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GOP Anti Immigration Stance Harming Party

One day white people will be a minority. And just like blacks remember the advances for civil rights made under the Kennedy/LBJ administration, Hispanics will remember Republicans vilified them in the ’06, ’07 and ’08 elections. With a new poll from Pew Research showing Latinos prefer Democrats to Republicans by 2:1 spells bad news for the GOP.

Now I know some of you may be thinking that “The Republicans anti-illegal immigration stance is not racism.” But in one example of more blatant racism, the Republicans skipped a debate on Univisión. Republicans use codewords like “illegal immigrant” and “states rights” to communicate ideas that if expressed as “Latino” and “Black” would anger the few conservatives of color in the GOP.

This policy is already not working for the party, if not backfiring. In the Virginia 2008 elections Republicans unsuccessfully used anti-immigration scare tactics to win seats on the county and state level. But the Republican party lost seats in Virginia’s senate giving Democrats a majority, and failed to gain any new seats in the Virginia House.

Why must the GOP resort to singling out groups like gays, Blacks, and Latinos to win an election? Because the Republican party truly represents the rich and the corporations and they must find a way to appeal to the “little man” without offending Corporate America. But with Whites (especially the racist component) quickly dwindling it looks rough times for Americas corporations and wealthy.

To be wholly honest the Republicans will be attending a makeup debate on Univisión  after seeing the diastorous results of skipping the first. I’m sure they’ll make more enemies than friends there, but it will still be interesting to see the response. Unfortunately they’re still ignoring the African American vote, just last week they skipped the Brown & Black Presidential Forum.

Filed under: '08 Election, American Politics, Immigration, Politics

Divided We Stand, Together We Fall

Protestor holds sign declaring

Only one Repulican showed at the NAACP’s anual convention, that was Tom Tancredo. It’s actualy funny, because he’s one of the most racist candiates out there.

While there Tancredo said “I get mad when I here Latinos are taking black jobs.” Looks like he just pulled out the race card. Anyways it seems conservatives have a strategy to divide the minorities (or mainly the brown and black skinned ones), so instead of being one powerful voting block, we all have a difficult time working together to insure our future.

I remember my mother use to tell me “Don’t make racial jokes in mixed company.” The reasoning behind this was even though a black and white person might be telling Asian jokes, someone else is going to make a joke about you’re race. That’s how I feel, conservatives talk of holding jobs from Latinos and giving them to blacks, but when they’ve gotten rid of Latinos they’ll come do the same thing to us.

Oh, and I promise my next post will be about something non-immigration related. Photo by Claudia A. De La Garza.

Filed under: '08 Election, American Politics, Black Matters, Immigration

Border Fence sits on Mexican Land

During routine inspection, it was discovered that a section of border fence along the U.S.-Mexican border, was 1 to 6 feet inside the Mexican border. Like any neighbor they have requested that the fence be removed. But from early responses it appears the government doesn’t want to pay the 2.5 million required to move the fence.

You’d think when you’re building a fence in the middle of the desert it wouldn’t have to be right on the border. Who really cares if an “illegal” walks five feet onto our land? And what about those fence builders, since they weren’t crossing the border at an officially recognized point, they became illegal emigrants (or from Mexico’s view, immigrants). Maybe next time they could have a setback of several feet.

Or maybe we should just forget the entire fence idea, since it’s illegal in the first place, and the people making the decisions on where to place the fence obviously don’t know what they’re doing. If anything should be done about illegal border crossing, it should be fixing the way most people enter the U.S. illegally, by over staying their visitation limits.

Filed under: American Politics, Immigration