Tide Turning — Joint Statement from National Immigration Advocacy Groups on Recall Russell Pearce Special ElectionsThursday, November 10th, 2011
LATINO JOINT STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION COURSE OF THIS NATION
|For Immediate Release||
National Contact: 520.329.1877
|November 9, 2011||
Phoenix, AZ – We are happy with the recall Russell Pearce and special elections results last night when Jerry Lewis won in a historic special election that will change the course of this nation. SOMOS REPUBLICANS and the NATIONAL TEQUILA PARTY MOVEMENT played a very big role as we worked with Conservatives and the Mormon Community in Mesa, Arizona. Foundress, DeeDee Garcia Blase, was the first person to initiate the recall of Sen. Russell Pearce and was instrumental in holding the FIRESIDE ON IMMIGRATION / ARIZONA COMPACT discussions with a prominent Republican in the State of Arizona — Daryl Williams. A targeted effort and concentration was focused within the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) community and Conservatives as we worked vehemently to inform the people of Mesa of the UTAH COMPACT, and this was vital since Mesa (Legislative District 18) consists of a large Mormon population and conservatives. Blase eventually dropped the recall and told her supporters to support Chad Snow’s efforts with regard to Citizens for Better Arizona. She preserved some of her energy to put her support behind the candidate who would be able to beat Russell Pearce once the recall Russell Pearce was certified.
Without Daryl and the FIRESIDE ON IMMIGRATION discussions, we are afraid that the Mormons may not have heard the news fast enough with regard to the position of the LDS community when Salt Lake City, Utah, put their support behind an immigrant-friendly compact. Last night’s win consisted of the LDS community, Conservatives, Libertarians, Independents and Democrats uniting and ousting one of the most anti-immigrant, anti-Latino politicians in American history.
Blase has learned the power of the unity message, and longs for the Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill days where both leaders were able to break partisan gridlock on tough issues. Blase believes that Latino Republican support is dwindling and waning, and will work with a broader coalition of Independents, Democrats and Republicans on a national front via the National Tequila Party Movement as she works to break partisan gridlock on the broken immigration issue. Blase understands the importance of uniting on a complex issue and believes the power is with “We the People.”
The defeat of Russell Pearce means the tide is turning back towards the United States maintaining its reputation as that Shining City on a Hill. The nation is now set to reverse the evil deeds of anti-immigrant crusaders via John Tanton, Kris Kobach, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, NumbersUSA, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, and so forth. We believe it is going to be reversed since we have sponsors for the Florida Compact via Rep. Luis Garcia, the Kansas Compact via Rep. Louis Ruiz, the Arizona Compact via Rep. Steve Gallardo, and so many other states we are working with to restore a healthy discussion on the tough issue of immigration.
The momentum and the arc of justice will bend on the side of immigration in a way that will benefit the United States American economy and immigrants will preserve our nation and take care of our elderly. Legal immigration reform will bring out those who live in the shadows of society.
Goodness prevailed last night when Republican Candidate Jerry Lewis beat Pearce. We hope the Republican Party learns from stellar leaders such as Jerry Lewis and Daryl Williams of Arizona. The inaction of the Republican Party leadership and influential GOPers to step in and moderate against the extreme anti-Latino rhetoric on this tough issue has driven Latinos away from the GOP and into the Independent Party. We must see Republicans denounce the anti-immigrant positions taken by the likes of Congressman Lamar Smith, Steve King, Senator Chuck Grassley, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Senator Marco Rubio, Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock, 2012 Presidential Candidates Herman Cain and Mitt Romney and all other Tea Party extremists.
As Latino Republican support dwindles, a new direction via The National Tequila Party movement will set the nation in a positive course that will unite people from across the political spectrum to tackle the tough issue of immigration. We know and understand how the business community relies on this labor and how immigrants have built entire communities. The Tequila Party will eventually be recognized for being the “American Party” that wants to reduce the partisan gridlock and move Americans to a place of UNITY and strength.
About the National Tequila Party Movement
The National Tequila Party Movement is the Latin Counter-movement to the TEA PARTY. It consists of a national tour of concerts, events, dinners and rallies that will encourage a massive Latino Get Out The Vote. This movement is a non-partisan movement. We don’t care how people vote, we just want them to get on the early ballot system, become consistent primary and general election voters.