September 16, 2009

CONLAMIC Leaders Applaud Census Break with ACORN

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Coalition Of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) applauds Census Bureau Director, Robert M. Groves for terminating all partnership agreements with ACORN.

"As Latino Evangelical Pastors move forward on a nationwide efforts to press Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, urging undocumented immigrants not to participation in the census 2010, ACORN operations have been a serious concern due to the lack of transparency and a history of wrong doing in voter registration drives and now this," said Reverend Miguel Rivera, CONLAMIC Chairman.

CONLAMIC supports an accurate count in the upcoming census but such accuracy can only be accomplished after millions of undocumented immigrants are assured by Congress that a path to legalization will guarantee equitable benefits to all.

"ACORN's malicious commitment to proceed with an exuberant counting of undocumented immigrants, targeting mainly low income areas, in our view was a deliberate attempt to secure federal funding that would exclude benefits from those who have no legal status, thus creating ghost electoral districts with thousands of non-voters constituents who are not accountable to elected officials," concluded Rev. Rivera.

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