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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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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."

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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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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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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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California Chief Justice Protests Immigration Agents "Stalking" Courts

-- by Matt Shuham,

The chief justice of the California Supreme Court wrote to the attorney general and the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Thursday, expressing concern about reports that immigration agents were “stalking” courthouses in an effort to target undocumented immigrants for arrest.

Trump's Assault on Immigrants Will Seriously Damage the Economy

-- by Herman Schwartz, The Nation:

President Trump has promised to add millions of “good jobs” to the US economy and to raise the gross domestic product by more than 4 percent annually, at one point asserting: “I think we can do better than that”—as much as 6 percent. “This is the most pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-family plan put forth in the history of our country,” he proclaimed.

Immigrants Are Going Hungry So They Won't Be Deported

-- by Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post:

Luisa Fortin sometimes sits up at night, wondering what her clients are eating. She is the SNAP Outreach Coordinator for the Chattanooga Food Bank — but lately she has done less outreaching.

Her families, working immigrants in northwest Georgia, are spooked by the political climate, Fortin said. Increasingly, she’s being asked to explain how food stamps may impact immigration status, if not to outright cancel family food benefits.

Court-Ordered Texas Congressional Remap Could Put State's Only Swing District in Play Again

-- by Jordan Rudner The Dallas Morning News:

In Texas, where almost all congressional districts are safely in the red or blue column, the 23rd District, stretching from El Paso to San Antonio, represents a rare swing seat.

Homeland Security Chief Admits He's Considering Splitting Children from Parents at the Border

-- by Elise Foley, The Huffington Post:

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Monday that he’s considering splitting children from their parents if they arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border without authorization.

Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor, a violation of anti-slavery laws

-- by Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post:

Tens of thousands of immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were forced to work for $1 day, or for nothing at all — a violation of federal anti-slavery laws — a lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit, filed in 2014 against one of the largest private prison companies in the country, reached class-action status this week after a federal judge’s ruling. That means the case could involve as many as 60,000 immigrants who have been detained.

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