Manuel Luján, Jr., Congressman

May 12, 1928 is the birthday of Manuel Luján, Jr., born on a small farm near San Ildelfonso, New Mexico.  In 1968, Luján was elected to Congress.  In the 1970’s and early 1980’s Luján was one of the few prominent Latinx Republicans, and the only Republican member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.  He usually supported the Reagan administration, but in 1986 he sided with Hispanic leaders and opposed legislation that sanctioned employers if they hired illegal immigrants. In 1989 Luján was appointed as Secretary of the Interior by President George Bush.

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