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AP: Congressional Hispanic Caucus raises civil rights issues

Nov 2, 2015
In The News

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are raising questions about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s treatment of Latino farmers and ranchers.

Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Linda Sanchez of California and fellow Democrats Michelle Lujan-Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan, both of New Mexico, sent a letter to the agency last week and requested a meeting with Secretary Tom Vilsack.

They say many caucus members have received reports from constituents indicating significant civil rights violations and discrimination by the agency.

Their letter pointed to a 2013 review that found noncompliance with civil rights requirements and regulations by U.S. Forest Service offices in New Mexico and Colorado.

Caucus members say they believe the issues are widespread and affect Hispanic communities across the country.

The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.