LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Latino American Commission has condemned the use of an ethnic slur by a Nebraska senator during legislative debate last month.
The commission said in a statement Tuesday it was appalled that Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion repeatedly used an ethnic slur during a debate over allowing driver’s licenses for certain youths brought to the country illegally as children.
Kintner used the word while referencing an Eisenhower administration crackdown on illegal immigration that had the slur in its name.
The commission says the word offensive and derogatory. It says it’s alarming that a senator would say it during a public debate.
Kintner says he made clear during the debate that the word should never be directed at another person. But he argues it was the historically accurate name of the program.