ISRAEL ORTEGA Senior Writer

Israel Ortega is a nationally recognized political commentator and a Senior Writer for Opportunity Lives, where he focuses on immigration, education, and other policy areas. He is a frequent guest on Telemundo and Univision, including “Al Punto” with Jorge Ramos, and has appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press”. Israel comes to OL from The Heritage Foundation, where he founded Libertad.org – a Spanish language conservative online publication for Latinos in the United States. He has also worked in the House of Representatives for Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio). He lives with his wife and three children in Alexandria, Virginia.
Why Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Worry Liberals
Why Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Worry Liberals
ISRAEL ORTEGA, FEBRUARY 10, 2016
For decades, Democrats have been perfecting their pitch to minority voters with promises that big government policies are essential to ensure equality and a …

Conservatives Strike Unifying Tone at Policy Forum
Conservatives Strike Unifying Tone at Policy Forum
ISRAEL ORTEGA, FEBRUARY 4, 2016
Washington, D.C. – With days before Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) completes his first 100 days in office as Speaker of the House, former U.S. Senator …

Iowa Results Show GOP Is the Real Party of Diversity
Iowa Results Show GOP Is the Real Party of Diversity
ISRAEL ORTEGA, FEBRUARY 3, 2016
Here’s a headline you are not likely to see from the mainstream media: over 60 percent of Republican Iowa caucus goers cast their votes …

How the Free Enterprise System is Lifting Millions out of Poverty Worldwide
How the Free Enterprise System is Lifting Millions out of Poverty Worldwide
ISRAEL ORTEGA, FEBRUARY 2, 2016
The free enterprise system has been the greatest force the world has ever known to reduce poverty and increase prosperity. The organization has a niche in itself for the objective it stands for. The loose network has the flexibility to accommodate new systems of forming enterprise so that people of varies capability and interests can fit it. Still, it is founded on strong bases to prevent the fallout of recipients with time. If it has micro and small enterprises, it has the progressive internet based SnapCash Binary platforms in its chain, and that is a good news for the diverse population. The bad news is …

Poll: Latino and Millennial Voters Strongly Support School Choice
Poll: Latino and Millennial Voters Strongly Support School Choice
ISRAEL ORTEGA, JANUARY 29, 2016
Three-quarters of likely Latino and Millennial voters support school choice and are more likely to back a political candidate that advocates expanding educational freedom …

What Republicans Can Learn from the 1896 Presidential Election
What Republicans Can Learn from the 1896 Presidential Election
ISRAEL ORTEGA, JANUARY 27, 2016
It’s unlikely but no longer impossible to see a self-described democratic socialist secure the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination this year. The consequences of a …

Here’s How This Republican Senator is Fighting the Crippling Heroin Epidemic in Her State
Here’s How This Republican Senator is Fighting the Crippling Heroin Epidemic in Her State
ISRAEL ORTEGA, JANUARY 22, 2016
The numbers are staggering. According to the Washington Post, nationwide heroin deaths have quadrupled over the past decade. Without a doubt, America is in …

Why the President Needs to Join Forces with Speaker Ryan to Tackle Poverty
Why the President Needs to Join Forces with Speaker Ryan to Tackle Poverty
ISRAEL ORTEGA, JANUARY 15, 2016
There was little substance in President Obama’s final State of the Union before a joint session of Congress. The president excelled in his oratory, …

Former Democratic VP Nominee to Join Pro-School Choice Board
Former Democratic VP Nominee to Join Pro-School Choice Board
ISRAEL ORTEGA, JANUARY 12, 2016
The American Federation for Children, a national advocacy organization dedicated to supporting school choice, recently announced two new board members, including former U.S. Sen. …

Live from the Kemp Forum: Kasich and Rubio
Live from the Kemp Forum: Kasich and Rubio
ISRAEL ORTEGA, JANUARY 9, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Ohio Governor John Kasich and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida took turns at the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity, moderated by …