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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Oregon Immigrant Rights Coalition Applauds First Hispanic Nominated to the High Court

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2009

Francisco Lopez, Executive Director, 503.984.6816
Erik Sorensen, Communications Director, 503.488.0263

Oregon Immigrant Rights Coalition Applauds First Hispanic Nominated to the High Court

Salem, Ore- CAUSA (Oregon's Immigrant Rights Coalition), the largest Hispanic civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest, applauds President Obama for nominating Federal Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

At the White House today, President Obama praised Judge Sotomayor as "an inspiring woman" who would uphold a “commitment to impartial justice, a respect for precedent, and a determination to faithfully apply the law to the facts at hand.”

The President went on to say that Sotomayor “would bring more experience on the bench and more varied experience on the bench than anyone currently serving on the United States Supreme Court had when they were appointed”. He added that Sotomayor’s careful reasoning has earned her “the respect of colleagues on the bench, the admiration of many lawyers who argue cases in her court, and the adoration of her clerks, who look to her as a mentor."

With today’s nomination, President Obama did exactly what he promised in last year's election by selecting a person who has demonstrated an abiding commitment to the core constitutional values of justice and equality under the law.

“Americans deserve a Supreme Court justice like Sonia Sotomayor”, said Francisco Lopez, Executive Director of CAUSA. “She is an extremely qualified jurist who has demonstrated a commitment to our nation’s core constitutional values.”

President Obama has set a deadline for a confirmation vote on nominee Sonia Sotomayor by the start of the Senate's five-week recess which will begin on August 7th.


CAUSA ( is Oregon’s statewide, grassroots immigrant rights coalition. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies.



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