After Verizon's decision to remove Univision from Verizon Fios, AT&T recently decided to remove Televisión Dominicana from U-Verse and DIRECTV, which is their only channel that services the Dominican community, leaving viewers who were depending on the channel for news and updates in the dark. Not surprisingly, AT&T’s actions have provoked concern and outrage among Hispanic leaders. "Despite our best efforts to negotiate continued distribution, AT&T's proposals made access to Televisión Dominicana limited and more expensive for the Dominican community," said a spokesman for the channel. According to The Business in Television "There are 2.3 million Dominicans living in the United States, the fourth largest Spanish-speaking population, but AT&T and DIRECTV carry other networks targeting smaller population groups. Among those are three channels from Spain provided by a company partnered with DIRECTV, including the channel that replaced Televisión Dominicana."
In the latest of a series of actions, Congress member Adriano Espaillat - the first Dominican-American in Congress - called on the Boards of both AT&T and Time Warner to consider the importance of Televisión Dominicana in the lives of countless Dominican Americans in light of the proposed merger between the two companies.
On Wednesday, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13) and Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL-04) will debrief reporters following their individual trips this past weekend to Puerto Rico to help distribute supplies and other necessities in Comerío, a municipality located near the center-eastern region of the island. This marked the second joint trip the two Congressmen have taken to Puerto Rico as they continue to assess the damage following Hurricane Maria last month. Tomorrow’s briefing will be an opportunity to further discuss their experiences and their thoughts on what should come next in their continued push for federal funding to help Puerto Rico rebuild.
WASHINGTON.- El congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) criticó abiertamente la decisión del presidente de los Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, de no certificar el Plan de Acción Integral Conjunto (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA), también conocido como ” acuerdo nuclear con Irán”. En un comunicado de prensa, Espaillt dijo que esta decisión aisla a los Estados Unidos de sus tradicionales socios internacionales.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the first time in American history, a formerly undocumented immigrant is serving in Congress. In fact, there are two. Whether a historical coincidence or political fate, the same election that brought Donald Trump — the most nativist national political candidate since perhaps the “Know-Nothing” party ran Millard Fillmore in 1856 — to the White House also brought two formerly undocumented immigrants to the Capitol Building.
A pair of House Democrats unveiled legislation on Thursday that would prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to display Confederate symbols on federal property. That would include locations such as the Capitol, military bases, highways, parks and streets maintained by the federal government. Democratic Reps. Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.) and Dwight Evans (Pa.) are introducing the bill amid renewed furor over whether Confederate statues in the Capitol and localities across the nation should be taken down. "We recognize these symbols for what they are and for the abhorrence they represent, still today,” Espaillat said in a statement. “We defeated the Confederacy once, and we must be willing to defeat it once again, now and forever, as the tribute to the legacy we leave behind for the next generation.”
Two congressmen are demanding answers from the government officials charged with oversight of U.S. Customs and Border Protection after an ABC News investigation that shed light on a tragic 2013 episode at the U.S.-Mexico border. Government surveillance video obtained by ABC News shows two Customs and Border Protection officers appeared to encourage — or at least permit — a 16-year-old Mexican high school student named Cruz Velazquez to drink from a bottle that tests later revealed contained concentrated liquid methamphetamine. He died shortly afterward from acute methamphetamine intoxication. In an Aug. 2 letter addressed to the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif., whose district includes the border crossing where the episode occurred, and Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., called the officers’ actions “appalling” and advocated for legislation that would rein in the agency.
Millennials have seen dramatic gains in health insurance coverage since passage of the ACA, more so than any other age demographic. Instead of building on these historic gains, Trumpcare would have devastating effects on young people. Trumpcare harms young people by eliminating the current tax credit that helps many young people purchase insurance. According to Young Invincibles, low- and moderate-income young individuals would pay more under Trumpcare than under current law, ultimately impacting over 4 million young people and harming the lowest-income young people the most. On top of that, Trumpcare allows insurers to impose penalties on those who experience gaps in coverage. Who is most likely to experience a gap in health coverage because of a move or a job transition? Young adults. In fact, as many as one-third of young people between the ages of 19 and 34 could face this 30 percent coverage gap surcharge under Trumpcare.
Desde 1964, millones de estudiantes de secundaria de hogares de bajos ingresos se han convertido en los primeros en sus familias en obtener un título universitario gracias a los programas financiados con fondos federales Upward Bound que operan en cada estado. Estos programas, establecidos como parte de la Guerra contra la Pobreza del presidente Lyndon B. Johnson, invitan a estudiantes de secundaria de familias de bajos ingresos a estudiar en un campus universitario. Durante el año escolar, tienen acceso a tutoría y consejería académica para mantenerlos en vía a su graduación, y con la llegada del verano, se mudan a dormitorios y se inscriben en clases diseñadas para prepararlos para el año que sigue.
Las comunidades del campus se reúnen alrededor de los estudiantes de Upward Bound, proporcionando recursos cruciales y desarrollando en ellos el sentido de que pertenecen a la universidad. Los padres de tales estudiantes pueden ofrecerles un sólido apoyo, pero no pueden transmitir la nostalgia y la comprensión de una universidad a la que nunca asistieron. Pueden inculcar disciplina y ser generosos en su estímulo para que sigan una educación universitaria, pero es poco probable que sean de mucha ayuda para su hijo cuando se trata de llenar la solicitud Common App o elegir qué prueba de admisión debe tomar. El conocimiento de estos procesos, aunque menos valioso que el amor de los padres, no es menos importante.
Since Donald Trump assumed control of the federal government’s executive branch, millions of Americans have become fearful that he will fulfill his pledge — repeated many times during last year’s campaign — to conduct mass deportations of undocumented immigrants. Already, Trump has issued an executive order that all but eliminates Immigration and Customs Enforcement priorities that until then put serious criminals first in line for deportation actions. As a result, honest and hardworking people who came to America as children with their parents are now considered as much a priority for deportation as individuals with extremely serious criminal records. Just the very act of entering the United States without authorization or staying here after the expiration of a visa is now being prosecuted as a crime that unjustly merits deportation. We are prepared to lead the resistance to Trump’s immoral anti-immigrant policies. We are a city of immigrants within a nation of immigrants. About one-third of New York City residents were born outside the United States. Their contributions are vital to our civil society.
100 Days into President Donald Trump’s presidency, America has witnessed a dramatic shift on many fronts. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, that Trump is filling the swamp with the same hate induced agenda that we witnessed during his campaign. And as a result, we are now witnessing firsthand aggressive shifts in policies that impact America’s standing abroad with our allies and here at home. Radical efforts to take away healthcare from millions of Americans with the now failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, to the also now blocked Executive Orders that would have proven disastrous for America by banning Muslims, refugees, and travelers from entering the country. Ongoing is the challenge to resist the Trump administration’s policy and rhetorical attacks on immigrant communities around the country. With its anti-immigrant agenda, the administration has set loose the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Customs Border Patrol (CBP) agents to target immigrant families through raids, detentions and deportation with no oversight or accountability, policies that are unacceptable and unaligned with the values that make our country successful.