Watch the video below to hear what Rebecca Forest, a Texas Tea Party Leader and founder of an anti-immigrant group that tries to fool people with its name, Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas, says about Hispanic Legislators.
Among the many ridiculous things she says, the one that stands out most is, "If you want to know why we can’t pass legislation in Texas it’s because we have 37, no 36, Hispanics in the Legislature. All of the states that have passed legislation have a handful and I mean literally, some of them have no Hispanic legislators, well, maybe 3 or 5 or something. So that’s, umm, part of our problem and we need to change those numbers...So the problem is these Hispanic legislators…"
Yes, she really said that. There's video to prove it.
More importantly, she doesn't make a distinction between Republican or Democratic Hispanic legislators either. She meant Hispanic legislators. And thinks there should be less of them.
Wonder how the El Paso Latino National Republican Coalition will defend and/or apologize for that little remark...
This is the EXACT reason why Republicans cannot make a good rational argument for Latinos to be Republican. Their policies and rhetoric isn't only anti-immigrant, it comes off as anti-Latino.
A point made by other white Republicans like Dr. Steve Hotze of the Conservative Republicans of Texas. And at about the 2:50 mark of the video, the person on screen makes a very solid point that Republicans should understand about the debate of immigration reform. Essentially he says that Latinos aren't going to vote for the party that they think is going to deport their grandmother.
Interestingly the narrator of the video says (around the 4:28 mark) that the reason that Latinos haven't moved sharply away from the Republicans in the last election was because Governor Perry opposed Arizona-style immigration legislation. But the video was made BEFORE he switched positions on that issue.
I've been to Tea Party rallies. Even in El Paso there are very few people of color at the rallies. Somehow the handful that are there end up in news coverage of their events, much like the handful of African-Americans at the GOP convention in the last election ended up with a lot of camera time.
As long as this is the prevailing message of the GOP, Latinos will never go to the GOP in large numbers. Latinos should remember this rhetoric next November. Remember the votes of the Republicans in the legislature, how they affect your family, and the words they say about us when they think no one is listening.
How can Latinos feel welcomed in a party that identifies Hispanic legislators as "the problem".