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The Money and Charity Behind the Anti-Immigration Cabal

An increase in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids around the country and the recent White House executive order on immigration has kept immigration at the forefront of national debate. With far too much regularity, we hear reports of ICE stakeouts at church homeless shelters or of the Dreamer, whose DACA status had expired, but nonetheless spoke out on behalf of undocumented immigrants and was taken into custody by ICE raids.

These recent happenings have incited fear among members of the Latino community and other communities of immigrants. As we have said before, “our leaders must welcome the immigrants who have made their way here — not just for humanitarian reasons but for economic ones too.”

The Trump Administration has given a national platform to the alt-right’s hateful immigration agenda, and mobilized this audience with one dog whistle after another. The leaders of these organizations admit that they have only recently been given a seat at the table, despite many years of advocating their views and building their operation. In fact, Roy Beck, President of NumbersUSA, gleefully highlighted his organization’s newfound status under the Trump Administration saying, “we have been in the wilderness for 20 years under the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations.  It doesn’t matter the party.  And yes, now we are in the room.”

In a recent Atlanta Daily World article, Hazel Trice Edney notes that the Trump Administration’s nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General, its continued advocacy for a southern border wall, and its attempts to implement a Muslim travel ban have all been applauded by right-wing hate groups such as NumbersUSA, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and Center for Immigration Studies (CSIS) who “make up the network that lay the foundation for this vitriolic movement.”

Over the last decade, these extreme anti-immigration groups have received a staggering $20 million from the Foundation for the Carolinas, an organization run by individuals such as Fred Stanback, a wealthy North Carolina octogenarian who has been plotting a population control, pro-white agenda. In 2015 alone, Roy Beck’s NumbersUSA received $3 million from the Foundation, according to its tax records.

Don't Let Trump's Rhetoric Distract Us

-- by Gus West for The Las Vegas Sun, March 16, 2017:

It’s safe to say that Donald Trump doesn’t have many fans in the Hispanic community.

But Hispanics shouldn’t take Trump’s election as a personal affront — or a signal that they’re unwelcome in their own land.In fact, polling data show that the United States remains far more united in its commitment to tolerance, diversity and fair immigration policy than at any time in our history.

Those who value these principles can’t afford to be distracted by their private contempt for Trump. On the contrary, now is the time for sober, loyal opposition focused on the legitimate policy threats posed by an erratic president.

That process starts with the recognition that Trump’s divisive tenor, particularly on immigration issues, isn’t representative of the nation at large. After all, his share of the popular vote was nearly 3 million short of his opponent Hillary Clinton’s. The “rigged system” that Trump spent much of the campaign decrying is what installed him in the White House.

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1500 Economists Tell Trump, Lawmakers to "Modernize Our Immigration System."

-- by Andrew Sourgel, US News & World Report

A group of nearly 1,500 economists and experts – including a half-dozen Nobel laureates and a cadre of high-ranking officials from previous presidential administrations – wrote to leaders of Congress and President Donald Trump on Wednesday reiterating the value of immigrants to the U.S. economy and pushing for lawmakers to "modernize" the country's immigration system.

The letter, coordinated by the right-leaning American Action Forum and New American Economy advocacy groups, featured a bipartisan smorgasbord of signatures, including economic advisers and officials who previously worked under former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

"Some of us favor free markets while others have championed for a larger role for government in the economy," the letter reads. "But on some issues there is near universal agreement. One such issue concerns the broad economic benefit that immigrants to this country bring."

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Digital Divide Dampens Hispanic Impact in the U.S.

--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 18, 2015 -- Hispanics lack adequate access to broadband Internet -- and it's preventing them from matching the economic, educational, and healthcare outcomes of their peers in other ethnic groups, according to a study released today by The Hispanic Institute.

"Without reliable access to the Internet, Hispanics cannot participate fully in American society," said Gus West, President of The Hispanic Institute. "The best job and educational opportunities have moved online. If Hispanics are to take advantage of them, they'll need to follow them into cyberspace."

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Gus West: Immigration Not a Crisis, It's An Opportunity

-- from the Sun Sentinel (Florida) :

Concern about immigration recently tripled, thanks largely to the surge of unaccompanied minors across the nation's southern border, according to the latest Gallup poll. Yet Congress is hopelessly deadlocked over what to do.

Republican leaders have deferred to the most anti-immigrant members of their caucus — who are effectively calling for mass deportations. Democrats, meanwhile, have refused to even discuss immigration until after this fall's election.

This political gamesmanship must end. Our leaders must welcome the immigrants who have made their way here — not just for humanitarian reasons but for economic ones, too.

Since last October, nearly 60,000 unaccompanied immigrant children have entered the United States from Mexico. Most are fleeing Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador — three nations wracked by unthinkable levels of gang violence and poverty.

The IHC Group Launches Aspira A Más

The IHC Group Launches Aspira A Más, Dedicated to Serving Hispanic Communities and Creating Health Insurance Career Opportunities

New Initiative Kicks-Off in Miami and Phoenix with Endorsement from The Hispanic Institute and Celebrity Spokesperson Cynthia Olavarria

Stamford, CT, June 11, 2015 – Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) (“IHC”) today announced the formation of a new sales and marketing division called Aspira A Más, which will create professional career opportunities for Hispanics and will provide much needed major medical and ancillary health insurance products to Latinos living in the United States.  

Initially, Aspira A Más will focus on recruiting advisors as well as offering insurance solutions to consumers in Miami and Phoenix, but will soon expand its outreach to Hispanic communities in many other metropolitan areas, including San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Chicago. 

IHC also revealed that it has signed Cynthia Olavarria, star of Tierra de Reyes and a former Miss Puerto Rico, to be its spokesperson in a comprehensive social media and digital marketing campaign in conjunction with Telemundo television stations in the two target cities.

The Hispanic Institute, a leading Hispanic American empowerment organization headquartered in Washington D.C., has also recently endorsed Aspira A Más for its efforts to create career opportunities and provide low-cost valuable supplemental health plans, including dental, vision, accident medical, critical illness, short-term medical, as well as advising on ObamaCare plans...

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FROM THE "VANGUARDIA" NEW BLOG

Jose Andres, A Naturalized U.S. Citizen, Has Become the Face of American Disaster Relief

-- by Tim Carman, The Washington Post:

Unlike the president, Homeland Security or the Federal Emergency Management Agency, José Andrés has no responsibility to respond to natural disasters, and yet the Washington celebrity chef has become a reliable presence in disaster zones, deploying his Chef Network to help feed thousands of displaced people.

Trump's Support for Law to Protect "Dreamers" Lifts Its Chances

-- by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Yamiche Alcindor, The New York Times:

An unexpected meeting of the minds between President Trump and Democratic leaders on Thursday made real a possible deal in Congress to pair enhanced border security with legislation to protect young, undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.

Trump, Top Democrats Agree to Work on Deal to Save "Dreamers" from Deportation

-- by Ed O'Keefe and David Nakamura, The Washington Post:

President Trump and top Democratic leaders late Wednesday agreed to work out an agreement that would protect the nation’s “dreamers” from deportation and enact border security measures that don’t include building a physical wall, according to people familiar with the meeting.

The president discussed the deal during a dinner at the White House with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

How Big Business is Trying to Convince Congress to Save the "Dreamers" from Trump

-- by Tracy Jan, The Washington Post:

Business leaders across industries, from tech to agriculture, are appealing to Congress to protect nearly 800,000 undocumented workers from deportation as President Trump is expected on Tuesday to announce a plan to revoke their permission to work.

The Trump administration has indicated it would phase out the five-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed immigrants who have lived in the United States illegally since they were children to work without punishment.

New York Threatens to Sue if Trump Ends DACA

-- By Brandon Carter, The Hill:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) announced Monday they intend to sue if President Trump ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Trump Has Decided to End DACA, With a 6-Month Delay

-- by Eliana Johnson, Politico.com:

President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. Senior White House aides huddled Sunday afternoon to discuss the rollout of a decision likely to ignite a political firestorm — and fulfill one of the president’s core campaign promises.

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