Bienvenido Brings Their Conservative Message to Miami, FL
On the weekend of November 1, 2019, Bienvenido, a nonpartisan grassroots organization that helps promote conservatism throughout the United States, and a young group of conservative Hispanic influencers, took their conservative message to Miami, Florida.
Bienvenido, which translates to, “welcome” in English, has become the fastest-growing Hispanic organization in the United States. According to the organization, Hispanic Americans are conservative at heart, and their core conservative values are faith, family, and freedom.
The event was hosted by Rogan O’Handley of Miami, Florida. O’Handley is Bienvenido’s first amendment director, a social media influencer, and a conservative political activist. He is best known on social media as “DC_Draino.”
Amongst the speakers was India Paulino, a world champion professional fitness competitor, former law enforcement officer, and women’s rights and pro-life activist. India spoke about how her father, a self-made man and legal immigrant from the Dominican Republic who is now a US citizen, taught her the importance of hard work, having faith, and being persistent.
Alicia Cantrell, National Director of Capitalism Alliance for Bienvenido, former state secretary for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Texas, and a self-made businesswoman shared her immigration story coming from Venezuela. Cantrell spoke about her life in Venezuela living under socialism rule and how it led to misery and destitution, prompting her immigration to the United States and her involvement as an activist against socialist policies.
Emma Jimenez is the Mentorship Program Director for Bienvenido, a freelance political blogger, conservative advocate, and writer for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly is best known on social media under the name “The Conservative Latina.” She shared her immigration story, her fulfillment of the American dream, and her reasons for supporting legal immigration.
Linda Catalina Cuadros, a self-made businesswoman, social media influencer, and content creator, is an immigrant from Cali, Colombia. Cuadros spoke about her awakening from the democratic establishment, the importance of God in our daily lives, and how illegal immigration and human trafficking go hand in hand.
Daniel Gato and Andres Gato, social media influencers and content creators are known as “The Gato Brothers,” spoke about how young adults are going into student loan debt too soon after they graduate from high school and how it has become a national crisis. They suggested various solutions to the issue. One of their strategies was to start at a community college and then proceed to attend a four-year university.
Anna Paulina Luna, a conservative political activist, air force veteran, and current candidate for the GOP primary in Florida’s 15th congressional district against Democratic US Representative Charlie Crist in 2020 was also amongst one of the speakers. Luna spoke on how women can be empowered and protected through exercising their second amendment rights, her journey from being an air force veteran to being accepted to medical school, and choosing to turn down the offer to pursue a career in Congress.
Abraham Enriquez, president of Bienvenido and conservative political activist, stated that Hispanic Americans are the largest voting minority for the first time in recorded history. He emphasized that now, more than ever, it is important for them to share their Bienvenido stories to inspire other Hispanic Americans to vote based on their values and not strictly on political affiliation.
The Bienvenido event highlighted that despite popular belief, a majority of Hispanic Americans are conservative at heart even though many do not display that conservative label. Many of the Hispanic conservative speakers and attendees expressed that they have felt misrepresented by mainstream media and voiced how politicians and other public figures have excluded them from conservative discussions and misrepresented conservatives in general.