LULAC Condemns Factually Inaccurate and In Parts Bigoted Report Issued by the Heritage Foundation

May 10, 2013

Contact: Paloma Zuleta, 202-833-6130, PZuleta (at) LULAC . org

Washington, D.C.- LULAC condemns as factually inaccurate and bigoted the Heritage Foundation report regarding immigration reform.

The report's findings are questionable at best and misleading at worst, due to its lack of methodological rigor. In addition, the organization hired authors whose previous writings claimed Latinos were genetically inferior to Whites.

"The veil has been lifted of the once respected conservative think tank and a culture of bigotry that was allowed to dictate the organization's policy positions has been revealed," said Brent Wilkes, executive director.

The report released by the Heritage Foundation has received criticism from both sides of the aisle, including from supporters like Senator Marco Rubio who called the findings "flawed" and "illegitimate."

“Comprehensive immigration reform has the support of the American people that includes conservatives, liberals, people of faith, the business community, and many others who see its economic and social benefit. The Heritage Foundation through its website purports to promote family values. If it really cares about family values it would stop publishing inaccurate reports and instead support comprehensive immigration reform. Such an action would truly support family values in that it would allow the unification of families and allow 11 million hard working Americans to live the American Dream," said Wilkes.

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

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