I have been doing a lot of research and reading lately on new Mexican-American (a/k/a Chicano) politicians … new blood if you will. And a gem that comes to mind is Michelle Lujan Grisham – a newly elected Democratic Congresswoman in our neighboring state of New Mexico. Lujan Grisham, the daughter of a Mexican-American dentist and white mother has taken very good positions on legal immigration reform and she ought to be highlighted for her leadership to that regard.
Below is a recent memorable quote from her, and it is important to know what she says considering she is representing New Mexico — a bordering state to Mexico. Too often folks have been making the mistake of seeking leadership of the politicians who live in states that do not border Mexico, and everyone knows the bleeding needs to stop in the southwestern part of our Nation — particularly when Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer tried to trump the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution via SB 1070. It’s common sense to listen to the community that has been impacted the most — particularly when most of the deportations have been Mexican nationals.
“I am troubled that the Supreme Court left the door open to racial profiling with its ruling on the Arizona immigration law. Regardless, it’s up to Congress to lead the way on immigration reform, not renegade states like Arizona, Alabama and Georgia. When I get to Washington, I will be a leader and make it a priority to pass the DREAM Act and a comprehensive immigration plan that reflects our nation’s values, protects our borders and deals realistically with the immigrant families who are already living here, working here and paying taxes here.”
Kudos to Lujan Grisham.
We will be following her career because her leadership is important to people like me who live in the armpit of hell via Arizona where SB 1070 originated. We do know that this is a federal issue and we are counting on our “local” issue being taken care of at the federal level.