Hispanic Affairs Advisor to 3 presidents, has high hopes for Trump

Fernando De Baca, center, shown meeting with President Reagan in this March 30, 1981, photo — taken on the morning of the Reagan assassination attempt.

(Courtesy of Fernando De Baca)

Like Donald Trump’s campaign, the court minority voters in the midst of accusations from the left that was missing its base of diversity, little did he know, one of the earliest minority leaders in the White house was firmly in his corner.

Decades away from the West Wing meetings, private jets, and the consultations with Latin American leaders, Fernando De Baca, 78, plastered to his home town of Albuquerque, with a Trump sign, and helped publish the rallies in the Democratic stronghold of New Mexico.

Once someone went through the halls of the White house as a Hispanic Affairs adviser to presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan, DeBaca is excited to get hold of in these days of easy tickets Trump inauguration — and show you from the outside.

“Trump reminds me of Ronald Reagan,” De Baca said. “[My wife and I] have supported trump from the day he announced. … We believed in him, believed that he was the right message.”

De Baca, who led the newly-created office for Latin American Affairs under Gerald Ford and served in several Republican governments, offers a unique perspective. Looking forward, in an interview with he cut against the narrative that Trump his choice is a step backwards for minorities , and expressed optimism for the future while lamenting the state of race relations under President Obama.

He suggested that part of the problem is identity politics.

“It is said a completely different world we live in today, compared to when I advocated,” De Baca. “The people were stable, work hard and the first Americans and Hispanics second.”

A time-capsule varieties, De Baca is part of a shrinking group of the Cold war, White House advisors who worked directly with the American President – in his case, to a time when the country is working to alleviate racial strife, and start some of the first government programmes to help black and Hispanics in the workforce.

But De Baca said years of left-wing political measures for the promotion of victimization and of entitlement about the positive messages of equality America, have caused the regression.

Way to Washington

It was 1968, and De Baca had just had a service in the Vietnam war as a major in the army special intelligence. He was listening, head of the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles. After two years of work, he Nixon adviser met, recruited him for the president’s new “16-point program for Spanish speaking Americans” – an effort to identify and recruit more Hispanics for Federal jobs.

“I was as Director of the program, and I met with President Nixon for the first time,” De Baca said. “He said, ‘Well, I announced this program, and you have been chosen to head and I am seriously more Hispanics to the Federal government. You must be qualified.'”

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Hispanic leaders meet with President Ford; De Baca sitting next to Ford.

(Courtesy of Fernando De Baca)

De Baca flew over the nation and Puerto Rico, the setting up of satellite offices in the major cities, to help with the setting. Soon, he had to fill thousands of Hispanics recruited public service jobs. Nixon noticed and promoted DeBaca Western regional Chairman of the Department of health, education and welfare.

De Baca was later promoted again, special assistant to the President for domestic policy. To report the day he was, Aug:. 9, 1974, from the later of the day that Nixon resigned and his office gave.

“I report in the morning on the south lawn, where Nixon’s departure was, and I saw him on Board the Air Force One helicopter,” De Baca said. “I was following the news and knew that his departure was imminent. I felt really bad about it, just as a human being, because he was involved in Watergate and the cover-up.”

De Baca continued on under Ford, working with some of the most famous figures in the political history.

“The minute I reported, I had Haig to meet with the chief of staff, Alexander – he was quite a domineering figure. He ran a really tight ship,” De Baca recalled. He also remembered sharing an office with Alan Greenspan, the writing of speeches and served as an economic adviser, and the meeting of Secretary of state Henry Kissinger “who was very nice and a bit reserved.”

Soon, De Baca, the handling was a Problem with the Hispanic community. One of his greatest tasks was on the road to military bases around the world ensure that Hispanics were represented properly.

When the Ford presidency ended, and Jimmy Carter into the White house moved in, De Baca back to New Mexico. He just had another New Mexico native, married, was working in Washington DC in Jobs for progress, a Spanish non-profit advocacy.

De Baca had a long and strenuous hours, so his wife Cecilia have not regretted leaving Washington.

“He would come home at 11 at night and was always up and around 7:30,” she said. “He lived it. In this time, it was in the public service. You give your life. You can believe it. It is a vocation.”

But when Ronald Reagan moved into the White house, in 1981, De Baca was still required once, as a senior adviser. The sound had changed from the large government, pumping up the private sector and the Reagan De Baca wanted to make sure, the role of Latin Americans in the production.

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Fernando De Baca, center, shown meeting with Ford chief of staff Donald Rumsfeld, and civil rights leader.

(Courtesy of Fernando De Baca)

The job would soon be dark. De Baca at a meeting with the President on July 30. In March, shortly before he was shot in an assassination attempt that year.

He offers a critique of the late President, in retrospect, about his decision, Amnesty grant to 3 million illegal immigrants. What was meant as a one-time solution, which has its climax with strong border controls instead, said a license for millions more entering the country illegally with little reverberation, De Baca.

“He probably should have said never done what he has done,” De Baca. “I think [Reagan] had a dream. There was no enforcement. Then you have Obama came up with, to protect you, instead of stopping them at the border. … He has become a really sad state.”

‘Power and strength’

After decades of work ahead of fellow Hispanics in the workforce, De Baca looks at the current racial unrest in America, and says that his former boss would be disappointed. Years of left politics, he said, were a kind of anti-patriotism of the millions of school children will be taught a shortened version of the story, the leaves from the core values.

He expressed concern that animal protection policies are always the draw for immigrants to America, rather than a desire to “work” and “assimilating” here.

The De baca’s expressed optimism, but for the trump administration.

While critics have described, the incoming President calls for the deportation of criminal illegal immigrants and the construction of a border wall as “intolerant” and his rhetoric as xenophobic, Mr De Baca said trump has to meet the “force and strength of these challenges to the [immigration] Problem.”

“We are a country, we have borders,” he said. “The law is the law. I fought for the flag in actual combat. … And it’s worth it, because our flag still stands for our country.”

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