Jason Hancock, Iowa Independent, February 26, 2009
A $950,000 earmark for a Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the omnibus spending bill that passed the U.S. House Wednesday has drawn the ire of U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron.
The Iowa Republican called the National Council of La Raza a “pro-amnesty organization” and said “the last thing Congress should be doing is handing out cash to apologists for immigration law breakers.”
“American taxpayers do not support La Raza’s agenda or its position in support of amnesty for illegal aliens,” King said in a statement.
La Raza points out that any federal money it receives for housing and community development projects is directed to its subsidiary, the Raza Development Fund. That organization’s job is to bring private capital and development assistance to local organizations serving Latino families in areas such as affordable housing, primary health care and educational facilities. No money from earmarks goes to advance La Raza’s public policy efforts on immigration.