Bringing this issue further into light from Arizona Immigration Ground Zero…
The OC Weekly has the pulse of anti-immigrant activists in California and in their below story they discuss Barbara Coe’s ‘barbaric’ stance when she said this of
Joaquin Luna (DREAM Act student) who took his life the day after Thanksgiving Day.
“….This is just another PR stunt promoting an Illegal Alien AMNESTY…if this illegal alien kid was so mentally deranged he could not not live without American taxpayer ‘freebees’, so be it.” — Barbara Coe
It’s unfortunate for Barbara Coe to refer to the Joaquin’s suicide as a PR stunt.
She thinks this is a stunt? Oh really?
Wow. Just wow.
I’m certain the Joaquin Luna family is suffering enough as it is, and instead of Barbara reaching out to the Joaquin Luna family, she would rather get her panties in a bunch and launch horrendous and false accusations against this hurting family.
The reality is this: The Joaquin Luna family goes beyond their own family’s grief. It is their wish to prevent any further deaths of American DREAMers which is why we are asking Congress to pass an emergency DREAM Act before they take their “Merry” vacations filled with sugar plums at the end of this year and in the memory of Joaquin.
Senators who supported the DREAM Act under the Bush administration but not now under the Obama administration ought to be ashamed of themselves for using immigration as a political game. They have blood on their hands and may the memory of Joaquin Luna haunt them into doing the right thing. We are tired of seeing a Republican majority Congress drag their feet when a Democratic President is in power, and we are also tired of seeing a Democratic majority Congress drag their feet when a Republican President is in power. On a side note, this would be a good time for the Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to take a compassionate female lead on this issue and right the wrong particularly when the suicide occurred in her state. It is not wrong to show compassion to infants, children and our youth. How ’bout going back to the good ol’ Reagan and Tip O’Neill days and breaking partisan gridlock to do the jobs Americans voted and pay them to do.
Joaquin Luna’s family states:
“As the family of Joaquin Luna, we want the DREAM Act to pass so we can help a lot of people that want to go to school and become somebody. We are all the same in God’s eyes. ” -Marie Ana Mendoza
My suggestion to Barbara Coe is for her to reach out the Joaquin Luna family and find out how she can help her fellow mankind rather than spit on Joaquin’s grave.
From OC Weekly:
Barbara Coe Ridicules Suicide of Undocumented High School Student Despondent Over His Legal Status
Good people in this country were shocked that Luna–an 18-year-old high school student from Texas–committed suicide recently andd left behind a note stating the reason: because he faced next-to-no future as an undocumented youth in country that refuses to accept such Americans as, well, Americans.
Read entire article here: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2011/12/joaquin_luna_barbara_coe.php