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 --
To email the above Houe members, please cut, copy and paste the below emails...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...."S.B. 35 & S.B. 150 -
" 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)
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
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.
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