POLL: Where is the Arizona immigration leadership at from Chicano politicians like Raul Grijalva and Ed Pastor?by Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Jan. 16, 2013, under Legal Immigration Reform, Mexican-American / Chicano political activism
where is Rep. Raul Grijalva and Ed Pastor at?
Let me be clear: The broken immigration system cannot be solved locally — it must be solved at a federal level due to the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.
Arizona activists can host boycotts, protests, staged arrests and etc., but what really matters is what our Congressmen and women are doing at the Hill at the federal level since this is a federal issue.
We need to see more Chicano Arizona leadership coming from Grijalva and Pastor since they are our elected officials and public servants. We can’t have Texas and California do all the work, and we certainly can’ trust Marco Rubio (from Florida) who supported SB 1070 to begin with. This is the time for all Mexican-Americans to pull together on one big push….because we cannot afford for the 2nd amendment issue to exhaust all of the political capital and away from CIR efforts.
Now that we see more and more Mexican-Americans rising up with regard to legal comprehensive immigration reform, do you believe Arizona politicians should chime in with regard to CIR efforts, too? Shouldn’t this be the time for all Mexican-American politicians to help each other? Imagine one huge southwestern push. We can’t just let Texas and California do all the work….politicians from (especially) Arizona ought to be chiming in because we are all paying attention and keeping track in light of the Information Age.
It is my sincere hope to see both Rep. Raul Grijalva and Ed Pastor help with the CIR messaging that emulates Antonio Villaraigosa’s and Texas Joaquin Castro’s call for fixing what is broken — particularly when Arizona is a bordering state to Mexico.