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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Time To Defund Ohio Commission on Hispanic Latino Affairs (OCHLA)

Now we need to defund the Ohio Commission on Hispanic Latino Affairs (OCHLA). OCHLA is an Ohio state agency created in 1977 to advise the Governor, General Assembly and other state agencies on the needs of Spanish-speaking citizens. OCHLA, receiving in excess of $500,000 from the State of OH and has routinely operated as an ACORN type group by actively lobbying the state legislature to provide favorable treatment for illegal aliens in Ohio. 
A complaint against OCHLA has been filed with Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles in 2010, but Charles, who was reappointed by Governor Kasich as Ohio Inspector General, did his best to ignore the complaint.
It would also be a safe bet that OCHLA most likely played a hand in the Justice Dept. singling out Cuyahoga County and demanding they print bilingual ballots at an extra cost of $500,00 for the past 2010 elections.

From the Grassroots Rally Team of Ohio --

Time to Defund Ohio Commission on Hispanic Latino Affairs (OCHLA)

Latino Affairs Director Defends Budget Before House Committee

OCHLA is hoping to continue to be funded with our tax dollars. When legislation has been introduced to help stop the influx of illegal immigrants into Ohio, OCHLA has been there to give opposing testimony. We expect our elected officials to protect us from the ill effects of illegal immigration and yet OCHLA uses our tax dollars to oppose this.

In testimony defending their current funding level of over $340,000 from Lilleana Cavanaugh, Executive Director of Ohio Latino Affairs Commission, calls this a modest investment for a more positive social and cultural impact for the State of Ohio.  (Click here to read full testimony).

Just two of the many testimonies from OCHLA:

S.B. 238 -

"... thank you for the opportunity to testify in opposition to Sb 238, which prohibits undocumented immigrant workers from receiving injury compensation from the Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC).  My name is Florentina Staigers, and I am the Policy Director of the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission...."

" The immigration system is broken and this bill is yet another attempt to deal with some of the effects of that broken system by deterring undocumented immigrants from seeking work in Ohio." (Click here to read full testimony)
S.B. 35 & S.B. 150 - 
Bill SB 35 reads: "To enact section 109.45 of the Revised Code to direct the Attorney General to pursue of Memorandum of Agreement that permits the Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws in the State of Ohio by Law Enforcement Officers."

In permitting the Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law, both criminal and civil is not a clever way to resolve this dilemma om Immigration. This BILL is going to cause the State consequences, not only economical, but political as well.  Not everybody that dictates the Law, knows or has witnessed what happened when an ignorant Law Enforcement Officer approaches our Hispanic/Latino people. (Click here to read full testimony).

(Lupe Williams was an OCHLA commissioner when she gave this testimony.)

Please contact the following Subcommittee members, and ask that OCHLA be defunded:
Representative John Carey / ChairPhone: (614) 466-1366
Fax: (614) 719-6987

Representative Ron MaagPhone: (614) 644-6023
Fax: (614) 719-3589

Representative Gerald L. StebeltonPhone: (614) 466-8100
Fax: (614) 719-0005

Representative Matt LundyPhone: (614) 644-5076
Fax: (614) 719-3957

Representative Debbie PhillipsPhone: (614) 466-2158
Fax: (614) 719-6992

Public testimony will be heard on this issue next week:
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Room: 122

If you plan on giving testimony, please have 25 copies of written testimony to summit to the Chairman prior to the hearing. You are also required to fill out a Witness Information form prior to testifying.
To email the above Houe members, please cut, copy and paste the below emails...

district87@ohr.state.oh.us, district57@ohr.state.oh.us, district35@ohr.state.oh.us, district5@ohr.state.oh.us, district92@ohr.state.oh.us

1 comment:

  1. Why is the Tea Party focusing on stuff like this and never mentions the BILLIONS of TAX DOLLARS given to big oil, banks and insurance companies? Is that not wasted money? What about the troops in Germany and Japan? Could we not save billions by bringing them home? What about the hundreds of billions lost due to tax loopholes for well connected giant corporations? Bank of America pay less tax than my small business does-isn't that a problem?

    Lets go after the REAL waste!


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