By Columnist Jim Kouri
According to a well-known “Inside-the-Beltway” watchdog’s report released on Wednesday, an illegal alien who openly defies U.S. immigration and work laws – and promotes such lawbreaking for others to commit –is being paid as an Obamacare subcontractor with U.S. tax dollars to recruit applicants for Obamacare.
In New York City, a group called Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York received “navigator funds” from the Health and Human Services Department, according to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that researches legal and illegal immigration in the U.S.
According to HHS, “Navigators conduct public education activities to raise awareness of the availability of qualified health plans; distribute fair and impartial information concerning enrollment in qualified health plans, and the availability of premium tax credits under section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and cost-sharing reductions under section 1402.”
The health education organizer for the Restaurant Opportunities Center is an illegal alien activist named Maria Marroquin, CIS reveals in a report. According to the CIS report she will be in charge of the taxpayer-funded Obamacare recruitment efforts for the New York organization, which is known to be a labor union front group.
Marroquin is an illegal alien from Peru who has been arrested for participating in civil disobedience when she protested the deportation of illegal aliens and she demonstrated in support of amnesty.
“She is a hero in the open borders movement who publicly came out in a widely distributed video as undocumented and unafraid. The 25-year-old also helped create a nonprofit that fights to enact amnesty measures and build ‘immigrant power’ in communities throughout the U.S.,” according to Judicial Watch, a public-interest group that investigates and exposes government and political corruption.
These navigators are charged with helping people to “navigate” the faulty Internet health-insurance exchanges set up under the controversial law. Despite paying over $500 million for the Internet web site services, the system has been criticized as not being ready by many of President Barack Obama’s own supporters.
“A few weeks ago Judicial Watch reported the huge potential for corruption in the Obama administration’s navigator program, which has doled out $67 million to dozens of leftist community organizations throughout the nation,” said officials from Judicial Watch.
In its report on the Obamacare navigators, Judicial Watch provided some examples of groups receiving navigator funds from the U.S. government. They include:
• An Arizona nonprofit called “Campesinos Sin Fronteras” that provides services to farm workers and low-income Hispanics;
• A south Florida legal group that will provide navigators in “racially, ethnically, linguistically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse” communities;
• Three Planned Parenthood branches – in Iowa, Montana and New Hampshire – got a combined $655,000 to serve as navigators.
“Marroquin practices the political tactics of left-wing extremists, flouting her illegal immigration status before cowed law enforcers and politicians,” CIS writes in its report.
“It’s beyond comprehension that this admitted lawbreaker is essentially working for the government now. It would be hard to make up something this outrageous,” according to CIS.