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How an FCC Proposal Could Hurt Latinos

-- by THI Chairman Gus West, for The Hill:

January 13, 2016

There are few things that Latinos consume more than broadcast news. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, 86 percent of Latino adults say that on a typical weekday they get their news from television, and nearly 70 percent say they rely on Spanish language news media. Broadcast news continues to be an integral and positive part of Hispanic families’ daily media diet in this country.

At the Hispanic Institute, we are troubled by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to eliminate long-standing broadcast exclusivity rules – rules that protect TV broadcasters so that they are compensated fairly for the redistribution of their content by cable providers. These regulations also allow the FCC to review complaints by broadcasters that cable companies have violated the terms of these agreements. While the Hispanic Institute supports free enterprise, we also advocate for a fair, competitive marketplace and regulations that help our families – not harm them. Unfortunately, Chairman Wheeler’s proposal falls into the latter category.

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Digital Divide Dampens Hispanic Impact in the U.S.


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 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."


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 or contact XiNomara Velazquez at (202) 544-8284 or

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

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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.

Contact: XiNomara Velazquez: (202) 544-8294

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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The IHC Group Lanza Su División Aspira A Más

The IHC Group lanza su división Aspira A Más, dedicada a atender a la comunidad hispana y a crear oportunidades profesionales en el ámbito de los seguros de salud

Esta nueva iniciativa avalada por The Hispanic Institute se inaugura en Miami y en Phoenix con la famosa Cynthia Olavarría como portavoz

Stamford, CT, 11 de junio de 2015 – Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) (“IHC”) anunció hoy la creación de una nueva división de ventas y mercadeo llamada Aspira A Más que generará oportunidades profesionales para los hispanos y ofrecerá productos de seguro médico y planes auxiliares que tanto necesitan los hispanos residentes en los Estados Unidos.  

En un principio, Aspira A Más concentrará sus esfuerzos en contratar asesores, así como también en ofrecer soluciones de seguro para los consumidores de Miami y Phoenix, pero pronto ampliará su radio de acción a las comunidades hispanas de muchas de las principales zonas metropolitanas, incluyendo San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas y Chicago.  

IHC también reveló que ha firmado un contrato con Cynthia Olavarría, protagonista de «Tierra de Reyes» y ex Miss Puerto Rico, para que sea su portavoz en una extensa campaña de mercadeo digital y en las redes sociales, conjuntamente con las estaciones de la cadena Telemundo, en las dos ciudades inaugurales.

The Hispanic Institute, una organización líder dedicada al fortalecimiento de la población hispana estadounidense, con sede en Washington D.C., avaló recientemente la iniciativa de Aspira A Más de crear oportunidades profesionales y ofrecer valiosos planes de salud suplementarios y a bajo costo, entre los que se encuentran seguros dentales, para optometría, seguros en caso de accidente, de enfermedad crítica o para cubrir gastos médicos a corto plazo, así como también brindar orientación en cuanto a los planes según la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Costo, también conocida como «Obamacare».

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Study: Voter ID Laws Dampen Turnout for Minorities, Liberals

-- by Tierney Sneed,

22 Senate Democrats Ask Obama to End Wave of Deportation Raids

-- by Alan Fram, The Associated Press:

Twenty-two Democratic senators asked President Barack Obama on Friday to halt the recent round of federal deportation raids, highlighting anew the schism within the party over the administration's handling of Central American immigrants.

In a letter, the senators wrote that the raids were sweeping up mothers and children who face threats of violence and death when they are returned to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Undocumented Immigration Continues to Decline, Reaches 13 Year Low

-- by Steve Benen,

America's Oldest Latino Newspaper Laying Off Staff, in Danger of Shutting Down

-- by Tequan Wright, Latin Post:

According to the Huffington Post, the New York paper La Prensa has been declining since it was purchased by the Argentinean conservative daily news company, La Nación.

The move was supposed to help the paper make a smooth and successful transition to digital media.

U.S. Justices Take No Action on Obama Immigration Case

-- by Lawrence Hurley, Reuters:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took no immediate action on whether it will hear President Barack Obama's bid to revive his plan to shield more than 4 million immigrants from deportation, a move that bypassed the Republican-led Congress.

"Know Nothings" Opposed Immigration in Lincoln's Day

-- by Bill Kemp,

Several times in American history a significant number of voters have embraced anti-immigrant sentiment and candidates.

Today it’s mostly Muslims from the Middle East and North Africa, or Spanish-speaking people from Mexico and Central America, that are the target of incendiary rhetoric on the campaign trail and debate stage.

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