Texas remembers Joaquin Luna. Immigration activists want Joaquin Luna DREAM Act to pass before Christmas Vacationby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Dec. 01, 2011, under female-led political movement, Hispanic Latino Vote, Joaquin Luna DREAM Act, Latina matriarch political movement
We are thankful the State of Texas is raising awareness to Joaquin Luna (DREAMer who committed suicide because he felt he had no other option). Joaquin Luna’s death hits the heart of Texas and Tejanos as they learned the tragic story of this bright young man who was waiting for “his dream to be fulfilled.”
After SB 1070 passed, we saw the states touching the State of Arizona have a higher turnout during 2010 (an off election year) because Latinos felt the Arizona anti-immigrant issue was too close to home and comfort. Will the Joaquin Luna suicide cause Tejanos to come out in droves during 2012? We believe so. Joaquin Luna was a bright young man who couldn’t vote, and eligible voting Latinos who were considering not voting because they may not have been as motivated, will now be motivated to vote for the equivalents of Joaquin Luna and the undocumented who cannot vote.
From the Texas Tribune:
Luna’s suicide has become a rallying point for advocates across the state, including the University Leadership Initiative, a grassroots organization formed in Austin to promote the DREAM Act; United We Dream, which aims to promote higher education for immigrants and natives alike; and the Texas Dream Alliance, an umbrella group that unites individual campaigns across Texas.
………the Tequila Party, a self-described independent movement trying to engage Hispanics, called out U.S. senators who voted against the DREAM Act in 2010. In a statement, she reminded officeholders and candidates about the projected power of the Latino vote.“We will not allow the story of Joaquin Luna to go away easily,” she said. “We will remember the actions of 2010 when politicians ask for our Latino vote in 2012. It is the responsibility of federal lawmakers to fix the broken immigration system. U.S. Senators get elected to do the job Americans expect of them and to fix broken systems that will benefit Americans and the American economy.”
We are especially disgusted in Senator Marco Rubio (a person who claims to be empathetic to Latinos) because on multiple occasions he stated he does not support the DREAM Act. Joaquin Luna is our equivalent of Elian Gonzales! We fought for Elian to remain in the United States, and this is how the likes of Rubio repays the other ethnic Hispanic groups that do not benefit from Cuban privileged amnesty? I took a full blown legal immigration reform plan to his office this year, and we were told that he didn’t have time to discuss fixing the broken immigration system. Meanwhile, our children who do not benefit from immigration privileges are left with despair.