My name is Robert Morales.
My parents came to the United States fleeing a civil war in El Salvador. I was
fortunate enough to be #thefirst in my family born in this country. Growing up, I watched my mother push her physical limits working long hours in room service, and thanks to her hard work and dedication, I gained an appreciation of a strong work ethic. I watched my father work graveyard shifts for 10 years and learned the value of a good education.
Because of my parents’ sacrifices, I became #thefirst in my family to get a bachelor’s degree and graduated with honors. I am #thefirst to be recruited to a major energy corporation.
I will continue my education by aiming to attend a top MBA program. I plan to shift my career towards developing sustainable energy sources for future generations. Deciding to focus on energy is a way for me to be a part of something that is bigger than myself. Energy is central to many economies as well as a major factor in an individual’s quality of life. By creating clean and innovative solutions, we can help ensure a healthy planet for future generations.
My story is similar to that of so many other Latinos in this country. We are products of sacrifice, hard work and perseverance. There is an enormous amount of potential in our community, and most of us just need some guidance.
It is critical for young Latinos to have a blueprint to follow, whether through the example of a personal mentor or seeing other Latinos in positions to create change. We must help uplift each other and show there are no limits to what our community can accomplish.
My name is Fred Mariscal. I am the first in my family to become a U.S. citizen and also the first in my family to run for office.
I’m an immigrant from Mexico City. In 1992, I moved to Los Angeles on a student visa to study at the University of Southern California and decided to become an American. I “got in line,” but it took 22 years to finally take the Citizenship Oath. We need immigration reform. It shouldn’t take 22 years to naturalize when you follow the rules.
I grew up in a family committed to giving back and serving others. I believe that if Latinos want to improve their quality of life and their political clout, we must get involved in our communities, give back and do all we can to change things for the better.
That’s why in 2014 I decided to run for public office – the Los Angeles City Council. I didn’t win, but it was a great opportunity to let our fellow citizens know that Latinos come to this country to work hard, play by the rules, give back to our new communities and do what we can to make the United States a more perfect Union. I hope my story inspires other Latinos to get involved in the democratic process.
It was easy to get discouraged during the 21 years it took to become a citizen, and I know there are still countless immigrants who are waiting to even get a response from the government on their application. I tell you hang on, be patient, persevere and it will happen. It is worth the wait.
In the 2000 election my mother and I became the first in our family to vote in the Iowa Caucus.
I was born in Honduras and came to the United States when I was 7 years old. I spent 8 years as an undocumented immigrant. Growing up, we lived in fear, and I saw friends and family get deported to one of the more dangerous countries in the world.
Because of the sacrifices my mother made in the early-mid 80s when she came to the U.S., she and I eventually became naturalized citizens.
I could hardly grasp the enormity that only a decade earlier I was a child running through the poor streets of Honduras and now, here in Iowa, I had the opportunity to cast a vote for the next President of the United States.
Today as the Political Director for LULAC’s Iowa Chapter, I fight to make sure that one day other families have that same privilege.
It is important that all Latinos be civic minded and engaged. I’m proud to work in Iowa to identify new Latino voters and to train the next generation of Iowa Caucus goers.
I hope my story motivates other Latinos to participate in the democratic process and stand up for the millions of members of our community who don’t have the right to vote and make their voices heard.
By Cristóbal J. Alex, President of Latino Victory Fund
(Original content published in Spanish on Univision.com.)
Yesterday Latino Victory Fund announced our endorsement for Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.
Many of you might wonder why? Given that normally we only endorse Latino candidates who represent our community’s values and promote issues that are priorities for Hispanics. The stakes are simply too high in the 2016 election for Latinos to sit on the sidelines. That’s why we decided to make an exception, to stand with the best person for the job who supports the policies that are important to Latinos, and who will give us the best shot against the anti-immigrant candidates on the right. And that person is Hillary Clinton.
From the beginning of her career, Hillary has fought to empower and protect the vulnerable. She fought to give a voice to those who have been silenced and to ensure that all voices are heard and taken into account in our democracy. And that’s evident in her campaign.
Our vision for the future of this country is the same, and we know that Hillary will deliver pragmatic solutions to the problems that greatly affect the Hispanic community.
The future of our America is one in which Latinos have better economic opportunities and better jobs with a higher minimum wage – which will help better the quality of our families’ lives.
It’s a future in which our children are not getting into massive amounts of debt thanks to extremely high college tuition, which leaves them vulnerable when they’re just starting their adult lives.
It’s a future in which our children don’t have to worry about their parents being deported. Where there are protections for those who qualify for DACA, DAPA, and more. Where we approve immigration reform so that our families remain together and we can come out of the shadows and be full participants in our democracy and our society.
And it’s a future in which our communities are free of pollution – where the quality of air and water don’t make us sick any more. Where our environment is clean and we can leave a rich inheritance full of natural beauty for future generations.
The truth is that the results of the 2016 elections can take a big toll on our community’s well being. Let’s not forget that the main Republican candidate started his campaign attacking the Latino community. And the other Republican candidates didn’t come to our defense. On the contrary, they have competed with one another for the most anti-immigrant, anti-Latino positions and have completely turned their backs on our community.
The future that Rubio, Trump and Cruz envision for our country is shameful. In their vision, workplace protections are rolled back – paying us less for hard work while they make millions.
Their future takes us backwards: massive deportations, family separation, and children hiding in the shadows. In their future our environment is trashed and our health is at risk. It is a horrifying and terrifying future.
The risks are too high in the 2016 elections, that’s why we can’t be silent. Hillary is a proved leader who has demonstrated her capacity and ability to deliver results. Latinos don’t need more empty promises and policies that will be impossible to get through Congress. What we need are realistic and practical solutions that will start making our families’ lives better from day one of the new administration.
Hillary has the experience, the knowledge, the vision, and the courage that we need in this election and in the White House. That’s why Latino Victory Fund decided to take a position and proudly support Hillary Clinton for President.
Washington, D.C.—La Suprema Corte de los Estados Unidos anunció hoy que escuchará una apelación sobre la acción ejecutiva de DAPA y la extensión de DACA, una victoria para millones de soñadores e inmigrantes que ahora tendrán su día en corte y la oportunidad de que se escuche su voz en el sistema de justicia.
La Corte de Apelacion del Quinto Circuito inicialmente bloqueo la acción ejecutiva del Presidente Obama y al hacerlo, terminó con el proceso de aplicación de DAPA y de la extensión de DACA, el cual daría acción diferida para los soñadores y los padres inmigrantes de ciudadanos estadounidenses y residentes legales.
El presidente de Latino Victory Fund, Cristóbal Alex, emitio el siguiente comunicado: “El anuncio de la Corte Suprema es una gran victoria en nuestra lucha por los derechos de millones de familias quienes finalmente tendrán su día en corte y la oportunidad de que se escuche su voz. Felicitamos a la Corte Suprema por tomar el caso y les pedimos que hagan lo correcto y que implementen DAPA y la expansión de DACA puesto que beneficiará a nuestra economía y traerá paz y estabilidad a los hogares de millones de familias trabajadoras con estatus migratorios mezclados.”
“Las acciones ejecutivas del presidente establecen prioridades para la aplicación de la las leyes de inmigración. Las demandas frívolas con motivos políticos no deben frustrar el proceso del trabajo del gobierno. Esta demanda no fue nada más que un teatro político—los estados Republicanos que contrarrestaron DACA y DAPA eligieron a un juez activista y a una corte de apelación conservadora, quienes dieron la decisión que querían y bloquearon la implementación de estos programas. De esta forma, usaron nuestras cortes por motivos políticos. La Suprema Corte debe actuar y restaurar la dignidad de nuestro sistema jurídico.”