Texas Issue Alert – HB 2886 by Rep Paul Workman

HB 2886 – “relating to the establishment of a work program for certain persons not legally authorized to be in the United States; providing penalties”

The federal government has failed to enforce the federal immigration system which has placed states like Texas under pressure.  It is reasonable for the state to step in and establish a system to allow migrant workers to work legally in this state and to monitor their impact.  HB 2886 which establishes a process for the state to regulate migrant workers will be heard in the Texas House State Affairs Committee, tomorrow, April 6th upon adjournment of the House session in room JHR 140.

DETAILS:

HB 2886 provides for a state issued migrant worker “resident alien card” outlining a path for migrant workers to be legally employed in Texas.  The resident alien card must contain a photograph, fingerprint and magnetic code to confirm the cardholder’s identity.

HB 2886 sets the cost of the resident alien card to $4,000 for 8 years of eligibility and provides for collection and distribution of those fees back to the state and local communities to offset expenses related to thee workers.

HB 2886 requires an employer to withhold state taxes from resident aliens, give preference in hiring to US citizen, and provide equal benefits to an employee with a resident alien card.

HB 2886 allows for compliance enforcement at job sites and provides a fine of $10,000 per employee to a business if the employee is working with out a resident alien card.  A foreign national who is not lawfully employed is to be reported and deported and ineligible for life to return to work in Texas.

HB2886 provides for a revocation of the alien resident card and deportation if the applicant is convicted of a Class B misdemeanor or higher.

BACKGROUND:

Like many states across the nation, immigration has become a key issue in the state of Texas, with over 100 bills filed aimed at reform.  Constituents who are voicing their concerns and a federal government that has been unable to pass comprehensive reforms have driven the movement in the states.  In recent months the states have begun to address immigration in absence of federal reform.

A comprehensive state reform bill would need to address three pillars – tougher enforcement, a guest worker program, fines and worker permits – in order to be beneficial.  Several states have passed reform bills and the most recent bill passed in Utah contains these elements.  Texas in in dire need of comprehensive immigration reform legislation and efforts to pass bills to address these elements must be given a chance.

KEY FACTS:

  • HB 2886 provides for a mechanism for the state to collect taxes on unlawful persons in this state.
  • HB 2866 will ensure that employers hired only legally eligible workers.
  • HB 2866 will provide a legal method for foreign nationals to work in this state

TAKE ACTION:

HB 2866 will be heard on Wednesday, April 6 in House State Affairs Committee.  Please contact the House State Affairs Committee and Representative Workman to voice your opinion on this important issue.

House State Affairs Committee
512-463-0814
Representative Paul Workman
512-463-0652

Members House State Affairs Committee:
Cook / Chairman; Menedez /Vice-Chairman
Craddick, Frullo, Gallego, Geren, Harless, Hildebran,
Huberty, Olivera, Smithee, Solomons, Turner

(Find out how to contact these officials and who represents you at www.capitol.state.tx.us)

If you would like to testify on this bill, the hearing will be held in:
JHR 140 (John H. Reagan Building)

Remember — your voice is a vital part of the state’s discussion about immigration. Please take action on this issue today.  Thank you!

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Texas Issue Alert – HB 2757 by Rep. Aaron Pena

HB 2757 (Pena) – “Relating to the establishment of the Texas Commission on Immigration and Migration and a migrant worker visa pilot project.”

It is important for you to weigh-in on the immigration debate.   The state must seek solutions to manage immigration and our migrant workforce because the federal government has failed to do so.  HB 2757 is a good first step and will be heard by the House State Affairs Committee in Today, March 30, 2011 upon adjournment of session. We encourage you to learn more and let your voice be heard.

DETAILS:

HB 2757 will create the Texas Commission on Immigration and Migration to monitor immigration in this state and look for solutions to deal with migration of workers.

HB 2757 provides that businesses in Texas would be critical in identifying needs and would be necessary to participate in the program. An advisory committee would be created to study the process and results of the program.

HB 2757 will provide for a pilot program to explore the feasibility of creating a Texas guest-worker visa, which would be crafted under current federal worker visa guidelines by granting authority to the governor to partner with a Mexican state to identify and qualify potential workers.

BACKGROUND:

Like many states across the nation, immigration has become a key issue in the state of Texas, with over 100 bills filed aimed at reform.  Constituents who are voicing their concerns and a federal government that has been unable to pass comprehensive reforms have driven the movement in the states.   In recent months the states have begun to address immigration in absence of federal reform.

A comprehensive state reform bill would need to address three pillars – tougher enforcement, a guest worker program, fines and worker permits – in order to be beneficial.  Several states have passed reform bills and the most recent bill passed in Utah contains these elements.

KEY FACTS:

  • HB 2757 would create a bi-partisan commission to study Immigration and Migration policies and opportunities for Texas and conduct hearings to involve the public in developing solutions.
  • HB 2757 would charge the Immigration Commission to develop a comprehensive plan to deal with our immigration and migration challenges in Texas.
  • HB 2757 would empower the Governor to work directly with Mexico to negotiate a migrant worker visa pilot project to regulate and control the migrant workforce in Texas.

TAKE ACTION:

HB 2757 will be heard TODAY (March 30, 2011) in House State Affairs Committee.  Please contact the House State Affairs Committee and Represenative Pena to voice your opinion on this important issue.

House State Affairs Committee
512-463-0814 (phone)

Representative Aaron Pena
512-463-0426 (phone)

Members House State Affairs Committee:
Cook / Chairman; Menedez /Vice-Chairman
Craddick, Frullo, Gallego, Geren, Harless, Hildebran,
Huberty, Olivera, Smithee, Solomons, Turner

(To contact any of the above committee members, please visit http://www.house.state.tx.us to get information)

Remember—your voice is a vital part of our state’s discussion about immigration. Please take action on this issue today. Thank you.

Fox News Latino Feature: Ivette Fernandez

A Latina Conquers the Last Frontier (or Two)

By Ivette Fernandez

Published March 30, 2011

| Fox News Latino

They say books can change lives. But in the case of Jacqueline “Jackie” Rosa Fernandez, it was a stint in a bookstore that set her on the path to her current job as a museum curator in far-flung Sitka, Alaska.

Fernandez and her twin sister, Marilena, were born in Boston, Massachusetts, the product of a cross-hemisphere marriage: Their mother, Marilyn, is Canadian and their father, Roberto, is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Growing up, Fernandez heard Spanish at home and enjoyed Argentinean dishes, but didn’t really feel connected with her Hispanic heritage. That changed when she was 15, after her paternal uncle passed away and her father decided the family should move to Buenos Aires to be closer to his relatives.

Fernandez hadn’t visited Argentina since she was a toddler, and she was anxious about leaving her friends and going to a new school—not to mention mastering Spanish. In the end, though, her family spent 13 months abroad and she “loved it.” Not only did she master the language, she also became closer with her grandparents and now cheers for Argentina in the World Cup.

“[It] was a remarkable opportunity and one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me,” she says now.

While attending Mount Holyoke College, Fernandez happened to land a job at the bookstore of Boston’s Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, famed as the  site of the largest art heist in U.S. history. And that’s where the museum bug bit.

Working at a museum would allow her to be “constantly learning,” she realized. “Preserving history and stories and helping people connect with these stories.”

She went on to get an advanced museum studies degree from Tufts University. She also learned more about her chosen field first-hand, working at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, interning at the Massachusetts Historical Society and even taking a spin as a park ranger at the Boston African American National Historic Site.

In early 2008, she learned about the Alaska State Museum Summer Internship Program. She had never been to the West, she says, and Alaska “was as far West as you could get!”

When she arrived for her summer interning at the Alaska Museum of National History in Anchorage, she wasn’t disappointed.

“I think Alaska is the most breathtaking place I have ever lived,” she says now. She also loved Alaska’s “very warm group of people,” and sense of community. She learned a lot about the state and even picked up local jargon, such as the term “Lower 48,” referring to the continental forty-eight states.  Her Alaskan adventure also became a great conversation starter, particularly after Alaska Governor Sarah Palin became a Vice Presidential candidate.

Driving back to Massachusetts after her internship, she stopped off in Illinois to attend a friend’s wedding—and received a call that there was a three-month position open with the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska, which boasts the largest convergence of bald eagles in the country.  She applied from the road—and never made it back to Massachusetts. When that internship ended, she returned home hoping to one day go back North.

This February, that wish came true. Fernandez returned to Alaska to join the Sitka Historical Society and Museum as their curator.

The Museum includes the history and artifacts of Sitka and Alaska’s Southeast since 1867, the year Alaska was purchased from Russia.  Fernandez oversees the stewardship of the Museum’s artifacts, handles potential donors and researcher requests, and manages the Collections Committee.

Fernandez believes artifacts provide an opportunity to engage in a dialogue about history, culture and people.  Her job “brings history to life” and finds a deeper story about an item that you cannot see from the surface.

One favorite find: As she was going through unrecorded artifacts recently, she came across a scrapbook from a woman from Washington State who had traveled through Southeast Alaska via ferry in the 1950s.  Fernandez connected with the woman’s scrapbook and journey because she had also traveled via ferry to the same locations 50 years later.

Her goals are to help the Museum develop policies and procedures not currently in place and go through a backlog of 5,000 artifacts, 25,000 photographs and 15,000 historical documents.

“[I’m] hoping to stay in Alaska permanently,” Fernandez says. She loves Sitka’s snow-capped mountains and seeing bald eagles from her window.  During a recent whale-watching brunch cruise, she also witnessed Steller sea lions, humpback whales and sea otters.

As for her work, Fernandez hopes to attract more tourists and Alaskans, especially younger generations, to visit.

“[I want them to] learn to connect with this wonderful institution,” she says.

Ivette Fernandez is a former White House staffer and Miss Alaska USA. She can be reached at ivetteafernandez@gmail.com or followed on Twitter @fernandezivette.

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Utah Approaches Immigration in Two Different Ways

Even under the more lenient proposal, Utah would still require the state to report to the federal Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agency immigrants who do not have the proper documents and commit a major crime.

While many state legislatures are considering variations of the Arizona immigration law aimed to crack down on undocumented workers, a few others, like Utah are seeking a different path. Two bi-partisan legislators in Utah say they have a more constructive way to handle the controversial issue.

Utah’s bill introduced by state Sen. Luz Robles, a Democrat, and state Rep. Jeremy Peterson, a Republican, also has the support of the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank in Salt Lake City.

According to USA Today, the bill introduced by Robles and Peterson, known as the Pilot Accountability Permit Program, would grant work permits to undocumented immigrants so they could work legally in the state. This would occur only after the undocumented immigrant passes a criminal background check, and it would require them to pay taxes and take English classes. If they lost their jobs they would be forced to leave the state.

Another measure, more closely molded after the Arizona law, has already cleared a House committee vote in the Utah legislature. That bill, known as HB 70 was introduced by Republican Rep. Stephen Sandstrom and is strictly an enforcement-only law.

“We need a deterrent in the state of Utah,” Sandstrom told the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee last Friday. “We have no deterrent right now.”

According to KSL.com, the committee approved Sandstrom’s bill by a 9-3 vote with Democrats casting the dissenting votes. HB 70 requires police officers to verify the legal status of people detained for class A misdemeanor and felony offenses if the officer has “reasonable suspicion” they are in the country illegally. Officers would not have to check the status of those suspected of class B and class C misdemeanors, but could if they chose to.

Even under the more lenient proposal, Utah would still require the state to report to the federal Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agency immigrants who do not have the proper documents and commit a major crime.

“It is very rare,” Eric Rodriguez, vice president of public policy for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights group, said of the bill introduced by Robles and Peterson. “It just feels more meaningful than what we’ve seen in other states.”

According to USA Today, Paul Mero, director of the conservative Sutherland Institute, said he had become disheartened by the dozens of bills flowing through the Utah Capitol and other state legislatures that focused on trying to catch and deport illegal immigrants. He said the immigration system needs to be fixed by Congress, but in the meantime, Utah should focus on constructive ways to deal with the 110,000 illegal immigrants living in the state.

“You really have two paths,” Mero said. “The one path leads to rounding them up or starving them out. Or, you can actually go down this other path of rationality and practicality.”

Not everyone agreed with him.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates lower levels of immigration, told USA Today that the core of the bill is unconstitutional because states cannot regulate immigration numbers.

He called the bill “de facto amnesty” and considered it a political gesture since it has little chance of surviving legal challenges.

Robles acknowledged that the possibility of her proposal being approved and then meeting a legal challenge were not good. No matter the outcome, she told USA Today, she hoped the bill would help change the tone of the national immigration debate.

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The Americano 2.17.2011

Politico: Latinos, GOP belong together

Latinos, GOP belong together
By: Mike Gonzalez
November 24, 2010 04:31 AM EST

 

The new freshman class in the House includes seven Latino Republicans — four from Western states (read non-Florida Cubans). Throw in two Latino governors in New Mexico and Nevada, and Sen.-elect Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and looks like the 2010 midterms produced no clear read on where Latinos stand politically.

This ambivalence frustrates both parties — but especially Democrats. Their expectations that Latinos would become the new black — and reliably vote for Democrats at a better than 90 percent rate — were again thwarted.

For the time being, anyway.

Conservatives now need to communicate their message — for which Latinos are surprisingly ready, according to a poll commissioned by The Heritage Foundation.

An even more interesting churning is likely to take place as we move from politics to policy. The political choice Latinos make in individual elections may prove less important than the philosophy of government they eventually embrace — which helps predict their success in America.

The fundamental choice, not surprisingly, reflects the national debate over the size and role of government. It boils down to two philosophies. Latinos can accept Big Government as savior, a last-resort guarantor of fairness and trusted supplier of help. Or, they can embrace the idea that civil society, with its multiplicity of personal contracts and arrangements, is a more reliable provider of freedom, material success and, generally, the good life — one that includes them.

Illegal immigration is only tangential to this binary choice — which is why the issue never becomes the talisman that groups on the left want. According to the poll, by Chay/McQueen, Latinos are no more liberal than the rest of the nation, when you control for age and wages.

Much will depend on how conservatives communicate their message. The liberal message is that America can be an unfair, even racist, society, where Latinos need government help to fully succeed. Conservatives must not get tripped up discussing illegal immigration and cultural issues in ways that feed this liberal narrative.

The border question is easier to address. Most Latinos are likely to understand that no country — especially a welfare state — can just open its border to all who want to cross it illegally. The one nagging question on the border issue is whether Latinos as a people are being rejected — which brings us to the much-less discussed cultural matter.

Conservatives, rightly sensitive to threats to the common national culture (which is what gives a country meaning and cohesion) must articulate a message of inclusion that points out the route for Latino integration and success. To do otherwise threatens to create an internal enemy of that culture — permanently alienated from the United States.

Communicating the conservative message should be easier than at first thought, if one looks at the implication of each choice.

Choice No. 1 means that Latinos can be suborned by promises of government largesse and are likely to fall into the gaping maw of the Victim Industrial Complex. The result is likely to be voting for candidates who promise to redistribute wealth from earners to non-earners. It means yearning to change the face of American culture because it is an ugly visage of ignorant saps who cling to guns and God in moments of need. It means voting for government benefits — not only in the form of economic supports but of affirmative-action programs that give Latinos priority.

More than 60 percent of Latinos arguably opted for this choice in 2008, when they pulled the lever for Barack Obama. The president sought to build on that in 2010 by urging Latinos “to punish their enemies” by voting for Democrats — a comment so maladroit that he apologized almost immediately.

However, that moment of candor was revealing. Choosing government as arbiter of resources among groups promises a never-ending inter-communal clash that divides the nation and tears the culture apart.

 

There are at least three additional reasons why Latinos should know that the liberal elixir comes with a warning label.

Whatever else it may promise, it could well, by definition, consign Latinos to underclass status. Remember, you would only continue to get free stuff (taken from others through taxes) if you’re in the underclass. Succeed on your own at your peril.

And the free stuff won’t make you happy. Study after study demonstrates that only “earned success” provides satisfaction — not winning the lottery, inheriting a pile or getting government hand-outs.

Most important for those who want America to continue to prosper, the society this is likely to produce would be less fair and create less wealth. The scraps Latinos and everyone else fought over would be more meager, because the talented (Latino or not), would probably produce less once confiscation curbed incentives to succeed. The cost of the implied entitlements might also bankrupt the country faster.

Choice No. 2 is a more natural fit. It aligns with the aspirations that attracted Latino immigrants to this country in the first place. They can strive to join the middle class and become the latest in a long list of immigrants from the world over who have realized the American Dream.

Embracing such policies would almost be a self-fulfilling prophesy of success. Those who rise earlier, work harder and constantly seek opportunities to improve will want to see their hard work rewarded with material possessions that are beyond government’s confiscatory power.

Those who cherish American traditions because they intuit that they are intricately linked to America’s success are likely to prefer policies that conserve the culture. Those who understand that the family is the fulcrum of the good life and a bulwark against decadence will, like so many immigrants before them, strive to keep their own household intact — choosing pro-family policies.

It is true that the GOP has had its share of trouble with Latinos over the years. California Gov. Pete Wilson’s support of an anti-illegal immigrant referendum is still remembered by some. We saw an example of this most recently in the California governor race between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman. When Whitman’s “nanny episode” occurred, what Latino support that Whitman may have had quickly collapsed.

Conservatives shouldn’t assume that the natural affinity Latinos may feel toward conservative policies is enough to overcome negative feelings stirred by such episodes.

But the Chay/McQueen survey shows that Latinos would be receptive to conservative policies. After all, they reject relativistic values; view the United States as a land where a man or woman can still get ahead by wits and effort, and prefer a smaller government that gets out of the way. Conservatives have a powerful message to deliver.

And deliver it they must. Benjamin Disraeli, writing about the uneasy assimilation of Jews into British society in the 19th century, wrote “They are the trustees of tradition, and the conservators of the religious element. … Thus it will be seen that all the tendencies of the Jewish race are conservative. Their bias is to religion, property and natural aristocracy; and it should be the interest of the statesmen that this bias of a great race should be encouraged and their energies and creative powers enlisted in the cause of existing society” (emphasis added).

The “tendencies” of Latinos today are just as conservative. Their real “enemies” are not those who seek to empower them, but those who would frustrate their ambition, hinder their talent and impede their success.

Mike Gonzalez is vice president for communications at The Heritage Foundation, which next month launches Libertad, a daily message in Spanish about freedom, opportunity and civil society.

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Press Release: Board Member Josh Valdez named President by Aveta Inc. of MSO of Puerto Rico, Inc.

(San Juan, Puerto Rico)  – Aveta Inc., one of the nation’s largest providers of managed healthcare services, announced today the appointment of Josh Valdez, D.B.A., as president of MSO of Puerto Rico, Inc. (MSO).

Valdez will lead and oversee the company’s 2010 initiatives to improve the quality of service offered to beneficiaries, while effectively managing healthcare costs and establishing the technological platform needed to achieve these goals.  In addition, Valdez will be instrumental in guiding MSO through implementation of initiatives that result from healthcare reform in D.C.

“We are pleased to bring Josh Valdez to our leadership team – not only because we are confident in his ability to grow MSO but also because he will serve as an excellent resource to the providers in our IPAs and the patients who rely on them,” said Richard Shinto, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Aveta Inc.

MSO is Puerto Rico’s leading administrative medical service organization that helps providers streamline operations so they achieve financial success, operational efficiency and offer quality patient care.  The organization works in close coordination with Aveta’s two Medicare Advantage plans in Puerto Rico: MMM Healthcare, Inc. and PMC Medicare Choice, Inc.

With over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field, Valdez has been recognized as one of the 15 most influential Hispanics in the United States by The Latino Coalition (2004), and one of the ten most influential Latinos in the healthcare sector by Hispanic Business (2004).  His experience spans business development, strategic planning, organizational management, advanced technologies and clinical care systems. 

“I am eager to join the Aveta family as president of MSO,” said Valdez.  “I believe that my solid experience in the industry will bring value to the company.  I look forward to working with the team in Puerto Rico and with the Aveta organization throughout the U.S.”

Previously, Valdez was president and chief executive officer for Right Way Healthcare Consulting, based in Thousand Oaks, Calif.  Valdez was also senior vice president of Health Care Management for WellPoint West and served as regional director of the United States Department of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2003, under the George W. Bush administration.

Valdez holds a doctorate degree in Business Administration and Health Care Administration from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration in Health Services Management from Golden Gate University.  Valdez is a commissioner in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for eliminating racial disparities in healthcare, a board member for the Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity and also the Inner City Games.  Valdez has held past appointments as a member of the White House Council on Aging, Chairman of the U.S. Latino Health Task Force, gubernatorial appointee of the California Health Policy and Data Commission, and Man of the Year for the Hollenbeck Youth Center in East Los Angeles, CA.  Valdez is married to Elizabeth and has three children, Gabriel, Noah and Jacob.

About MSO of Puerto Rico, Inc. and Aveta Inc.

MSO of Puerto Rico, Inc. (MSO) is Puerto Rico’s leading administrative medical service organization, offering support to 27 medical groups and healthcare organizations throughout the Island.  A partner to Medicare Advantage plans MMM Healthcare, Inc. and PMC Medicare Choice, Inc., MSO helps providers streamline operations so that they achieve financial and organizational efficiency and, most importantly, provide high-quality patient care experiences.  To learn more, visit www.mso.pr.

MSO is part of the Aveta Inc. family of companies – one of the largest providers of managed healthcare services in the United States.  Redefining healthcare management to meet the challenges of today’s complex healthcare environment, Aveta develops innovative models that coordinate care for more than 230,000 Medicare beneficiaries and more than 330,000 commercial members, Aveta builds provider networks and Medicare Advantage programs that are sustainable, cost-effective and utilize advanced technologies.  The company is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and currently has operating subsidiaries in California, Illinois, Arizona and Puerto Rico.  For more information, visit www.aveta.com.

About Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity

The Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institute is a pro-business Hispanic advocacy organization whose mission is to help Hispanics take part in the American Dream through programs of public education and research.  To learn more please visit www.HAPInstitute.net

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Press Release: Sanchez Honored by California Latino Legislators

Austin, TX – Leslie Sanchez, author and political analyst, was honored with the prestigious 2010 Spirit Award by the California Latino Legislative Caucus during a special ceremony at the California Legislature on May 3.  Senator Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) Chair of the Latino Caucus and Assembly member Tony Mendoza, (D- Artesia) Vice Chair, hosted the ceremonies.

The Spirit Awards recognizes individuals who exemplify the spirit of the Hispanic community. The honorees have furthered the understanding and acceptance of Hispanic-Latino values, culture and traditions through leadership and service.  Many of them have overcome tremendous obstacles and now are leaders in their communities. 

 Sanchez received recognition for her Achievement in Media.  Other distinguished honorees this year include: The Honorable Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios, Treasurer of the United States; Dr. Aliza A. Lifshitz, Editor in Chief of VidaySalud.com™; and the Honorable Frederick Aguirre of the Superior Court of California.  

“Leslie Sanchez has shown tremendous leadership and a continued commitment to the Latino Community.  Her remarkable accomplishments have been an inspiration and a true celebration of the Latino experience.  She has become a role model for all Latinos and it is our honor to acknowledge her achievements with 2010 Latino Spirit Award,” said Senator Cedillo.

“I am an honored to be recognized by the Latino Legislative Caucus and proud to be counted among the ranks of such significant contributors to our culture,” said Sanchez. “The flourishing impact of the Hispanic community on our nation’s economy and the political arena is fascinating and hope-filled.  It’s a privilege to help raise awareness and create opportunities for the Hispanic population in California and beyond.”

The Latino Legislative Caucus created the Latino Spirit Awards in 2001 to celebrate the contributions of Latinos to the common culture of the United States and to motivate the youth of California.  Previous honorees have included musician Carlos Santana, boxer and philanthropist Oscar de la Hoya, activist Rigoberta Menchu-Tum, producer Moctesuma Esparza, actors Andy Garcia, astronaut Ellen Ochoa.

About Leslie Sanchez

Sanchez is founder and CEO of Impacto Group LLC, a communications and market research firm specializing in defining social and economic trends affecting women and the emerging U.S. Hispanic community. She is author of the critically-acclaimed — You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary and the Shaping of the New American Woman and Los Republicanos: Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other.

Sanchez was an on camera member of CNN’s award-winning 2008 election coverage team.  She currently serves as Co-Chairman of Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity (www.HAPInstitute.net) and in 2010 joined the Board of Directors for Resurgent Republic (www.resurgentrepublic.com).

About the Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity

Founded in 2004 the Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity is a national non-profit organization helping Hispanics take part in the American Dream through education, research and advocacy.  The Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity is a proven Hispanic grassroots network representing the views of Hispanics who believe in economic freedom.  For more information please visit www.HAPInstitute.net.