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Law Alum Luis Roberto Vera L’92 is the recipient of the 2017 OHtli Award given by the Mexican Government

Attorney Luis Roberto Vera, General Counsel for LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) was honored by the Mexican Government and given the 2017 Ohtli Award for his work against SB4 the contentious “sanctuary cities” law in Texas which allows law enforcement officials to question the immigration status of anyone they detain or arrest. Currently, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia has yet to rule on a preliminary injunction, which would stop the measure from taking effect on Sept 1. LULAC, as well as the City of San Antonio and Bexar County, are among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Attorney Vera now age 61, has battled discriminatory practices against Hispanics and people of color for more than 20 years. The Ohtli (a náhuatl word that means “pathway”, or camino in Spanish) Award was conceived to recognize and honor Mexican, Mexican-American, or Latino leaders whose efforts have contributed significantly to the wellbeing, prosperity and empowerment of Mexican communities abroad. This award is one of the highest and very limited distinctions given by the Government of Mexico to distinguished individuals of Mexican or Latino Origin.

 “Donald Trump and the governor of Texas have declared war on Latinos, on la gente mexicana …,” Vera said as he accepted the award. “I am grateful to those who stand with us. I am so honored that the government of Mexico has bestowed this honor on me, but it’s not me, it is so many people who stand with me on all these cases. Our fight will continue, we will rise up as a people, we will unite, and we will resist.”

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