For Immediate Release
January 25th, 2016
Contact: Dave Chase, (702) 350-2744
Las Vegas, NV — Today Congressman Cresent Hardy held a 2 hour U.S. Citizenship Workshop. As of 11 AM, exactly 1 person, a Hardy staffer, had RSVP’d to Hardy’s Facebook invite for the event.
State Senator Ruben Kihuen, candidate for U.S. Congress in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District, released the following statement on the workshop:
“Congressman Hardy hosted a workshop this morning he says was to explain, ‘how to become a citizen and how to avoid scams against immigrants.’ The irony is clearly not apparent to the Congressman. It’s outrageous and disingenuous to hold immigration workshops while opposing any effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Congressman Hardy is the real scam against immigrants.”
Hardy’s previous statements on immigrants:
Hardy: Immigrants Are Taking Jobs That People Could Utilize. In September 2014, Cresent Hardy said on Blog Talk Radio, “We’re having a lot of the same issues but it is the illegal population that is out there taking all these jobs that people could utilize.” [BlogTalkRadio, Hardy Interview, 9/15/14]
Hardy: We Need Immigrants Who Are Not “Drains On Society.” During his headquarters opening in August 2014, Cresent Hardy said, “I’ll just give you one issue that happens up in Yerington, Nevada. They have to bring almost 3,000 immigrants here because nobody wants to do that kind of menial work in our society anymore; which, I come from that I’d still go back to do that today, I don’t care if I have to. But, nobody wants to do it, so we have to bring immigrants here just to harvest things in. But the process takes longer to go, from year-to-year, to get them back here. They only stay for three months then they’re gone. These are the type of people we want. They come, they do their job and they leave. They want to go back they don’t want to be citizens. They don’t want to be any type of drain on society; they just want to be able to take care of their families.” [Headquarters Opening, 8/28/14; Washoe Dems, 8/28/14; NV State Democratic Party, accessed 3/30/15]
State Senator Ruben Kihuen is running as a Democrat in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District. Ruben has a proven record of real results for working families. Born in Mexico, Ruben and his family immigrated to the United States in search of a better life. He worked his way through college and after graduation was inspired to “pay it forward” by working with other students at College of Southern Nevada. In the legislature, Ruben helped craft landmark bi-partisan bills increasing funding for our schools and making college more affordable, and he beat back a reckless Republican agenda attempting to dismantle worker’s rights, restrict women’s health care and repeal LGBTQ protections. Ruben is running for Congress to ensure everyone has a fair shot at the American Dream.