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New Public Charge Ruling Targeting Low-Income Immigrants Takes Effect

ayudaWashington, D.C. (February 26, 2020) – On Monday, the Trump Administration’s inhumane public charge rule took effect, creating new barriers to immigration relief for the low-income immigrant community Ayuda serves.
The Trump Administration’s amendments to the public charge rule, of which the lower courts previously blocked implementation, were permitted by the U.S. Supreme Court to take effect this week, pending the final outcome of ongoing litigation.

The Quest for Greater Diversity in the Construction Industry

Pictured in the 'tableau' photo are (standing left to right) Jon Seavey, Gilbane Construction; Edith Yañez, MDCHCA; Russell Phillips, Cohn Reznick; Jessica Elias, Gilbane; Chris Kerns, Fort Myer Construction; Jim Christian, Consigli Construction; Billy Rocha, FH Paschen Construction; Luis Clavijo, First Citizens Bank; Stephen Courtien, Balt./Wash. Building Trades Unions, Mark Bellingham, Monarc Construction,
(Seated l to r) Edwin Villegas, Winmar Construction; Tyra Redus, Skanska Construction; Carlos Perdomo, Keystone Plus Construction and Carolyn Ellison, Turner Construction.

Jose Sueiro

Managing Director

Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Assoc.

            At the level of the construction site -those who actually build things- Hispanics are a dominant force in the construction industry in this country. We are the skilled trades people, the laborers, the small sub-contractors and the ones who clean up after it's done. But rarely, if ever, do we participate in the decision making process, in the mega-deals that get made every day or, most importantly, the enormous profits the industry produces.

GALA Receives 8 Helen Hayes Awards Nominations!

Washington, DC – GALA Hispanic Theatre has received eight nominations for the 2020 Helen Hayes Awards, which celebrate excellence in professional theatre in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. FAME The Musical received 7 nominations, and The Old Man, the Youth, and the Sea received one nomination.

Latinos and OSHA for Construction

            It is common knowledge that the majority of work accidents on construction sites are suffered by Latinos. It's also true that the majority of the workers in the industry are Hispanic. The construction industry is dominated by the Latino community which gives it the dynamism and energy it is known for. Our community is young, ambitious and self taught. Many of our workers learned their skills in their home country and are attempting to get licensed and trained here. And yet in spite of this, Latinos in the construction industry are relegated to the work sites and building projects but are less often found in leadership positions or present when opportunities for profit and advancement are discussed. 

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