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Congressman Investigates Role Of La Raza In Border Crisis

A key congressman says he is investigating claims a left-wing pro-amnesty group is encouraging people in Central America to come illegally to the U.S., but the group firmly denies it is doing so and the information is only hearsay.

Congressman John Carter (R-TX), Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations, told Breitbart News on Thursday that he heard staff who work for various offices in Central America at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is encouraging illegal immigrants to cross the border into the U.S.

“That’s what I’ve heard and I heard it from an officer from the Texas Department of Public Safety,” Carter said, adding, “They have an office in all three countries and they’re promoting, ‘Now is the time to come to America.’ I’m looking into it right now,” he said noting the information is currently hearsay.

NCLR called the claim, “completely incorrect.” In a statement to Breitbart NCLR stated:

Deeming the growing numbers of unaccompanied child refugees in U.S. government custody an international humanitarian situation, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) today endorsed Senator Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) multipoint plan to address the issue and also called for greater financial support of the many humanitarian, legal and children’s organizations that have been leading efforts to assist these children.

“We will open five new shelters in the next month just to serve these child refugees, and we need to remember that they are young children desperate for what most children take for granted: a safe place to live and grow,” noted Juan Sanchez, Southwest Key President and CEO. “Our hope now is to get the remaining 3,000 or so kids who are still in border patrol offices into shelters or with an appropriate guardian.”

“Right now the most urgent need is to get these children the legal help they need. There are a number of tireless organizations who have long been involved in these issues such as Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), as well as ProBar, the American Bar Association’s immigrant/refugee representation project. We urge attorneys, companies and other individuals to consider donating both critically needed financial and in-kind support such as pro bono assistance to these organizations, as well as supporting other deeply involved charitable organizations such as Church World Service and Catholic Charities,” concluded Murguía.


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