Protecting your assets as an immigrant

In order to make money, one has to spend money. You’ve heard of that saying before. The whole “work hard, play hard” concept. But what happens if your entire family is working hard and don’t see any financial progress? Why is it not working? If you find yourself (or someone you know) in this situation, or have come to learn what you can do, listen to our interview with Mohan Kanungo of MAF ...

Why we must not gut consumer protections

Have you ever been an eyewitness to an event and later seen it written about in a way that directly contradicts your experience? As three people who witnessed close-up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as it began its work after the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, we are having that sensation as lawmakers in Congress rationalize their proposed evisceration of the agency. ...

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 ...