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Obama courts La Raza support at event in midst of "crisis"

by: jim kouri | published: 07 29, 2011

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In the midst of a fiscal crisis -- that his administration claims will lead to Armageddon -- President Obama took time out to visit with a key constituency: La Raza, a group many claim is the Mexican version of the KKK.

While the White House continues to hopelessly spin President Barack Obama's poll free-fall, he made certain to take the time to speak to an audience of La Raza members on Monday.

La Raza (The Race) is a Mexican advocacy group for millions of illegal aliens to receive amnesty at best, a racist organization at worst. It's accused of being a group with a stated goal of re-conquering the U.S. southwest that they claim was stolen from their ancestors as a result of an imperialist war in 1845.

Obama's appearance -- in the midst of a no-hold-barred fight with the GOP over the debt ceiling -- is seen as an obvious maneuver to solidify the Latino vote in the 2012 presidential election. There are those who believe that the Democrats -- although quick to deny it -- encourage illegal aliens to vote, which is why progressives such as Obama oppose Voter ID legislation. In an obvious quid pro quo, La Raza has teamed up with a federal agency to promote one of the administration’s many government cash giveaways with Spanish ads encouraging Latinos --including legal and illegal immigrants -- to apply for U.S. taxpayer dollars to pay for housing.

Just a few weeks ago a Judicial Watch investigation revealed that federal funding for La Raza, which for years has raked in millions of taxpayer dollars, has catapulted since Obama hired its senior vice president, Cecilia Muñoz, to be his director of intergovernmental affairs.

In fact, the government cash more than doubled the year Muñoz joined the White House, from $4.1 million to $11 million. Additionally, NCLR affiliates nationwide raked in tens of millions of government grant and recovery dollars last year thanks to the Muñoz factor.

The new campaign warns Hispanics that time is running out to get up to $50,000.00 from Uncle Sam to pay their mortgage, past due charges, taxes, insurance and even legal fees associated with their home. The money is being disbursed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of a billion-dollar Emergency Homeowner Loan Program (EHLP), according to a public-interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption.

In 2008 the agency revealed that some 5 million fraudulent or defaulted home mortgages were in the hands of illegal immigrants, who obtained the loans from banks that were pressured by the government to offer them, according to a report from attorneys at Judicial Watch.

In fact, the agency in charge of preserving and promoting public confidence in the nation’s financial system, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), began pushing banks to offer services to illegal aliens years earlier and many still do today.

In addition, the Federal Reserve Bank allows Mexican illegal aliens to electronically transfer funds from the United States to Mexico.

It’s logical to assume that the involvement of the nation’s most powerful open borders group, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), in promoting government-funded mortgage aid is geared, at least in part, towards undocumented immigrants. The EHLP expired but recently got extended amid record-high unemployment to help people keep their homes.

La Raza -- which has seen its federal funding skyrocket since one of its top officials, Cecilia Muñoz, got a job in Obama’s White House -- wants to make sure Latinos get a piece of the pie. Two weeks ago it launched a Spanish-language public service campaign to highlight the program’s “fast-approaching” deadline.

“The biggest challenge now is ensuring that people know about this opportunity and take advantage of it during the short period that it is available,” according to the NCLR director who announced the campaign that will help Latinos “seize” an “opportunity.” In the ad HUD Assistant Secretary Mercedes Marquez alerts Hispanics of the imminent deadline to get their government cash and directs them to a Spanish HUD website that assures the money will be disbursed in a “fair and impartial manner."

Last year Marquez , a strong ally of the open borders movement, awarded a La Raza affiliate known as Chicanos Por la Causa (Chicanos for the Cause) nearly $40 million in grants to “stabilize neighborhoods and rebuild economies.” The money came from a Neighborhood Stabilization Program that has doled out $2 billion to community groups to combat the negative effects of “vacant and abandoned homes.”

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