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Prominent Immigrant Rights Advocate Recanting Hillary Clinton Endorsement

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Prominent immigrant rights advocate César Vargas has recanted his previous endorsement of Hillary Clinton. He writes:

It took me a long time to write this. I had to dig deep into my being to come up with these words. I’m recanting my endorsement of Hillary Clinton for the presidency...

I’ve seen how our heroes, activists, journalists, and celebrities have completely sold their souls to support something no person with an iota of morality would do. I’ve seen them say and do things to derail candidates who would have been a million times better for those less fortunate around us. It’s unfortunate most pretend to fight the establishment, to act like they love the people more than they love the struggle and the relevance that it brings them. I am not one of those and I won’t continue to be until the good Lord takes me.

Yes, I am heartbroken, I am angry, I am defeated, but I will rise and continue to advocate for you, for my people, for those that don’t have a voice. But I refuse to be a pawn, a conduit of their oppression, of their disenfranchisement, of their brutalization, of their exploitation, of their lives and deaths. That’s what a Hillary Clinton endorsement means to me.

César Vargas is a writer, director, strategist, and advocate. He founded UPLIFTT and was named one of 40 under 40: Latinos in American Politics. His op-eds and quotes can be found on the Huffington Post, Latino Rebels, Okayafrica, Okayplayer, NBC, Latino Magazine, Fox News, Sky News, NBC, Salon, The Hill, and the Guardian.

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This statement is certainly worthy of the line by the great, but little known today, 1st Century AD Latin poet Lucan, who, describing the Roman civil wars of the previous century, wrote:

    ...populumque potentem/in sua victrici conversum viscera dextra

    ("...and a powerful people, victorious, turned its right hand against its own entrails.")

    American Latino voters are gaining greater power today and are on the cusp of a victory for Hillary Clinton which, whatever her faults, would be a major setback for the forces of racism and xenophobia which are so openly coming into the forefront of the Trump campaign and are threatening to take America down the road to a white nationalist dictatorship.

    If Clinton loses, that means that Donald Trump, who wants to deport up to 12 million Latino and other non-white immigrants, build a wall with Mexico, ban Muslim immigrants based on their religion, and tear up the Constitutional guarantees of free speech, due process and protection against torture, while destroying a substantial part of our legal employment-based immigration system (H-1B visas and labor certification green cards) if not placing a moratorium on green cards entirely, as he has been quoted as having suggested, would be our next president.

    How would Mr. Vargas explain that as benefiting America's Latino communities?

    Would that not be a prime example of an (increasingly) powerful people, close to a potential or even quite likely moment of victory (depending on which polls one is following) turning its right hand against itself?

    How would that benefit anyone who has the slightest concern for immigrant rights or for the survival of our democracy?

    Thank you, Mr. Vargas, advocate for Latino and other immigrant rights. for taking a leaf right out of the great classical Latin poet's playbook.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 11-05-2016 at 06:11 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The weekend news reports show that Latino voters are turning out in unprecedented numbers to vote for Hillary Clinton, especially in crucial swing states such as Nevada and Florida.

    Evidently, Mr. Vargas notwithsta ding, the overwhelming majority of Latino voters don't want to see America turn into a Trumpista white supremacist fascist dictatorship any more than the rest of us do.

    Meanwhile, Trump, who began his campaign nearly 18 months ago with a tirade of hate against Mexican immigrants, continued in the same vein against Somali immigratrants in a speech in Minneapolis on Novemeber 6.

    Just in case there is anyone who has not suspected this, I am not a Trump supporter, but one at least has to give him credit for two points - consistency in sticking to his program of anti-immigrant venom - and thouroughness in not leaving out or overlooking a single non-white racial group as the object of his poisonous attacks.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 11-07-2016 at 08:53 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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