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Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission requesting that it investigate the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for having “knowingly hired” an illegal alien, Cindy Nava, to help craft the committee’s 2016 political message and communications. Judicial Watch filed its complaint on August 25, 2015.
A June 8, 2015, story in The Washington Post reported that the DNC hired Nava with full knowledge of what DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) termed Nava’s “undocumented status.” The news report details that “Despite not yet attaining legal status, Nava is working for the Democratic National Committee as one of a crop of fellows from around the country helping the party organize ahead of a presidential election that President Obama predicted would feature immigration as a major issue.” The Spanish language newspaper El Nuevo Herald reports that Nava would help coordinate DNC outreach to “women, youth, and Hispanics.”
Federal law prohibits foreign nationals from participating “directly or indirectly in the decision-making process” of federal, state, or local election-related activities.
Among the states, Nevada (10%), California (9%), Texas (9%) and New Jersey (8%) had the highest shares of unauthorized immigrants in their labor forces.
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Nava completed numerous internships through the UNM political science department with New Mexico legislators, most recently working in Senate Majority Leader. Michael Sanchez’s office where she gained broader knowledge and experience of state politics through involvement in advocacy, policy creation, community organizing and bill analysis.
Last year, she received a National Fellowship by People for the American Way, conducting a social justice model revolving around the New Mexico lottery scholarship. She attended many community meetings concerning lottery solvency and assisted community organizers advocating for affordable college education, access to healthcare and immigrant rights.
During the past 3 years Cindy has worked on creating a social justice blue print focused on the solvency of the NM lottery scholarship as a national fellow for the organization “Young People For” and therefore worked to organize forums, workshops and presentations on the importance of the scholarship for NM students and provided following steps for taking action by participating in the legislative process. Last year Cindy was able to intern with Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and joined the Congresswoman at the White House 5 de Mayo Celebration where she had the opportunity to meet President Obama and spoke to Vice President Biden about the importance of immigration reform and educational access for low-income communities. In July 2014 Cindy was selected by the US Department of education to serve as 1 of 2 NM student representatives at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the signing of the civil rights act of 1964 where she was able to meet and spent time with 10 original Freedom Riders in Arlington, Virginia.
Is this a paid Fellowship?
No. The Fellowship is not structured as an internship, nor is it a paid full- or part-time position. Rather, Fellows participate in YP4 to build skills and create change on their campuses or in their communities. When possible we do provide seed grants to support Fellows’ Blueprints for Social Justice after a project budget and fundraising plan has been approved.
In Washington, D.C.
Nava recently returned to New Mexico from Washington, D.C. where she served with a cohort of summer fellows from across the country at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters as a member of the political team to help organize for the next election cycle.
She was able to do that because in 2012, President Obama created a new policy calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Applications under the program which is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) began on Aug. 15, 2012. However, due to a complicated immigration process Nava is still awaiting for her status to be approved.
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people" --- Donald Trump
(h) Providing substantial assistance.
(1) No person shall knowingly provide substantial assistance in the solicitation, making, acceptance, or receipt of a contribution or donation prohibited by paragraphs (b) through (d), and (g) of this section.
(2) No person shall knowingly provide substantial assistance in the making of an expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement prohibited by paragraphs (e) and (f) of this section.
(i) Participation by foreign nationals in decisions involving election-related activities. A foreign national shall not direct, dictate, control, or directly or indirectly participate in the decision-making process of any person, such as a corporation, labor organization, political committee, or political organization with regard to such person's Federal or non-Federal election-related activities, such as decisions concerning the making of contributions, donations, expenditures, or disbursements in connection with elections for any Federal, State, or local office or decisions concerning the administration of a political committee.
Federal law prohibits foreign nationals from participating “directly or indirectly in the decision-making process” of federal, state, or local election-related activities