Bao Nguyen, In Bid For Congress, Picks Up Endorsements From Prominent Latinos in Law
For Immediate Release: April 11, 2016
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Santa Ana, CA – California’s Latino law community is rapidly lining up to back Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen’s in his bid for Congress. Sergio C. Garcia, California’s first undocumented immigrant lawyer; Eric Dominguez, a leading immigration lawyer and President-Elect of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County (HBAOC), and Diana Lopez, Past President of the HBAOC, have all declared support for Nguyen, the only candidate that has the record taking action on issues affecting Latinos, including immigration.
“Mayor Bao Nguyen is the only candidate in this race who has the record to back up his powerful stance on immigration reform,” said Garcia, who similarly to Bao, was brought to America as a minor by his parents. “Bao has spent his entire career fighting to better the lives of immigrants like myself. Even though I can’t vote for Bao in the upcoming Primary on June 7th, I urge you to vote for him, because he’ll continue to fight for humane and comprehensive immigration policies in Congress.”
Bao Nguyen was born in a United Nations refugee camp in Thailand at a Doctors Without Borders Clinic. His parents escaped from Vietnam in 1980, when corruption and oppression in the country was at its height in the post-Vietnam War era.
“During my family’s escape from Vietnam, my family had been separated when two of my sisters were left behind with relatives,” said Bao, emphasizing his connection to immigrant families, who often have to make impossible choices when seeking a better life in the United States. “I know how that has affected my family. I will honor the sacrifice my parents made, and fight every day in Congress for an immigration policy that ensures families stay together.”
Dominguez had the following to say in his endorsement for Bao:
“Growing up in the 46th District, my family and I have seen countless politicians bank on their surnames or public appearances to demonstrate their commitment to Latino causes. From his advocacy for migrant farm worker education as a School Board member, to his unwavering support for a pathway to citizenship, Bao has demonstrated through action time and again that he supports the issues that matter most in our community.“
Ms. Lopez echoed Dominguez’s powerful words, adding “Coming to a new country brings a unique set of challenges that cannot be truly understood unless one has experienced them firsthand, as Bao has. He’s proved his support many times, including when he signed the amicus brief on Texas V. United States in support of DACA and DAPA. I wholeheartedly support Mayor Bao Nguyen for US Congress.“
Bao Nguyen immigrated to the United States in 1980 as a child. After serving on Garden Grove’s school board, where he expanded Vietnamese and Spanish language programs, Bao was elected Mayor of Garden Grove in 2014. Upon his swearing-in, he became the first directly-elected Vietnamese American Democratic Mayor in the United States. He is the city’s first Vietnamese American and first openly LGBTQ Mayor.
For more information, please visit www.bao2016.com.