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The Birth of a Nation

At the Ford Foundation ethnicity is always job 1

By Craig L. Hymowitz

Watching the sea of Mexican flags fill the plaza this past October and listening to the staccato burst of Spanish slogans shouted out by flushed, excited faces, a casual observer might have thought he was in one of those revolutionary provinces near Chiapas commanded by modern Zapatistas. Indeed, many of the slogans were anti-Yankee, and every now and then the sea of Mexican flags would part to reveal someone setting a U.S. flag on fire. Yet the scene was taking place not in Mexico but in downtown Los Angeles. The issue was Proposition 187, and a nation-within-the-nation was not just protesting, but declaring its independence. "I think this is just the opening salvo," California State University Chicano Studies Professor Randolfo Acuna said of the protests. "It is our Fort Sumter."

Mario Obledo
MALDEF Co-founder
June, 1998


[Tom Leykis Radio Show]

Proposition 187 has now begun its slow legal journey to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the scars resulting from the outbursts against it remain fresh in Californians' minds. It is clear that, while the majority of Latinos (the part of the Hispanic community that supported Proposition 187 overwhelmingly as late as mid-September, before being barraged with inflammatory appeals about "racism") continue to assimilate at a healthy rate, they do so against the best efforts of the professional Hispanic leaders and "immigrant rights" groups. And while it seems that these organizations are merely opportunistic, recruiting from among the masses of illegals pouring into California, their current efforts to create a Hispanic "nation" in the midst of the United States are actually the result of a longer-range process, a process begun nearly 30 years ago by their chief patron and brain trust, the Ford Foundation.

The demonstrations of "ethnic pride" that marked Proposition 187 may have been a surprise to some, but for the Ford Foundation it represented the culmination of a quarter century of "Hispanic community-building." It was the fruition, however unintended, of Ford's manipulation of education, immigration, and government policies to create a new identity in America:"that of the Hispanic."

During the past two decades, the Ford Foundation has concentrated on programs for the expansion of Hispanic political mobilization, litigation to "clarify the rights" of immigrants, and research on immigration and reform legislation.

As William Hawkins describes in Importing Revolution: Open Borders and the Radical Agenda, Ford's "bankrolling of 'open border' advocacy policy is sharply one-sided, and often extremist... playing the leading role in founding, and building, what are now the major Hispanic-based organizations. "Other observers agree that Ford's efforts have wedded questions of ethnic identity with immigration policy. While Hispanic separatism may seem "just a pipe-dream of...a few pot-bellied radicals," according to Professor David Hayes-Bautista, director of the UCLA Study of Latino Health, it is the reality in many pockets across the Southwest. Often concentrated on college and high


This video goes into the Ford Foundation and explains their involvement in organizations such as the NCLR and MALDEF.

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Conquest
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school campuses in chapters of MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) and chicano studies, it is driven by affirmative-action and minority set-aside programs usually coordinated by the self- defined "Hispanic" organizations. While some in the Latino community opposed 187 because they were genuinely concerned about its provisions, the radicals--along with the program officers at Ford who have been pumping money into their cause for a generation --could not help but look on the anti-187 marches like proud parents watching a youthful movement flex its muscles.

The problems of immigration and border control between the United States and Mexico date back to the Mexican-American War and have worsened as the economic gap has grown to become the largest of any two neighboring countries. The modern era of U.S.-Mexican border relations began during World War II. The Bracero Guest Worker Program sought to take advantage of the economic disparity between the United States and Mexico by attracting Mexican workers to overcome a shortage of agricultural and manual laborers. Congress and the Mexican government authorized a program that allowed Mexican workers into the United States for a period of up to six months. While agricultural growers came to depend on the near limitless supply of seasonal workers, for strike breaking as well as picking, the program also introduced more than four million Mexicans to the United States, which became, through tales carried back home, the promised land.

Although the Bracero Program was officially ended in 1964, Congress could do nothing to diminish agribusiness' demand for cheap labor or the Mexicans' reliance on the dollar. The Immigration Reform Act of 1965 replaced the national-origin quota system, in place since 1920, with a system based on family reunification and "more equitable" division of entry visas between the Eastern and Western hemispheres. (Also included was the "Texas proviso," which allowed employers to hire illegal aliens without penalty.)

Caught in the backdraft of the civil rights movement, immigration reform, which has traditionally been seen as an issue of national sovereignty, was transformed into an issue of ethnicity and minority rights. Mexican immigration, however, remained for the most part economically driven until the Ford Foundation entered the field.

Henry Santiestevan, former head of the Southwest Council of La Raza, has written:"It can be said that without the Ford Foundation's commitment to a strategy of national and local institution-building, the Chicano movement would have withered away in many areas." Ford deliberately set out to politically empower Hispanics through a series of concentrated grants, with much of the emphasis in rural areas of the Southwest--places like New Mexico, where Reies Tijerina attempted to build a radical chicano movement akin to the Black Panthers in the mid-60's. Ford also looked to the urban areas of Southern California, where illegal immigration was increasing but was, as yet, still a sleeping issue. It would be in this venue that Ford's investment in community organizing among Latinos would have its most dramatic effect, cementing the relationship between immigration and identity.

It is an irony, given the increasing tension between black and Hispanic groups in Southern California, that Ford originally approached the question of Hispanic rights with the intention of strengthening its ongoing efforts on behalf of blacks. According to the writings of Siobhan Oppenheimer-Nicolau, a former Ford program officer, officials at Ford determined in 1966 "that the problems of Blacks and other disadvantaged groups would not receive sustained attention unless the political base for the disadvantaged was broadened." Two years later Ford would create the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the most influential Hispanic group in the country--and Ford's largest Hispanic policy recipient.

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Modeled after the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, MALDEF, with an initial $2.2-million grant, was formed with the mandate "to assist Hispanics (legal or otherwise) in using legal means to secure their rights." A second grant was made to establish the National Council of La Raza "to coordinate efforts to achieve civil rights and equal opportunity" through support of Community Development Corporations. Under the guidance of newly installed McGeorge Bundy, the Ford Foundation, in addition to creating MALDEF and La Raza, funded numerous other Hispanic advocacy groups, such as the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project and the Latino Institute. In 1974, Ford would establish the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund to mimic MALDEF's efforts among Puerto Ricans.

Over the next three decades Ford and other liberal institutions, such as the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations, would seek to expand the rights of Hispanics in a variety of ways. One report by the Latino Institute found that in 1977-78, "the Ford Foundation, provided over half (54 percent) of the support for Hispanic needs and concerns. The Ford grants were nine times greater in value than the foundation providing the next highest amount." The survey also revealed that MALDEF alone received almost one-third of all funds given to Hispanic-controlled organizations. To date, Ford has given more than $18.9 million to MALDEF, and $12.9 million to the National Council of La Raza.

Coming along at a time when revisionist historians were finding a malicious recipe to the melting pot, MALDEF was guided from the onset by the principle that its job was to strengthen the "ethnic identity" of newly arrived immigrants, legal and illegal, rather than aid their assimilation into their American mainstream. Building on the first federal bilingual education program in 1968, MALDEF won its first major victory on behalf of Hispanics in Serna v. Portales (1972), a case that won Spanish-speaking children in New Mexico the right to bilingual education.

MALDEF's efforts on behalf of bilingualism continued with its support for the 1974 Supreme Court case, Lau v. Nichols, which forced school districts to remove language barriers that prohibited linguistic minorities from fully participating in public education. Working with the Court's definition of "linguistic minorities," MALDEF and other Hispanic groups took the final steps to institutionalize an "Hispanic" identity (as opposed to an assimilated Mexican-American one) and to gain recognition for Hispanics as a federally recognized minority by amending the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

At the time of the Voting Rights Act's renewal in 1975, three Hispanics had already been elected to the House of Representatives, one to the U.S. Senate, two were then serving as governors, and, according to one study of Texas, 700 of them had held local office since 1971. MALDEF maintained, however, that Mexican- Americans had been systematically excluded from political involvement. The organization managed to convince Congress that English-language ballots were the same as literacy tests, which had been used to exclude qualified blacks from voting in the South. MALDEF-sponsored amendments to the Voting Rights Act authorized multilingual ballots on demand whenever "language minorities" made up 5 percent of a given jurisdiction's residents (legal or otherwise) where there had been less than 50 percent voter turnout in the last presidential election. Thus 375 new jurisdictions were added, mainly in the Southwest, and a new class of bilingual ballots were created for "language minorities," including Spanish-speaking persons, Asians, American Indians, and Alaskan Natives.

The most important effect of the 1975 VRA amendments did not occur until 1980, when the term "Hispanic" was officially added to the national census as an ethnicity. Facing criticism from demographers and assimilationists in 1978, MALDEF's Vilma Martinez, chairman of a Special Census Advisory Committee on the Spanish Population, defended the addition:"We are trying to get our just share of political influence and federal funds. There's nothing sinister about it."

The 1980 census would count "Hispanics" (undocumented along with legal residents) for the first time. For the 1990 census, MALDEF conducted a nationwide "Make Yourself Count!" outreach program, because "everything from allocation of Federal funds to political representation is determined by census number," said Antonia Hernandez, MALDEF's current president and general counsel. Having been given a new identity and having had their numbers counted, Hispanic activists were now in a position to take the next step--demand federal affirmative-action programs, political redistricting, and preferential academic admissions based on "proportionality."

As a result of Ford Foundation money and direction, Hispanic activists had achieved the miraculous: status as a federal minority that previously hadn't existed. MALDEF leader Vilma Martinez defended the development, telling the New York Times that "Spanish people most shared the 'common realities' of poverty, poor education, unemployment, and political weakness." Today, however, Hispanic leaders are more honest in their assessment. As Charles Kamasaki, Vice President of National Council of La Raza, says, "Yes, at some level the term 'Hispanic' is a false term, [but] so is 'Asian-American'... and 'African-American.''' Linda Chavez is more forthright, "Nobody really identifies themselves as either 'Hispanic' or 'Latino,'" she says bluntly.

In fact, "Hispanic" is still something of a fantasy. The 1992 Latino National Political Survey revealed that the majority of Hispanics actually identify themselves by national origin, i.e. Mexican, Cuban, etc. This survey also revealed that among non-citizen Latinos, only 35 percent believed there was discrimination against them in the United States. Ironically, the survey was funded in part by the Ford Foundation.

Given the obvious link established between the population count of Hispanics and their political power, the actions taken by many of Ford's grantees on immigration reform were not unexpected. "It was clear that political power and government support was the preferred agenda for Ford's disciples," writes William Hawkins in "Importing Revolution." Originally dedicated to three principle areas on concern-- education, employment, and voting--the MALDEF Board adopted immigration as a fourth major program area in April 1977. As Vilma Martinez said, "Our definition of Mexican-American had expanded to encompass not only the citizen, but also the permanent resident alien, and the undocumented alien." In effect, MALDEF and NCLR, according to Chavez, sought to "erase the distinction between aliens and citizens, legal and illegal, and to pretend the border doesn't exist."

MALDEF had actually begun its efforts on behalf of illegal aliens two years earlier, in 1975, as part of a joint suit with the American Civil Liberties Union, charging the Immigration and Naturalization Service with "indiscriminate and unconstitutional arrests and deportations of persons of Latin or La Raza appearance." MALDEF justified its actions on the belief that Hispanics appear the same whether in the U.S. legally or illegally. Therefore any efforts aimed at illegals would affect all Hispanics.

Heading up the litigation team on this case was Ramona Ripston, head of the Southern California ACLU and a member of the National Lawyers Guild. This extreme left-wing group resolved in 1978 to "support the movement for full democratic rights for all non-citizens and an end to all deportations and manipulations of the borders carried out in the interests of capitalism." The Lawyer's Guild in 1972 had established a National Immigration Project to "protect, defend, and extend the rights of documented and undocumented immigrants in the United States." From this the NLG would play a significant role in the Sanctuary movement of the late `70s and `80s aimed at undermining U.S. foreign policy in Central America by aiding and even smuggling illegal aliens into the country.

Beginning in 1985, the Lawyer's Guild began to receive the first of its $416,000 in Ford Foundation grants for "refugee and migrant rights." Members of the organization would play a prominent role in MALDEF's first litigation specifically on behalf of illegal aliens, Plyler v. Doe (1982). Argued by the Guild's Peter Schey before the U.S. Supreme Court, the case resulted in a 5-4 decision that states could not deny illegal immigrant children access in public education. (It would be this decision that would lead opponents of Proposition 187 to contend that it was unconstitutional.) Continuing its efforts to expand education rights for illegal aliens, MALDEF won the right in Leticia A. v. Board of Regents (1985) for illegal alien children to establish California residency so they might pay the lower in-state tuition in the state's university system. According to their 1993 annual report, MALDEF is currently working to "retain [these] hard-won educational opportunities for Latino students."

MALDEF's efforts on behalf of illegal aliens were not limited to education. In other litigation, they prevented Los Angeles County from forcing illegals to apply for Medi-Cal to receive non-emergency health services, because, for this to happen, they would have to be referred to the INS. As Peter Tijerina, MALDEF's founder, told Vista magazine,"Hell, the remedies weren't in the streets, they were in the courts." And the money to pay for it all was in the Ford Foundation's bank account. According to funding requests, MALDEF sought $600,000 from Ford in 1985 and 1986 for support of their Immigrants' Civil Rights Program and Political Access Program. For these two years, MALDEF requested $2.8 million; they received 92 percent of that amount. According to Ira Mehlman, media director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform,"The root of all of this is the Ford Foundation..."

To compliment efforts by MALDEF and the ACLU, the Ford Foundation launched a new program in 1982 on behalf of refugees and immigrants aimed at strengthening public and private agencies that assist them, clarifying their rights and responsibilities under domestic and international law. Between 1982-88, Ford would commit more than $25 million to these efforts. Following passage of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, MALDEF, La Raza, and other Hispanic groups split a $200,000 Ford grant to promote amnesty applications among illegals.

"I think Franklin Thomas [president of the Ford Foundation from 1979] was interested in the expansion of rights: immigrant rights, women's rights..." says William Diaz, former Ford programming officer in charge of Hispanic groups. "His concern for Hispanics was also a major part of his administration." By the early 1990's this concern had resulted in federal recognition of Hispanics as a distinct ethnic minority deserving of affirmative-action, government set-asides, multilingual ballots, and bilingual education. The broader and socially more divisive achievement, however, was to call into question the immigrant's traditional attitude about its' relationship to America. As Linda Chavez notes in Out of the Barrio, "Until quite recently, there was no question but that each group desired admittance to the mainstream. No more. Now ethnic leaders demand that their groups remain separate, that their native culture and language be preserved intact, and that whatever accommodation takes place be on the part of the receiving society."

This tale is not yet complete. An interesting footnote occurred last month in a preliminary hearing on Proposition 187 that took place in Los Angeles. At issue was implementation of the initiative's provisions to prohibit alien school enrollment, to eliminate free access to non-emergency medical services and in-state tuition rates for college-bound illegal aliens, and to facilitate the reporting of illegal aliens to the INS. All of these developments were the result of MALDEF's expansion of Hispanic rights over the last 20 years. Arguing the case to suspend the voters' will and defend Ford's and MALDEF's legacy was Peter Schey of the National Lawyer's Guild.

Craig L. Hymowitz is a staff writer with the Investigative Journalism Project of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture.

    More on the Ford Foundation and MALDEF, the NCLR, etc.

Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser -- June 2, 2012 
SPLC and other radicals target Alabama's anti-illegal immigration law    
Labor and civil rights groups plan to launch campaigns aimed at discouraging tourism in Alabama and telling Hyundai customers that the company did not oppose implementation of recent changes to the state's immigration law, known as HB 658. -- Representatives of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the United Auto Workers and the Southern Poverty Law Center said on a conference call Thursday...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner -- April 16, 2012   
Has La Raza called for race war?... White House silent   
Last week, La Raza (the Race) President Janet Murguia appeared on Al Sharpton's radio show, during which she called for African-Americans and Latinos to unite and "attack" their "common enemies." -- Murguia said: "I think for us it's about understanding that we have common interests and we have to be able to understand that our demographics today, a lot of people want to pit who's the largest minority..."

The Radio Equalizer -- April 11, 2012    
La Raza Leader: Blacks, Hispanics should team up 'to attack common enemies'
Just in case tensions weren't high enough in the Trayvon Martin case, the head of a controversial Hispanic group appears happy to pour gasoline on the fire. -- Calling for an African-American-Hispanic alliance against "common enemies," La Raza President Janet Murguia used Wednesday's Al Sharpton radio show to spread an incendiary message of hate. Happy to conveniently overlook George Zimmerman's Peruvian ancestry...

Fox News -- March 30, 2012   
Latino silence over Zimmerman draws fire   
...Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh tore into the National Council of La Raza on Tuesday, criticizing the group's president, Janet Murguia, for omitting Zimmerman's ethnicity from her commentary on the incident. -- A caller had prompted the conversation wondering why the community hasn't stood behind Zimmerman "seeing as how he is the victim, how he was assaulted."

Fremont (Neb.) Tribune -- March 28, 2012   
Appeals filed on illegal immigration ordinance    
Appeals have been filed on both sides following last month's summary judgment on Fremont's illegal immigration ordinance. -- The City of Fremont filed a cross appeal after the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund appealed to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals last week. -- Also last week, ACLU plaintiffs filed a motion for $709,245 in attorney's fees...

Associated Press -- February 20, 2012       
Judge rules against Nebraska city's immigration plan   
A federal judge has thrown out most of a Nebraska city's controversial ordinance that sought to ban hiring illegal [aliens] or renting property to them. -- U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp issued her ruling Monday in a lawsuit the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund and American Civil Liberties Union filed challenging Fremont's 2010 ordinance...

FronterasDesk.org -- Phoenix -- February 3, 2012     
La Raza meets in Arizona to plot 2012 schemes and whine about Arpaio 
Arizona has taken center stage on many national issues such as immigration, housing, jobs and education. The National Council of La Raza says these are issues that impact Latino communities throughout the country. The group has decided to use the state as the backdrop to address these issues. -- The NCLR was founded in Arizona. Latino community leaders and legislators from across the country gathered in Phoenix...

Katie Pavlich -- Townhall.com -- January 10, 2012   
Obama appoints La Raza radical to control domestic policy    
President Obama has appointed open border / amnesty advocate Cecilia Munoz to replace Melody Barnes as the head of the Domestic Policy Council. Munoz, a strong supporter of the failed DREAM Act, is the former senior vice president for the radical open-border National Council of La Raza. -- Muñoz is now serving as the White House's director of intergovernmental affairs...

Ms. Magazine -- January 10, 2012    
La Raza stooge movin' on up in the White House
President Obama announced today that he will appoint Cecilia Munoz to serve as the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. The position was formerly held by Melody Barnes. -- Munoz has served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House since January 2009. Prior to that... [Related item] [WH Press Release]

KSAZ-TV -- Phoenix -- January 5, 2012    
Opponents of Arizona law seek class-action status  
A judge set an April 9 hearing for considering a request by opponents of Arizona's 2010 immigration enforcement law to grant class-action status in their lawsuit that seeks to declare the law unconstitutional. -- The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and other opponents are asking U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton to grant class-action status for people whose immigration status was questioned...

Hispanically Speaking -- December 21, 2011    
Subversive group sues Indiana over immigration law 
MALDEF has filed suit on behalf of La Union Benefica Mexicana, a Latino community and civic organization in Northern Indiana, against the State of Indiana to strike down two previously-unchallenged provisions of the State's anti-[illegal immigration] law known as Senate Bill 590 (SB 590). -- Signed into law on May 10, 2011, SB 590 creates a state-based regime of immigration regulations that poses severe and immediate threats...

Judicial Watch -- December 7, 2011  
Obama pushes NCLR official with ties to spy as U.S. ambassador   
President Obama is determined to push through a foreign ambassadorship for a controversial figure whose close ties to a spy from a terrorist-sponsoring nation derailed a similar post for the same aspiring diplomat in the Clinton Administration. -- The tale actually dates back to the late 1990s when Bill Clinton nominated Puerto Rican activist Mari Carmen Aponte, a former board member of the leftist National Council of la Raza...

EFE -- Madrid -- November 19, 2011  
Usual suspects plan anti-Alabama Law tantrums nationwide   
Activists are preparing vigils and acts of protest across the United States on Monday to demand the repeal of Alabama's anti-illegal-[alien] state law HB 56, the National Council of La Raza said Saturday. -- In Washington, the NCLR is organizing a vigil in front of the White House with the expected participation of religious and civic leaders of the area, the organization said in a communique...

Kimberly Dvorak -- The Examiner -- October 17, 2011  
La Raza to storm 'Super-Committee' to keep their Medicaid benefits
The National Council of La Raza will step up its fight against entitlement reform in order to let the Congressional "Super-Committee," who must cut $1.2 trillion of America's bloated $14 trillion debt, or slash Medicaid spending. --"[We need to] keep sending the message that the trade-off for reducing the deficit cannot be the livelihood of our [Latino] families," a press release read...

KCBS-TV -- Los Angeles -- October 13, 2011  
Usual suspects urge advertisers to ditch L.A. radio station   
A coalition of Southland community leader called on advertisers Thursday to pull their ads from a popular talk radio show over comments on illegal immigration. -- Around 100 protesters were expected to join the demonstration in Burbank demanding KFI 640 AM remove hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou for what organizers called "hate speech..."

Associated Press -- September 11, 2011         
Ethnic hustlers call off ridiculous Arizona boycott   
One of the nation's most prominent Hispanic groups is calling off a boycott of Arizona it imposed in May 2010 over the enactment of a controversial immigration law. -- The National Council of La Raza says it's canceling the boycott because it successfully discouraged other states from enacting similar laws. -- The Washington-based group says it and two associated groups will ask other organizations to suspend...

Miguel Perez -- The Examiner -- September 1, 2011       
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Contra Costa Times -- Walnut Creek, Calif. -- August 25, 2011        
Berkeley chancellor seeking funds for illegals    
UC Berkeley is asking some of the country's largest foundations to help [illegal aliens] afford college. -- Buoyed by a new state law that allows public colleges and universities to offer private scholarships to students who came to the United States illegally, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said Wednesday he has spoken to major organizations such as the Carnegie and Ford Foundations...

Associated Press -- August 25, 2011       
Court asked to stop "immigrant" license checks in New Mexico   
Four state legislators and a Silver City woman asked a judge Wednesday to stop Gov. Susana Martinez's administration from trying to verify whether immigrants who received a driver's license in New Mexico still live in the state. -- An Albuquerque law firm and [MALDEF] filed a lawsuit in state District Court in Santa Fe on behalf of the Democratic lawmakers and the Hispanic woman...

Kimberly Dvorak -- The Examiner -- August 1, 2011         
Loathsome MALDEF race pimps want a 2nd all-Latino district in California   
The Los Angeles Redistricting Committee's new constituency lines met with fierce opposition by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors provisional-redistricted map failed to generate a second "Latino-majority supervisorial district."

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner -- July 29, 2011        
MALDEF, other nuisances sue Texas police officers   
A small Texas city is being sued for discrimination by dozens of Latino day laborers who claim that police are unconstitutionally targeting their free-speech right to express their availability for employment in public areas, even though a state law has long prohibited it, according to a report by a public-interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption cases in civil court...

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Editorial -- July 28, 2011          
The La Raza speech: Pandering to radicals   
President Barack Obama abandons U.S. border state interests, not to mention federal immigration laws, by stepping before the National Council of La Raza and pledging, "The Democrats and your president are with you." -- That's akin to saying immigration "reform" under his administration will be an open-door policy for illegal aliens. Especially with regard to this group...

Wall Street Journal -- July 26, 2011        
Woman in deportation proceedings speaks with Obama   
President Obama spoke briefly on Monday with a woman who is becoming a symbol of the effort to stop deportations of young illegal [aliens]. -- Mercedes Gonzalez said in an interview that the president told her: "Everything is going to be fine. You're going to be OK." She said she didn't believe that Mr. Obama had any particular knowledge of her case when he made his comment...

Associated Press -- July 25, 2011         
Obama renews pledge on illegal alien amnesty   
President Barack Obama called on Hispanic activists Monday to build a movement outside Washington to push for overhauling immigration, saying he can't do it by himself and Republicans aren't playing along. -- He said he remains committed to his unfulfilled promise to rewrite the nation's immigration laws to offer a pathway to citizenship for 11 million [illegal aliens]...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner -- July 25, 2011       
Obama tells La Raza that Democrats are with them on amnesty 
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White House via Gretawire.com -- July 25, 2011        
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..Right off the bat, I should thank you [La Raza] because I [Obama] have poached quite a few of your alumni to work in my administration. They're all doing outstanding work. Raul Yzaguirre, my ambassador to the Dominican Republic -- Latinos serving at every level of my administration. We've got young people right out of college in the White House. We've got the first Latina Cabinet Secretary in history, Hilda Solis...

NPR -- July 25, 2011     Audio Report Included
Obama steps up effort to pander to Hispanics, again   
Virtually any time President Obama has opened his mouth in public this month, it has been to talk about the debt ceiling. On Monday, he shifts his focus -- at least for an hour -- to address the National Council of La Raza, the largest Hispanic [ethnic-hustling] group in the country. It's the latest effort in the president's intense campaign to win the hearts and minds of Latinos...

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner -- July 13, 2011         
HUD continues funding of ACORN, probe reveals    
While President Barack Obama threatens the elderly with interruption of receiving Social Security checks in August due to the debt ceiling issue, his administration is giving taxpayer's money to groups such as the corrupt ACORN and racist La Raza...

New York Daily News -- July 12, 2011         
Arizona's SB-1070: Little outrage evident among MLB players   
Carlos Beltran offers a weary shrug when asked about immigration. The issue burned throughout baseball last summer, and still rages in the country. But at this All-Star Game, in this controversial state, the sport has decided to turn to sunnier matters. -- "I am going to be there," Beltran said last week... [The NCLR's Janet Murguia is having a hissy fit]

Judicial Watch -- Corruption Chronicles -- June 29, 2011        
NCLR funding skyrockets after Obama hires its VP   
A Judicial Watch investigation reveals that federal funding for a Mexican La Raza group that for years has raked in millions of taxpayer dollars has skyrocketed since one of its top officials got a job in the Obama White House. -- The influential and politically-connected National Council of La Raza has long benefitted from Uncle Sam's largess but the group has made a killing since Obama hired its senior vice president (Cecilia Muñoz) in 2009...

Mike Piccione -- Human Events -- March 17, 2011     
Outrage! Feckless Feds funding La Raza with your tax dollars   
The United States government is funding the National Council of La Raza with our tax dollars. La Raza, which literally means in Spanish "The Race," is a radical organization that advocates open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens. I pulled and analyzed the tax return Form 990, the form filed by 501(c) 3 organizations to the IRS, and here is what was reported...

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