The Caucus’s website describes itself as an organization of congresspeople that “addresses national and international issues and crafts policies that impact the Hispanic community, according to Townhall. “The function of the Caucus is to serve as a forum for the Hispanic Members of Congress to coalesce around a collective legislative agenda.”
Townhall reported that the website does not mention one has to be a Democrat to be a member.
Flores, the first Mexican-born woman to serve in Congress who represents an overwhelmingly Latino district, applied to be a member of the Caucus in early October, and was rejected shortly thereafter. Flores was rejected because she is a Republican.
“As the first Mexican-born Congresswoman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, I thought joining the Congressional Hispanic Caucus would be a constructive way to build bridges and work in a bipartisan manner on behalf of our constituents,” Flores told Townhall.
She said that the reception she received opened her eyes and dashed those hopes.
“I was wrong,” Flores said. “This denial once again proves a bias towards conservative Latinas that don’t fit their narrative or ideology.”
As the Congressional Hispanic Caucus rejected Flores, there are currently six Latinas running for congress as Republicans, creating a potential for more tension as more Republican Latinos seek membership.
In a similar bout of partisan discrimination, last year House of Representatives member, and black Republican, Byron Donalds was denied membership in the Congressional Black Caucus.