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Latino Florida congressman rejected from Hispanic Caucus…because he’s not a Democrat

“After due consideration, the CHC determined not to accept Rep. Curbelo’s request to join the Caucus”

(National SentinelPolitical Bias: A Hispanic Florida congressman representing Florida’s 26th Congressional District, an Hispanic-heavy district in and around Miami, was denied entry into the Congressional Hispanic Caucus because he’s a Republican.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, the son of Cuban exiles, appeared to be a perfect candidate for the caucus, which focuses on issues important to Latino Americans.

He has also worked on a legislative fix to DACA that would save immigrant youth brought to the country illegally as children from deportation.

But apparently, because he’s not a Democrat, he can’t be included in the caucus.

The 31-member group, all of whom are Democrats, cited differences in policy.

“After due consideration, the CHC determined not to accept Rep. Curbelo’s request to join the Caucus,” CHC spokesperson Carlos Paz, Jr. said in a statement Thursday, according to The Hill.

“The CHC isn’t just an organization for Hispanics; it is a Caucus that represents certain values. This vote reflects the position of many of our members that Rep. Curbelo and his record are not consistent with those values.”

Critics have charged that explanation is bogus, considering that the principal requirement to join a congressional Hispanic organization is to be Hispanic.

Nevertheless, while it’s not clear who voted against Curbelo because ballots are taken in secret, the CHC did specify what issues they opposed.

The organization disagreed with Curbelo’s refusal to be a co-sponsor of the Dream Act, in spite of his work on similar measures and his insistence that he will vote in favor of the bill should it make to the House floor.

The CHC also disagreed with Curbelo’s support of the GOP’s tax reform bill and efforts to repeal Obamacare.

Other members also pointed to a heated back-and-forth between Curbelo and the group’s  leader, Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat from New Mexico, after the Florida lawmaker accused the organization of discriminating against him.

“It is truly shameful the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has decided to build a wall around the organization to exclude Hispanic-Americans who aren’t registered in the Democratic Party,” Curbelo said in a statement following the caucus vote.

“This sends a powerful and harmful message of discrimination, bigotry, and division. Unbelievably, petty partisan interests have led the CHC to formally endorse the segregation of American Hispanics. It is a dark day on Capitol Hill.”

According to the the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy Bipartisan Index, Curbelo was named the 11th most bipartisan member of Congress in 2017.

So even though he is one of the House’s more moderate members, he’s still too ‘Republican’ for membership.

“Apparently the only kind of Hispanics that are able to advocate for issues important to Hispanics through the congressional legislative process are ones who advocate for a socialist plantation for Hispanics,” Hispanic Republican activist Fredy Burgos said in a statement to The Western Journal.

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