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Latina With Connecticut Ties Holds Key Postion In The White House

 wh -2White House receptionist Katz-Hernandez

In the West Wing of the White House, Leah Katz-Hernandez communicates with the first couple in a way that few others, even the president’s most trusted advisers, ever do.

Katz-Hernandez, who is deaf, is the new receptionist of the United States, or what those in Washington like to abbreviate as ROTUS (a play on POTUS – president of the United States). She grew bicoastal, raised by a Jewish mother and a Mexican-American father in Connecticut, frequently visiting her father’s family in California.

After working in the Chicago headquarters of Obama’s re-election campaign, she moved to Washington, D.C., and was hired as an assistant in the first lady’s office.

“It was my first week on the job,” Katz-Hernandez, 27, told Fox News Latino. “I was having lunch at my desk when a staffer from the West Wing came by and said, ‘I want to introduce you to …

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CT Latino Immigration Advocates Call Block To Executive Action Misguided

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Bill Sarno


Immigration reform advocates in Connecticut have rallied behind President Obama’s extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival directives, calling a federal judge’s last minute move to block implementation as misguided and not legally defensible. Moreover, they have decried the ruling and the lawsuit by Texas and 25 other states — exclusive of Connecticut — as part of a scheme by anti-immigrant Republicans to heighten deportation fears among undocumented aliens.

Groups such as Connecticut Citizens for A Dream, the National Council for La Raza and the Hispanic Federation quickly responded to Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction issued late Monday in Texas by urging those newly eligible to receive work permits and deferred action status on deportation to continue preparation to apply while the Obama administration seeks to have the judge’s injunction removed.

“The court’s decision is outside of the legal mainstream,” said New Haven’s Kica Matos, who is director …

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Leader of Connecticut Students for a DREAM Hospitalized With No Insurance



Carolina Bortoletto at a Connecticut Students for a DREAM rally.
Photo Credit: Bortoletto family


Ten million uninsured people nationwide have enrolled in private health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. But it doesn’t cover everyone living in the U.S., like undocumented residents. This includes the Bortoletto sisters who live in Connecticut.

The Bortolettos came to this country with their parents 16 years ago from Brazil. After graduating from high school and college, Camila and Carolina Bortoletto co-founded Connecticut Students for a DREAM to advocate for the rights of undocumented youth like them.

Camila said they weren’t afraid to tell their story because of the barriers they experienced. “For me, the turning point came after I graduated college,” she said. “After graduation, I found myself with a degree, but unable to work because of my undocumented status.”

Connecticut Students for a DREAM helped win in-state …

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