The government accountability group Judicial Watch is calling on the Federal Election Commission to investigate the Democratic National Committee for hiring an illegal immigrant to work on the 2016 presidential election.
The conservative group announced Wednesday that it had filed a complaint with the FEC about the DNC’s decision to “knowingly” hire an illegal immigrant when federal law prohibits foreign nationals from participating in election-related, decision making activities.
Judicial Watch’s complaint is based on media reports about Cindy Nava.
According to a June 8 article in The Washington Post, Nava, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who has applied for Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, is “working with the party’s political operatives to craft policy platforms, research and broaden her political skills on social media at the national level.”
Judicial Watch argues that Nava’s employment with the DNC amounts to an unlawful contribution to a political campaign by a foreign national and grants her the prohibited ability to influence DNC decision making in 2016 elections. They also note that it is unlawful to hire an illegal immigrant.
“The act of hiring her is, in and of itself, an illegal act,” the group’s complaint reads. “These actions are particularly egregious because the DNC flagrantly promotes their illegal activities, lawlessness, and disrespect for the rule of law.”
The Judicial Watch is calling for a “full, formal investigation” into Nava’s employment with the DNC.
“No wonder this nation has a border and an illegal alien crisis. Not only do we have a major political party knowingly employing an illegal alien, but also openly boasting about it to the nation’s press,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.
“The DNC should be held accountable by the FEC for hiring an illegal alien in violation of both federal immigration and election laws. Frankly, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security should also take appropriate law enforcement action,” he added.