South Carolina Congressman Mulvaney Attends Latino Town Hall

Congressman Gathers for His First Town Hall Conducted Solely in Spanish

GAFFNEY, S.C. — During a Latino Town Hall Monday evening, Republican Congressman Mick Mulvaney (SC-05) heard from his constituents that immigration reform is urgent this year.

At the event, believed to be the first town hall conducted in Spanish by a South Carolina member of Congress, Mulvaney answered questions and spoke to our current immigration system and the prospects for reform in 2014.

The town hall was co-sponsored by Periódico Latino, the Greenville Hispanic Alliance, the Fellowship of Upstate Baptist Latino Pastors and the Evangelical Immigration Table.

The following are quotes from local South Carolina faith leaders at Monday’s event:

Pastor Gregorio Castillo, Hispanic Minister, United Baptist Church, Spartanburg:
“The most important thing for me is to see that there is a group of people in Washington willing to move forward on immigration reform. Maybe it’s not always what we want to see, but we are moving in the right direction. Thanks to Congressman Mulvaney for interacting with us in Spanish — it means so much to our community.”

Dr. Victor Prieto, Hispanic Ministries Consultant, Spartanburg County Baptist Network; Professor of Linguistics and Spanish, North Greenville University:
“The first town hall meeting ever with Hispanics in the Upstate of South Carolina was a success regarding the discussion on immigration. Congressman Mulvaney met with close to 150 Hispanics, which shows two important things: the decision of Hispanics to make their presence felt and their voice heard on issues like immigration reform, and the willingness of Republic leaders to talk about such issues. These two facts give us hope of a sound immigration reform sooner than later. This is not the time to get discouraged or rest!”

Rev. Derrick Smith, Senior Pastor, Kaleidoscope Multi-Ethnic Fellowship, Spartanburg:
“This was the first event I have ever seen where Hispanics in the South finally feel represented by their legislators. Beginning tonight and moving forward, I’m optimistic that the urgent need for immigration reform will get through to our representatives and that it will pass this year.”