Pity the Republicans. They are so prejudice-free, so colorblind, that they don't see race. Pollsters routinely tell them that their party is monolithically white, but they have no way to confirm this, beyond acknowledging that their affinity for mayonnaise and dressage horses makes it likely that this is so.
The Republican commitment to colorblindness and anti-racism extends into the realm of Hispanic outreach. When a Republican looks at a Mexican-American, they do not see "race." They see a gardener. And a potential Republican.
But leave it to race-obsessed liberals to ruin the fun…
In an effort to court Latino voters, the RNC's Spanish-language outreach website installed a prominent photo of adorable Latino children as its main image. Or at least that's what the RNC thought the photo depicted. It turns out the kids aren't Latino at all.
In an embarrassing mix-up, US News and World Report discovered that RNCLatinos.com used a stock photo apparently depicting Asian children on the site. The image they chose is tagged by its creators with such terms as "asian," "thailand," "japanese" and "interracial," as are dozens of related photos by the same source featuring Asian preschoolers playing in parks.
The RNC has since blamed an outside contractor for the mix-up, which shows just how hard it is for Republicans to win. Hire a competent contractor you're forced to get rid of him because "I'm running for office, For Pete's sake, I can't have illegals." Hire a documented contractor, and it turns out "basic website design" is another job Americans can't do competently.
Tags: Hispanic, Latino, Republicans
In late 2010, the House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act, so-named because it was always a complete fantasy for a far-reaching piece of legislation to make it past the dysfunctional Senate, where 60 votes are needed to shut off an opposition party filibuster. The bill would have extended conditional legal status for five years to undocumented immigrants who were younger than 16 when they entered the country, have lived in the U.S. for at least five years, and earned a degree from a U.S. high school.
Needless to say, the DREAM Act died a quiet death in the Senate and moldered beneath America's Latino-manicured lawns until it was resurrected, today, in the form of an executive order by President Obama…
Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be immune from deportation if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. They also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed. The officials who described the plan spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss it in advance of the official announcement.
Unlike a legislative solution, this action offers no path to citizenship — it's neither amnesty nor legalization, but merely a semi-permanent stay of deportation — but it still represents good news for friends of Jesus.
Firstly, because there are few things more unChristian than deporting young people to countries they may not even remember. Secondly, because Jesus has positively working his ass off, getting a GED, joining the military, and trying to start his own restaurant, despite a lack of documentation, and why would we ever want to be rid of this cool guy?
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Tags: Barack Obama, Dream Act, Hispanic, Immigration, Latino
What's more American than ordering a pizza? Nothing. Not even béisbol or apple cinnamon churros. But that's not what some uptight patriots are saying after hearing about Dallas-based pizza chain Pizza Patrón's new promotion to give away a free pepperoni pizza on June 5th to anyone who orders in Spanish…
"Maybe they thought it was a cute thing to do, but I think it's discrimination," says Marcela Gomez, president of Hispanic Marketing Group, a Latino marketing firm in Nashville. "As an advertising agency, I would never recommend this to my client."
Marcela Gomez must not watch the popular TV show Hombres Locos. If there's one thing lead character Juan Jamon says, it's that there's no such thing as bad press, especially when it annoys conservatives…
One conservative group doesn't like it, either. "It seems to punish people who can't speak Spanish, and I resent that," says Peter Thomas, chairman of the Conservative Caucus, which advocates English as the nation's spoken language. "In public areas, people should be speaking English, and that includes pizza parlors."
Pizza Patrón seems to love raising cejas. The restaurant also recently announced that they'd begin accepting pesos as payment. I don't know about you, but finding a peso seems a lot harder than Googling a Spanish translation of "I'd like to order one pepperoni pizza, please."
Mr. Thomas does have one thing right, though. People should be speaking English in public areas, including pizza parlors. In fact, why are we even calling it a pizza? That's eyetalian. We should be calling them freezzas, because this is the land of the free. Where anyone can start a business and market themselves to whomever they want, as long as they don't speak any other language.
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Tags: American, Conservatives, Food, Hispanic, Latino, Racism, Texas
Mitt Romney is often criticized for being a spineless flip-flopper on issues ranging from the auto bailout to abortion and immigration. But that's totally unfair.
Romney is resolute in his belief that he does not yet have any resolute beliefs about anything…
RNC Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclán fumbled when asked to defend likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's views on immigration, which were hit by some Republicans and observers during the primary as being too extreme and a liability in the general election.
"I think as a candidate, to my understanding, he's still deciding what his position on immigration is," Inclán said. "So I can't talk about what his proposal is going to be because I don't know"…
A few minutes after Inclán's statement, RNC spokeswoman Kristen Kukowski interrupted the briefing to explain that Romney does indeed have position on immigration, but the RNC just wasn't prepared to talk about it. She added that Romney has only been the presumptive nominee for a few weeks, and the RNC and campaign haven't completed the transition process.
Yeah, calm down, guys. Mitt Romney has only been the nominee for a few weeks and has only been a prominent politician for the last 18 years. That's only 936 weeks. You can't expect Romney to just possess a core belief about one of our nation's most important issues in that short of a time.
Before Romney can state his campaign's official position on immigration, he must figure out what he believes in his heart. That is, what polls and focus groups say he believes in his heart. Just give him another 900 weeks. By that time, Romney will have figured out his heartfelt stance on crucial issues like immigration and gay marriage.
Though President Obama will probably still be "evolving."
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Tags: Bettina Inclan, Hispanic, Immigration, Mitt Romney, Republicans
Florida Senator Marco Rubio has the unenviable job of helping rally Hispanic voters for Mitt Romney. And after months of Romney trying to out-extreme his fellow candidates on the issue of illegal immigration, the two sure have their work cut out for them…
For months, Romney repeatedly sought to outflank his opponents on the issue: chiding Texas Gov. Rick Perry for favoring in-state tuition breaks for the children of illegal immigrants, vowing to veto the DREAM Act that would have allowed citizenship for certain students who joined the military or attended college, and suggesting that Arizona’s controversial approach to rooting out illegal immigrants could be "a model" for the nation.
Romney's opposition to the DREAM Act is that it would create a special class of immigrants whose citizenship was fast-tracked, which is an uncharacteristically daring statement grounded in what appears to be an actual opinion.
Rubio's own immigration plan, on the other hand, would decriminalize the status of illegal immigrants who join the military or enter college, and then put them on a list for citizenship behind legal immigrants. That sounds like something Romney would unequivocally support in an indeterminably vague way…
"I’m taking a look at his proposal," he said. "It has many features to commend it, but it’s something that we’re studying."
He said that before the November election he would lay out "a whole series of policies" on immigration, adding that "how we adjust our visa program to make it fit the needs of our country is something I’ll be speaking about down the road. But I don’t have anything for you on that at this stage."
That was close. For a moment it looked like he was going to get behind a plan of action. It's much too soon in the game to be doing that. Even President Obama knows it takes at least one full term before you can really start to say what you think.
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Tags: Hispanic, Immigration, Latino, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Republicans