Archive for October 4th, 2012

USDA Diversity Training Session Included “Our Forefathers Were Illegal Immigrants” Chant

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

More unbelievable behavior in the bureaucracy that is our current government.

The U.S. government paid a Chicago consultant hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on diversity training workshops that, according to one watchdog, included an exercise in which employees were told to chant “our forefathers were illegal immigrants.”

Conservative group Judicial Watch made the claim this week as it released a handful of documents pertaining to the program — and alleged that the sessions ended up enforcing political views more than promoting tolerance.

“Instead of being diversity-oriented or tolerance-oriented, it’s more about adopting a mindset,” said Lisette Garcia, a senior investigator with the group. “It seemed to go so far as to encourage illegal immigration.”

Judicial Watch began to investigate the sessions earlier this year after being approached by a tipster at USDA who was “offended” by them, Garcia said. Judicial Watch claims it has identified at least $200,000 spent by the USDA over the last two years on the company Souder, Betances & Associates.

The USDA later confirmed that amount.

The tipster, Garcia said, described one session in which the speaker led workers in chanting “our forefathers were illegal immigrants” while pounding on the table and getting others in the room to join in.

“How does that fit into the USDA mission at all?” she said. “The price tag makes it more egregious.”

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