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Hilda Solis

U.S. Representative from California; Democrat; named Secretary of the Department of Labor in the Barack Obama administration. Resigned from that post in January 2013.

Solis is a strong supporter of illegal immigration who went as far as helping organize a press conference in Washington DC where supposed U.S. representatives joined with Mexican elected officials to promote comprehensive immigration reform.

Solis said this in 1996:

"We are all Americans, whether you are legalized or not."

She's an opponent of assimilation who joined with Media Matters for America to promote a report designed to silence those few broadcast figures who discuss immigration. See the video and a transcript of her related remarks at the link.

She has links to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA); see this.

As a California State Senator in 1999, introduced S.B. 371, which would have dropped legal residency requirements to obtain California driver's licenses; the goal was to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens.

From a PBS biography (link):

She hopes to push initiatives granting in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants, and to expand health care coverage for undocumented workers.

That page also has a picture of her with someone who seems to be Vicente Fox.

From house.gov/list/press/ca32_solis/ImmigrationFieldHearinginDalton.html:

"The contributions of undocumented immigrants and the benefits they provide to the U.S. economy more than balance the meager health care resources which they are eligible to receive."

Speaking of which, she supported (link) the CHAMP Act (HR 3162), a children's healthcare bill related to the SCHIP program. While Section 135 clearly states "Nothing in this Act allows Federal payment for individuals who are not legal residents", let nothing stand between a Democrat and their support for race-based power: other provisions let the states establish weak rules for those who declared themselves to be citizens (link). An "audit" would be performed later, and the state would supposedly then reimburse the federal government for any illegal aliens they provided with care. All of that was window-dressing for the goal of giving healthcare benefits to illegal aliens.

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Hilda Solis' Labor Day: supports illegal foreign labor, misleads, and plays dumb - 09/06/11

Hilda Solis is one of the best Labor Secretaries the Mexican government has ever had. Unfortunately for us, she's the Secretary of our Department of Labor. In her Labor Day editorial, she sticks up for illegal foreign labor, she shows that she's uninterested in replacing some of that illegal foreign labor with unemployed American workers, she misleads, and she plays dumb about the pro-American...

Obama at NCLR: "yes, but..." on immigration enforcement; promotes jobs for possible illegal alien construction workers; DREAM Act; comprehensive reform... - 07/25/11

... Cabinet Secretary in history, Hilda Solis. (Applause.) So we couldn't be prouder of the work that so many folks who've been engaged with La Raza before, the handiwork that they're doing with our administration. And as Janet mentioned, obviously we're extraordinarily proud of someone who is doing outstanding work on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor. (Applause.) Obama - someone those in the...

Obama meets with "stakeholders" for amnesty propaganda push ("immigration reform") - 04/19/11

... Salazar * Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis * Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano * Cecilia Munoz, Deputy Assistant to the President & Director of Intergovernmental Affairs * Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President & Senior Advisor * Nancy Ann DeParle, Assistant to the President & Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy * Melody Barnes, Assistant to the President & Director...

Hilda Solis says even illegal aliens should be paid fairly; is criticizing that a good idea? - 06/21/10

... rights and featuring Secretary Hilda Solis in which she says: "You Have the Right to Be Paid Fairly Whether Documented or Not". The uploader - a tea parties-style site called americasnewstoday.com - claims that she's promoting illegal immigration, when at least her quote above does the opposite. First, supporting illegal aliens being ripped off is wrong. Second, it's also counter-productive: if...

Labor Sec'y Hilda Solis enabling illegal aliens to take Gulf oil spill cleanup jobs from legal workers - 06/15/10

... [1]: U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has given assurances that the federal government plans to protect workers’ rights during the Gulf oil spill cleanup – regardless of their immigration status. “My purpose is to assist the workers with respect to safety and protection,” Solis said in an interview during a visit to Louisiana last week where she met with community leaders and response workers...

Labor Dep't "We Can Help" wants tips from third-party activist groups (in addition to helping illegal labor) - 04/06/10

A few days ago we discussed how the Department of Labor is actively supporting illegal immigration with their new "We Can Help" program. Now comes this: [The DOL] is also relying on tips from worker advocacy groups [as part of the "We Can Help" program], widening efforts by the Obama administration to enlist activist groups to help with enforcement in a range of sectors from toy safety to...

Labor Department actively supporting illegal immigration with "We Can Help" program (Hilda Solis) - 04/03/10

... aliens. And, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is rushing to point out that this program covers all workers regardless of immigration status. In other words, one part of the federal government is assisting with something that the other parts of the federal government considers to be illegal. Obviously, few want workers to be exploited, but the solution isn't to take steps to make the problem worse as...

Laura Wides-Munoz of AP's noxious racial bean-counting (does Obama discriminate against white males in cabinet?) - 12/21/09

Laura Wides Munoz of the Associated Press offers a noxious bit of racial bean-counting in "Obama naming Hispanics to top posts at record pace" (link):

Hilda Solis puts interests of immigrants, illegal aliens ahead of U.S. workers, sounds just like George Bush - 12/17/09

... response to the recent calls, Hilda Solis of the Department of Labor has shown that - while she's probably interested in workers in general - she has little concern for putting the interests of American workers ahead of the interests of illegal aliens and legal immigrants. Not only that, but in so doing she said something that George W Bush or Michael Chertoff could have said. Speaking at CAP,...

Department of Labor, UFCW collaborating with Mexican government, enabling illegal immigration - 08/31/09

From a UFCW press release: The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is proud to partner with the Embassy of Mexico, the U.S. Department of Labor and allied organizations to promote the first "Semana de Derechos Laborales", or Labor Rights Week, UFCW International President Joe Hansen joined the Mexican Consul General of Chicago, Manuel Rodríguez Arriaga, to launch the...

White House immigration meeting of amnesty all-stars: Obama, McCain, Graham, Cornyn, Gutierrez - 06/26/09

Yesterday, Barack Obama met with various members of Congress to discuss comprehensive immigration reform. His remarks are at [1], a list of attendees is at [2], and some quotes from attendees is at [3]. Nothing very important appears to have happened or been said. Note also that before the meeting, Rahm Emanuel said, "If the votes were there [for amnesty], you wouldn't need to have the meeting....

Interesting: Hilda Solis reviews project using Mexican "guest" workers instead of union workers - 03/04/09

... official acts as labor secretary, Hilda Solis has asked for a review of how Mexican sheet metal workers were given visas to work on the St. Regis Hotel project in Bal Harbour, Fla., when more than 1,000 members of the Sheet Metal Workers union (SMWIA) are out of work in the same area. The company hired to install the heating and air conditioning ducts, CYVSA International, received approval...

Hilda Solis to prefer labor enforcement to immigration enforcement? (Tyche Hendricks) - 02/04/09

... since Hendricks is referring to Hilda Solis's position on labor enforcement and not on immigration enforcement; Solis is especially weak on the latter. However, the goal of the article seems to be to try to sell us a new way for the Democrats to have their cake and eat it too: President Obama's pick for secretary of labor, Rep. Hilda Solis, could help shape a new approach to immigration control...

NDN admits: Census padding with non-citizens to gain race-based power ("Latinos" meet in DC; redistricting) - 01/19/09

... the Labor secretary designate, Hilda Solis; and the White House's director of intergovernmental affairs, Cecilia Munoz, formerly a vice president of the National Council de la Raza. And: In remarks read by Tina Tchen, who will be the White House director of public liaison, Mr. Obama said to Latinos, "You showed how powerful you are on Nov. 4" and that the appointments are "a measure of my...

NYT editorial hopeful about Obama immigration picks; Bush "terrorized", "hunted down" illegal aliens - 12/26/08

... Napolitano, Bill Richardson, and Hilda Solis. Of the latter, they say that she's "built a reputation as a staunch defender of immigrants and workers." To translate that, she's been a strong supporter of illegal activity; see the last link. They also live in a fantasy world where we can enforce labor but not immigration laws.

Luis Gutierrez: Obama told me to tell you he supports immigration "reform"; amnesty supporters heartened - 12/19/08

... and, announced Thursday, Rep. (Hilda Solis) (D-El Monte) as secretary of Labor... In the Chicago area, Gutierrez said, Roman Catholic and evangelical churches have begun mobilizing thousands of citizens to support immigration reform by publicizing the hardship they face waiting for loved ones to receive entry visas...

National Immigration Forum cheers Hilda Solis Labor Secretary pick (America's Voice) - 12/18/08

... coming in for the selection of Hilda Solis as new Secretary of the Department of Labor, including with Paco Fabian at Americas Voice - new home of Frank Sharry formerly of the National Immigration Forum (NIF) - saying [1]: Not only has Solis been a long-time labor advocate, she has stood firm for immigration policy that makes our nation stronger. She has also been a leader on the issue of...

Hilda Solis named Obama's Labor Secretary - 12/18/08

... has named U.S. Representative Hilda Solis to be his Secretary of the Department of Labor: Solis, who is the daughter of Mexican and Nicaraguan immigrants, has been the only member of Congress of Central American descent. She just won a fifth term representing heavily Hispanic portions of eastern Los Angeles County and east LA... Andy Stern, president of the 1.9-million member Service Employees...

Media Matters for America on immigration "myths" ("Fear and Loathing in Prime Time") - 05/21/08

... Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL); Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA); Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza; and Frank Sharry of America's Voice. The first issue with their report is that it switches between discussing illegal immigration and all forms or the legal variety of immigration, a common trick. The second is that their discussion of the NAFTA Superhighway - something they label simply an...

Didn't Naomi Wolf like my Huffington Post comment? (Florida taser incident) - 09/18/07

... through the filter. Likewise with Hilda Solis. Oddly, two very negative comments I left on entries from Anthony Romero of the ACLU were approved. [3] Per the second comment, NYU is actually not public. I note also that one of Arianna's upper-level minions, Jay Rosen, works there (journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink), so perhaps it's one of his students learning to be a good "...

H.R.1645 Summary, Co-Sponsors, Full Text (Flake, Gutierrez, HR1645, STRIVE Act) - 03/24/07

The official summary of the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy ("STRIVE Act", aka HR1645, aka H.R. 1645, aka HR 1645, aka the "Flake-Gutierrez Massive Illegal Alien Amnesty of 2007") is here. The full text and other details are available here.

Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 (Barack Obama) - 03/09/07

... Mike Honda, Neil Abercrombie, Hilda Solis, Ed Pastor and Raul Grijalva. Two other Reps involved are Luis Gutierrez and Jan Schakowsky. From the who-cares department comes this video of NYC Councilmen Hiram Monserrate and Miguel Martinez and NY Assemblyman Jose Peralta urging Hillary Clinton and others to co-sponsor it. Those endorsing the bill include: National Council of La Raza (funds...

Democrats, Mexican leaders demand immigration "reform". Together, in Washington DC - 02/09/07

As previously discussed, a few members of the Mexican House of Representatives traveled to Washington DC yesterday to speak with their counterparts - all Democrats - in our House. Those Democrats appear to have lost their way and forgotten who they're supposed to be representing. Reporting on this event is hard to come by, but Lou Dobbs mentioned it on yesterday's show.

Democrats vs. assimilation - 10/06/06

Yesterday, Arnold Schwarzenegger issued yet another "controversial" statement, this one about Mexican immigrants assimilating. I had two initial thoughts: a) I'm not carrying Arnold's water anymore, and b) few could quibble with his pro-American comments that are similar to ones stated by leading academics.

Clinton, Rove to speak before National Council of La Raza (The Race) - 07/01/06

The National Council of La Raza ("National Council of The Race"), a far-left, Ford Foundation-sponsored racial power group, will be holding its annual meeting at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 8-11.

Howard Berman's massive amnesty for Central American illegal aliens - 07/24/05

The L.A. Daily News reports in "Bill would give some Central Americans green cards" that Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys) has introduced a bill to give said cards to 200,000 people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. "Many" are illegal aliens, "others" are here under a temporary visa of some kind. I'd imagine that a very good percentage of those live in Los Angeles. Supporters include Reps.