Saturday, February 25, 2006

Internet Video: Latino Power Politics & Immigration



Los Angeles, CA. What role does the Catholic Church play in Latino power politics and the illegal immigration issue? This is one of the questions addressed in an nine (9) minute Internet Video comprised of video clips from Full Disclosure™interviews with Dr. of Chicano Studies, Fernando Guerra of Loyola Marymount University and California Senator Dick Mountjoy. This video is available for viewing free “on demand” 24/7 at the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/411-412_Mountjoy.htm as a public service.

When asked about power politics and the Catholic Church, Loyola Marymount University’s Fernando Guerra said “the Cardinal feels a responsibility, as do most of the Church hierarchy, that they have to educate their parishioners on what they believe are important issues” and he went on to say that while the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese, never directly spent money in the campaign against Proposition 187 (1994) they do utilize their resources to try to mobilize Catholics in general and Latinos specifically.

Senator Mountjoy points out the special interests of the U. S. banking industry and how they and the Mexican economy are benefiting from illegal immigration. Also appearing in this video are Nativo Lopez of the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) and Xavier Reyes of CHIRLA who explain why it is important to issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.

Former State Senator Dick Mountjoy, the author of the Save Our License Constitutional Amendment initiative, generally disagreed with Guerra. “I don’t believe the Catholic Church is going to mobilize thousands of people and have them believe that we ought to let people flood in here from around the world illegally.” “This is a matter of their pocketbook. This is a matter of survival, a matter of competing with those illegally here for jobs.” Mountjoy said.


Included in this video with Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton, Senator Mountjoy reacted to video clips with Dr. Fernando Guerra who serves as Director of the Center for the Studies of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. Full Disclosure interviews have documented the frustration and confusion of government officials and public agencies over conflicting local and federal policies impacting illegal immigrants.

Over the past thirteen years Full Disclosure™ programs have been billed as “the news behind the news” and are featured on 43 cable systems and the Internet at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. The programs have explored police policies, politics, corruption and reform, interviewing all the LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to William Bratton as well as the Southern California County Sheriffs and most U.S. Attorneys General and Special Prosecutors involved in Presidential investigations. Cable channels are listed by community and air times on the website. In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs EMMY Award for the series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism”

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