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3/5/2003 6:32:21 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
National Alert--Senate Must Allow Vote on Estrada Nomination

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March 5, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

A majority of United States Senators have said that they will vote in
favor of President Bush's nominee to the District of Columbia Court
of Appeals, Miguel Estrada. A minority of Senators are blocking this
nomination by refusing to allow a vote because they do not like
Estrada's conservative views. If the nomination of Estrada is
rejected through this process, it will be an affront to our
Constitution. It will also make it much more difficult for
conservative Justices to be appointed to the Supreme Court in the
event of vacancies during President Bush's term.

We need your help to ensure that the Senate confirms this judge who
supports the original meaning of the Constitution.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Click on the link below to find out if one or both of your United
State Senators oppose the Estrada nomination:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=727

2. If your Senator(s) oppose the nomination call TODAY OR TOMORROW
and ask them to allow an "up or down" vote on the Miguel Estrada
nomination. Your message may be as simple as, "Our Constitution
demands that President Bush be given an "up or down" vote on the
Estrada nomination. Please end the filibuster."

3. If your Senator(s) are in favor of the Estrada nomination, please
write or email them a note of thanks. You can go to our website at
www.hslda.org/toolbox and enter your zip code to find the contact
information for your Senators.

4. Pass this email on to your friends. Ask others to join in the
fight for constitutional integrity.

BACKGROUND

On January 7, 2002, President Bush nominated Miguel Estrada to fill a
vacancy on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate Judiciary
Committee approved the Estrada nomination on January 31, 2003.
Though 55 Senators have pledged to support Estrada, a handful of
liberal Democratic Senators have resorted to the filibuster, in order
to stop a vote on President Bush's nominee. Though only a simple
majority is necessary for confirmation, Senate Majority Leader Frist
lacks the 60 votes needed to end debate in the Senate and bring the
nomination to a vote. More importantly, President Bush deserves to
have his appointment given an up or down vote.

Miguel Estrada immigrated to the United States from Honduras at the
age of 17 and worked hard to succeed in a country that values
opportunity and rewards perseverance. Estrada graduated Phi Beta
Kappa from Columbia College and went on to earn his law degree magna
cum laude from Harvard Law School. After graduating, he clerked for
a Circuit Court Judge and then a Supreme Court Justice, earning what
is seen as one of the most prestigious legal positions in America.
He has substantial legal experience.

The appointment of federal judges has a direct effect on the rights
and principles that are crucial to the protection of home school
freedoms. President Bush has said that his appointees must agree
with a strict construction of the Constitution. Estrada is believed
to fit this description.

Opponents view the nomination of Miguel Estrada as a referendum on
conservative judges and justices. We need your support in upholding
principles of limited government and a proper interpretation of our
Constitution.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Farris
HSLDA General Counsel

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