HACU Member Advisory--January 6, 2005
HACU Urges Senate Confirmation of Alberto Gonzales for U.S. Attorney General
After much deliberation and considerable assessment of Judge Alberto R. Gonzales’ nomination for U.S. Attorney General, HACU president & CEO Antonio Flores sent a letter on January 5, 2005, urging the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Senate to recommend Senate confirmation of Gonzales’ nomination by President Bush.
HACU deliberated the pros and cons of Gonzales’ nomination, particularly in light of recent allegations surrounding his legal advice to President Bush on the status and treatment of detainees from the war in
As a Hispanic American of humble origin, whose parents were migrant workers and did not even complete a middle-school education, Judge Gonzales’ academic and professional accomplishments make him an impressive and very talented nominee for Attorney General. His modest upbringing and successful career should combine for a competent and sensitive (and sensible) Attorney General, if confirmed by the Senate.
If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Gonzales will become the first Hispanic to hold the highest law enforcement position in the
In closing, despite the controversy surrounding his nomination, the balance of his judicial record and the expectation of his appreciation for issues affecting people of color, particularly Hispanics, make Judge Gonzales a choice for Attorney General that HACU supports.
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