Hispanic Caucus News

We must protect all children within our borders

The Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad stands firmly against the Trump administration and the GOP congress’s continuing inhumane policy of separating innocent children from their mothers at our borders.

The United States sets the global standard for what is acceptable for human rights and habeas corpus. As Americans living overseas we have a unique perspective on how our country is viewed: it is clear we are losing our moral authority to lead the world’s democracies by example. It’s time for a change.

 

The Republican Party controls the presidency, the Congress, the Supreme Court, and a majority of governorships and state legislatures. Blaming Democrats or citing a non-existent law requiring children to be treated like animals does not fool anyone about the cruelty of today’s Republicans.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ outrageous comment about this policy being "ordained by God," and Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ compliant defense are the ultimate hypocrisy by the party that claims to be the righteous purveyors of family values and life.

The party of Donald Trump must be held to account. The only sure way to do this is to vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. It is the only ethical and moral choice for a nation that values a civil society. Democrats unequivocally oppose this policy of destroying the lives of children.

To request your ballot, visit www.votefromabroad.org


Trade Resolution Sponsored by DA Hispanic Caucus Passes DPCA Voting Body Unanimously

Tokyo—Last Sunday at its international annual general meeting (AGM) held in Japan, voting representatives within Democrats Abroad (DA) unanimously passed a resolution on trade sponsored by the DA Hispanic Caucus. The resolution calls on the Democratic National Committee to urge members of Congress to support export opportunities to not only small- and medium-sized businesses, but also to women- and minority-owned American businesses.

An amendment was offered to include language on unions and collective bargaining, which was also adopted by the voting membership.

Chairwoman of the DA Hispanic Caucus, Ana Hernandez Blackstad (DA-Czech Republic), commented, “Passage of this resolution is proof that our party is stronger when its diverse members add their voices to the conversation. This resolution is pro-U.S. minorities, pro-women, pro-U.S. small- and medium-sized businesses, and, thanks to the amendment offered by the chairwoman of DA-Japan, pro-labor. We couldn’t be more thrilled about achieving this task in our first year of existence as a caucus, and I’m truly proud of the work we’ve done thus far.”

After debate on the resolution during the second day of the AGM, caucus leaders made revisions to improve it and satisfy remaining questions surrounding it. It was resubmitted for debate and passed the body with full support on the AGM’s final day. “The evidence is clear. Multiple studies confirm that too many U.S. export deals do not go to U.S. business owners who deserve it. President Obama once remarked, ‘Don’t bet against the American worker.’ I fully agree with him and would take it a step further in saying that betting on America’s women- and minority-owned businesses is also not only a sure bet, but an act of patriotism by the federal government in supporting export trade opportunities for these disadvantaged groups,” stated Michael Ramos (DA-Australia), vice chair of the Hispanic Caucus.

The resolution will be presented at the 2020 DA annual general meeting, where the Hispanic Caucus aims to amend the DA Platform with the resolution’s new proposed trade text.


JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR

March 23, 2018

On March 20th, Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) introduced a highly controversial bill which has quickly gained national attention. The bill, H. Res. 791, would recognize the birthday (March 31st) of civil rights and labor leader César Chávez as being "National Border Control Day." 

The bill presently has zero co-sponsors which suggests that not even fellow House Republicans want to be on record as supporters of denigrating the Chicano activist's milestone achievements.

Chávez proudly served in the U.S. Armed Forces and later testified before Congress. In addition, he, along with other notable Americans such as Dolores Huerta, led the United Farm Workers in fighting for fair wages, health care coverage, safer working conditions, pension benefits, and better employer-employee relations.

Simply put, this legislation is an insult to the legacy of Mr. Chávez, a natural-born U.S. citizen. As a recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom, Chávez was a person of unquestionable integrity and character.

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Why I Vote - Carlos Colao

Votar representa la consagración de nuestra libertad sobre cuyo derecho se constituye y plasma la máxima manifestación democrática de nuestra Sociedad, y sobre la que erige y levanta nuestra Constitución americana como norma suprema en la que poder someter la corrupción, la avaricia y la maldad encarnada en los pecados más amargos del poder.

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Why I Vote - Felipe Manteiga

As a 73-year-old immigrant, I have been captivated by America.  A great people extended a sorely-needed helping hand to me and many other Cuban immigrants. Crucial subsidies once provided me with ample opportunities to experience the American Dream and empowered me to a point where I could make a modest contribution in facing our nemesis: the Soviet Union and global communism. In doing so, and being nurtured by democratic ideals from my childhood, I was able to support democracy and freedom and oppose dictatorships from all politically extremist views. Equally important, I was able to actively collaborate in empowering those powerful dictators and corrupt institutions had disenfranchised.

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Why I Vote - Nick Buffie

Hola, me llamo Nick Buffie. Tengo 25 años y por ahora estoy viviendo en Bogotá, Colombia.

Más que nada, yo voto porque quiero que todos los estadounidenses tengan acceso al cuidado médico. Cuando tenía 16 años, el padre de uno de mis amigos murió de un tumor cerebral curable. Y la historia de este padre es así: cuando mi amigo era chico, su padre tocaba música con su banda en un parque en Bloomington, Indiana. (Soy de esa ciudad.) Durante la función, el padre – quien tocaba la batería – sufrió una convulsión. Fue al médico y el médico le dijo que tenía un tumor cerebral benigno. Pero, aunque el tumor no era canceroso, era muy grande, y su tamaño mismo era un problema. Lo que es más, el tumor estaba creciendo – y el médico le dijo al padre que si éste se hacía más grande, él podría morir.

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Why I Vote - Nelleke A. Bruyn

I am Nelleke Bruyn, a naturalized United States citizen, and I now live in Costa Rica.  My parents immigrated to the USA from Holland when I was 13 years old and I became a USA citizen when I was 24 years old.  It is the duty of all USA citizens to vote. The USA is one of the most powerful countries in the world.  When the USA sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold.  It is the duty of all USA citizens to vote.  The fate of the world depends on it.   Thank you

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Why I Vote - Greg Dolezal

As an American who has lived abroad for over ten years, I understand the impact that our politics has on the rest of the world. Everyone is watching us and although they are familiar with our issues and affected by them they cannot participate. Being able to vote is a privilege that I have as a citizen that I don't take lightly.

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Why I Vote - Ana Hernandez-Blackstad

 

Saludos!

I am Ana Hernandez Blackstad, Chair of the Democrats Abroad Global Hispanic Caucus.  I live in Prague, Czech Republic and I vote in Washington State.

I’m proud to introduce a new project of the Hispanic Caucus, called “Why I Vote.”  In the coming months, you’ll have the opportunity on this website to meet members of the Hispanic Caucus who live outside of the US, sharing with you their stories of why voting is important to them.  We hope it will inspire you to vote too.

 

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Why I Vote - Michael Ramos

My name is Michael Ramos and I am a reliable, proud American voter. I vote for several reasons. 

Although I live outside of the United States, I am not a citizen of any other country and therefore do not have a say in any other country's government. But because I firmly believe in American civic participation, I make sure I cast my vote in every election I'm eligible to vote in, regardless of where I am physically. With my citizenship and my vote, I have political representation in the U.S., and I regularly exercise the right to voice my opinion in government through means of elections.
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