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THI Mourns the Passing of Providencia Paredes, Kennedy Personal Aide and Mother of THI Board Member Gustavo Paredes

Washington, DC (March 23, 2015)—Providencia Ferrera Paredes, who was best known as a longstanding personal aide to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, died on Wednesday, March 18 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, surrounded by family and friends. The cause of death was complications from Congestive Heart Failure.

Born in San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic, Mrs. Paredes first arrived in the U.S. in 1948, accompanying the Dominican Ambassador to the United States, The Honorable Francisco Thomen.

By 1952, Mrs. Paredes would meet and begin to work for John F. Kennedy, the young congressman from Massachusetts, thus beginning a lifelong professional and personal relationship with the entire Kennedy clan. Upon Senator Kennedy’s election as President, Mrs. Paredes became an American citizen and accompanied the First Family to the White House, employed as Mrs. Kennedy’s personal assistant. Her role was noteworthy as she was one of the first White House staff members in history to be of Hispanic descent and the sole Hispanic in the inner circle of Camelot.

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."

According to the study, digital engagement is correlated with higher levels of education. Ninety-one percent of Hispanic families with some college use the Internet, compared with 58 percent of those with less than a high school diploma. The latter group's low educational attainment already impedes their employment prospects. A lack of Internet access exacerbates those woes.

The digital divide also hamstrings Hispanics' ability to secure health coverage. The Affordable Care Act's subsidized insurance is only available through HealthCare.gov. Meanwhile, many Hispanics believe that they could be deported if they sign up for coverage through the ACA's exchanges. Combine those two factors, and it's no wonder that nearly 30 percent of Hispanics are uninsured.

"A viable Internet connection remains one of the best ways to secure a step forward in this country," said West. "If Hispanics are to catch up to the economic, educational, and healthcare achievements of their peers, policymakers and the telecommunications industry must take steps to expand Internet access in Hispanic communities."

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For more information or to download a copy of "Telecommunications and Hispanics: How Technology can Advance Latino Interests via Education, Health Care and the Economy," please go to www.thehispanicinstitute.org or contact XiNomara Velazquez at (202) 544-8284 or xinomara@thehispanicinstitute.net

About The Hispanic Institute

The Hispanic Institute is a 501 (c)(3) designated nonprofit organization that provides an effective education forum for an informed and empowered Hispanic America. The Hispanic Institute manages a number of projects including, studies of Hispanic economic contributions, media monitoring, consumer fraud and citizenship education. For more information, please visit www.thehispanicinstitute.org.

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The Hispanic Institute's Statement on President Barack Obama's Executive Order on Immigration Policy

For Immediate Release

We are more than pleased that the President has taken this incremental move toward fairness and justice in immigration policy.  While we hoped this administration would have acted much earlier, thus sparing pain for countless hard-working families who were dedicated to helping this nation and its residents make a better life, we applaud his determination and encourage him in the battle that lies ahead.

In that vein we welcome the dialogue that this action will provoke.  But let us not forget that in terms of constitutional authority this administration has already used executive power to deport two million undocumented immigrants.  The Republican opposition will not talk about those deportations because it demonstrates that the President has already done exactly what they have asked.  This executive action is a sorely needed corrective measure.

We expect that the order will arouse some not-so-kind sentiments towards immigrants.  However, in the end we believe "better angels" will prevail.

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Contact: XiNomara Velazquez: (202) 544-8294 xinomara@thehispanicinstitute.net

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 Hispanic Institute Launches Bilingual PSA for Get-Out-The-Vote Campaign

The key to reaching Hispanic voters? Speak both their languages!

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 22) -- Today, The Hispanic Institute launched a bilingual public service announcement video encouraging Hispanics to vote in this November's midterm elections. The video -- which transitions seamlessly between English and Spanish -- is part of the Institute's 2014 Get-Out-The-Vote campaign.

Our Responsibility to Vote! from Aalia Network on Vimeo.

"America's 54 million Hispanics owe it to themselves and their families to make their voices heard at the polls this November," said Gus West, Board Chair of The Hispanic Institute. "Our video appeals to Hispanic Americans' sense of civic duty -- whatever their preferred language may be."

Historically, Hispanics have been under-represented politically. That's largely because they've voted at rates 25 percent lower than blacks and whites.

The Hispanic Institute's video aims to change that. And reaching Hispanics requires bilingual outreach. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts the use of Spanish as the primary language will decrease among Hispanics in the coming years. Already, a quarter of Hispanic Americans speak only English at home.

The Hispanic Institute is looking to air its Get-Out-The-Vote video in five states with the most competitive elections this fall: Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, and Iowa.

"With the mid-term elections just six weeks away, Hispanics have a historic chance to influence policy on the issues that matter most to them," said West. "Our campaign will call on them to seize that opportunity."

Chair Gus West Discusses THI's Bilingual PSA & Voter Program on ABC New York's "Tiempo"

The Hispanic Institute's Chairman Gus West appeared on ABC New York's Tiempo program Sunday, October 5th to discuss the Institute's bilingual PSA and voter program:

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Part One

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Part Two

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Without Hispanics, America's Corporations Can't Grow and Compete

-- by Glenn Llopis, Forbes:

Hispanic Journalists to Survey Race in Spanish-Language TV After Univision Incident

-- by Roque Planas and Carolina Moreno, The Huffington Post:

The National Hispanic Journalists Association applauded Univision’s decision to fire host Rodner Figueroa, after he compared first lady Michelle Obama to a character from “Planet of the Apes” during a segment of “El Gordo Y La Flaca” last week.

Texas Senate Revives "Sanctuary City" Immigration Debate

-- from The Associated Press:

The Texas Senate on Monday revived a divisive immigration enforcement bill that bans so-called "sanctuary cities," rekindling an issue that rocked the Legislature in years past with emotional debates over racial profiling.

While similar measures have failed to pass in previous years, and this one still has a long way to go, newly-emboldened Texas Republicans have promised to get tough on illegal immigration.

It's Over: GOP Backs Off Immigration Fight and Funds DHS

-- by Sahil Kapur, TPM:

The white flag went up on Tuesday afternoon, when House Republican leaders backed down and funded the Department of Homeland Security without the restrictive immigration provisions they had demanded.

The vote was 257-167. Most Republicans voted against it, but Democrats carried it to victory.

The bill passed the Senate last week, and now goes to President Barack Obama who is expected to sign it.

Republicans Just Blinked in the Big Immigration Stare-Down With Obama

-- by Sahil Kapur, TPM.com:

The months-long standoff over President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration took a major turn late Monday when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proposed decoupling funding for the Department of Homeland Security from legislative action against Obama on deportations.

A Judge's Assault on Immigration

-- a New York Times editorial:

President Obama surely knew that his recent executive actions to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation would run into trouble as soon as a 26-state lawsuit opposing the actions landed on the desk of Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen, of Brownsville, Tex.

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