Tuesday, October 15, 2019

NCLR President Janet Murguía to GOP: our complaint is ‘personal’

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The National Council of La Raza’s annual awards gala last night served a significant platform for expressing the organization’s ire toward the Republican Party. NCLR’s president, Janet Murguía, who once stamped President Obama as “deporter-in-chief,” redirected her outrage to the GOP, lambasting the party for a perceived “growing malignancy” toward immigration, their inaction toward true reform and, most recently, their using immigration as a tool for threatening the funding of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“Every time you say no to reform it bears a real cost, a human cost, to countless families and children” Murguía said in her address at the gala. “Make no mistake – our complaint is not partisan. It’s personal.”

Murguía, who had taken President Obama to task over comprehensive immigration reform and his administration’s deportation numbers over a year ago, adopted a more placid tone, saying that the President and his executive actions merely filled the void that formed from Republican inaction. So while she harangued Speaker John Boehner for neglecting to pass a reform bill, she thanked the President for his efforts.

President Obama “deserves an enormous amount of credit for acting boldly and responsibly. And for that we say thank you, Mr. President,” Murguía said, adding that the recent immigration impasse brought about by the GOP was having a “searing” impact on the Latino community.

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