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November 2019 Public Policy Roundup

Publication date: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

As the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case, this month’s Public Policy Roundup will be dedicated to issues affecting immigrant communities. We will recap the recent legislation signed by Governor Newsom that affects immigrant access to civic engagement opportunities, educational access, and 2020 Census, as well as provide an update on the public charge rule, and key facts on health insurance options for immigrants and their families.

We will also continue the conversation on the potential impact of the proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), focus our attention on the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), and highlight key findings and policy proposals for California’s working poor and youth homelessness. As always, we welcome any feedback or comments on this newsletter.


FOCUS ON IMMIGRATION RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS

Legislative Session Recap

Last month, the Governor signed thousands of bills, many of which will affect the quality of life of the nearly 11 million immigrants living in California. View the key immigration policies signed by Governor Newsom: .

 

  • SB: 225 (Durazo): This law grants the ability for all California residents over the age of 18, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, to pursue civic engagement and public service through service on state boards and commissions. 
  • AB 668 (Gonzalez): This law states that no person shall be subject to civil arrest in a courthouse while attending a court proceeding or having legal business in a courthouse. The law aims to foster a safe environment within all courts to ensure all people can conduct business without fear of arrest.
  • AB 1645 (Rubio): This law expands California’s college student loan program for Dreamers to include students seeking graduate degrees at the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) schools starting January 1, 2020. Undergraduate Dreamers were already eligible for both in-state tuition and loans at these institutions.
  • AB 1747 (Gonzalez): Effective January 1, 2020, this law prohibits the misuse of Californian’s personal information from the statewide law enforcement databases for immigration enforcement purposes. A separate provision of the law, starting July 1, 2021, requires that any inquiry submitted through the statewide law enforcement database other than criminal history information shall include a reason for the inquiry.
  • AB 1666 (Reyes): This law requires public schools to provide 2020 U.S. Census materials to students and parents to encourage them to take part in the decennial nationwide population count. Although this law indirectly involves immigrants, it helps ensure a complete count in California, where immigrants, regardless of legal status, have traditionally been undercounted and are likely to belong to the hard-to-count populations.

 

Keeping Up with the Public Charge Rule: What Advocates Need to Know

Thanks to the continuous work of advocacy groups and a coalition of over twenty California philanthropic organizations, the Department of Homeland Security’s public charge changes are currently on hold by court ruling. To keep leaders on the ground informed, the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign released a resource detailing the latest developments on the case.

READ THE LATEST

Additionally, SCG’s President and CEO, Chris Essel, co-authored an op-ed in The San Francisco Chronicle with Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, calling all sectors to stand with immigrants in firm opposition to the public charge rule.

READ THE OP-ED

 

Access to Health Insurance for Immigrants and their Families

With the recent changes and threats in immigration policy pushing immigrant families to forego access to health care and other important social safety net programs, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), and the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) came together to create a two-page fact sheet detailing 10 key facts about health coverage access for immigrants and their families.

ACCESS THE FACT SHEET 

FOCUS ON HOUSING  

Right to Housing (Webinar)

Monday, December 2 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM

How can funders address the challenges presented by homelessness when affordable housing continues to be a pressing need? Join this webinar to explore the meaning of “right to shelter” and “right to housing” and learn about the consequences of what these rights right can have on philanthropy. 

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A Multi-Year Policy Agenda to Address California’s Youth Homelessness

John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) released a five-year policy agenda to address youth homelessness. The 2019 agenda provides a comprehensive summary of the key development made over the last ten years related to addressing youth homelessness in California and nationwide and outlines policy recommendations in four key areas. 

VIEW REPORT

REPORTS & RESOURCES  

Who Receives the Earned Income Tax Credit In California?

The California Earned Income Tax Credit is a critical tool to tackle poverty experienced by working Californians. The California Policy Lab published their first report which outlines how these earned income credits are being used, who the recipients are, where they live, and when and how they file taxes. The report found that:

  • Although the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is relatively new, around 1.5 million households claimed the credit in 2017
  • CalEITC claimants are more likely to be single and have zero dependents that are claimants of the federal credit
  • Filers claiming EITC are much less likely to delay in filing their taxes, with most claimants filing before March
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Potential Impact of Proposed SNAP Changes on the National School Lunch Program

The US Department of Agriculture published results from a study detailing that almost one-million low-income students would lose automatic eligibility for free meals under the federally proposed change to the categorical eligibility requirements of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

VIEW STUDY

  

A Closer Look at California’s Working Poor

To better understand the demographics and needs of the state’s working poor, the Public Policy Institute of California has developed an interactive model which takes a closer look at which group of workers are struggling to meet their basic needs and highlights potential policy responses. The research was supported with funding from two SCG members, the California Wellness Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation.

VIEW MODEL

  

Philanthropy Helping Small Businesses

Public Private Strategies, recently released a report calling on additional support for small businesses from the philanthropic sector. The report outlines seven recommendations in which philanthropy and other key partners, can engage with small business leaders to help build a healthier, more equitable, and more inclusive economy.

VIEW REPORT

EVENTS  

The 2020 Alignment of Elections, Census, Redistricting, and Representation: A Model for Ongoing Policy Engagement (Webinar) 

Thursday, December 5 | 6:00PM - 7:30PM EST

In 2020, our nation will experience the intersection of two major participatory civic moments: a national election and a decennial census. In our second workshop of this Election 2020 special series, nonprofit policy experts will be joined by leading nonprofit policy practitioners to address the intersection of the census and elections, its implications, and why it should matter to nonprofit leaders.

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