Friday, October 29, 2010
Who’s Really Dividing the Country?
Who’s Really Dividing the Country?
By Virgil Goode
The Democrats are going nuts over Sharron Angle’s latest anti-illegal immigration ad, “The Wave.”
Senator Robert Menendez (R-NJ) called the ad “racist” and “despicable” because it tries to “portray all Latinos in this country in a negative light in a state that has such a large, vibrant and productive population.”
TV Talk show host Joy Behar was less restrained. She described is as “a Hitler Youth commercial” and called Angle “evil,” “a moron,” a “bitch,” and even says the ad is enough to warrant her eternal damnation.
So what exactly makes this ad so bad? The ad begins by stating the facts about illegal immigration noting: “Waves of illegal aliens streaming across our border, joining violent gangs, forcing families to live in fear.”
This is simply the truth. There are between 12 and 20 million illegal aliens in this country, over 2/3 of whom came to here by crossing the Southern Border illegally. Calling that a “wave” is an understatement. As for violent gangs, the FBI considers MS 13 to be the most dangerous and fastest growing gang in the country.
Many of these gang members such as Alejandro Enrique Ramirez Umana who was just sentenced to death for two counts of murder are illegal aliens.
And you can be sure that Americans who live near these gang members or on the Southwest border are living in fear.
The ad then states,
“And what's Harry Reid doing about it? Voting to give illegal aliens Social Security benefits, tax breaks, and college tuition. Voting against declaring English our national language -- twice. And even sided with Obama and the President of Mexico to block Arizona's tough new immigration law. Harry Reid, it's clear whose side he's on -- and it's not yours.”
Again, every word is true. The anti-amnesty group NumbersUSA gives Reid a F- grade for his votes in favor of amnesty, increasing legal immigration, and giving rewards to illegal aliens.
Behar, Menendez, and the rest of the opponents of the ad do not even attempt to dispute the facts. But they say it is racist because the illegal aliens portrayed in the ad are Hispanic.
But that is simply reflects the reality of the demographics of illegal immigration. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, 78% of all illegal aliens are Hispanic. This number is much higher in the Southwest.
I sympathize with the law abiding Hispanics who feel stimagitzed by illegal aliens. But it is not fair to attack people as “racist” for simply pointing out the facts. Rather, patriotic Hispanics have all the more reason to support deporting the illegal aliens who give them a bad name.
The truth is that Hispanics are among the biggest victims of illegal immigration. The violent gangs often prey on members of their own community. Cheap illegal alien labor undercuts the wages of legal Hispanic immigrants.
Yet Obama and the Democrats insultingly assume that all Hispanics support amnesty and do not care about any other issue besides immigration.
When Univision host Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo interviewed Barack Obama, he gave the president a choice of topics to discuss, “A.) Immigration reform B.) Immigration reform, C.) Immigration reform D.) All of the above.” Obama responded, “I think I'll take D.) All of the above. Absolutely.”
He continued to tell Sotelo that Latinos need to “punish our enemies” who he had defined as those “who are supportive of the Arizona law, who talk only about border security but aren't willing to talk about the other aspects of this, who don't support the Dream Act, who are out there engaging in rhetoric that is divisive and damaging that -- those aren't the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.”
When the Pew Hispanic Center asked Hispanic Voters what their top issues were, Immigration was listed as the number 5 issue. The Center for Immigration Studies asked Hispanic voters if they would prefer to deal with the illegal immigrant population by either "Enforcing the Law and causing them to return home over time", or "granting legal status and a pathway to citizenship to most illegal immigrants,” Hispanics supported enforcement over amnesty 52 percent to 34 percent.
By assuming that all Hispanics support amnesty, Univision, Sen. Menendez, and President Obama are the ones who are perpetuating stereotypes to divide the country.
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Posted by Brett at 9:34 PM