Claude Cartaginese

Obama Appoints Perez to Civil-Rights Post, Riles Radical Latinos

Posted on March 20 2009 6:48 am
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Open-borders proponents are not pleased with President Obama’s choice of Thomas Perez as the Justice Department’s leading civil-rights enforcer. Perez, currently Maryland’s Labor Secretary and the state’s highest-ranking Latino official, edged out Thomas Saenz, an advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (a former leader and current member of the America-hating Chicano student organization MEChA).


Leading the chorus against Perez, and in favor of the more radical Saenz, is Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza, which is a leading lobbyist for racial preferences, bilingual education, stricter hate-crime laws, mass immigration, and amnesty for illegal aliens. Murguia expressed “profound disappointment” in Obama’s selection of Perez.


Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois — who in 1999 pressured President Bill Clinton (through then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder) to free 16 convicted FALN terrorists — is similarly incensed at the choice of Perez. Gutierrez has wondered aloud why President Obama wouldn’t “want to have someone who has a committed, dedicated, unblemished commitment to civil rights and to immigrants” at the helm. In fact Gutierrez, warning that “patience is waning,” has been vocal in urging Obama to convene a forum to discuss immigration reform.


The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF),  which has repeatedly placed its support for illegal immigration above American national security, is also unhappy with Perez. MALDEF contends that “the same rhetoric from the same [Republican and conservative] extremists that kept the Congress from enacting responsible immigration reform has been unleashed unfairly and inaccurately” against Saenz.


It should be noted that the Obama administration is still considering Saenz for another, unspecified post. The immigration lobby will continue to support him while pursuing its ultimate objective — the dissolution of America’s southern border.

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