Sunday, February 07, 2010

Immigration tea parties

I suppose it was inevitable.  Take an inchoate conservative movement and it will soon latch onto immigration.  New American Media discusses how the Tea Party movement is taking on immigration, though as yet it has no unified view.

However, the organizer of the Tea Party convention praised Tom Tancredo's speech, in which he said the following:

"People who could not even spell the word 'vote' or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House."

The racism there is obvious, given that literacy tests were long used in the U.S. to prevent African Americans from voting.  And it is now merged into xenophobia into a single message: the poor uneducated and Latinos (sometimes one and the same) are destroying the United States.

The only bright side to this ugliness is that it does not play well amongst the general public, and is a loser electorally, so it will likely remain fringe despite the media attention.  Some Republicans understand this--for all her gaffes, Sarah Palin has been careful not to ramp up immigration rhetoric.


Randy Paul 11:24 PM  

Some Republicans understand this--for all her gaffes, Sarah Palin has been careful not to ramp up immigration rhetoric.

Give her time. As long as she continues to make common cause with the teabaggers, including the scummy Tom Tancredo, she'll come around to their side.

Vicente Duque 4:17 PM  

Latino network wants all to participate in census - This will help California to retain a House Seat and Texas to gain four new House Representatives

If everything goes right, then California won't lose U. S. House Seats and Texas will gain four new districts ( Representatives in the U. S. House )

The government appropriates funds and congressional representation ( House of Representatives ) , using the Census Data, Immigration could make the difference in 12 or 13 congressional districts.

Latinos could gain more Political Power if they participate in the Census.

News Transcript
Latino network wants all to participate in census
February 10, 2010

Latino network wants all to participate in census

Some excerpts :

The Latino Action Network (LAN) is urging members of New Jersey’s Latino community — including undocumented immigrants — to participate fully in Census 2010, and said it is opposed to efforts by a minority to encourage a boycott of the national population count.
According to a press release from the LAN, in the coming months the network intends to sponsor several statewide events aimed at fostering an understanding of the importance of the census.

LAN is partnering with the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) as part of its Latino Census Network.

Frank Argote-Freyre, interim chairman of the LAN, said, “We reject all calls for a boycott by those who argue it will pressure the federal government into enacting comprehensive immigration reform. The immigrant community, documented and undocumented, is struggling for acceptance and a boycott sends the message that they do not want to participate in this society.

“The vast majority of immigrants have come to build this great nation. They are proud of the United States and want it to reach even greater heights. They want to participate and be recognized for their contributions,” he said.

Youth, Minorities, Politics :

Vicente Duque

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