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A Mexican-American Talks About GOP Anti-Immigrant Racism. By Roger Algase

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In the past week, the blogosphere has been full of comments about remarks by two House Democratic leaders, Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Steve Israel (NY), suggesting that Republican racism may have something to do with the GOP's opposition to immigration reform.

Surprise, surprise! Who knew?

Could the same party which rammed the harsh anti-immigrant IIRIRA though Congress without debate in 1996 by attaching it to a veto-proof appropriations bill just before a presidential election, and which, in 2005, tried to criminalize the entire immigration system by passing the House "Sensenbrenner" immigration bill; and which killed immigration reform in 2010 and again in July, 2013 and supported "self-deportation" in the 2012 election possibly be motivated by anti-Latino and anti-minority racism?

How could anyone think such a thing?

Well, here is some news for you. People who are actually the most affected by the GOP's racism against Latino and other brown immigrants have been saying the same thing for a long time - but more directly and openly than our Congressional leaders are finally beginning to do.

One of the most eloquent voices I have found on the Internet is that of a blogger who calls herself Dee. She wrote an article that was posted more than a year ago, on February 21, 2013, when the debate over last year's failed immigration reform bill (and it has failed - we may not see a reform bill again until after the 2016 presidential election) was just beginning to heat up.

In her profile, Dee states that she is a Texas-based Mexican-American whose parents, grandparents and great grandparents were all born in the US. She is married to an Irish-American.

The following are some extracts from her article: Immigration Talk with a Mexican American: Tea Party Racists Scream Violence, Guns and Mass Deportation at John McCain's Town Hall Meeting

http://immigrationmexicanamerican.bl...ence-guns.html

"I think we all knew it was only a matter of time before the Republican teaparty base would rebel against Comprehensive Immigration Reform. It is just as I predicted. Republicans are coming out of their closets and speaking out against Immigration Reform that includes and type of legalization for the 11M here, including for the Dreamers."

She goes on to describe Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) as the Republicans' "token Latino", whom they lifted up on their shoulders to try to get the Hispanic vote by supporting immigration reform.

She continues:

"Racist callers on Talk Radio started calling in, demanding "Racial Profiling" BORDER SECURITY be the 1st step. The next thing you know, the Talk Radio Pundits start talking about "Border Security" 1st. Then their Golden Boy Rubio starts demanding "Border Security" first...

Now the HATERS are starting to headline Talk Radio. Yesterday, I heard Mark Krikorian on Bill Bennett's radio show. Krikorian is an Infamous Right Wing Racist Extremist who often talks about Mass Deportation and the "Rule of Law". Bennett and Krikorian were talking about Latinos being "born takers" and most wouldn't vote for the Republicans anyway...He warned that another "amnesty" would destroy America."


Dee concludes:

"I almost feel sorry for the Republicans. They are a party against themselves. The teapartiers are motivated by the KKK of the past. They are motivated by ther White Supremacists of the previous century. They have nowhere to go but to face their own demise. They neither want to know nor do they want to understand that our Country is EVOLVING into a Beautiful Multicultural Society." (Emphasis added.)

14 months after the above was written, knowing what we now know about how the Tea Party controlled House Republicans have killed immigration reform despite the attempt of the bipartisan Senate Gang of Eight to bend over backwards to accommodate Republican right wingers on Border Security to the tune of a $46 billion boondoggle for defense contractors at taxpayers' expense, can anyone say that this outspoken Mexican-American commentator was wrong?

Let us hope that Reps. Pelosi's and Israel's comments about Republican racism as the main obstacle to immigration reform will only be the beginning. The man behind the desk where the buck stops in the Oval Office also needs to speak out more strongly, and to take stronger action to stop the deportations - and to end the vendetta being carried out on the part of some USCIS Service Center officials against H-1B, O-1 and other educated, professional immigrants whose skills, dedication and hard work bring such great benefit to America's economy - and society.
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Roger Algase is a New York lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been helping professional, business and family based immigrants overcome the obstacles of our complex immigration system for more than 30 years. His practice includes H-1B and O-1 work visas, as well as green cards through labor certification, extraordinary ability and opposite or same sex marriage, among other immigration and citizenship cases. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com


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Updated 04-16-2014 at 11:44 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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