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Latino Agenda Puts Education First

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Latino Agenda Puts Education First

Gutiérrez urges the crowd to keep fighting for immigrants. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)

About 350 people assembled in downtown Chicago today for the release of an 82-point Latino policy agenda. The topics range from health care to housing and safety. But the agenda puts another issue first.

The agenda caps two years of meetings with more than 600 Latino leaders in the Chicago area.

GARCIA: Education was overwhelming the greatest concern for all participants.

Maricela García authored the agenda for the Latino Policy Forum. The recommendations include early-childhood programs, bilingual teacher training, and efforts to keep high-schoolers from dropping out.

Congressman Luis Gutiérrez voiced support, but urged those gathered to keep pressing for immigrant rights.

GUTIERREZ: If not us, no one else will. We have a responsibility to respond for the 10, 12, 14 million undocumented workers that live in our society.

The report says Latinos will constitute a third of Chicago-area residents by 2030. The region’s success, it says, depends on investing in that population.

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