Archive for Hispanics

Obamacare es Mierda

Los Hispanicos no like-o cuidado de salud:

President Obama’s new health-care law also is causing consternation among many Latinos over the possibility that signing up for the Affordable Care Act could get family members deported.

“It’s a very real barrier,” say Daniel Zingale, vice president of the California Endowment, a Los Angeles nonprofit that promotes the law among Latinos.

“Families are worried about being deported and divided by having any official interaction with the government,” he says.

So much for brining them out of the shadows. If the bright lights of the clinic and the ER scare them, do you think they’ll file with the IRS? Register with the DMV? Get a library card?

“Our community is about family, so protecting the family comes first,” says Jane Delgado, executive director of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health in Washington.

“This is very personal information that they’re being asked to share,” she adds.

While the rest of us are just being asked our shoe size, you mean. Vamanos, muchachos! They did this for you. Where’s the gratitude?

About 9 million people live in families that include members who are in the US legally as well as some who are here illegally, according to the Pew Research Center. Under the new law, only people in the country legally qualify for help with health-care insurance.

I will pay one billion Bloodthirstani dollars to the first person who can explain that passage in real English. I think it means there are families with both legals and illegals as members (or criminal aliens if they don’t like illegal). I always heard there were 12 million—and I heard that number was low—but whatever.

Despite a public statement released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that health-care information would remain confidential, many Latinos remain skeptical that an agency that has deported record numbers of people in the past few years will keep its promise.

They don’t trust this government? Imagine! But don’t worry, my little bandido amigos, Obama has drawn another of his famous “red lines”:

To ease people’s angst, health-care advocates are now telling families that ICE has drawn a line between enrollment and immigration enforcement.

But health-care activists say that, in addition, public assurances from Obama would go a long way toward quelling anxiety about deportation.

“I don’t think it’s asking too much for the president himself to offer legal Americans eligible for Obamacare the reassurance that they can enroll in this program without having their loved ones deported,” says Zingale.

Si le gusta a su familia, usted puede mantener a su familia.

PS: I’m sorry, I don’t meant to laugh at Latinos. I laugh at everyone. Especially everyone who bought this [bleep]. It really is too funny.

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They Don’t Want Her Kind

They canned her from “The Vagina Monologues” for using bad language?

Huh?

A famed actress is facing backlash in San Francisco’s Latino community, after she voiced support for a conservative candidate for California governor.

Maria Conchita Alonso starred in a campaign ad for Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino County, a Tea Party favorite who is seeking the Republican nomination.

“Politicians and big government are killing our prosperity, pushing welfare costs through the roof and driving our schools into the ground,” Donnelly said in the ad.

Standing next to Donnelly, Alonso jokingly translated in Spanish, “We’re screwed.”

The actress was to perform next month at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco’s Mission District in a Spanish-language version of “The Vagina Monologues,” scheduled for a run from February 14th through 17th. The show is being produced by none other than Eliana Lopez, wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

“We really cannot have her in the show, unfortunately,” Lopez told KPIX 5. She said Alonso abruptly resigned from the cast on Friday, given the backlash on the immigration issue.

“Of course she has the right to say whatever she wants. But we’re in the middle of the Mission. Doing what she is doing is against what we believe,” Lopez said.

Alonso received an earful from listeners of Spanish-language radio station KIQI 1010 AM in San Francisco on Friday, after she said in an interview that she supported many of Donnelly’s views on illegal immigration. Several listeners took her to task after she used the term “illegal” to describe undocumented immigrants.

In the ad, Alonso holds a chihuahua named “Tequila” and uses some vulgar language which has also been a point of contention among some Latino viewers.

“We don’t act like that. First of all, that is not a typical Latina,” said Jim Salinas, a long time Mission resident and former president of the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club.

Says him?

Besides, The Vagina Monologues is replete with “vulgar” language. It celebrates it, exalts it. It also delves into rape, statutory rape, voyeurism, etc. All in an evening’s entertainment, but still… hardly “typical Latina”.

Black list, brown list, whatever—diversity of thought and belief is not tolerated among the Left.

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Sensational Headline Watch

“Some Americans only see the Mexico depicted in sensational headlines.”
President Obama, Mexico City, May 3, 2013.

A federal takeover is under way in an area of western Mexico known as Tierra Caliente, or Hot Land, where heavily armed vigilantes have taken up a fight against a local drug cartel.

Mexico’s interior minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Monday that government troops would take over security in the region with support from authorities in Michoacan state, where the area is located.

The announcement in the state capital, Morelia, followed a string of firefights between the vigilantes and alleged members of the so-called Knights Templar cartel.

The interior minister called on the vigilante groups to return to their activities as citizens and leave security in the hands of the institutions. But the leader of one vigilante group, Estanislao Beltran, said they will not disarm.

Masked vigilantes took power in more than a dozen rural communities last year in Michoacan state, arguing authorities were failing to stop drug violence.

Opponents and critics claim the vigilante groups are backed by a rival cartel — a charge the vigilantes deny.

Drug gangs! Vigilantes! Men named Estanislao! This is truly a sensational story, El Presidente.

Almost as sensational as your website estúpido:

[Y]ou can be thankful at least that you don’t have to rely on ObamaCare’s “Spanish-language” website. It’s called CuidadoDeSalud.gov, which, as the Associated Press notes, literally translates as “For the Caution of Health.” It sounds as if Señora Sebelius relied on Google Translate–or maybe on the guys who translated the Japanese videogame Zero Wing into English, creating such comedy classics as “All your base are belong to us.”

Among the problems with the ObamaCaution site: It launched more than two months late. “A Web page with Spanish instructions linked users to an English form.” And Adrian Madriz, a Miami ObamaCaution navigador, tells the AP: “When you get into the details of the plans, it’s not all written in Spanish. It’s written in Spanglish, so we end up having to translate it for them.”

The AP closes on a political note, if an implicit one:

Gabriel Sanchez, a political science professor at the University of New Mexico, said the problems hurt the credibility of federal officials and reinforce the belief held by some that authorities are indifferent to the plight of Latinos.

Sanchez said, “They will look at this, and think, ‘Man, they really don’t care about us.’ “

Why would they care about you? No offense, but what makes you special? They want your vote, Paco, nothing else. As long as they get it, you’re not worth a hill of frijoles to them.

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Independence for Puerto Rico!

Nothing against Puerto Ricans, mind you. I’ve vacationed there several times, and even dated a lovely Puerto Rican woman in college. Back then, I didn’t mind picking up the occasional $30 dinner tab.

$70,000,000,000 is a little steep for me, however, unless I’m getting a little something-something in return, if you receive my meaning:

Boxes and wooden crates filled with household items bound for the U.S. mainland are stacked high in the Rosa del Monte moving company’s cavernous warehouse, evidence of the historic rush of people abandoning this beautiful island.

The economy here has been in recession for nearly eight years, crimping tax revenue and pushing the jobless rate to nearly 15 percent. Meanwhile, the government is burdened by staggering debt, spawning comparisons to bankrupt Detroit and forcing lawmakers to severely slash pensions, cut government jobs and raise taxes in a furious effort to avert default.

The implications are serious for Americans outside Puerto Rico both because a taxpayer bailout would be expensive and a default would be far more disruptive than Detroit’s record bankruptcy filing in July. Officials in San Juan and Washington are adamant that a federal bailout is not on the table, but the situation is being closely monitored by the White House, which recently named an advisory team to help Puerto Rican officials navigate the crisis.

Crisis? Catastrophe! We’d be better off encouraging the Puerto Ricans still there to huddle on one side of the island, causing it to capsize—as Congressman Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) once hilariously worried about Guam—and collecting the insurance.

I don’t know what’s Spanish for chutzpah, but they’ve got it a tope:

“Some people might say, ‘This is their problem.’ But Puerto Rico is part of the United States, you own this problem,” said Pedro Pierluisi (D), Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative to Congress. “It is not like you can ignore it.”

Un momentito, Pedrito. Why can’t we ignore it? We didn’t run up your $70 billion debt (twenty thousand dollars for every man, woman, and child left behind). How did you manage that, by the way?

“You cannot pay daily expenses with your credit card, and that’s what Puerto Rico has been doing for years,” said Deepak Lamba-Nieves, research director of the Center for a New Economy, a San Juan think tank. “We borrowed just to keep the lights on.”

Puerto Rico’s expansive web of debt includes standard government bonds as well as those floated by public corporations, including authorities for water and sewer, highways and electric power. Together, those bills have nearly tripled since 2000, as successive administrations turned to the bond market to plug gaping budget deficits. In addition to the $70 billion in government debt, the government also faces $37 billion in unfunded pension obligations, according to Morningstar.

The old-fashioned way: issuing new debt to pay for old; underfunding overgenerous pensions—all the usual Democrat tricks to inflate a leaky lifeboat. (The dominant political party in Puerto Rico is the Popular Democratic Party, which is affiliated with the mainland party of the same name.)

But see, I’m way past tired of assuming the debts for Democratic fiefdoms too reckless and irresponsible to do it themselves—Detroit, California, Puerto Rico. As I said, I didn’t create your debt. If anything—with my visits, and my former infatuation with your native daughter—I’m due a refund.

What’s that? Reckless, irresponsible…and lazy?

“[Previously,] we were lazy and complacent,” said Alberto Baco, Puerto Rico’s secretary of economic development and commerce. “Now we have to act fast.”

You said it, amigo, not me.

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Look Who’s NOT Talking About Trayvon and Zimmerman

Funny. Everyone else seems to have an opinion:

Latino groups have been largely silent on the matter – choosing to remain on the sidelines of an issue that has gripped the nation.

The groups were in a tricky spot, some said. Zimmerman, who is Latino and white, killed an unarmed black teenager – sparking racial tension throughout the country.

If the Latino groups attacked the verdict, experts said, they would be taking a stand against one of their own. If they defended Zimmerman, whose mother is a Peruvian immigrant, they could alienate black groups angry at what they perceived was injustice against Trayvon Martin.

The National Council of La Raza waited two days to send out a press release – saying on Monday that it was “disappointed and saddened” that Zimmerman was found not guilty. NCLR president and CEO Janet Murguía called on the Department of Justice to weigh in more “forcefully” on the matter and said they wanted to seek justice for Trayvon Martin.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which last year released a statement asking for the DOJ to pursue the matter as a federal hate crime, this year chose to steer clear of the controversy. A spokesman, Kristian Ramos, said the Caucus would not be releasing a statement or commenting on the matter.

Since when did the gato have the lengua of our friends in La Raza?

Speaking of another group not known to be shy and retiring:

The gay-rights advocacy group GLAAD has yet to respond to new revelations that Trayvon Martin may have been under the impression that George Zimmerman was a “gay rapist” at the time of their tragic fistfight.

“And people need to understand, he didn’t want that creepy ass cracker going to his father or girlfriend’s house to go get — mind you, his little brother was there. You know — now, mind you, I told you — I told Trayvon it might have been a rapist,” Jeantel told CNN host Piers Morgan.

Jeantel made clear that she was not referring to general fears of a neighborhood rapist but specifically to the sexual orientation of men who are “that kind of way.”

“Definitely after I say may be a rapist, for every boy, for every man, every — who’s not that kind of way, seeing a grown man following them, would they be creep out?,” Jeantel said.

GLAAD has long spoken out against the “gay panic” defense used by defendants accused of violent acts against people they perceive to be gay.

As well they should. So? And?

GLAAD did not return a Daily Caller request for comment.

Don’t let me say what I’m thinking.

PS: For the sake of Trayvon’s treasured memory, Rachel Jeantel needs to stop talking. She’s doing him no favors.

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Blacks, Hispanics Buy Houses; Blacks, Hispanics Hardest Hit

If you’re not a die-hard conservative after reading this story, you’re either brain dead or, worse, a liberal for life:

Banks’ unfair treatment of African-Americans and Hispanics did not cause the housing bubble that that crashed the economy in 2007, a new economic study found.

Claims of racism are undercut because “black and Hispanic homeowners had much higher rates of delinquency and default in the downturn,” even when they had similar credit scores, according to the 41-page study titled “The Vulnerability of Minority Homeowners in the Housing Boom and Bust.”

“Our findings [...] raise serious concerns about [government policies that boost] homeownership as a mechanism for reducing racial disparities in wealth,” said the report, which was authored by three university professors.

Let’s pause for a word from our lawyers: BTL.com is an inclusive, diverse website that does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, or IQ score. (There are no stupid people, just stupid comments.)

With that mutually understood, may we look at the facts?

The housing bubble was inflated by federal policies created during President Bill Clinton, then expanded by President George W. Bush. The policies were supported by Senator and then President Barack Obama.

The policies were intended to help low-skilled Americans — especially African-Americans — and Hispanic immigrants gain housing wealth by pushing down credit-related mortgage requirements.

But the government policy had the reverse effect, when the housing collapse after 2007 eliminated much of the wealth held by African-Americans and Hispanics.

Since the 2007 crash, Obama and his Democrats allies have argued the crash was caused by greedy bankers’ unfair and illegal treatment of African-Americans and Hispanic borrowers.

The new report about the housing-bubble was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, by authors Patrick Bayer, Fernando Ferreira and Stephen Ross.

“More than 1 in 10 black and Hispanic homeowners in our sample had a delinquent mortgage by 2009, compared to 1 in 25 for white households, and a similar pattern held for foreclosure rates,” said the report.

However, “racial and ethnic differences in foreclosure are tiny for homes that were originally purchased from 1998 to 2003 [when the bubble remains small], but substantial for homeowners who originally purchased their homes between 2004 and 2007,” the report said.

“These results call into question the [government policy] of encouraging homeownership as a general mechanism for reducing racial disparities in wealth… [because] such a push may backfire, leaving vulnerable households in a difficult financial situation and adversely affecting their wealth and credit-worthiness for years,” the report concluded.

I don’t say that blacks and Hispanics are necessarily deadbeats at a higher rate than whites—from 1998 to 2003 they weren’t. But government intervention—during George W. Bush’s administration—made them so.

The facts of life are conservative, Margaret Thatcher sagely observed. The sooner the rest of us learn that, if ever, the better off we’ll be. At this point, I don’t think there’s a choice: it’s survival under conservatism, or crash and chaos under liberalism.

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Weiner 13″!

I’m sorry, that should read: Weiner ’13! I regret the error.

As a jaded New Yorker who’s lived through 9/11, I feel like I’ve seen it all. There have been exuberant highs, painful lows and absurdities galore — from Snooki ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to Jimmy McMillan running for mayor to the Naked Cowboy running for President.

But now, the people of our great city have finally managed to throw me for a loop: Anthony Weiner is ahead in a mayoral poll.

When I read the news, I rubbed my eyes and checked again — and sure enough, there he was: sitting pretty with 25% of registered Democrats in his corner, according to The Wall Street Journal/NBC New York/Marist poll, a full 5 points ahead of the former front-runner, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Why, New York, why?

Oh, come on! You have to ask? Once Gotham had a mayor named “Little Flower” (Fiorello); now it’s poised to elect one who likes to Tweet his “Little Flower”. (All right, sir, it’s a veritable Rafflesia arnoldii.) What better reflection of the downfall of civilization (or at least the Democratic Party)?

Oh, and speaking of reflections of parties:

Poll: Clinton tops Bush, Rubio among Hispanic voters for 2016

Rubio, unsurprisingly, would begin with a major deficit in a head-to-head matchup with Clinton. According to the poll, Clinton would win Hispanic voters 66-28 percent, with 6 percent remaining undecided.

Rubio, a bilingual Cuban-American, who represents Florida, who is the perfect role model for Latino immigrant families, whose work on immigration “reform” has earned him the wrath of conservatives (like me), can’t even muster half the support of Hillary Clinton, who is about as Hispanic as my navel lint. Politics trumps all other identity, at least among liberals.

I told you this the other day when I noted that Gabriel Gomez, Rubio’s Mini-Me in Massachusetts, lost 3/4 of the vote in the city of Lowell—which is 3/4 Hispanic. Republicans who think they can avoid losing elections by trying to be more like the other guy should note that the electorate can tell who’s the Democrat. Gomez, like Rubio, couldn’t have been less threatening to the Latino community, but that (R) after his name couldn’t have been more so. Maybe we should just stand for the rule of law and secure borders because we believe in them. Political expediency doesn’t seem to be working.

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There Are Still Differences Between Europeans And Americans

Mobility, for one

The car plant where 46-year-old Agathe Martin works is shutting down, but when PSA Peugeot offered her a job in another factory elsewhere in the Paris region she said “Non”.
After 17 years working in the same plant, taking the job would have meant either a much longer commute or losing her cheap social housing and uprooting her two daughters in a move.
The single mother prefers to stay put and look for another job even if that will be hard amid soaring unemployment and with only factory work and small jobs on her CV. If all else fails, she will still have more than 60,000 euros in severance pay.
“I am lucky enough to have a small house with a rather modest rent and I would not find that elsewhere,” Martin said, huddled in a bicycle shed to escape the rain with colleagues who had just cashed in their severance cheques.
More than 2,000 km (1,250 miles) away on the sunny Italian island of Sicily, 47-year-old Calogero Cassia struggles with the same problems.
After losing his job nearly two years ago when the Fiat plant near Palermo where he had worked for 25 years shut down, the father of three would be happy to take any kind of job in the area, where he has strong family ties.
But he worries that he does not have the skills to transfer to other sectors.
“If you look around it is just desperation, you find nothing, we can’t manage,” he said. The Termini Imerese plant, the main local employer, shut because of its remote location on an island south of mainland Italy, with 2,200 workers affected.

I suppose this happens here to an extent, but North Dakota is filled with transplants living in crappy, expensive housing because they have excellent career opportunities. And say what you will about the illegals, they have made a difficult journey, far from home, seeking work. (Yes, I know, some are on welfare, but there are lots of them around here, doing everything from teaching gym classes to lawn work to construction – working their asses off. And many of them are sending money home to parents, children, nieces and nephews). But people won’t move from one neighborhood in Paris to another, or accept a long commute? What’s that all about?

- Aggie

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Post-Election Thought

So Ed Markey beat Gabriel Gomez. Disappointing, but hardly surprising. If anything, our representation has improved by losing seniority in the Senate.

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But I found one interesting note in the town-by-town breakdown of the vote. Eastern Mass, Boston, the suburbs, and the Capes (Cod and Ann) largely went for Markey. No surprise. Western Mass, the Berkshires, also went for Markey. Also predictable. But Gomez picked up almost everything in between—significantly more towns, if significantly fewer people.

And now for the exception: Lawrence, Mass went for Markey, though it was surrounded by towns who voted for Gomez. And Lawrence, Mass is almost three-quarters Latino. So, a largely Latino town in a largely GOP belt bucked the trend and voted overwhelmingly Democratic (almost three-to -one).

When the Republican nominee was named Gomez, campaigned bilingually, was more centrist than conservative, was a Navy SEAL, etc. Gomez was perhaps not an ideal candidate, but if ever a Republican nominee was positioned to pry Latino votes away from the Democrat Party, Gomez was it. And a town 3/4 Latino voted 3/4 Democrat. It’s as if Gomez didn’t get a single Latino vote.

Now, Lawrence is a basket case of a town. It is thoroughly bankrupt, fiscally and spiritually, as corrupt a municipality as there is. Only Democrats would let them get away with their crap, and only in exchange for votes. So, it may not be a model. But my point is still valid. Republicans couldn’t have run a more respectable candidate (who happened to be of Colombian descent), and he garnered essentially zero Latino support. Doesn’t that suggest complete capitulation on illegal immigration and amnesty in exchange for votes is a futile gesture—not to mention a spineless one?

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City of the Future

Didn’t say the future would be bright!

The bankrupt city of San Bernardino, CA voted last week to slash its fiscal-year budget by $26 million, to close up a $52.4 million shortfall. No, $26 million isn’t enough, and we’ll get to that in a minute. But the $26 million will have a significant impact on the operating budget for police and fire, and that’s got folks in a tizzy.

Violent crime in San Bernardino is especially high, twice that of California as a whole. San Bernardino’s 260 officers compare favorably to the 214 on the Gilbert, AZ police force, a city in the same size category (200,000-215,000). But Gilbert’s crime numbers are lower – much lower. Cities with crime rates similar to San Bernardino’s, like Spokane, WA, Birmingham, AL, Richmond, VA, and Rochester, NY, have much larger police forces, running to sworn-officer rosters between 700 and 800.

So the San Bernardino city attorney advised citizens at a community meeting in November to “Go home, lock your doors, and load your guns.”

So, who’s in trouble? The criminals who commit the violent crimes? The citizens who lock their doors and load their guns?

Of course not:

In an interview Thursday, Penman said that he stands behind that advice, and he’s gotten nothing but positive responses from residents since then. He said the only criticism he’s received has been from the media…

“I can understand how people who don’t live or work in the City of San Bernardino and don’t hear the sirens every night, the gun shots, the helicopters overhead, as many San Bernardino residents do, might not understand the significance when you have people being killed in their homes,” he said.

Penman said he is only repeating what police officers have told him: that the city can provide only basic law enforcement services due to recent cuts.

“We need to stop giving people false hope,” Penman said. “We have to start encouraging people to protect themselves. The situation is that bad in San Bernardino.”

There’s a whole lot more about the bankruptcy in the original piece, especially about the fiscal demands of the bloated pension system.

According to the US Census, San Bernardino is 50% Latino. I say this not to highlight who are the perpetrators of violent crime (though there is that), but who are the victims.

Way to go, California.

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Somos Todos Republicanos

We are all Republicans—or could be:

The GOP’s Presidential election defeat is opening up a debate in the party, with more than a few voices saying they are willing to rethink their views on immigration. This is good news, which means it’s also a good moment to address some of the frequent claims from the anti-immigration right that simply aren’t true, especially about Hispanics.

One myth is that Latino voters simply aren’t worth pursuing because they’re automatic Democrats. Yet Ronald Reagan was so eager to welcome Latinos to the GOP that he described them as “Republicans who don’t know it yet.”

That’s always been my belief. Immigrants come here looking for economic and political freedom, two key elements of the Republican brand (or once were). My problem is with the illegal part. I have a hard time accepting as an equal citizen someone who has broken a succession of laws and taken advantage of our laziness and generosity to get here and stay here. It’s an insult not only to the rule of law (the basis of our stability and prosperity), but to the legal immigrants who wait and sweat out their admittance to this country.

That said, even legal immigrants who played by the rules don’t want to hear language that borders on hostile or racist when describing their illegal brethren.

If illegal aliens are displacing natives in the labor force, why was there more immigration and less unemployment under President Bush? And if foreign nationals are primarily attracted to our welfare state, how to explain the fact that low-income immigrants are less likely to be receiving public benefits than low-income natives?

Illegal aliens aren’t eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other federal entitlements. But even those low-income immigrants who are eligible for public assistance sign up at lower rates than their native counterparts. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers food stamps, noncitizens who qualify are significantly less likely than citizens to participate.

Over the past decade, the states experiencing the fastest immigrant population growth have not been traditional gateways like New York and California. Latino newcomers have been flocking to Arkansas, Tennessee, Utah, Alabama, Mississippi, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and the Carolinas—states that are among the stingiest for public benefits.

Between 2000 and 2005, the Hispanic population in Arkansas grew by 48%, more than any other state. Social welfare spending in Arkansas is among the lowest in the country, making it an odd destination for someone in search of a hand-out. The early and mid-2000s were a period of strong economic growth in the state and much of the Southeast, and the immigrants were looking for jobs.

Again, I must insist: there is immigration, and there is illegal immigration. I am totally, utterly, and completely pro-immigration, and just as zealously anti-illegal immigration.

The larger issue is about values and economics. With rare historical exceptions like anti-Chinese nativism of the late 1800s, belief in the immigrant story of aspiration and the U.S. as a land of opportunity have been core American values. A party that rejects those beliefs distances itself from American exceptionalism, if we can borrow a word popular in conservative circles.

As for the economics, immigration is one reason the U.S. has better prospects than the aging entitlement states of Europe and Japan. America needs immigrants with varying degrees of skill and income for economic growth, and the best way to know how much is to let labor markets determine the flow through flexible visa programs.

Minorities need not be a barrier to electing Republicans. They are an opportunity to expand the GOP coalition to include our most recent arrivals. The sooner the party realizes that, the better off it will be.

The economy has taken care of a lot of the opportunists. With no jobs to be had, as many illegals are returning to their countries of origin as are sneaking in.

This piece presents a valid argument, even if it is countered by people like Heather Mac Donald and even Rush Limbaugh:

In 1984, Ronaldus Magnus wins in a landslide, and in ’84 Ronaldus Magnus got 37% of the Hispanic vote. Two years later, Reagan signed into law amnesty for three million illegals, called Simpson-Mazzoli. Now, according to the wizards in the Republican consultancy class, that should have meant droves of Hispanics voting for the next Republican in 1988.

Reagan got 37% and passed amnesty. We showed the Hispanics we love ‘em, we cherish ‘em, we care about ‘em. We granted them amnesty. We gave citizenship to three-point-some-odd million of them in 1986. The next presidential election is George H. W. Bush in 1988. The percentage of the Hispanic vote that he got two years after amnesty was 30%.

I just don’t know. George Bush was no Reagan, so comparisons are misleading. But not only does amnesty not fix the problem of illegal immigration (rather it exacerbates it), it doesn’t win Republicans any Hispanic votes.

Maybe the lesson is to sell the conservative brand as positively as Reagan did. He could go negative, but he beat Carter by promising better days: Morning in America.

There’s just no reason for this trend—unless the reason is something beyond fixing by the Republican Party.

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Why Does President Obama Insult Latinos?

First, he condescendingly (and tardily) deigned to grant amnesty to a certain class of illegal aliens (in an election year, coincidentally), when he could have done so at any time. It’s smart politics, to be sure, to give Hispanics the mushroom treatment (keep them in the dark and feed them bull[bleep]), but it’s very disrespectful.

But to lie to them? (True, why should they be any different?) So blatantly and so bald-faced?

Asked about the Fast and Furious program at the Univision forum on Thursday, President Obama falsely claimed that the program began under President George W. Bush.

“I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration,” the president said. “When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it. We assigned a inspector general to do a thorough report that was just issued, confirming that in fact Eric Holder did not know about this, that he took prompt action and the people who did initiate this were held accountable.”

In actuality, the Fast and Furious program was started in October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency.

Previous programs involving ATF agents allowing guns to “walk” across the border so as to trace them were run during the Bush presidency, but not this particular “field-initiated program.”

White House officials did not respond to a request for comment after the falsehood was pointed out to them.

Because they didn’t know which of many falsehoods to comment on

As for President Obama’s discussion about the Justice Department Inspector General’s report on Fast and Furious, it’s true the Inspector General “concluded that although Attorney General Holder was notified immediately of (Border Patrol) Agent (Brian) Terry’s shooting and death, he was not told about the connection between the firearms found at the scene of the shooting and Operation Fast and Furious.

But this was not entirely an exoneration of the Justice Department run by Mr. Holder. “We found it troubling that a case of this magnitude, and one that affected Mexico so significantly was not directly briefed to the Attorney General,” the report stated.

Of course, his ultimate hijo de puta to the viewers of Univision was the absolutely bizarre claim that he can’t change Washington from the inside. Does he think they are estúpidos? That they don’t remember his entire campaign last time?

But I already know why Obama treats Latinos like perros (though not in the culinary sense): they let him.

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