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    Hispanic Congressional Caucus Opposes CAFTA

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus Opposes CAFTA

    109th Congress Congresswoman Grace Flores Napolitano,

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Imelda Aguirre

    Thursday, May 26, 2005
    (202) 225-2410

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus Opposes CAFTA

    CHC concerned trade agreement would widen gap between
    haves and have-nots.

    Washington, DC -- Today, the Congressional Hispanic
    Caucus (CHC) issued the following statement announcing
    its strong opposition to the Central American Free
    Trade Agreement (CAFTA):

    The decision to oppose CAFTA came after almost two
    years of careful consideration, dialogue with numerous
    organizations and individuals, and extensive debate.
    It is a decision we make based on the concerns of our
    constituents, the impact of the agreement on the
    United States, and the effect this trade agreement
    could have on millions of our Latino brothers and
    sisters in the western hemisphere.

    In a May 15, 2003 letter to U.S. Trade Representative
    Robert Zoellick, the CHC raised several concerns about
    the direction the Bush administration was taking CAFTA
    negotiations. The CHC urged the Ambassador to
    negotiate an agreement that included meaningful labor
    and environmental obligations, including a fully
    enforceable commitment by CAFTA countries to adopt and
    effectively enforce internationally recognized core
    labor standards.
    The CHC is extremely disappointed that this sincere
    advice was not completely heeded.

    As Hispanic Members of Congress, we fully understand
    the critical importance of promoting economic
    development throughout the Americas. However, United
    States policy towards Latin America must promote
    growth that is sustainable, just and inclusive,
    regardless of socio-economic status. We must invest in
    programs that elevate people to a higher standard of
    living, that allow for and encourage entrepreneurship
    and self-reliance, and adhere to democratic

    A decade after the passage of NAFTA, an agreement that
    some CHC members supported, it is clear some sectors
    in the Latino community benefited.
    As a caucus, however, we are gravely concerned those
    benefits were lopsided.
    This model of trade has not delivered the promised
    benefits and has widened the gap between the rich and
    poor. For instance, 47% of workers receiving federal
    assistance for being certified as having lost a job
    due to NAFTA were Latino.

    In Mexico, 1.3 million small to medium-size Mexican
    farmers have been forced off their land because they
    were unable to compete with large multi-national
    producers. For those concerned about our "broken
    borders", the CHC asks that you think of this: the
    employed farmers and agricultural workers of 10 years
    ago have become the undocumented immigrants of today.
    ( I think they are trying to say illegal aliens!)

    The United States must also be cautious about entering
    into free trade
    agreement with countries that lack strong legal
    systems, transparency,
    and accountability. If this agreement ensured the Rule
    of Law, and created a transparency in the governance
    of the nations involved, perhaps we would support it.
    Unfortunately, it does not. According to Transparency
    International, four out of the six CAFTA countries
    received a Corruption Perception Index score which
    indicates rampant political and legal corruption.
    (We've been telling our government that, for years!)

    It is our strong belief that CAFTA will only continue
    to broaden the
    gap between the haves and have-nots. It is in the
    vital interest of the
    hemisphere and in the interest of the security of our
    great nation that
    we look for avenues to close the gap. CAFTA is
    certainly not the answer. It is our hope that in the
    future the Administration produces agreements that are
    more fair and better address the concerns of the CHC.
    We can and must do better for the Americas.

    # # #
    The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is comprised
    of 21 members of Congress of Hispanic descent. Since
    1976 the CHC has been addressing the needs of the
    Hispanic community in all areas of American life. For
    more information on the CHC call
    (202) 225-2410.

    Raul Islas
    Public Citizen
    Global Trade Watch
    GTW: 202-454-5129
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    This was emailed to me and I cant find it on their site, but I did find it on ... panic.html

    Some of the stories or press releases on their site are listed as follows:
    May20, 2005

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus Responds to Divisive Remarks by President Fox

    In Letter to Fox, CHC Asks for Apology

    Washington, DC – In response to remarks made last week by Mexican President Vicente Fox, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) today issued a letter to Mr. Fox expressing its discontent with the insensitivity of the remarks and asks for an apology.

    To read the letter, please follow this link.

    Congresswoman Grace Flores Napolitano, Chair

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute


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    Oddly enough they dont support Anti-immigrant Proposals.....
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