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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."

AT&T U-Verse Holds Univision Programming Hostage

-- by Gus West, for The Hill:

March 10, 2016 

Once again, the powerful and wealthy pay-TV industry is playing politics with Americans’ access to vital programming in order to pad their pocketbooks. On Friday, March 4, AT&T U-Verse stopped providing Univision’s networks to its millions of subscribers around the United States. While AT&T has agreed to pay market rates to English-language broadcasters, it apparently does not feel it necessary to treat the largest U.S. Spanish-language network, known for its unique relationship and commitment to the Hispanic community, in the same manner. 

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.

--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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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.

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The Supreme Court's "Wise Latina" Notches Her First Key Victory

-- by Ian Millhiser, Thinkprogress.com:

Twenty-five years ago on Wednesday, the greatest lawyer of the twentieth century confronted his own mortality.

“I’m old,” Justice Thurgood Marshall told a room full of reporters. “I’m getting old and falling apart.” The man who time and time again had forced Jim Crow to retreat using only the power of his own arguments was leaving the Supreme Court.

As Xavier Becerra Stirs Crowds, Hispanic Democrats See a Running Mate

-- by David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times:

Representative Xavier Becerra, Democrat of California, had loaded the question for precise effect.

Latino Community Hit Hard in Orlando Shootings; Most Victims Were Hispanic

-- by Brian Lattimer, Suzanne Gamboa and Sandra Lilley, NBC News:

It was Latin Night at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. And as news unfolded of the nation's worst mass shooting, it quickly became evident that most of the victims were Latino.

Why is Donald Trump So Angry at Judge Gonzalo Curiel?

-- by Matt Ford, The Atlantic:

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, escalated his unprecedented verbal attacks on Federal District Judge Gonzalo Curiel on Thursday night. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump claimed the judge could not fairly preside over the Trump University cases because of Curiel’s “Mexican heritage.” (Curiel is from Indiana; his parents are Mexican immigrants.) “I’m building a wall, it’s an inherent conflict of interest,” he added.

As my colleague David Graham noted, there’s no precedent for judges to recuse themselves from a case because of their race, gender, faith, or sexual orientation. Trump’s racist remarks follow speeches in which the candidate said he was being “railroaded” by a “rigged” legal system. He simultaneously singled out Curiel as “hater of Donald Trump,” called him a “disgrace,” said he should “be ashamed of himself,” and said other federal judges “ought to look into Judge Curiel.”

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Over the Waterfall Into Trump's Racist Abyss

-- by Josh Marshall, TPM.com:

Trump: Judge with "Mexican Heritage" Has Conflict of Interest

-- by Caitlin MacNeal, TPM.com:

Donald Trump on Thursday ramped up criticism of the judge presiding over fraud cases against Trump University, declaring that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has "an absolute conflict" in the case because of his "Mexican heritage."

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