In accordance with principles adopted by our Board of Directors, NALEO Educational Fund advocates for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform that will fix our broken immigration system and bring the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country today out of the shadows.
NALEO Educational Fund stands at the forefront of efforts to ensure that naturalization is accessible to and affordable for our nation’s newcomers. Our policy priorities include reducing the barriers to U.S. citizenship, including the high cost of the U.S. citizenship application process. In addition, we advocate for more equitable English and civics naturalization requirements for older legal permanent residents, and the fair administration of the naturalization exam.
The Latino Vote
The coming years are an exciting time for the Latino electorate. With political participation reaching historic heights and the electorate expanding at a rapid rate, Latino voters are becoming an increasingly important fixture in national politics.
As the second largest population group in the United States, the educational attainment of Latino students is intrinsically connected to the economic vitality and future success of the nation.
NALEO Educational Fund is a leading advocate of policies which protect Latino access to the ballot box. We play a key leadership role in the effort to modernize the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) in the wake of the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision Shelby County v. Holder which significantly weakened one of the most effective civil rights laws of the 20th century. NALEO Educational Fund also works to promote state election practices and procedures which provide greater opportunities for Latino political participation and representation.
NALEO Educational Fund advocates vigorously for the appointment of qualified Latinos to top positions in the executive and judicial branches of government. We also work to educate Latinos about appointment opportunities and to provide them with technical assistance to pursue these important leadership positions.