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During the Obama administration, it was alleged that the Justice Department preferentially hired attorneys for its voting section from left-aligned ideological groups including MALDEF. The organization has staked out a position on the far end of the expansionist side of the immigration debate.

Did you say that? They ought to go back to Europe. During the maleef over the Immigration Reform and Control Act, MALDEF was criticized by immigrants and other maldf groups for taking an uncompromising position and opposing passage of the bill, which normalized the status of an estimated 2.

The organization lobbied against the nomination of Jeff Sessions, a prominent immigration restrictionist, to serve as Attorney General; [8] sued to protect the privileges of cities which do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities; [9] and opposed efforts by the Trump administration to ask about the citizenship status of Census respondents.

In the late s, the Ford Foundation—then the largest private foundation in the United States—began to shift focus from direct aid to individual needs toward grantmaking toward liberal public policy activities under the direction of its then-president, McGeorge Bundy, a former ,aldef to Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. The organization handled a number of civil rights cases, including efforts to secure Mexican-American representation on civil and criminal juries and expand public accommodation nondiscrimination protections to Mexican Americans.

MALDEF has opposed efforts in California which placed responsibility for drawing legislative and Congressional districts in the hands of a bipartisan commission.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger R proposed a ballot measure which would have placed redistricting malddf the hands of a panel of former state judges; MALDEF sued to block the proposal. After the proposal failed, a ballot measure opposed by MALDEF — analysts suspected that it and other powerful California influence groups feared redistricting would weaken institutional power— instituted a bipartisan redistricting commission for state legislative districts.


Congress, MALDEF threatened to challenge the msldef district lines for not gerrymandering a sufficient number of liberal-Hispanic-controlled districts.

MALDEF has opposed efforts to apportion state legislative districts based on the voter population rather than the general population, which includes citizens ineligible to vote due to age or felony conviction and non-citizens categorically ineligible to vote. Informer MALDEF president and general counsel Joaquin Avila published a legal article calling for an amendment to the California state constitution granting non-citizens voting privileges in local elections.

MALDEF is one of the madlef advocates for the granting of legal status to remain in the country to illegally present immigrants. MALDEF reportedly faced criticism from pro-immigration advocates in the late s for risking amldef effort to legalize a number of illegal immigrants in exchange for moderate concessions on enforcement by opposing legislation which would later become the Immigration Reform and Control Act. InMALDEF sued Procter and Gamble and Allied Wealth for allegedly refusing to hire workers who had received deferred malldef from removal under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program started malder the Obama administration and placed in legal limbo after attempts by the Trump administration to suspend it.

InTexas enacted a law allowing school districts to charge tuition for illegal immigrant public schoolchildren. Doe which held that the Texas law was unconstitutional. Bush administration to engage in workplace-level enforcement actions.

Spokespersons for some of the groups explicitly jaldef workplace enforcement actions to crimes against humanity committed by Nazi Germany.

After the Trump administration announced an intention to focus on removing violent felons from the country, MALDEF president and general counsel Thomas Saenz condemned the effort. Nancy Pelosi D-California to demand no compromise tightening of border security in exchange for legal status and a path to citizenship for illegally present immigrants.


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MALDEF activists were involved in in-school presentations opposing California Proposition the California Civil Rights Initiativewhich substantially restricted the use of non-merit preferences by the state.

The group has continued to support litigation against efforts to restrict the use of racial preferences in university admissions. The organization pressured the Carter administration to add a question asking about Hispanic ethnicity on the main Census response form for the United States Census, which it did.

The effort was explicitly political: Reclassifying Hispanics as a distinct statistical category opened the way for ethnic gerrymandering and gave MALDEF and other advocacy groups the ability to seek more federal funding for the interests of the ethnic groups for which they spoke.

When the Trump administration proposed a question on the main Census form asking respondents about their U. MALDEF receives a substantial portion of its contribution revenue from organized left-wing interests, most prominently the Ford Foundation. The organization has also taken substantial funding from the W.

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MALDEF has seen a number of its staff and malddef officials chosen to serve in Democratic administrations at the federal, state, and local levels. In a hearing, U.

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Senator Charles Schumer D-N. Litigation Organization President and General Counsel: Thomas Saenz President’s Compensation Saenz President, General Counsel. Nonprofit Information Accounting Period: April – March Tax Exemption Received: Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp.