Hispanic National Bar Association Denounces Kansas Representative's Comments

Mar 18, 2011, 15:06 ET from Hispanic National Bar Association

TOPEKA, Kan., March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During an Appropriations Committee meeting in the Kansas State House of Representatives this past week, Kansas State Representative Virgil Peck stated on the record, "It looks to me that if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a solution to our illegal immigration problem."

HNBA National President Diana S. Sen condemned Peck's damaging and dangerous statements. "As the national voice for the Hispanic legal community, the HNBA condemns Representative Peck's comments. We are appalled that a sitting Representative would crassly offend, insult and attack our hard working immigrant communities, referring to them as 'wild hogs,' and condoning murder as acceptable conduct." Sen added, "That Mr. Peck would urge such criminal behavior is plainly unacceptable. His hateful and intolerable remarks, and his willful call on U.S. citizens to engage in criminal conduct, poisons, polarizes and damages irreparably the social fabric of our communities. Peck's statements present a clear and present danger to all and have no business in the halls of a state legislature."

The HNBA is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 attorneys, judges, law professors, legal professionals, and law students of Hispanic descent in the United States, its territories and Puerto Rico.  For more information about the HNBA, please visit www.hnba.com.

SOURCE Hispanic National Bar Association