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Bloggings: Can Gingrich become president by running to the left of Obama on immigration? Yes he can. By Roger Algase

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According to a current article in the Washington Post, Democratic strategists are worried about Newt Gingrich's possible appeal among Latino voters. They should be. According to the same article, Gingrich is learning Spanish, has a monthly Spanish newsletter, and appears on Univision. This is in addition to his standing up for the reality that not all unauthorized immigrants can be deported, and in fact, millions never will be. Everyone in America knows that, including Romney, Bachmann, Perry, et al. 


What is Obama doing, in contrast? Yes, he has Latinos in his staff, and some outreach to Latino communities. But as long as he continues to deport 400,000 men, women and children each year and break up Spanish-speaking American families, he will become increasingly hated by the same voters who are essential to his re-election chances. He is engaging in the greatest possible insult to Latino voters of all - taking them for granted, when not actually throwing them under the bus.


Ironically, Obama's incredible stupidity on immigration and his slap in the face towards America's fastest growing ethnic community may wind up electing one the most autocratic and bigoted presidents in modern history. Gingrich's attempts to exploit prejudice against American Muslims by spreading McCarthy-style fears that they are disloyal, by outrageously misrepresenting the history of great landmarks of interfaith tolerance such as the Spanish city of Cordoba, and by buying into the "Sharia Law" takeover fiction, are in stark contrast to his tolerance toward Latino communities (which just happen to have many more voters than America's Muslim communities).


Gingrich's proposals on relief from deportation, though probably quite a bit more limited than many in the media realize, are welcome. But his open bigotry toward Muslims is a disturbing sign. It may be no accident that Gingrich said that someone needs to be "going to church" to be eligible for relief from deportation. As the world-famous Arabic epic: Alf Laila Wa Laila ("Thousand And One Nights") points out, once a genie is out, it is hard to put it back in the bottle. This certainly applies to Newt Gingrich's genie of anti-Muslim hate. 

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  1. Efrain Nieves's Avatar
    The real Latino advocates have expressed time and time again that going on Univision, learning Spanish, etc., etc. will not help cater to the Latino community. As a Latino, I don't many Latinos who watch Univision or will jump to embrace a politician just because he learned Spanish. The Latino-Americans (like me) are pretty much your average American with a twist of Latin-American and Caribbean culture. But it's a culture, not a lifestyle.

    Another issue is not all Latinos are going to vote because one politician deports more immigrants than another. Many in the GOP including Gingrich have spoken against Latinos, (specifically Mexicans) in a racist form. Not only are Latinos against this but so are many whites and blacks.

    Many Latinos may be blind to just one topic without looking a politician's overall plan and history but there is a majority that follows these debates closely and those are the Latinos educating the masses.
  2. eman deriuqer's Avatar
    Obama demonstrates a pro-Moslem and anti-Christian bias through his immigration/deportation/asylum policies. The U.S. asylum flood-gates have been opened to folks from Moslem countries while folks from South and Central American Christian countries are being deported from the U.S.

    If you review the numbers, you will see that the changes are significant. And the balance between a Christian majority and a Moslem minority in this country is under-going a radical change due to Obama's policies.
  3. Roger Algase's Avatar
    I agree with Mr. Nieves. My main point is that when someone like Gingrich shows so much hatred against Muslims, can he be trusted to be free of bigotry against Latinos or any other minorities? I very much doubt it.

    eman deriuquer seems to think that Muslims are about to take over this country. Fifty or sixty yeas ago, when I was growing up and coming of age, it was the Jews.

    Gingrich's problem is that he is actively supporting and engaging in this kind of bigotry, after carefully picking his most vulnerable target. He is not only a purveyor of hate, but a supremely opportunistic one.
  4. Roger Algase's Avatar
    I meant: "Fifty or sixty years ago".
  5. Matthew Kolken's Avatar
    I'm more worried about the guy in the White House who refuses to clean up the "chronic abuses" in his own immigration detention system, than the guy who wants the job and is promising to actually do something to bring humanity (and reality) back into immigration enforcement. See: http://bit.ly/t7rGIV
  6. Matthew Kolken's Avatar
    Moreover, did you happen to see Flavia's blog entry on DREAMActivist.org?

    "Obama Campaign Still Lying About Trying to Deport You":
    http://www.dreamactivist.org/blog/2011/12/06/obama-campaign-transparent-lying/

    "It's getting old. And maybe folks are tired of hearing the same thing, over and over, but it's true- the Obama administration is not telling the truth about its deportation policy. It is a lie.

    Perhaps the infrastructure is larger than we understand, and decisions being made in D.C. can't manage to find their way to places like Mobile, but whose responsibility is it to make sure that it happens? Certainly not ours.

    What is worse is the Obama campaign's clear and blatant manipulation of this issue to build their email lists. It might be okay if they were actually trying to do something to help immigrant communities, but all we have seen are toothless policy memos and lawsuits that pass the buck.

    At this rate, we simply can't blame anybody who decides to place their bets with Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry, who have both alluded to their support for the DREAM Act, or simply referred to those who would "deport them all" (as Obama is currently doing) as heartless. Maybe that's shameless politicking- but at this point, what's the difference?"

    Pretty much sums it up.
  7. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Of course, Matthew Kolken is absolutely right about Barack Obama, the most cynical, cowardly and hypocritical of Deporters-in-Chief. My only question is whether members of Latino and other immigrant communities would be any better off with someone who, instead of merely caving into hate and prejudice against minorities, as Obama is doing, actively promotes it, as Newt Gingrich has been doing in his tirades against Muslims.

    Can Newt really be trusted to follow through with the more "humane" approach he is now advocating toward Latino immigrants (and their US citizen voter relatives and friends) while he persecutes Muslims living in this country, the overwhelming majority of whom are also loyal and law abiding, to gain political capital? There is an old Japanese saying that the cart overturned in front is a warning to the one behind.
  8. Mike's Avatar
    After having read your statement that Gingrich has "misinterpreted Cordoba" it was pretty obvious to me: Roger Algase has no clue when it comes to Islam and its threats. So why even bother writing such a ridiculous blog? Maybe because Algase wants to brainwash people into believing islam is good (which it is not)?
    The fact that Mr. Gingrich has recognized the dangers of islam and does not bow to political correctness is the main reason I will vote for him.
  9. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Mike's comment shows that Newt Gingrich is making a shrewd decision in deciding to appeal to anti-Muslim bigots. There are obviously plenty of them out there and Mike's vote is not the one that Newt is likely to get by resorting to the politics of hate.
  10. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Correction: I meant: "Mike's vote is not the only one that Newt is likely to get by resorting to the politics of hate".
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