LULAC Seeks Department Of Justice And FBI Investigation Into Alleged Secret Ops In Texas Redistricting
Nation's Largest and Oldest Latino Civil Rights Organization Calls Report of Hired Operative Disturbing
Washington, DC - Domingo Garcia, National President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), issued the following statement in the wake of a published news report. The article alleges that a known redistricting "dirty tricks" consultant is working with the Texas Republican leadership in reshaping the state's voting maps for years to come.
"It's shocking to learn about the reported dirty tricks used in the unethical and possible illegal gerrymandering and redistricting maps handed to Texas voters in the last few weeks. LULAC demands that the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI investigate Texas officials from the Lt. Governor and House Speaker on down who may be involved in this alleged plot to rig the redistricting maps to disenfranchise Latino and African American voters. The news report exposes the cracking and packing of Texas House, Senate, and U.S. Congressional districts by the very elected officials who were supposed to be impartial.
Instead of overseeing a fair process for all voters, these politicians have been consorting with a known redistricting trickster. The so-called 'legislative professional' is being paid $120,000 despite having a history of illegal gerrymandering in Wisconsin. His past includes violations of the Voting Rights Act for redistricting work in Wisconsin that a federal court threw out. The judge even called the shoddy tactics a shameful attempt at excessive secrecy to keep the public from seeing what they were doing to harm Latino voters.
LULAC will not allow backroom deals and cloaked meetings to determine the fate of our voting power in Texas or deny us our voice at the polls. We are fighting as we have every decade since the 1970s to defend our constitutionally guaranteed rights. To every politician involved in rigging the process, we echo what the judge said; shame on them, and we add, LULAC is coming!"
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/