File this one under “WTF?” — the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute has decided to bestow a public service award upon Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana). Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart stated that the award Pence was given the award for “his extraordinary sensitivity toward and friendship with the U.S. Hispanic community.”
Even Roll Call reports that Pence himself did not know why he was receiving the award. Pence hasn’t been involved in any of the bi-partisan immigration efforts.
So I checked out the On the Issues page for Mike Pence to learn more about what he has done for the Hispanic community. I was particularly interested in his civil rights record:
- Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
- Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
- Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
- Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
- Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
- Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
- Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
- Require “Privacy Impact Statement” on new federal rules. (Apr 2002)
- Rated 7% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
- Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
- Rated 22% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
- Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
On Immigration, On the Issues shows the following:
- Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
- Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
- Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
- Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
- Rated 92% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
- Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
Finally, I found The Americano interview of Congressman Pence.
What do you think? Is Congressman Pence worthy of a leadership award for his contributions to our community? Or is the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute so stupid that it just wants to give an award to anybody who breathes?