LOS ANGELES – The full U.S. Senate should reject the rushed process undertaken to confirm the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a letter sent today by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund).

In the letter, MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz cites the attempt to jam through the nomination weeks before a presidential election as “wholly inconsistent with precedent and with the Senate’s constitutional obligation to provide ‘advice and consent’ to any nomination to the Supreme Court.”

Additionally, MALDEF raises concerns about the lack of information about Judge Barrett’s knowledge of legal issues faced by Latinos, the largest minority group in the U.S.

“As recent Supreme Court’s recent terms already indicate, the growing Latino community will become a central element of increasing numbers of the Supreme Court’s cases in the next two decades, the likely tenure of any Supreme Court nominee.  Our nation can no longer afford to blithely overlook the prominence of the Latino community in evaluating potential justices, and further inquiry on these issues is prerequisite to confirming any Supreme Court nominee,” Saenz states in the letter.

Read the full letter HERE.