The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund recently partnered with the Migration Policy Institute to conduct a landscape analysis to better understand our region's changing demographics. Use the following links to download the fact sheet, presentation and infographic summary.
Fact Sheet: Immigration to the Heartland: A Profile of Immigrants in the Kansas City Region
Presentation: Immigrants in the Kansas City Region
Infographic: Immigrants in the Kansas City Region
We’re excited about our new initiatives working with families about their legal rights as residents. The Hispanic Development Fund received a matching grant from the Open Society Foundation to fund work around Administrative Relief. These grants were in anticipation of the implementation of President Obama’s administrative relief programs: the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA).
The original DACA has been in effect since 2012. Although expansion to DACA and DAPA were announced in 2014, they have never been implemented because of an ongoing lawsuit regarding their constitutionality. This year it was a widespread belief that the Supreme Court would finally bring this case to a close by ruling on the program’s constitutionality. However, a vacant seat in the Supreme Court resulted in a split decision which has left the issue of constitutionality unresolved.
Although this has proven to be a challenge, recipients of the Administrative Relief grants have not lost momentum. El Centro, Inc. of Kansas City, KS and Legal Aid of Western Missouri have used their grant awards from HDF to help residents on both sides of the state line apply for citizenship and subsequently register to vote. Their efforts include citizenship clinics, informational sessions and canvassing events. The KS/MO DREAM Alliance has been able to continue working on administrative relief by assisting those local residents who are eligible for the original DACA program through outreach events and DACA clinics.
Our grantees have proven that they are committed to making Kansas City a better place for all residents through their hard work and perseverance. The Hispanic Development Fund is proud to be able to be a part of their success and is looking forward to the great work they will continue to do in our community.