The new 29th Congressional District has changed the
In an attempt to give Hispanic Voters more of a voice in Congress, the 29th Congressional District was created.
It is comprised of the communities of Sylmar, Sun Valley, Pacoima, Arleta, Panorama City, Mission Hills, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Lake View Terrace, Valley Glen, Valley Village, West Toluca Lake, and the City of San Fernando.
The district is home to seven hundred two thousand residents with sixty eight percent being Hispanic. This equates to almost five hundred thousand Hispanic residents in District 29.
The Hispanic population covers the financial spectrum from the very poor to the very rich. But the majority of the Hispanic residents are in the ‘Middle Class”.
Given the number of Hispanic residents in the district, this Congressional District contains one of, if not the largest number of “Hispanic Middle Class” residents in Los Angeles County, if not the State of California.
The Hispanic Middle Class are for the most part second and third generation. They were born in the United States and are American Citizens. They come from a work ethic which allowed them and their family to work hard, get an education and enjoy the rewards of that effort. Their effort…
Many reside in modest homes, drive modest vehicles and live paycheck to paycheck. Just like most other middle class residents.
Like other non Hispanic Middle Class families, they earn enough of an income, which places them and their children beyond the income level requirements of the social programs which those at the bottom of the income ladder qualify for and receive.
Rather than qualify for those programs which include everything from medical treatment to higher education, the Hispanic Middle Class finds itself in the position of having to pay for the programs.
The Hispanic Poor, many of which have come to the United States for work and opportunity for their families, find themselves able to access the social programs being paid for by the Hispanic Middle Class.
Several factors have contributed to the change in attitude and debate when dealing with the Illegal Immigration Issue.
Many politicians, especially Hispanic, find their continued efforts to provide more and ever expanding social programs and financial aid to those in the Country illegally are being questioned and challenged by the Hispanic Middle Class.
The challenge is coming from Americans of Hispanic Descent who see the current and non -wavering increases in benefits to the illegal Hispanic poor as an unfair burden to the very life style they worked so hard to achieve.
Due to their income level which by far, is modest, they are forced to take out loans and go deep into debt in order to send their children to the very schools they are paying for others in the lower income levels to attend.
Remember, these programs are paid for by those who pay taxes and enjoyed by those who pay little or none.
The argument being presented by those who encourage more social programs is that even the poorest illegal immigrant pays taxes. This is not playing well with the Hispanic Middle Class.
The argument is no longer legal vs. illegal; it is fairness and the challenges and financial burdens being placed on the shoulders of the Hispanic Middle Class.
This issue transcends political party affiliation, a fact, most political operatives have yet to realize. This is very apparent as both major political parties rush to create dialogue and programs to legitimize the Hispanic Poor who are in the United States illegally. These efforts do not take into consideration the frustration and anger being felt by the Hispanic Middle Class.
In an attempt to garner more Hispanic Votes, Republican and Democrat Party Leaders are inadvertently driving a wedge between their parties and those who have to pay for these programs.
It is not about Race, Legal vs. Illegal or Poor vs. Rich; it is about fairness and equal protection under the law. It is about an unlimited number of individuals needing social programs and a limited number of Middle Class Hispanics having to pay for them.
The Hispanic Middle Class in the 29th Congressional District have been given a voice and they are using it.
The time has come for our Elected Representatives to protect the Middle Class and in the 29th Congressional District, that overwhelming means the Hispanic Middle Class.
Candidate for Congress District 29