Like swarms of angry hornets True Believer Hispanics, Chicanos and 70s-style radical La Raza Unida Party types or their children attack Republicans on the subject of immigration. And because these people are purists – Mirror, mirror on the wall who’s the purist “person of color” in the barrio? — these people viciously attack “vendidos” (sell-outs), “coconuts” (Brown on the outside, white on the inside) at every opportunity as if they are the only true Hispanics in the universe.
No observer of these people could label them representative of the Hispanic community under any circumstances. They are True Believer fanatics.
Of the 53 million-plus American Hispanics, of which 34 and-a-half-million are of the Mexican persuasion, these angry hornets are not a super-majority by any means. Proof: Probably 90% of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans voted for Obama. 50%-52% of Cuban Americans voted for Obama and probably 55% of Mexican Americans probably did.
Although the economy and the President’s economic failures are issues number one and two for the country and Hispanics, some are hung up on immigration and the Obama-friendly media ignores the fact that it is not in the top five issues Hispanics have.
So, let’s take a look at how the Democratic Party and Democrats have handled the issue.
1994: California’s anti-illegal entrant Proposition 187 made the ballot with Governor Pete Wilson’s help and the State Republican Party’s $300,000. Wilson campaigned for it. However, if every single Republican voted for Proposition 187 and Pete Wilson, he and it would have lost. Democrats voted for it and for him.
1994: President Bill Clinton imposes a new policy in and around El Paso (TX) and San Diego (CA) the two principal entry points on the border for the 10,000 or more daily illegal entrants. Border Patrol agents from all over the country are stationed fifty yards apart which drove potential illegal border crossers into the mountains and desert east of San Diego and around El Paso.
Result of Operation Gatekeeper: thousands of dead men, women and children at the rate of 400 to five hundred a year for the past 18 years and illegal entry spiked upwards especially into Arizona. They didn’t come across through San Diego and El Paso in the numbers they used to.
1994: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) launches the giant smear against American citizens born in the U.S. that hadn’t been an issue since 1898 when the Supreme Court interpreted the Constitution’s 14th Amendment for the first and only time. It concluded that – any child (excepting children of invading soldiers, children of diplomats on those born on foreign ships) born in the United States or its territories (jurisdiction) are American citizens.
Reid called them “anchor babies” which are defined as American citizen babies that lie in wait for 21 years so they can legalize their illegally present parents. That theory is wrong and naturalization statistics from Immigration and Customs (ICE) prove it. The number of parents sponsored by these babies is miniscule. Reid wants to kill the 14th Amendment.
1996: Democrats in the House and Senate (Where Democrats were a majority) voted to restrict benefits for LEGAL immigrants and criminalize illegal entry upon returning to the United States after being deported by making re-entry a felony.
2001: Dream Act legalizing youngsters brought here as children is introduced by Republican Senator Orrin Hatch. Democrats oppose, President Bush supports. Lost in the 9/11 tragedy.
2006: President Bush proposes Comprehensive Immigration Reform that includes Dream Act, guest workers and legalization (amnesty some call it). Democrats actively oppose it; does not pass in the Democrat U.S. Senate.
2007: Democrats take over the House and Senate. Comprehensive Immigration reform is brought up in the Senate under Harry Reid who engineers labor union-sponsored poison pill amendments that Republicans won’t vote for; Senator Barack Hussein Obama votes for poison pill amendments that kill the bill.
2009: President Obama never proposes immigration reform from the day he is sworn in until today.
2010: Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) reintroduces a sweeping Dream Act without Republican sponsorship. Obama does nothing to support it; it loses when five Democrat Senators vote against it even as enough Republicans vote for it to pass it.
2012: With Hispanic votes in mind, President Obama issues executive order lifting prosecution/deportation from young people brought here as children who meet certain criteria.
No one knows if the Obama pseudo-amnesty will or can survive court challenges. Nor does anyone know if ICE (Immigration) will round-up all the applicants and their families and deport them by cattle car; no one knows. We do know that Democrat polices have resulted in dead bodies.
“Operation Gatekeeper, 15 years later” NBC San Diego, Sept 30, 2009—
“(Activists) estimate that as many as 5,600 people have died while crossing the border through rugged mountain and desert areas of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas since the (Clinton) operation was launched Oct. 1, 1994.” Add another four years of bodies.
Editors note: As with all postings on this blog which appear with a byline, the posting represents the author’s opinion and not the official position of Cafe Con Leche Republicans.
Raoul Lowery Contreras (1941) was born in Mexico, raised in the USA. Former U.S. Marine, athlete, Dean’s List at San Diego State. Professional political consultant and California Republican Party official(1963-65)…Television news commentator, radio talk show host…published Op-Ed writer (1988 to present)…author of 12 books (as of 1-05-12). His books are available on Amazon.com.