California Busca Modernizar Sistema de Votación

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Con el fin de facilitar el voto en California, la asambleísta Lorena González y el secretario estatal Alex Padilla promovieron el 23 de mayo un proyecto de ley que busca destinar $450 millones para mejorar el sistema de votación en el estado.

La AB668, que se está debatiendo en el senado, fue presentada en febrero por la demócrata González con el apoyo del secretario Padilla y el respaldo del registrador del condado de Los Ángeles, Dean Logan, entre otros.

El objetivo de la medida es proveer “una amplia modernización de nuestra infraestructura de voto, que mejorará el acceso, la seguridad y la confiabilidad de las elecciones de nuestro estado”, declararon conjuntamente González y Padilla.

González explicó que la partida de presupuesto que solicita la propuesta legislativa, además de actualizar los equipos de sistematización de votos que tienen ya más de 10 años, busca desarrollar el seguimiento electrónico del voto por correo, facilitar el registro de votantes el mismo día de la votación, ampliar la información en diferentes idiomas y mejorar la seguridad cibernética, entre otros.

De ser aprobada, la AB668 autorizará la emisión y venta de bonos por el valor especificado “para ayudar a los condados en la compra de equipo de votación y tecnología específicas”.

La propuesta sin embargo ha encontrado oposición entre otros de la Asociación de California de Oficiales de Votación (CAVO) que representa “un grupo de renombrados científicos de computación que han sido los pioneros de los sistemas de elección de fuente abierta”.

Brent Turner, secretario de CAVO, explicó en un comunicado enviado a EFE que aunque la ley propuesta puede ayudar a obtener sistemas de votación confiables, también puede ser utilizada para la compra de equipos inadecuados e inseguros.

La ayuda puede ser utilizada “por las localidades de California para conseguir sistemas de procedimientos inseguros, con sobreprecio y de propiedad de empresas privadas”, advirtió Turner.

No obstante, Padilla defendió la iniciativa asegurando que se invertirá en equipos y sistemas confiables y seguros.

“No cedemos por una tecnología 20 años atrasada en nuestros teléfonos y computadores portátiles. Nuestros sistemas de votación no deben ser diferente”, dijo Padilla.

La medida continuará su proceso en la legislatura de California y de ser aprobada por los legisladores iría a votación general en junio de 2018.

Californianos Ya Pueden Votar Por Correo Para las Presidenciales

October 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Votantes californianos comenzaron a recibir las papeletas para votar por correo en el estado el 10 de octubre. Estas elecciones alcanzaron un récord de más de 18 millones electores inscritos para las presidenciales del próximo 8 de noviembre.

El 73,5% de los ciudadanos elegibles para votar en California ya se inscribieron, según la Secretaría del Estado de California.

El estado, de mayoría demócrata, experimentó un incremento en la inscripción de votantes latinos, que se prevé seguirá en aumento hasta el 24 de octubre, fecha límite para registrarse.

El incremento obedece, según el secretario de California, Alex Padilla, al alcance de las redes sociales, el registro por internet, el trabajo “incesante” de las campañas y “el alto perfil del ciclo de elección de 2016”

A pesar de un importante incremento en la inscripción de latinos, los probables votantes latinos no reflejan la proporción de adultos en el Estado Dorado, según un análisis del Instituto de Política Pública de California (PPIC).

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Aproximadamente el 17% de los nuevos votantes hispanos se registra republicano y el 24% independientes, según un análisis del Proyecto de Participación Cívica.

Mientras los latinos representan cerca del 34% de la población mayor de 18 años de California, reflejan el 28% del total de registro con casi 7 millones de inscritos y solo el 18% de los probables votantes, según PPIC y el Centro de Investigación Pew.

Los nuevos registros de latinos son mayoritariamente demócratas, con más del 50% inscritos por ese partido, según la tendencia de la última década.

California es uno de los 37 estados que permite votar antes del día de elecciones, una medida que busca facilitar el ejercicio cívico y evitar la congestión en las urnas el 8 de noviembre.

Según Padilla, 8,25 millones de los votantes registrados hasta el 9 de septiembre son demócratas (45,21%); 4,88 millones (26,78%) son republicanos y 4,26 millones (23,38%) carecen de un partido de preferencia.

El resto de votantes, un poco más de 730.000, se registra en los partidos Independiente Americano, Verde, Libertario y Paz y Libertad.

Residents Urged to Register to Vote

September 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles County election officials joined with their counterparts across the state Tuesday to encourage people to register to vote and take part in the upcoming presidential election.

One day after presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off in their first debate of the campaign, the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk’s office hosted a National Voter Registration Day event at its headquarters in Norwalk, hoping to get residents onto the voter rolls.

Similar events were held by select cities and county registrars across California, with an Oct. 24 deadline looming for people to register before the November election.

“I think every issue is very important and if you don’t vote you have no right to complain about anything that’s going on,” resident Yvonne Carrasco told ABC7.

She said she was torn between Trump and Clinton, but after last night’s debate, she is planning to vote for the Democratic former secretary of state.

Resident David Ackley, however, told the station he is planning to vote for the Republican Trump

“I think America is in trouble right now, I think it’s heading in the wrong direction,” Ackley said. “I’d like to see the economy revitalized.”

Regardless of political preference, election officials said they just want people to get registered and ensure their voice is heard.

“The first step to casting a ballot is to register to vote,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “Eligible Californians can visit RegisterToVote.ca.gov and register to vote in minutes. Whether you’re at home on your desktop computer or on the go using your smartphone or tablet, online voter registration is quick and easy.”

As of July 7, there were 18,084,999 people registered to vote in California. According to Padilla’s office, there are still 6.7 million more California residents who are eligible to vote, but aren’t registered.

Latino Factor: Changing the Face of Politics

September 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Much is being made these days of the potential power of the Latino vote, both here in California and on the national stage.

Political strategists point to the role Latinos played 8 years ago in tipping the presidential race in Barack Obama’s favor, and continue to say that if Latinos register and show up to vote they could again have sway in the 2016 Presidential Election pitting GOP candidate Donald Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Click here to read Part 2 of Latino Factor: Changing the Face of Politics

At more than 57 million strong, or nearly 18% of the total U.S. population, and with the largest growth in recent years taking place in areas that according to the Pew Research Center previously had very few Latinos, like North Dakota, there’s good reason to see political opportunity.

But it wasn’t too long ago that the influence of Latinos was more dream than reality. Latino elected officials were rare and for many Latino political and civil rights activists the most important credentials for a candidate was that they have a Spanish surname and be a Democrat, and you always supported the Latino in the race. And for more than a decade, immigration has been the top issue in nearly every campaign to reach Latinos.

For this two-part story on the influence of Latinos in politics today, EGP reached out to a number of Latino elected officials from California to get their views. What we repeatedly heard is that there has been progress, but there’s still a long way to go. We also heard that immigration will continue to be an important issue to Latinos, but these days “every issue is a Latino issue.” And while being Latino is important, in the political arena it alone may no longer be cause for endorsement.

 

To Understand the Present, You Have to Know the Past

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress, is excited to see the new batch of Hispanic leaders on both sides of the aisle in Congress.

She just hopes these new lawmakers understand the discrimination their predecessors faced, the struggles to get Latinos elected in the first place, and the significance of having one of their own sitting at the table where the country’s most important decisions and policies are made.

“We must not forget the past, we must not take for granted the struggles of those before us and revisit our history,” she told EGP. “Don’t forget there were once signs that read ‘no dogs, no Negros, no Mexicans.”

Roybal-Allard witnessed first hand the discrimination against Latinos brave enough to run for office, and determined to pave the way for future leaders despite their poor treatment. Her father, Edward R. Roybal, the first Latino elected to the Los Angeles City Council and one of the first Latinos to represent California in Congress, was one of them.

U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, with her late father Rep. Roybal R. Roybal during a committee hearing. (Courtesy of Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard)

U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, with her late father Rep. Edward R. Roybal during a committee hearing. (Courtesy of Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard)

Getting elected at a time when many people would just vote against a candidate because they were Hispanic was difficult, and it took a strong grassroots effort in the Latino community and help from labor unions to win Roybal a seat on the LA City Council. Even then, he was not treated as an equal because of his Mexican heritage. The discrimination continued when he was elected to the Congress, and invitations were not extended his way.

“We would go to places and people would spit on us and tell us to go back where we came from,” she recalled, noting that his position was no guarantee they would be treated with respect.

But he persevered and during his 30 years in Congress, Roybal co-founded and chaired the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and chaired a powerful Appropriations subcommittee, and always advocated for Latinos.

Roybal-Allard had her own encounters with discrimination as an elected official. She told EGP that during the early 1990s she and the other Latinas in Congress were routinely stopped at the door of the House of Representatives, the assumption being they could not possibly be members of Congress.

“Many of my colleagues didn’t know what it meant to be Hispanic,” Roybal-Allard said, pointing out that African-Americans were the only minority some of her Congressional colleagues had ever met.

“Absolutely we have made some progress, but we still have a long way to go,” she added.

As a female, minority and often the youngest person in the room, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis says she faced similar obstacles on her way to the White House.

Her high school counselor advised her to skip college and to go work as a secretary, ironically, years later she would became the first Latina to serve as Secretary of Labor, appointed by President Barack Obama. In another first, Solis was the first Latina elected to the California Senate.

“People underestimate you,” she told EGP, referring to those who doubted her capabilities. “I was fortunate, to always resist that.”

Congressman Xavier Becerra is the first Latino to serve on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and is today the highest-ranking Latino in Congress. He told EGP there were only a handful of Latinos in Congress when he was first elected in 1992. Latino leaders used to feel like outsiders, he recalled. “To have a Latino in a high office was a very proud moment.”

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, the first Latino and youngest person elected president of the Los Angeles City Council, told EGP that the rhetoric in this year’s presidential campaign reminds him of the political climate that existed in 1994 when Proposition 187 – which proposed to prohibit undocumented immigrants from receiving public benefits ¬– was on the ballot.

It was then, years before he ran for office, that he says he realized it wasn’t easy for Latinos in government.

Although both sides of the aisle are now courting Latinos, for too long Latinos were often on the outside, says Becerra.

“A lot of us worked within the system with the perspective of being outsiders,” he said. “It’s changing and now we are seeing what it feels like to be included.”

 

Wider Influence Today

Republican and Democratic political pundits and strategist across the country have repeatedly said that winning the 2016 Presidential Election will require winning a majority of Latino votes.

Yet one need only look at the number of “political firsts” in recent years – Sonia Sotomayor’s becoming the first Latina on the U.S. Supreme Court, Antonio Villaraigosa’s election as Los Angeles’ first Latino mayor in over a hundred years, and for the first time in modern history, Latinos now hold the top two leadership roles in the California Legislature – to understand the relative newness of Latino political influence at the ballot box.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis pictured with President Barrack Obama and other White House officials during her time as Secretary of Labor. Solis was the first Latina to serve on a President’s Cabinet. (Courtesy of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis )

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis pictured with President Barrack Obama and other White House officials during her time as Secretary of Labor. Solis was the first Latina to serve on a President’s Cabinet. (Courtesy of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis )

All the Latino leaders we interviewed, however, said you have to celebrate these milestones, not just look at the deficits.

As an example, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Congressman Becerra were all touted as possible running mates for Hillary Clinton.

More Latinos now serve on the most powerful congressional committees that decide which bills move forward and get funding, and in the case of Roybal-Allard, the ranking member on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, how we will pay for our national security.

Only 37 of the 535 members of Congress are Latino, but according to Roybal-Allard, many of them are better prepared for the rigors of the office then their predecessors.

“The more Latinos get elected the more input and influence we have on policy,” she stresses, adding that the hope is more Latinos will be elected in November.

In California, where about 15 million Latinos call home and make up 39 percent of the population, many leaders still see Latinos as “underrepresented.” Of the 120 members in the Assembly and Senate, only 22 are Latino. However, the leaders of both bodies are Latino: Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.

But the small number does make it harder for “for us to be a voice for Latinos,” says Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who represents a number of Latino majority cities in southeastern Los Angeles County, including Bell Garden and Commerce. “We need to be at the table,” she said, explaining her desire to see more Latinos and Latinas elected to office.

“It’s helpful to our community when we have people that have personal experience with the needs of our areas,” agrees Roybal-Allard.

Which leads back to the belief that every issue is a Latino issue.

“Latinos are not just interested in immigration,” emphasizes Roybal-Allard. “Latinos care about all issues.”

There is no difference between what a Latino wants and what their non-Latino counterparts demand from the government, says Becerra.

“They want a good job, good education and a safe place to live,” he told EGP.

Roybal-Allard believes that in some states where the Latino population is growing, fear and misunderstanding are contributing to the mistaken belief that Latinos will only fight for their interests, and somehow those interests are different.

Solis acknowledges she acts as voice and advocate for the Latino community in Los Angeles County. She points out, however, that the issues and policies she has fought for, including increasing the minimum wage, enforcement of wage theft laws and for environmental justice, do not only help Latinos, but everyone.

“Every issue is a Latino issue,” says Rep. Loretta Sanchez. “I don’t think our agenda is any different or should be defined by immigration.”

 

 

In part 2 of this two-part series, EGP will delve deeper into the November election and the potential of the Latino vote.

Initiative to Increase Minimum Wage Qualifies for November Ballot

March 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

An initiative that would increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide on Jan. 1, 2021 has qualified for the November ballot, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Wednesday.

What backers have dubbed the Fair Wage Act of 2016 would increase the minimum wage to $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2017, and by $1 in each of the next four years. The minimum wage would then be adjusted annually based on the rate of inflation for the previous year, using the California Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.

The minimum wage was increased to $10 per hour on New Year’s Day.

Passage of the initiative would result in a change in annual state and local tax revenues potentially ranging from a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars to a gain of more than $1 billion, according to an analysis prepared by the Legislative Analyst’s Office and Department of Finance.

The analysis also found passage would result in increased state and local government spending of billions of dollars per year. Changes in state revenues from passage would affect required state budget reserves, debt payments, and funding for schools and community colleges.

Backers say passage would cause the economy to grow through additional spending by consumers and increase tax revenues. Opponents of minimum wage increases have said they would lead to higher unemployment because of higher costs for businesses and higher prices as business operators pass the higher costs along to consumers.

Signature Gathering Approved For Attempt to Overturn Vaccination Law

July 16, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Opponents of a recently signed law requiring almost all school children in California to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles and whooping cough received permission Tuesday to begin gathering signatures to qualify a referendum to overturn it.

“This referendum is not about vaccinations; it is about defending the fundamental freedom of a parent to make an informed decisions for their children without being unduly penalized by a government that believes it knows best,” said former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, the referendum’s proponent.

Valid signatures from 365,880 registered voters — 5 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2014 general election — must be submitted by Sept. 28 to qualify the measure for the November 2016 ballot, according to Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

If the attempt to overturn SB 277 qualifies for the ballot, its provisions would be suspended.

The bill, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 30, eliminates vaccination exemptions based on religious or personal beliefs. It will require all children entering kindergarten to be vaccinated unless a doctor certifies that a child has a medical condition, such as allergies, preventing it.

The legislation was prompted in part by an outbreak of measles traced to Disneyland that began in late December and ultimately spread to more than 130 people across the state. Cases were also reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah and Washington state.

“As a mother, I understand that the decisions we make about our children’s health care are deeply personal and I respect the fundamental right to make medical decisions as a family,” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said on June 25 when SB 277 was approved by the Assembly.

“However, none of us has the right to endanger others. SB 277 strikes the right balance of ensuring informed, thoughtful medical decisions between a family and their doctor and the rights of all our school children to attend school without fear of contracting a potentially fatal, vaccine-preventable disease.”

Undocumented Urged to Get Ready for Programs to Avoid Deportation

May 21, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Tuesday was a bittersweet day for East Los Angeles resident Isabel Medina. It was the day she was supposed to become eligible to apply for a program protecting her temporarily from deportation.

At a roundtable discussion Tuesday at the county’s Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, Medina instead spoke of the disappointment she feels that her dream has been put on hold by a federal judge’s injunction halting President Obama’s executive order on immigration announced last fall, but pledged to continue preparing for the day when she might be able to apply.

Director of CHIRLA Angelica Salas (center) announces the launch of ‘Ready California’ along with a coalition of supporters, including non-profits and politicians. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Director of CHIRLA Angelica Salas (center) announces the launch of ‘Ready California’ along with a coalition of supporters, including non-profits and politicians. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

A coalition of community, faith-based, unions, legal services, civil rights and nonprofit groups participated in the discussion and the press conference following to announce the launch of Ready California, a statewide campaign to help undocumented immigrants like Medina prepare to apply for temporary relief from deportation under programs outlined in the president’s executive order they believe will eventually be implemented.

The programs would allow about 5 million of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to temporarily avoid deportation and receive a work permit good for three years if they meet certain criteria. Texas and 25 other states, however, filed a federal lawsuit to stop the programs, prompting the judge’s injunction halting implementation as the case winds its way through the courts.

Lea este artículo en Español: Campaña Anima Indocumentados a Prepararse para la Acción Ejecutiva

The application process was originally scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 19.

The Ready California initiative will help make sure as many undocumented immigrants living in California as possible are ready to apply when the time comes, said members of the coalition.

“We have to facilitate individuals’ ability to prove that they qualify for these programs,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles (CHIRLA) during the roundtable discussion hosted by New American Media before the rally.

According to Salas, many of the individuals who qualify for the original DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or its expansion, which allows people who were brought to the country illegally as children to temporarily avoid deportation, or the new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, DAPA — which would allow some parents of U.S. born children and permanent residents the same temporary reprieve — also qualify for other existing immigration pathways.

Individuals can have their cases reviewed through Ready California and may find they have other options to legalize their immigration status, Salas said.

Sally Kinoshita, deputy director for the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, said undocumented immigrants should start working now to gather the documents they will need to apply, such as a Mexican passport, Consular Matriculas and copies of any criminal or misdemeanor court records.

According to CHIRLA, Los Angeles County has the highest number of undocumented immigrants: 500,000 with more than 50% from Mexico.

Ready California is also working to sign up lenders willing to provide low-interest loans to people who need help paying the $465 application fee.

“Our goal is to help change the future of ten thousand families in California,” Diana Cervantes, director of Community Trust Prospera, a division of Self-Help FCU in the San Gabriel Valley told EGP. “Currently, we have $5 million put aside for the loans, but if we can get more through donations we will help more people,” she said.

Alvaro Huerta, a staff attorney with the National Immigrant Legal Resource Center, said the courts move slowly and it could still be weeks, months or longer before the injunction is lifted. He said the worst-case scenario is it will not be “decided until the next term of the Supreme Court, which can go as late as June of next year.”

In the meantime, Ready California is working to bring more allies to the table. According to Salas, they need more nonprofit groups and legal service providers to get involved. She estimated in L.A. County alone, at the current participation rate, each legal partner would have to process 5,000 cases a year to meet the demand.

At a press conference following the roundtable discussion, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said it’s “not a matter of if, but a matter of when” the president’s programs will take effect.

“And for any of the doubters that are out there…for anyone who claims to be for family values — we hear that term all the time in politics — then you have no choice but to be for DACA and DAPA because it’s not just justice to immigrant families but a pivotal point to keep families together,” Padilla said.

In California alone, more than 1.35 million undocumented individuals are eligible for the administrative relief programs outlined by the president, according to Ready California.

For more information, visit: www.ready-california.org.

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Campaña Anima a Indocumentados a Prepararse para la Acción Ejecutiva

May 21, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

El martes fue un día agridulce para la residente del Este de Los Ángeles Isabel Medina, debido a que en esta fecha ella solicitaría un programa de protección temporal contra la deportación.

Durante una reunión en el edificio Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration del condado, Medina habló sobre la desilusión que sintió cuando su sueño fue aplazado debido a la decisión de un juez federal de detener la orden ejecutiva del presidente Obama que había anunciado en noviembre pasado. Sin embargo, dijo estar preparándose para el día cuando pueda solicitar.

Una coalición de organizaciones comunitarias y basadas en la fe, sindicatos, servicios jurídicos y de derechos civiles y grupos sin fines de lucro participaron en la discusión y conferencia de prensa posterior al anunciar el lanzamiento de ‘Ready California’ (California Lista), una campaña en todo el estado para ayudar a los inmigrantes indocumentados como Medina a que se preparen para solicitar el alivio temporal contra la deportación bajo los programas señalados en la orden ejecutiva del presidente, que creen eventualmente serán implementados.

Read this article in English: Undocumented Urged to Get Ready For Programs to Avoid Deportation

Los programas permitirán a cerca de 5 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados en EE.UU. evitar temporalmente la deportación y recibir un permiso de trabajo por tres años si cumplen con ciertos criterios.

Sin embargo, Texas y otros 25 estados, presentaron una demanda federal para detener los programas, lo que provocó la ejecución del bloqueo de las medidas por el juez federal mientras el caso se abre paso en los tribunales.

El proceso de solicitud fue originalmente programado para comenzar el martes 19 de mayo.

La iniciativa Ready California ayudará a asegurarse de que muchos inmigrantes indocumentados que viven en California estén listos para aplicar cuando llegue el momento, dijeron los miembros de la coalición.

“Tenemos que facilitar la capacidad de los individuos para demostrar que califican para estos programas”, dijo Angélica Salas, directora ejecutiva de la Coalición Pro Derechos Humanos de los Inmigrantes en Los Ángeles (CHIRLA), durante la reunión organizada por New American Media antes del mitin.

Según Salas, muchas de las personas que califican para la Acción Diferida de Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) original o expandido o la nueva Acción Diferida para la Responsabilidad Parental (DAPA)—que permitiría a algunos padres de ciudadanos estadounidenses o residentes permanentes el alivio temporal—también son elegibles para otras vías migratorias vigentes.

Las personas pueden tener sus casos revisados a través de Ready California y pueden encontrar que tienen otras opciones para legalizar su estatus migratorio, dijo Salas.

Angelica Salas (centro) anuncia la campaña 'Ready California' junto a organizaciones y aliados afuera del edificio Kenneth Hahn Hall. (EGP foto por Jacqueline García)

Angelica Salas (centro) anuncia la campaña ‘Ready California’ junto a organizaciones y aliados afuera del edificio Kenneth Hahn Hall. (EGP foto por Jacqueline García)

Sally Kinoshita, directora adjunta del Centro de Recursos Legales de Inmigrantes, dijo que los beneficiados deben comenzar a conseguir sus documentos necesarios para solicitar, tales como el pasaporte mexicano, las matriculas consulares y copias de cualquier delito menor o grave archivado en las cortes.

De acuerdo a CHIRLA, el Condado de Los Ángeles tiene el más alto número de inmigrantes indocumentados; 500,000 con más del 50% de origen mexicano.

Ready California también esta trabajando con uniones financieras que proveerán prestamos de bajo interés a personas que necesiten los $465 de la solicitud.

“Nuestro objetivo es ayudar a cambiar el futuro de diez mil familias en California”, Diana Cervantes, directora de Community Trust Prospera, una división de Self Help Financial Credit Union, en el Valle de San Gabriel le dijo a EGP.

“En la actualidad, contamos con $5 millones apartados para los préstamos, pero si podemos conseguir más a través de donaciones vamos a ayudar a más personas”, dijo.

Álvaro Huerta, abogado del Centro Nacional de Recursos Legales para Inmigrantes, dijo que los tribunales se mueven lentamente y podrían pasar semanas, meses o más tiempo antes de que se levante el bloqueo de las ordenes migratorias. Dijo que en el peor de los casos puede que no se “decida hasta el próximo mandato de la Corte Suprema, que podría ir hasta junio del próximo año”.

Mientras tanto, Ready California está trabajando para traer a más aliados a la coalición. Según Salas, se necesitan más organizaciones no lucrativas y proveedores de servicios legales para participar. Ella estima que en Condado de Los Ángeles solamente, con la tasa de participación actual, cada representante legal tendría que procesar 5.000 casos al año para satisfacer la demanda.

En una conferencia de prensa posterior a la mesa redonda, el secretario del Estado, Alex Padilla dijo que es “no es una cuestión de ‘sí’, sino una cuestión de ‘cuando’” los programas del presidente surtirán efecto.

“Y para cualquiera de los escépticos que están ahí fuera … para cualquier persona que dice favorecer los valores familiares –este término se escucha todo el tiempo en la política—entonces no tienen más remedio que apoyar a DACA y DAPA, porque no se trata solo de justicia para las familias inmigrantes, pero un punto crucial para mantener a las familias unidas”, dijo Padilla.

En California solamente, más de 1.35 millones de indocumentados son elegibles para los programas de alivio administrativos señalados por el presidente, de acuerdo con Ready California.

Para obtener más información, visite www.ready-california.org.

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Alex Padilla Honra Su Herencia Durante su Candidatura por la Secretaría de California

October 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Cuando un joven inmigrante mexicano de apellido Padilla trabajaba como cocinero en el Restaurante Patys en el Valle de San Fernando, California, nunca se imaginó que un día comería en ese mismo restaurante invitado por un senador y candidato a la Secretaría de California que tiene su mismo apellido porque es su hijo, Alex Padilla.

“Mi padre trabajó como cocinero aquí (señalando a un restaurante). Mis padres son inmigrantes y me enseñaron que, cuando trabajo duro, todo es posible”, aseguró Padilla en el vídeo donde se presenta como candidato para la Secretaría del Estado de California.

En su mensaje, el ingeniero mecánico del Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT), ofrece “proteger su derecho a votar y hacer más fácil abrir un negocio para crear más trabajos y oportunidades para todos los californianos”.

Elegido para el Consejo de Los Ángeles a los 26 años, llegó a ser el primer presidente latino del Consejo y el más joven.?? Durante su período como concejal igualmente fue elegido presidente de la Liga de Ciudades de California, siendo también el primer hispano en obtener esa posición.

Desde el momento en que asumió como senador de California en el 2006, más de 70 de sus propuestas han sido firmadas como leyes lo que lo llevó a ser designado como uno de los “Legisladores Más Efectivos en el 2013”, por Around the Capitol.

Nacido en la ciudad de mayoría hispana de Pacoima, en el Valle de San Fernando, donde estudió en su escuela pública, Padilla asegura que “conoce y valora la importancia de la educación pública”.

En ese mismo Valle de San Fernando que lo vio crecer, el senador, de 41 años, vive actualmente con su esposa Ángela y sus dos hijos varones. ??Padilla mantiene su apego a las tradiciones y sus raíces latinas y ha hecho de su vida familiar un círculo recurrente en el área, como cuando el padre Luis Balbuena “que casó a mis padres y me dio la primera comunión”, también bautizó a su segundo hijo en marzo de este año.

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