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For Immediate Release: August 15, 2018

Contact: Erin Williams, ewilliams@faithinaction.org

Senate Must Review Kavanaugh’s Records From His White House Service

WASHINGTON, DC — Faith In Action, the largest faith-based organizing network in the U.S., today doubled-down on its opposition of the Senate leadership’s decision to move forward with confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, even though it has not received all records needed to scrutinize Judge Kavanaugh’s biases regarding civil rights, including immigrants’ rights.

The rights of immigrants is one of the pillars of Faith in Action’s work, and it opposes any effort to sweep under the rug records which may shed more light on how Judge Kavanaugh would rule on important cases that are expected to be heard by the high court, including immigrant detention, the future of DACA, President Trump’s shameful family separation policy, and the survival of the Affordable Care Act, which impacts families of immigrants.

“Our rights and our freedom hang in the balance of the Senate’s vote on Judge Kavanaugh, whether it is immigrants’ rights, voting rights, criminal justice reform, or access to affordable health care,” said Faith In Action executive director Rev. Alvin Herring.

Faith In Action is particularly concerned with Judge Kavanaugh’s opinion in Agri Processor Co. vs. National Labor Relations Board, in which he broke from precedent to argue that federal laws, as well as fundamental Constitutional rights, do not protect undocumented immigrants. This particular case involved rights of workers.

“With each passing day, we see the rights of immigrants being further deteriorated, as the Trump Administration hunts down immigrants and abuses them, to the point of treating children inhumanely after separating them from parents and housing them in cages,” said Richard Morales, policy and program director of Faith In Action’s immigration campaign LA RED.

“If the Senate obeys its solemn oath to equally protect the rights of everyone across the U.S. and maintain the strength and integrity of our democracy, then it must ask the questions it is entitled to ask before voting on this nomination to the highest court in the land. This must include asking Judge Kavanaugh’s stance on the constitutional rights of undocumented immigrants.”

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Faith in Action, formerly known as PICO National Network, is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. The nonpartisan organization works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 46 local and state federations. For more information visit www.faithinaction.org.

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