Obama, La Raza Team Up to Help Illegal Aliens Pay Their Mortgages

Judicial Watch

President Obama’s favorite La Raza group has teamed up with a federal agency to promote one of the administration’s many government cash giveaways with Spanish ads encouraging Latinos—possibly illegal immigrants—to apply for free U.S. taxpayer dollars.

The new campaign warns Hispanics that time is running out to get up to “$50,000 in help” 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).

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. 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.

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

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Is Obama’s New Ambassador a Communist “Asset” (Or Just a Racist)?

Ben Johnson, Floyd Reports

Obama, Socialist-in-ChiefBefore setting off on his sixth vacation of the year in elite Martha’s Vineyard, Barack Obama made four recess appointments. Credible sources report the FBI once listed one of them as a Communist “asset.”

Obama nominated Maria (or “Mari”) del Carmen Aponte as ambassador to El Salvador last December, but it was not her first nomination. In 1998, Bill Clinton nominated her ambassador to the Dominican Republic. When Senate Republicans began probing her ties to Cuban intelligence, she withdrew, allegedly for “personal reasons.”

Aponte lived with Roberto Tamayo, whom Clinton administration officials described as an agent of the Cuban intelligence agency Dirección General de Inteligencia (DGI). In 1993, a Cuban defector named Florentino Aspillaga said Tamayo tried to recruit Aponte on behalf of the Castro regime. Aponte acknowledges that FBI officials found “minor inconsistencies” in her story. When asked, she refused to take a polygraph test.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, flagged her nomination in March, citing “serious concerns” with her history and the fact that “we have not received all of the information we have requested.” He and other Senate Republicans asked to see her FBI file.

Instead, Obama put her in the seat in a way that bypassed the Senate’s advice and consent function. He  made use of a recess appointment, just as he did in appointing Donald Berwick, the proponent of rationed care whom Obama tapped to run Medicare and Medicaid. Then Obama made the announcement on a news dump, in hopes the story would die over the weekend.

Defenders of Aponte insist she was “cleared” by the FBI, citing an article in the Miami Herald from 1999 . However, the article does not cite the FBI; it quotes an administration official who offered no specifics. The article that Media Matters uses to vindicate Aponte concludes, “Whether or not there was ever a Cuban attempt to recruit Aponte remains unclear.”

The unclear all-clear was sounded by the Herald‘s source, Bob Nash, who went on to serve as vice chairman of ShoreBank before becoming Hillary Clinton’s deputy campaign manager in 2007. (Chicago journalist Lynn Sweet noted, “The Clintons, Nash and ShoreBank…have a long, interconnected history.” ShoreBank will soon reopen as the Urban Partnership Bank.)

The Clinton administration was not particularly conscientious about national security or its officials’ private lives. The GOP could be forgiven for wanting more confirmation than the word of a ShoreBank exec.

Whether Aponte was ever an “asset” of DGI, she does not attempt to deny her role in promoting Open Borders and amnesty.

Aponte has been on the board of directors of the National Council of La Raza and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF). The latter organization, which is now known as LatinoJustice PRLDEF, was  long headed by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Sotomayor signed a 1981 memo – which she failed to disclose to the Senate – declaring “capital punishment is associated with evident racism in our society.’’ In the 1980s, PRLDEF issued a press release calling Puerto Rican FALN terrorists “fighters for freedom and justice, for liberation.” PRLDEF filed lawsuits forcing teachers in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to learn “Black English,” and accusing the New York Police Department of racism because too few minorities passed its promotions exam.

The National Council of La Raza (“the Race”) is infamous for its support of Open Borders, drivers licenses for illegals, in-state tuition for non-citizens, and its undying hostility to border enforcement. Obama’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Cecilia Munoz, was vice president of La Raza and is the administration’s top cheerleader for amnesty — sorry, “comprehensive immigration reform.”

Aponte’s extensive funding of the Democratic Party, including the president, raises questions about whether the ambassadorship was a payback. She has donated $49,910 exclusively to Democrats, including Ted Kennedy, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Hilda Solis, and $2,300 to Barack Obama in 2008.

So, the question remains: Is she a Commie, a crony, or an Hispanic racist?Is the president who appointed her a radical, a rewarder, or a race-baiter?

It is despicable that Americans have to ask these questions of their president.