Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What Tea Partiers REALLY Think About Latinos

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".


Anonymous said...

Being a lifetime republican it pains me to hear republicans make such ridiculous statements. I am 61 years old and have never missed a election except when I was in Vietnam. I have always supported the republican party. I remember when my father was AZ state campaign manager for Barry Goldwater. There were so many great republicans. But today it is hard to find one. The republicans are out to get elected they no longer care what is right or wrong. The Tea party is just concerned that the Hispanics and minorities should no become the majority simple because they are more fertile. (quote John Tannon group who write immigration legislation for states) Maybe its a compliment because they spend so much time ranting against immigrant than to worry about the issues such as economy and health care. Before Obama the republicans ran on health care for everyone. All I can say is what the hell happened to the republican party I know. That's probably why I voted for President Obama.
Bernie Abeytia

Anonymous said...

So now you see the truth;they want immigrants to clean their yards,tend to their pools,eat in their resturants,paint and roof their homes,clean and cook in their homes,hell raise their children,die for this country but don't let them vote, too damn many of them!The only two places I know for sure are segregated are heaven and hell and oh yea the Lily household . A Arciniega