Turning Immigrant Traditions Into Credit Scores

While growing up in California, José Quiñonez and his five siblings came together to overcome the financial challenges that come with not having access to credit as a former undocumented immigrant. Quiñonez is now using his personal experience to help immigrant and low income communities by turning the Latino tradition of tandas, or community lending circles, into an opportunity for immigra ...

Emergency Loans for Immigrant Families

With the Trump administration taking a tougher line on immigration and border security, a lot of groups have ramped up legal services for noncitizens. But when it comes to financial information and resources, a new gap may be emerging. Families experiencing an immigration emergency may suddenly face thousands of dollars in attorney fees, bail and lost income if a breadwinner is detained. ...

Hispanics and the Homeownership Divide

The majority of Latino Americans aspire to homeownership. Community activists say so, and surveys bear them out: 70 percent of Hispanic respondents to the Zillow Housing Confidence Index Survey say owning their own home is necessary to live the American Dream. ... Some organizations offer solutions like zero-interest loans that small groups of immigrants lend to one another, for the purp ...

Celebrating Princeton’s Latino alumni

On Thursday night, José Quiñonez, a 1998 graduate alumnus, kicked off the conference with the talk "Out of the Shadows: My American Story." Quiñonez has a master's in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. READ MORE ...

How will Trump make Mexico pay for the wall?

"This is money from the folks that are cleaning our houses, washing our dishes, people that are babysitting kids here as a way to help support their families back home," said José A. Quiñonez, a MacArthur "genius" grant recipient whose organization helps the undocumented get access to financial services. By James Dennin READ MORE ...