Hispanic Caucus



  • The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus is made up of DA members from around the world who are willing and able to advocate on issues important to the Hispanic community within the United States of America and those living abroad. The Caucus will accept any DA member.

    Purpose

    The purpose of the DA Hispanic Caucus (DAHC) is to provide a forum for all DA members to better understand the issues and concerns affecting the U.S. Hispanic community, to help engage with U.S. Hispanic voters living abroad and ensure that their needs are met within the DA community, and, where needed, to advocate for reforms to political issues.

    Mission Statement

    To support and defend the U.S. Constitution and the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad

    • To advocate on issues of concern to the U.S. Hispanic community
    • To be a pro-Hispanic voice for U.S. citizens living abroad
    • To support campaigns of Hispanic nominees running for elected office in the U.S.

    Goals

    • Increase awareness of, and membership in, the DA Hispanic Caucus
    • recognize, celebrate, and share significant contributions of Hispanic-Americans
    • liaise through DA DNC Members with the DNC Hispanic Caucus
    • become a trusted source for Democrats Abroad on issues impacting Hispanic-Americans
    • Undertake a fundraising campaign to create Spanish language pages on the DA website and VotefromAbroad.org
    • encourage its members and other U.S. registered voters to exercise their right to vote

    DA Hispanic Caucus Leadership:

    Ana Blackstad
    | Chair - Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus
    Maria-Elena O’Rourke
    | Chair - Democrats Abroad Dominican Republic, Hispanic Caucus Steering Committee Member
    Luis Ore Ibarra
    | Chair - Peru; Americas Regional Liaison - DA Hispanic Caucus
    Michael Ramos
    | Vice-Chair - DA Hispanic Caucus
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    News

    Hispanic Caucus Statement on the Supreme Court Justice Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh

    Contributors: Carlos Colao, Ana Blackstad, Michael Ramos

     

    With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, President Trump has nominated Brett M. Kavanaugh, who currently serves as a circuit judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, as Kennedy’s replacement on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad strongly opposes Judge Kavanaugh to fill such an important lifetime appointment role.

    Time and again Judge Kavanaugh has sided with corporations, those violating human rights and civil rights, and polluters. In fact, Kavanaugh appears to be on friendly terms with everyone except people of color.

    Judge Kavanaugh’s record on Latino issues specifically may not be so obvious—but what is well known is his consistent anti-immigrant stance. Dissenting on the Agri Professor v. NLRB court decision, Kavanaugh made clear his negative thoughts on undocumented immigrants as workers in America. He offered similar thoughts in Garza v. Hargan in his opinion of an underage immigrant seeking an abortion. Put simply, immigrants and their rights should be protected by our federal government, not shunned, as Kavanaugh’s views repeatedly demonstrate. 

    With the president himself currently under investigation by the FBI, this judicial nomination should not proceed. Despite these troubles, Senate Republicans wish to expedite Kavanaugh’s appointment without a single hearing to date. This is far from the desire of the American people, including those of us who live outside the U.S. but still have a voice in government.

    Upon reviewing Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial record, it is clear that the president nominated Judge Kavanaugh because he would most likely be a rubber stamp for the president’s many anti-Latino positions. For this reason, all senators should oppose this nominee with extremist views for the vacant associate justice position on the United States Supreme Court. We encourage all Americans living abroad to contact both of your U.S. senators and take action as instructed here.

     

    Para la versión en español: https://www.democratsabroad.org/declaracion_caucus_hispano_kavanaugh

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    Widespread Effects of Family Separations on the Latino Community in the U.S.

    10,000 people marched against US family separation policies on June 30, 2018 in Minneapolis,MN.
    Image: Fibonacci Blue on Flickr licensed under CC by 2.0.

     

    As a second-generation American and daughter of a Chilean immigrant mother, I grew up with dinner table discussions about how my mother’s accent was the butt of a joke in the office that day. Though my mom was a permanent resident of the United States for 35 years and adopted an American lifestyle, she was often treated as an outsider by people whose families emigrated a few generations earlier.

    After college, my bilingual capabilities led me to my first non-profit job working with the Latino community. I spent 4 years equipping Latin American immigrants with the skills to be successful entrepreneurs at a microfinance organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After that I spent two years with the American Red Cross managing a regional program focused on bilingual disaster services for the Latino community.

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