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September 23, 2006

NCLR SLAMS HOUSE LEADERSHIP'S "SON OF SENSENBRENNER" LEGISLATIVE STUNTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Sep 22, 2006

Contact: Diana Tejada, dtejada@nclr.org
Michele Waslin, mwaslin@nclr.org
(202) 785-1670

Washington, DC – A series of legislative stunts by the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives this week, including passage of fence legislation, the "Voter ID Act," and most of last year's infamous Sensenbrenner immigration bill, brought resounding criticism from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S.

"The U.S. House of Representatives had a chance to pass fair and effective comprehensive immigration reform last year. Instead, they went on an anti-immigrant road show this summer and are now spending the fall passing the widely reviled Sensenbrenner bill in bits and pieces. The House leadership may believe that the only losers in this are Latinos, but their ineffective, unworkable, and extravagantly expensive shenanigans will soon reveal that the real losers are the American people who are demanding actual solutions on this issue," stated Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO.

"The House leadership not only is willing to spend billions of dollars on a fence that will do nothing and put the burden of immigrant enforcement on the backs of overworked, overwhelmed law enforcement personnel, but in the name of 'there is no such thing as too tough' on immigration they are willing to compromise democracy itself by making it harder for everyone to vote. Make no mistake - 125 million Americans voted in 2004, and every one of them will be affected by the Voter ID Act. All Americans depend on law enforcement to be able to do its job; that and the public's safety have been compromised by the House's actions this week," continued Murguía.
Murguía concluded, "The Latino community will recognize what this week's actions really mean - the return of the Sensenbrenner bill in a new but unimproved version. The Sensenbrenner bill drove millions to march in more than 100 cities earlier this year. The House leadership will have to reckon with the consequences of turning 43 million people into their 'piñata' for the 2006 election."

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