News Release

Protecting Economic Future of Nevada’s Latino Families at Center of New NCLR Latino Policy Agenda

March 3, 2017

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@nclr.org
(305) 215-4259


LAS VEGAS—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) policy experts joined Nevada community leaders for an afternoon roundtable to release a Latino policy agenda which seeks to safeguard the gains Hispanics have made in the aftermath of the economic crisis, and offers a snapshot into the economic progress of Latinos in Nevada. The policy agenda, titled “Latinos in Nevada: Protecting and Defending Progress in the Silver State,” provides critical insight on the steady progress Nevada’s Latino population has made since the Great Recession, highlighting the common sense policies at the heart of their economic recovery, and the impact a rollback of these initiatives and protections could have on Nevada’s overall economic growth.

Despite being one of the communities hardest hit by the recession, several economic indicators show Latinos in Nevada have made strides in improving their economic footing. Positive findings from the fact sheet include an increase in the number of Latino homeowners of 13% between 2011 and 2015. During this period, the rate of Latinos without health insurance dropped from 37% to 23%, with stability in health coverage helping many families achieve financial security.

The passage of critical pieces of legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, as well as the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, have been equally instrumental to improving the economic outlook for Latino Nevadans. Noting the impact of the DACA program in helping 25,000 Nevadans obtain work authorization and join the labor force, and the CFPB’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers from deceptive financial practices—including the return of nearly $12 billion in relief to 29 million consumers nationwide—NCLR representatives stressed the need to advance policies that promote economic opportunity and security for hardworking families.

“Latinos in Nevada have made great gains following the recession—more of us are employed, own homes and enjoy broader financial security. This progress is a result of a combination of hard work and determination as well as key economic and social policies at the state and federal level that have been instrumental in expanding opportunities and protecting the rights of consumers,” said Rafael Collazo, NCLR’s Director of Political Campaigns.

“As we look towards the future, it will be critical to defend the progress that has been made while seeking opportunities through coming proposals on tax reform and infrastructure investments, for example, that can continue to drive economic growth and progress in our communities,” Collazo added.

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NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to build a stronger America by creating opportunities for Latinos. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.