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The GOP's growing Hispanic rift

By failing to embrace immigrants, Republicans are making themselves largely irrelevant

I am a Mexican American and a Republican. It pains me to see and hear so many Republicans express anti-immigrant sentiments, and it strikes me as politically fruitless to see so many Republicans support measures such as SB 1070.
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May 12, 2010, 3:57 pm
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Unfortunately, not me.  You know, I grew up in the 70’s.  I was a Chicana and very proud.  I wanted to make a difference and made myself a promise; that any children that I would blessed to have, would be better than me.  I remember telling my three kids when we were having some kind of debate, that no matter what the future held for them, that they should always be the best they could be.  Be a good person, work hard, have compassion for your neighbor.  Believe in God, and treat people with respect.  I also told them that one day, no matter how good of a person they were, someone would just probably see them as nothing but a Mexican.  They all argued with me and said that times had changed and that it wouldn’t happen.  Well, Gov Brewer was that one person.  You know, one of the gifts we have as parents, is to be able to tell our kids, “I told you so”.  With the passing of this law, I can’t bring myself to say that.  Why?  Because they did anything wrong, and the lesson, well, Brewer gave it to them.  In her eyes, the color of our skin means we are nothing by a bunch of Mexicans to her and her croonies. Truly sad.  By the way, we were all born here, my son is in the Military (12+ yrs), one daughter is a reservist and a teacher (no accent, lol), and my little one is a nurse.  So you see, they are better than me, but still nothing but a Mexican in White America. God Bless.

May 21, 2010, 12:21 pm
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I too grew up in the 70s
and if you spoke Spanish you where teated like a outsider. So i had to never speak Spanish, got into better schools and have had a great life.My grandmother was born here in the Territory Of Arizona and she still lives! 100 years old. When asked about her thoughts about SB1070 she cried and said this hate for non white has been around for over 100 years and now her grand kids must go though it again.
This state has been run by the GOP for 44 years and if you look at it we are about as low as it gets, with education and human rights. Sorry to say vote out the GOP and set things right for all people whites included.
How could a Latino be a GOP with the way they hate?
You must be lost in the storm of Hate and you are doing what the GOP is needing you to do and putting on a face for them.

May 21, 2010, 12:52 pm
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TucsonSam, you are right on the GOP.  Voting is the only way we can right a wrong.  Hopefully we continue to spread the word to our younger American-born generation that VOTING is their God given right.  I always tell my kids, “always, defend those who cannot defend themselves”.  Unfortunately, when it comes to the laws, voting is the only way.

Great comments.

Thank you.

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