Home » Sotomayor Connected to La Raza and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund
Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor - President Obama’s nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter - has been connected to the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF). NCLR is well known in the immigration debate for its support of amnesty for illegal aliens, while PRLDEF has been involved in several immigration-related lawsuits.
According to a profile compiled by the American Bar Association, Sonia Sotomayor was a “member of…the National Council of La Raza” at least as recently as 2000. (American Bar Association Profile, 2000). For decades, NCLR has supported amnesty legislation, including the failed 2007 Bush-Kennedy amnesty bill, AgJOBS and the DREAM Act. NCLR also opposes the REAL ID Act, as well as cooperative state and local law enforcement efforts to help enforce our immigration laws.
Sotomayor is also a former board member of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF). (LatinoJustice PRLDEF Press Release). Now known as LatinoJustice PRLDEF, this organization has: fought for bilingual education in public schools; sued to force the state of New York to grant in-state tuition to illegal aliens; opposed allowing employers to require English be spoken at the workplace; and filed a lawsuit to allow Mexican and Central American day laborers to seek employment in public.