POLL: Will the gun control issue take political capital away from the immigration issue?by Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Dec. 26, 2012, under Immigration Reform
A friend forwarded me a story today written by David Nakamura of the Washington Post. The story is about advocates fearing gun control will divert Obama from immigration reform.
I believe gun control can take political capital away from fixing the broken immigration system, too, if Mexican-Americans do not have a strong grassroots political movement, and if Mexican-American politicians do not step up to the plate.
Gone are the days for Latinos to hold up a victim card because IMMIGRATION IS A FEDERAL ISSUE. Obama has the power to eliminate the “Arpaios” and the racial profiling goon squads in his 2nd term now. This is exactly
why I voted for Obama in 2012 because I know he doesn’t have to worry about getting re-elected. This is a hot button issue and again … the immigration issue is a federal one under the Supremacy Clause of our United States Constitution. Be reminded that both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush waited til they were re-elected into their 2nd term before addressing immigration. Everyone knows that a 2nd term President no longer has to worry about being re-elected, therefore, the Obama administration has clout — particularly when the Democratic Party still holds the majority seats in the Senate.
More importantly, everyone knows how women and Mexican-American / Latinos helped Democrats maintain their power on November 6, 2012. Women and Latinos made a resounding voting statement in 2012 and Democrats cannot afford to lose that momentum.
Remember when Congressman Luis Gutierrez threatened Latinos would stay home and not vote in 2012 because Obama didn’t pass immigration reform within his 1st term? (I really like Gutierrez — I really do, but he is Puerto Rican and he needs to be careful with painting with a broad brush especially since Mexican-Americans have been working hard on getting out the vote. Several did not think the “don’t vote” message was productive). Mexicanos must get out the vote because that is the only way they can show Washington D.C. that we are paying attention and it is a way to flex our political muscle.
That said, it was interesting for me to see how Nakaruma quoted Cuban-Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. Doesn’t he know Cubans only make up 3% of the entire Latino population? More importantly, doesn’t Nakaruma know that Rubio supported the controversial SB 1070 and did not support the DREAM Act when we needed it the most? The person to seek a quote from is Sen. Robert Menendez (also Cuban-American) who has taken the initiative to put an immigration reform bill on the floor.
Who are the ones mostly getting deported? It’s isn’t the Cubans — it is the Mexicans who were deported in record numbers, therefore, it makes sense to talk to more Mexican-American leaders who are feeling the pain the most because they are the ones who have witnessed their extended families forced apart and deported.
Where are the quotes of Mexican-American Representatives as it relates to where most of the population is at in the southwestern part of the United States? Raul Grijalva, Ed Pastor, Toney Anaya, Xavier Becerra, Loretta Sanchez, Linda Sánchez, and so forth? Had the Democratic Mexican-American woman and candidate via Amanda Aguirre been elected this past year, we would have seen her take the bull by the horns on this issue.
Make no mistake, we are now living in the Information Age where keeping track of the Mexican-American politician(s) is easier with regard to their voting records and the initiatives they have taken at the Hill. I am a mere writer who has no political power — and the ones who have the power are those elected officials who have been elected to push policies that will fix broken things at the Hill. Again, Arpaio’s racial profile regime can end when Congress fixes the clearly broken system.
It is critical for the Mexican-American voters to keep track of their Mexican-American representatives (particularly in the southwestern part of the United States where Mexicans dominate in population growth). Where is the strong Mexican-American congressional politician at to take the lead on immigration since the immigration issue is a federal issue under the Supremacy Clause? We all know the Supreme Court reinforced the Supremacy Clause issue during the summer of 2012 when most of SB1070 was shredded and gutted. Chicanos must work harder and be more assertive. It is a good idea for the DREAM Act students to assert themselves because the political game is all about the ante up while raising the call. While the DREAMers ante up via protests, Mexican-American and/or Latinos who agree with reasonable immigration ought to find what both sides can agree on and build from there. Note: Mexican-Americans and Chicanos will more than likely not be for building a class of people who are paying into the federal tax reserve system without proper representation.
Can we address both gun control on automatic / assault-type of weapons and fixing the broken immigration system?
I believe we can do both.
Nonetheless, I am curious what readers think and believe this poll is necessary to ascertain intelligence.
Inauguration Day is coming up, and we should take a proactive position on policies instead of a reactionary one.
In the meantime … do pray for the safety of our United States President. These are two tough issues, and I’m concerned about the volatility of both the gun and immigration issue under the Obama administration. Do you know how many racists in Arizona love their automatic and assault rifle weaponry? Two examples from Arizona I have are J.T. Ready and Shawna Forde that will point to my concern with regard to how wacko racists with guns can be.
In the meantime, please take the poll below. I voted “no” because I think we can address both issues in a productive and reasonable manner.