Latino Consumers and Small Businesses Call for
More Transparency in Online Privacy Policies
Washington, December 8, 2008 Today The Latino Coalition urged companies that market over the Internet to join AT&T in endorsing four key principles that will protect consumers and the privacy of their online communication and activity.
“Consumers and small businesses may not be aware that their Internet use is tracked by companies that turn around and offer advertising based on their online behavior,” said Hector Barreto, Chairman, of The Latino Coalition. Ã??Ã?Â¢??We have no objection to customized advertising based on consumers, Internet use, but we strongly believe consumers and small businesses should be in control of their online privacy. Companies tracking our online behaviors should seek our permission for behavioral tracking in advance and allow us to decide if customized advertising enhances our unique online experience”.
In recent testimony before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, AT&T introduced four privacy principles for online behavioral advertising that the Latino Coalition supports. The company committed to telling consumers how companies will collect, use and protect their information, to collecting and using information only on consumers who provide advance affirmative consent to the program, to ensuring that all measures are employed to keep personal information confidential, and to delivering on the promise of online behavioral advertising by giving the consumer valuable and customized information and offers.
“The Latino Coalition believes these four principles are good for Latinos and all consumers. AT&T is to be commended for putting this stake in the ground and committing to these principles” Barreto said. “We urge all companies that offer Internet search engines, email programs and other online tools to also commit to these principles. Privacy is a critical consumer issue and deserves the highest level of commitment”.
THE LATINO COALTION HOSTS AN EXECUTIVE BRIEFING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
IN THESE CHALLENGING ECONOMIC TIMES
Discussion will also focus on the impact immigration has on the U.S. economy
[Los Angeles, October 29, 2008] The Latino Coalition, an umbrella organization for many of the nation’s leading Hispanic business advocacy groups, will host a briefing for Hispanic businesses, entrepreneurs and influencers on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 in New York City on how to navigate business during the challenging economic times. The conference will also focus on the impact immigration has on the U.S. economy.
These are challenging times for businesses and entrepreneurs, said Hector Barreto, chairman of The Latino Coalition and former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. However, we also know these times bring out the best in people and can be good for small business owners. Those who thrive amid today’s economy are those who are prepared.
The conference will consist of several panels lead by financial, academic and public policy experts. The first panel will be on Immigration and the Economy featuring Dr. Nancy Foner, Professor at the State University of New York at Purchase, Mary Ann Slutski, Long Island Wins and Alfred Placers, a New York immigration attorney and President of the New York State Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. The second panel will be Managing Your Business lead by Cid Wilson, Senior Analyst & Director of Research, Kevin Dann & Partners LLC and the Hon. Bret Schundler, former Mayor of Jersey City and Professor of Public Policy at Kings College.
The keynote speaker for the conference will be The Honorable Anna Cabral, Treasurer of the United States, who will speak on the current state of the U.S. economy and the growing need for financial literacy and education among the growing minority populations.
The conference, co-hosted by the Bronx Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, New York State Federation of Hispanic Chambers Commerce and Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, will be take Wednesday, October 29, 2008 from 9:30 am 1:30 pm at the historic Ellis Island. The ferry will begin to take registered conference participants to Ellis Island at 830 am from Battery Park.
About The Latino Coalition
The Latino Coalition (TLC) is a non-profit, nationwide organization based in Los Angeles, CA, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Mexico City and Guadalajara. TLC was established to address policy issues that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the U.S. agenda is to develop and promotes policies that will foster economic equivalency and enhance overall business, economic and social development of Hispanics. For more information, visit the TLC website at www.thelatinocoalition.com.
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AT&T Takes Extra Steps to Assist Customers Affected by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav
With restoration and repair efforts continuing in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike, AT&T has taken additional steps to help customers hardest hit by the storms by waiving charges for some services and offering telephone relocation free of charge.
In an effort to further help residents stay in touch with family and friends during this emergency, AT&T is making additional emergency communications resources available, including:
?Enabling free Wi-Fi access at hundreds of hot spots in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, including select McDonald’s restaurants, Barnes & Noble locations and AT&T Experience StoreSM locations, among others.
?Providing free wireless GoPhones with $15 in air time to thousands of evacuees from mandatory evacuation areas who are sheltered in affected areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and south Texas.
?Providing free phone calls for hurricane victims at all open company-owned retail locations across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and portions of northwest Florida, including Pensacola, Fort Walton and Destin.
?Installing phone banks and DSL connections for free use by evacuees who are sheltered in San Antonio, Birmingham and Shreveport.
The company’s wireless and wireline networks continue to perform well despite storm disruptions and unusually heavy usage. AT&T continues to deploy significant resources for the restoration of communications and customer support across Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas in the aftermath of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
As Hurricane Ike passed, 600 technicians from as far away as Wisconsin and Minnesota moved into the area to supplement the existing more than 1,400 existing technicians already in place. These technicians are working quickly to assess the damage and restore service in all of the areas affected by the hurricanes. Additional resources are ready and will be deployed as needed.
AT&T networks also performed extremely well related to the landfall of Tropical Storm Hanna, and there were no major impacts to any of the companys services as a result of this storm.
The company has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to create and maintain its Network Disaster Recovery capabilities that include an extensive fleet of mobile command centers, mobile cell sites, emergency equipment and personnel resources standing by should they be needed.
Press Releases, “AT&T Offers Hurricane Gustav Victims Service Options While Restoration Work Continues” and “AT&T Prepared for Tropical Storm Hanna in North Carolina,” Sept. 4, 2008, and “AT&T Mobilizes Restoration and Support Work Following Hurricane Ike,” Sept. 15, 2008.
It was great seeing so many of our friends in Denver and Minneapolis at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions!
We are proud to have teamed up with such great organizations to make these events possible:
Democratic National Convention: Latino Voters: Making History
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)
National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
Republican National Convention: Red, Hot y Azul!
Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
Hispanic Alliance for Progress Institute
The Latino Coalition
Republican National Hispanic Assembly
AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega to be Inducted into Prestigious Hispanic Scholarship Fund Hall of Fame
AT&T is proud to announce that the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the nationâ??s largest organization in support of Latino higher education, has selected Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility, as an honorary inductee into its 2008 Alumni Hall of Fame.
Each year, HSF selects five accomplished Latinos to induct into its prestigious Alumni Hall of Fame. De la Vega will be receiving the honorary Triunfador Award from HSF for realizing the ultimate professional achievement and raising the bar.
We are proud to honor Mr. de la Vega because he personifies the mission and values of HSF, said Frank D. Alvarez, HSF president and CEO. He is an inspiration to aspiring Latinos everywhere.
A native of Cuba, de la Vega came to the United States alone at the age of 10, while his parents were forced to stay behind because of complications with their immigration documentation. He was reunited with his parents and sister four years later, and went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University and an M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University.
I am honored to be a part of HSF and the valuable work it does in developing the next generation of Latino leaders, de la Vega said. I have always believed in helping young people recognize their own potential and become all they can be. And HSF is among the most successful organizations in our country at doing this.
In late 2007, de la Vega was appointed president and CEO of AT&T Mobility, ensuring the successful rebranding of the company and the launch of the revolutionary iPhone.
De la Vega is the first honoree to be selected for the 2008 recognition. The four alumni recipients will be announced in July.
Press Release, “AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega to be Inducted into Prestigious Hispanic Scholarship Fund Hall of Fame,” June 11, 2008.
LULAC to Help Improve High School Drop-out Rate with $1 Million from AT&T
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will receive a $1 million grant from the AT&T Foundations Aspire initiative to implement the Adelante America program, which will provide academic classes, mentoring and student leadership development for underserved, at-risk Latino teens in grades eight through 10.
“This important educational initiative in our community will help ensure that our nation’s rich high-tech future and digital empowerment is within reach of our Latino youth,” said LULAC president Rosa Rosales. “A good education is the key to a successful future. And as a long-time leader in broadband and mobile communications, and a long term dependable partner of the Hispanic community, AT&T is once again demonstrating their corporate leadership by keeping the American Dream accessible to Latino students all across the country.”
Over a period of two years, the $1 million grant will serve a total of 910 at-risk students in grades eight through 10. The goals of the Adelante America program include increasing rates of on-time promotion to the next grade; improvement of academic performance as measured by grades and test scores; improvement of interpersonal relationships between the children and their peers, teachers, family and other adults; reduction of the dropout rate, delinquency and gang involvement; and achieving a higher graduation rate for its participants.
AT&Ts Aspire program was launched earlier this year, in an attempt to address the fact that more than a million U.S. high school students drop out every year, which amounts to one student dropping out every 26 seconds a disproportionate number of whom are Hispanics. The $100 million philanthropic effort announced in April reflects AT&Ts commitment to help to strengthen student success and workforce readiness.
Press Release, “LULAC Receives $1 Million Grant from AT&T,” July 11, 2008.
AT&T Launches Nationwide In-Home Service for PC, TV and Home Theater Setup and Support
AT&T has announced the launch of AT&T ConnecTech a 50-state, all-encompassing home service care program that is designed to take customer service, and the company’s own support capabilities, to the next level.
Building on the company’s leadership in communications, customer care and digital entertainment, AT&T ConnecTech provides in-home service for virtually all technical support needs. For residential customers in all 50 states AT&T and non-AT&T customers alike ConnecTech offers television and home theater installation, personal computer and home network setup and an extensive list of repair services.
AT&T has long been a familiar face in the homes of Americans, said Carmen Nava, senior vice president, Consumer Marketing Operations for AT&T. Now, we are taking that expertise to a whole new level with this in-home support, and with the same great customer service and reliability we’ve delivered for more than a century.
For more information, customers can visit www.att.com/connectech.
Press Release, “AT&T Launches Nationwide In-Home Service For PC, TV and Home Theater Setup and Support,” Aug. 21, 2008.
The Latino Coalition Calls for Real Immigration Reform and Less Campaign Rhetoric
WASHINGTON, DC Following presidential campaign sparring between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama on immigration reform, Chairman Hector V. Barreto of the Latino Coalition issued the following statement:
The Latino Coalition applauds Senators John McCain and Barack Obama for talking about immigration reform. However, the fact is that Senator McCain has demonstrated real leadership in addressing this highly controversial issue.
Senator McCain risked his political career to find a comprehensive solution to our nations complex immigration problem. He has demonstrated a commitment to secure the border, create a guest worker program and to treat immigrants with respect and dignity.
On the other hand, Senator Obama sided against bipartisan immigration reform legislation and instead with narrow, special interests intent on killing efforts to find real solutions.
We hope that the next president and Congress will put away the rhetoric and act to fix our broken immigration system. Thanks to the efforts of Senator McCain, a foundation has been laid for meaningful reform. It is in the best interest of our nation, society and economy to complete the job.?
The Latino Coalition (TLC) is a non-profit, nationwide organization based in Los Angeles, CA, with offices in Washington, DC and Mexico (Mexico City & Guadalajara). TLC was established to address policy issues that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States. TLCâ??s agenda is to develop and promotes policies that will foster economic equivalency and enhance overall business, economic and social development of Hispanics. For more information, visit TLCâ??s website at www.TheLatinoCoalition.com.
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The Latino Coalition Urges Congressional Passage of Pending Trade Agreements
WASHINGTON, DC The Latino Coalition today urged the U.S. Congress to permit votes on the pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced that through July, U.S. exports increased by 18.3 percent to $1.1 trillion compared to the same period in 2007, even though the nation recorded a $400 million trade deficit. The department also noted that the non-petroleum trade deficit decreased by nearly 33 percent.
The U.S. Congress must allow an up or down vote on U.S. free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, said Manuel Rosales, director for legislative affairs for The Latino Coalition. These agreements will create additional export markets for Latino businesses and will help to create jobs right here in the U.S. and grow our economy.
The U.S. Colombia Free Trade Agreement was signed over 660 days ago. Earlier this year the U.S. House of Representatives indefinitely postponed the vote on the Colombia agreement by changing long-standing rules requiring a vote on a free trade agreement within 90 days after formal submission by the president.
We need to show our trading partners through concrete actions that the U.S. is open for business, said Rosales. The strongest message we can send is by having Congress approve these trade agreements with our friends and close allies.
The Latino Coalition (TLC) is a non-profit, nationwide organization based in Los Angeles, CA, with offices in Washington, DC and Mexico (Mexico City & Guadalajara). TLC was established to address policy issues that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States. TLC's agenda is to develop and promotes policies that will foster economic equivalency and enhance overall business, economic and social development of Hispanics. For more information, visit TLC's website at www.TheLatinoCoalition.com.
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“Pass The Colombia FTA Without Further Delay”
Joining A Chorus Of Support, U.S. Conference Of Mayors Today Passes Resolution Urging Congress To Pass The Colombia Free Trade Agreement
“With passage of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, U.S. exports to Colombia are projected to increase by over $1 billion.
The United States Conference of Mayors supports the speedy negotiation and passage of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and hereby affirms to all members of the United States Congress its strongest endorsement of such an agreement.”
U.S. Conference Of Mayors, 6/23/08 -“It Would Be Difficult To Expand The U.S. Economy Without Opening New Markets For U.S. Exports”
The Los Angeles Times: “Congressional Democrats have for months been playing a bait-and-switch game with [Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.” They insist that Colombia show progress on human rights and union issues in order to win their support for the trade pact, and then when Uribe gives them what they want, they ask for something else. It looks increasingly as though the real reason Democratic leaders won’t vote on the Colombia deal is that they don’t want to alienate their organized-labor backers during an election year.” (Editorial, “Democrats’ Colombia Disconnect,” Los Angeles Times, 5/28/08)
The Washington Post: “Human Rights Watch and its congressional partners are running out of excuses for their campaign against the U.S. free-trade agreement with Colombia.” “If their agenda is genuinely human rights and not opposition to free trade it’s time for them to change course.” (Editorial, “Mr. Uribe’s Send-Off,” The Washington Post, 5/15/08)
The Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Uribe has done more to reduce violence, from both right and left, than any president in modern Colombian history.” “He views the free-trade pact with the U.S. as a chance to continue that progress by connecting his country to the global economy to raise living standards.” (Editorial, “Uribe Calls Pelosi’s Bluff,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/14/08)
Investor’s Business Daily: “The most important way for the U.S. to seal a victory over the terrorists is to give Colombia the free-trade agreement it has earned.” “FARC recruits from the poor. But those poor Colombians, given a choice between terror or free trade, choose the latter. Why aren’t Democrats doing the same?” (Editorial, “Trade Vs. Terror,” Investor’s Business Daily, 5/28/08)
“Congressional Democrats often speak of restoring U.S. influence in the world.” “They steep themselves in puritanical righteousness, stalling the Colombia pact over a few crimes being prosecuted by authorities, while American influence and competitiveness wither.” (Editorial, “Canada Eats Our Trade Lunch,” Investor’s Business Daily, 6/5/08)
National Review: “In stalling the agreement, congressional Democrats have shown an astonishing degree of political cowardice.” “The agreement’s treatment is proof that today’s Democratic party is more deeply in hock to its labor-union supporters than at any time in the last two decades.” (Editorial, “This Week,” National Review, 6/16/08)
Orlando Sentinel: “With and U.S. interests under siege in Latin America, all Americans stand to gain from quick approval of the deal.” “Opponents of the deal who cite violence against labor-union members in Colombia are ignoring the government’s steady progress in protecting members and bringing perpetrators to justice.” (Editorial, “The Colombia Trade Deal Would Boost U.S. Economic, Foreign-Policy Interests,” Orlando Sentinel, 5/12/08)
The Miami Herald: “The recent history of Colombia, in short, is a success story.” “Previous sessions of Congress, mostly under Republican leadership, have done their part by appropriating aid money. Now it is time for the last step: Democrats in Congress must support a Free Trade Agreement that can tighten the bonds of economic security between the two countries.” (Editorial, “What A Difference Six Years Makes,” The Miami Herald, 6/16/08)
Longview [WA] Daily News: “It would be difficult to expand the U.S. economy without opening new markets for U.S. exports.” “Accordingly, the trade protectionist sentiment evident in Congress today is concerning.” (Editorial, “Free-Trade Deals Would Be Boon For Washington,” Longview [WA] Daily News, 5/26/08)
The Palm Beach [FL] Post: “Rep. Pelosi is delaying a vote, even though a bipartisan majority in the House favors the agreement, because labor unions a key part of the Democratic base oppose the deal.” (Editorial, “Fight Chavez With Friends,” The Palm Beach [FL] Post, 5/24/08)
“Congress Should Reject Economic Isolationism And Pass The Colombia FTA”
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe: “I cannot get frustrated because we have to work as hard as we can every day.” “We have received a lot of support from the U.S. from the government, from Congress, from the media and from many sectors of public opinion. I hope that any day the FTA will be approved.” (Mary Anastasia O’Grady, “Colombia’s Peacemaker,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/14/08)
Colombia Trade Minister Luis Guillermo Plata: “When I go back and report to Colombia, I’ll probably tell them … the mood seemed optimistic.” “This is alive and very much alive and it could become a reality hopefully in the near future.” (Doug Palmer, “Colombia Still Sees Chance US Will OK Trade Deal,” Reuters, 6/10/08)
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper: “We think this agreement … will be an important part of integrating (Colombia) into further prosperity and democratic governance.” (David Ljunggren, “Canadian Opposition Slams Colombia Free Trade Deal,” Reuters, 6/9/08)
Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: “Opening markets and lowering barriers for U.S. exports creates jobs, spurs innovation, and gives our economy a competitive edge.” “Free-trade agreements â?¦ solidify our relationships with key allies and level the trade playing field by lowering export barriers to American businesses, workers and farmers.” (Carlos M. Gutierrez and Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Keep America Open To Trade,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/12/08)
Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT): “I favor Colombia. It’s a good agreement.” “We in America have got to get our act together on trade. We’re losing.” (Peter Cohn, “Baucus: Still Chance Congress Will Approve Colombia FTA,” Congress Daily PM, 6/10/08)
Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL): “We understand, instinctively, the need for this trade agreement to improve the lives of people in Latin America â?? in Colombia.” “We know that Colombia, by being at a disadvantage if it doesn’t have a free trade agreement, will backslide economically.” (Larry Lipman, “GOP Senators, Hispanic Business Leaders Push Colombia Trade Pact,” Austin [TX] American-Statesman, 5/7/08)
Representative Wally Herger (R-CA): “Congress should reject economic isolationism and pass the Colombia FTA without further delay.” “Millions of U.S. jobs are dependent on trade. Without trade, many of these jobs would be lost. Open markets create new opportunities for U.S. producers to sell their products overseas.” (Wally Herger, Op-Ed, “Fair Trade Bolsters The U.S., California Economy,” Redding [CA] Record-Searchlight, 5/16/08)
Representative Adam Smith (D-WA): “I think that is a huge mistake. It certainly is an insult to Colombia.” “If you want to vote it down … that’s fine. But to go through all the effort of negotiating an agreement and not vote on it, I have a hard time with that.” (Doug Palmer, “Democrat Urges House Vote On Korea, Colombia Pacts,” Reuters, 5/22/08)
State Senator Kevin Coughlin (R-Ohio): “It’s time to reconsider and pass the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.” “Congress would do well to remember that there is a country beyond the Beltway, and that not all of us share a zeal for political drama.” (Kevin Coughlin, Op-Ed, “End The Politics And Pass CFTA,” The Times-Gazette [OH], 5/13/08)
“Approval Of This Agreement Is A Clear Win For Our Workers, Customers, And The U.S. Economy”
Former Commerce Secretary Barbara Hackman Franklin: “The message being sent around the world is that the US cannot be trusted to deliver on its agreements and does not stand by its friends.” (PBS’s “The Nightly Business Report,” 5/13/08)
U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Spokesman Christopher Wenk: “It continues to get lost that the United States is still the leading exporter in the world.” “We need to keep the momentum going, keep the pressure on. Some people are expecting the business community to just give up, but we are not.” (Kate Ackley, “Trading Up,” Roll Call, 5/19/08)
Center for Vision and Values Economist Mark W. Hendrickson: “What explains this pointed rejection of a longtime ally at such a critical juncture?” “The reason is that John Sweeney â?? the leftist head of the AFL-CIO â?? forced Pelosi’s hand. This episode is highly instructive. It shows how completely Big Labor controls the Democratic Party.” (Mark W. Hendrickson, Op-Ed, “Colombia And Democracy Under Siege,” White Mountain [AZ] Independent, 5/16/08)
Fourteen Technology Trade Policy Associations: “Colombia is a growing market for the U.S. high-tech industry, with 44 million consumers and one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America.” “Approval of this Agreement is a clear win for our workers, customers, and the U.S. economy.” (Fourteen technology policy trade associations, Open Letter To The President And Congressional Leaders, 5/20/08)
Caterpillar Inc. Chairman and CEO Jim Owens: “‘With nearly one in five jobs tied to trade and American exports accounting for one-quarter of U.S. economic growth, we cannot turn our backs on free trade agreements like the Colombia FTA that promise fair rules and expanded economic opportunities for our workers.” (“Nation’s Leading CEOs Urge Congress to Pass Colombia Free Trade Agreement,” Business Wire, 5/20/08)
Council On Foreign Relations For Latin American Studies Fellow Shannon O’Neil: “Latin America has never mattered more to the United States.” “By truly beginning to engage Latin America on its own terms, Washington can mark the start of a new era in U.S.-Latin America relations.” (Shannon O’Neil, Op-Ed, “A New Direction In Latin America.” The Washington Post, 5/30/08)
LOS ANGELES – Hector V. Barreto, chairman of the Latino Coalition (TLC,) issued the following statement regarding recent congressional action on the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement:
“The Latino Coalition strongly criticizes the vote taken by the U.S. House of Representatives to change the rules, which in effect indefinitely postpones consideration of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
“It is regrettable that the congressional leadership resorted to this shameful maneuver. This was election-year politics at its worst. This agreement is very beneficial to our economy, in particular small and Latino-owned businesses, because it opens new export markets for the United States and immediately levels the playing field with Colombia.
“This action also sends the worst possible message to our friend and ally Colombia that the United States cannot be trusted. As for our detractors in the region, they could not have been handed better propaganda to use against us.
“At a time when we should be strengthening our ties with Latin America and demonstrating that we can be good partners, we instead turn our backs. Unfortunately, this short-sighted action taken by the U.S. House of Representatives may result in lasting damage and hamper the efforts to open more international markets to U.S. products and services.”
About The Latino Coalition:
The Latino Coalition (TLC) is a non-profit, nationwide organization based in Los Angeles, CA, with offices in Washington, DC and Mexico (Mexico City & Guadalajara). TLC was established to address policy issues that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States. TLC’s agenda is to develop and promotes policies that will foster economic equivalency and enhance overall business, economic and social development of Hispanics. For more information, visit TLC’s website at www.TheLatinoCoalition.com.
LOS ANGELES – Hector V. Barreto, chairman of The Latino Coalition (TLC,) issued the following statement today regarding the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement:
“Now that President Bush has formally submitted the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement for consideration, we urge the U.S. Congress to pass this treaty without delay.
“Congressional approval of this free trade agreement is very important to the United States on in many respects. First of all, it would begin to immediately reduce, and eventually eliminate tariffs of up to 35 percent on U.S. products entering Colombia. Second, with this free trade agreement, small businesses, especially those Latino-owned, would stand to benefit from additional exporting opportunities to the South American nation, resulting in job creation and economic growth for our country.
“In addition to the trade and economic benefits this trade agreement offers the U.S., its passage is also important from a strategic standpoint. Colombia has been a valuable friend, partner and ally in Latin America. In the face of increasing tensions between Colombia and some of its neighbors, including their actions to destabilize the region, now more than ever the U.S. has to clearly demonstrate that it stands by its friends.
“The passage of the U.S. Colombia Free Trade Agreement is without question a win-win for the U.S. and Colombia. It is time for Congress to bring the trade agreement up for a vote, pass it and send it to President Bush for his signature.”
About The Latino Coalition The Latino Coalition (TLC) is a non-profit, nationwide organization based in Los Angeles, CA, with offices in Washington, DC and Mexico (Mexico City & Guadalajara). TLC was established to address policy issues that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States.
TLC’s agenda is to develop and promotes policies that will foster economic equivalency and enhance overall business, economic and social development of Hispanics. For more information, visit TLC’s website at www.TheLatinoCoalition.com.
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