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Pence Is Mystery Winner of Hispanic Leadership Award

Grijalva said Pence has “never voted for anything with the Hispanics” and shot down his 2006 proposal with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) to make illegal immigrants return to their home country, go to a processing center and then re-enter the U.S. legally. At the time, Pence took heat from conservatives in his own party for the proposal, known as the “touchback” provision.

That approach to resolving illegal immigration was also “discredited and opposed by Hispanics,” said the Arizona Democrat.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who chairs the CHC’s Immigration Task Force, said he couldn’t think of anything Pence had done to help the Hispanic community. “He wouldn’t be, like, my first pick” for winning the award, he said.

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