On the weekend of April 13, 2012, President Barack Obama
participated in the 6th Summit of the Americas in Cartagena,
Colombia. The United States and Western Hemisphere region enjoy
extensive economic linkages, rich cultural people-to-people
connections, and a shared belief in inclusive growth and
In his remarks at the Summit of the Americas, President Obama laid
out the issues for discussion — including trade, strong
cooperation on cutting edge energy security, and a network of
connections among our countries and people that allow the efficient
movement of knowledge, ideas and technology. To read more about the
6th Summit of the Americas, click here.
On April 12, 2012, the White House hosted the "White House
Conference on Connecting the Americas." in conjunction with
the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Council on the Americas.
The all-day conference brought together business and community
leaders from across the country with Administration officials
working to expand opportunities for American businesses and people
throughout the Americas. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson gave the
opening remarks, Secretary of Interior Ken
Salazar gave remarks at the day's luncheon, and Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton delivered the closing remarks. To read more about the
conference, click here.
On April 11, 2012, the White House released a report, The Buffett Rule: A Basic Principle of Tax
Fairness. This report highlights the need for Congress to take
action and pass the Buffett Rule so that we can build an economy
where everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same
set of rules. Next week, Congress will have the opportunity to vote
on the Buffett Rule. We'll see where everyone stands. To read
more on The Buffett Rule, click here.
Last week the Department of Health and Human Services
released an issue brief on What the Health Law Means for the Latino
Community. Across the country, more than 50 million Latinos are
part of our communities, classrooms and workplaces. And thanks to
the health care law, the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 5.4
million Latinos will gain insurance coverage by 2016 under the new
law, according to an issue brief released by HHS today (go here to read it in Spanish). Just two years
after it was passed, the health care law has already improved
health outcomes and increased access to care for approximately 6.1
million Latinos. To read the full report, click here.
We also want to share some important agency updates that have a
direct impact on the Latino community across the nation in the
areas of civil rights, labor, housing, and consumer protection.
On March 8, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, bearing an edition date of March 8, 2013, for immediate use by employers.
A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators has introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, an 844-page bill that aims to bolster border security and seeks to provide some of the nation's 11 million undocumented people with a path to citizenship.