the case will move forward as planned with arguments beginning in April and a decision by June of 2016. There is, however, a very unlikely chance they would move the case until October for a ruling in December of 2016.

The second question that people ask is: What happens if the SCOTUS does not reach the minimum of a 5 to 3 ruling in favor of DAPA/DACA+ to win? What if there is a 4 to 4 tie?

The answer to this question is that the lower court ruling stands. In this case, the 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans ruled against DAPA/DACA+ prior to the Supreme Court, therefore, DAPA/DACA+ does not get implemented. In essence, the case could start all the way from scratch.

As the case develops, the future of 5 million immigrants will depend on eight justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. History is about to be written as the outcome of this critical case could either fundamentally change the lives of millions of aspiring new Americans or usher them back into the shadows. In the meantime, our immigrant communities will continue to organize and remind America that politics is what’s getting in the way of justice for our families.

CHIRLA Action Fund 2016 Endorsements for Congress, State Assembly



Los Angeles – The CHIRLA Action Fund, the political arm of the largest immigrant rights organization in California, issued the first political endorsements of the 2016 election cycle. The three endorsements involve the Congressional race for the 44th District and two California Assembly seat races in Districts 48 and 65.

“The CHIRLA Action Fund Board is pleased to endorse California Senator Isadore Hall in the 44th Congressional District race. As a lawmaker for the people of California, Mr. Hall brings more than 15 years of experience and has demonstrated leadership, commitment to integrating aspiring citizens, and a sense of justice for all,” stated Angelica Salas, CHIRLA Action Fund’s Board Chair.

In the race for California’s Assembly District 65, the CHIRLA Action Fund endorses Sharon Quirk-Silva.

“Ms. Quirk-Silva is running against Young Kim, a candidate who has failed to acknowledge how much Orange County is changing. Based on our Scorecard, Ms. Kim’s pro-immigrant legislative voting score was 30% — a percentage far too low to address the immigrant issues of Assembly District 65,” stated Diana Colin, the Action Fund’s program director.

The Fund endorsed the son of immigrants, Bryan Urias, for California Assembly District 48.

“Mr. Urias reflect the changing demographics in California and we are inspired by his commitment to immigrant integration and a California where everyone is prosperous,” added. Ms. Salas.

“Our three endorsements represent our commitment to support leaders who understand California, regardless of race or party affiliation, and who take a stand when others take a back seat or remain quiet. These three leaders will help California achieve greatness and help immigrants move forward as integral part of our society,” added Ms. Salas.

The CHIRLA Action Fund endorsement process includes a meeting with the candidates, a rigorous questionnaire, background research, and a recommendation by the Staff which must be approved by the board.

CHIRLA Action Fund 2015 California Legislative Scorecard

CHIRLA Action Fund identified critical votes on issues important to aspiring citizens and immigrant communities. CHIRLA’s Action Fund’s Legislative Scorecard is designed to provide the public with information about how their state legislator voted on bills on these important issues. Click the link below to view the list of state legislators and their vote percentage:

CHIRLA Action Fund California Elected Score Card for 2015.

CHIRLA Action Fund analyzed the votes on twenty-three state proposals, affecting immigrants and their children in the areas of criminal and environmental justice, access to public benefits, as well as civil and labor rights.

Lawmakers have the opportunity to cast their votes in policy, fiscal committees, as well as on the Assembly or Senate Floor. Furthermore, a proposal can be subject to a concurrence vote, which means the approval by the House of origin to changes made to a bill while it was on the second House. For the purposes of CHIRLA’s Action Fund Legislative Scorecard the votes that were taken into account were floor votes only, not including concurrence votes. Unless, a proposal did not reach a floor vote, those lawmakers who had the opportunity to cast their votes were scored.

2015 State Proposals Summary

Assembly Bills

AB 60 (Gonzalez): Strengthens consumer protections for immigrant seeking legal assistance with private attorneys.

AB 206 (Stone): Establishes California Dream Work-Study Program to assist students who are non U.S citizens but authorize to work to participate in college work study programs.

AB 359 (Gonzalez): Provides labor protections for grocery workers when Grocery Stores Corporations merge together.

AB 622 (Hernandez): Prevents the misuse and abuse by unscrupulous employers of E-verify federal and flaw program.

AB 813 (Gonzalez): Creates a mechanism for people to challenge legally invalid convictions after criminal custody has ended and the time period for hebeas corpus relief has passed.

AB 829 (Nazarian): Expands opportunity for people to be notify if their names are in a shared gang data base and creates a process for them to request their names remove from these databases.

AB 899 (Levine): Protects confidential juvenile files from being shared with federal agencies, unless order by a court order.

AB 900 (Levine): Aligns state law with immigration law to allow for the maximum number of youth in California to be eligible to receive humanitarian relief through the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Visa.

AB 953 (Weber): Aims to curb the harmful and unjust practice of racial profiling and increase transparency and accountability with law enforcement agencies.

AB 1065 (Chiu): Protects immigrant workers who recently legalized their status from being discriminated when applying for a job.

AB 1343 (Thurmond): Requires defense counsel to provide accurate and affirmative information to a client who is not a U.S. citizen about potential immigration consequences of a proposed plea. Requires both prosecution and defense counsel to contemplate immigration consequences in the plea negotiation process.

AB 1351 (Eggman): Modifies current process of deferred entry of judgment programs, which are alternatives to court proceedings that allow offenders to participate in a drug rehabilitation treatments, to avoid negative unintended consequences to offenders who are non U.S. citizens.

AB 1352 (Eggman): Ends unintended immigration consequences for non U.S. citizens who successfully complete a deferred entry of judgment programs, which are alternatives to court proceedings that allow offenders to participate in a drug rehabilitation treatments.

AB 1366 (Lopez): Establishes Dream Resources Center at institutions of higher education to assist students who are AB 540.

Senate Bills

SB 4 (Lara): Expands healthcare coverage for all children in our state regardless of immigration status.

SB 200 (Lara): Updates state school residency laws to ensure live-in workers such as household workers, caregivers and gardeners whose children live with them could attend school on that district.

SB 350 (De Leon): Seeks to reduce pollution and increase clean energy sources.

SB 406 (Jackson): Expands job protection for workers who take family leave to businesses with 25 employees or more. Under the California Family Leave Act, jobs are only protected for those who work at businesses with at least 50 employees.

SB 443 (Mitchell): Requires additional due process protections in cases where the state seeks to forfeit assets in connection to specific criminal charges.

SB 588 (De Leon): Strengthens labor protections for low-income workers who are victims of wage theft by providing new enforcement tool to collect the wages of these workers.

SB 600 (Pan): Includes citizenship, language and immigration status among the list for which discrimination is prohibited under the Unruh Civil Rights Act.

SB 623 (Lara): Clarifies that undocumented workers are eligible for certain workers’ compensation benefits.

SB 674 (De Leon/Atkins): Establishes uniform protocols to ensure immigrant who are victims of crime are able to be certified by local law enforcement to be eligible to request immigration relief.

SCOTUS Gives Texas 8 Days, Delay Strategy Failing

Washington D.C. – The Supreme Court of the United States dealt a blow to the delay strategy by Texas against the President’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program today. After seeking a 30 day extension–which would have ensured that the DAPA case would not be heard until June of 2017–the Supreme Court underscored that a resolution sooner is better than a resolution later.

So what does this mean for the 5 million undocumented immigrants waiting in the wings to become part of our American fabric? The news is a great development and one big step forward, but they will have to wait until one more major hurdle is overcome: the SCOTUS still needs to agree to hear the case. This is very likely to happen soon with a final decision delivered in June of 2016. As the court moves in this direction, there will be a continuation and build up of a massive movement across the country to underscore the importance of this case.

When the decision is delivered next Spring, community organizations are preparing for the massive number of applicants who will sign up as DAPA/DACA+ beneficiaries.  It will be up to the next President to decide whether to keep the DAPA, DACA+ and the original DACA programs and build upon their success, or end the programs leaving millions in limbo. For now, we will wait patiently for the final decision from the Supreme Court.


As the field of Presidential candidates begins to narrow and Republican candidate anti-immigrant statements run rampant, it is without a doubt a breath of fresh air to see a candidate provide concrete solutions to our nation’s immigration system.

Senator Bernie Sanders joins Governor Martin O’Malley in meeting two key milestones: meeting with immigrant families and providing a detailed immigration plan. The key areas of reform in Senator Sanders’ plan includes issuing executive orders that include bringing more of the 11 million undocumented immigrants out of the shadows should Congress fail to act on immigration reform in his first 100 days should he be elected President.

Other reforms include accountability at the border, putting an end to racial profiling and local police entanglement with ICE. One major point in his plan includes shutting down the for profit detention centers who have disregarded the basic rights of immigrant women, children and the LGBT community.

Senator Sanders also addresses the root causes of migration and links them with our free trade agreements which have disrupted the local economies of Mexico, Central and South America.

Lastly, and more importantly, Senator Sanders underscores the absurdity of “sweeping up […] millions of men, women, and children and throwing them out of the country unjustly.”

While the Republican candidates reminisce on racist and shameful immigration policies, create lists of Muslims and shut the door on vulnerable refugees, it is evident that what we need now more than ever is leadership that recognizes the true contributions of immigrants and implements policies that uplifts the dignity of all immigrants and refugees.


Become a Member and Fight Back Against Hate

Los Angeles, CA – The CHIRLA Action Fund and CHIRLA have launched their fall dual membership drive to continue to build power and momentum to stop hate speech on its tracks. If you are tired of the rampant unsubstantiated attacks on the immigrant community, become a CHIRLA Action Fund member join the fight to push back. We are continuing to grow our immigrant rights movement and there has never been a better  time to get involved than now!

Presidential Elections 2016

This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values and our commitments, to hold them against a hard reality and see how we are measuring up, to the legacy of our forbearers, and the promise of future generations. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe. But my personal story is not so unique. That is in Israel’s interest, Palestine’s interest, America’s interest, and the world’s interest. That commitment is at the core of the Treaty, and it must be kept for all who fully abide by it.

Again and again, we’ve seen him make tough choices when easier ones were available. But the truth is, that isn’t all that I know of the man. I get it.

But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America – to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality. Let us be our brother’s keeper, Scripture tells us. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts. Over seven years ago, the United States pursued al Qaeda and the Taliban with broad international support. The Internet and television can bring knowledge and information, but also offensive sexuality and mindless violence.

More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. The men and women who gathered there could’ve heard many things. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq.

Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. When a new flu infects one human being, all are at risk.

We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don’t like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the Red States. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth and carrying out His works. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition.