creators.com opinion web
Liberal Opinion Conservative Opinion
Miguel Perez
Miguel Perez
28 Oct 2014
Hiking in Search of Coronado's Trail

As you drive there, you get the feeling you are terribly alone. The area is so remote and desolate that if … Read More.

21 Oct 2014
The Crossroads of Conquistadors

Using 16th-century maps but traveling on 21st-century highways — and even some waterways — my cross-… Read More.

14 Oct 2014
A Mexican-American Town

When a huge chunk of Mexico became part of the United States in 1848, many of the Mexicans who lived in the … Read More.

Romney: Rejecting the Latino Vote

Comment

He has vowed to support the most extremist anti-immigrant and anti-Hispanic measures that have been floated in this country in many years. He says he would oppose comprehensive immigration reform, veto the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, stop the federal government from suing states that violate our civil rights, and make undocumented immigrants so miserable that they would want to "self-deport."

And just when you think there is nothing else Mitt Romney can do to alienate Latino voters, when you think he already has suggested all the wrong ideas, welcomed all the wrong endorsements, and made all the repugnant statements Latinos need to hear, when there is no more room for him to pander to the right — surprise! There's more!

In just the last week, Romney said Arizona's infamous immigrant-bashing SB1070 is "a model" for the nation. When he outlined his so-called conservative record in the Arizona debate — as if throwing red meat to xenophobes — Romney bragged about how he enabled Massachusetts state police to enforce federal immigration laws "so that people could be taken out of our state that were (there) illegally" and how he "campaigned for and fought for English immersion in our schools."

Then, as if that wasn't enough, Romney was endorsed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, one of a handful of extremist politicians who have earned deep resentment in the Hispanic community. He already had received or sought the endorsements of other xenophobia peddlers such as Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, architect of state racial profiling laws that have been rejected by the courts, and Arizona sheriffs Paul Babeu and Joe Arpaio, both under investigation for abusing their power.

What is he going to do next, resurrect the ultimate anti-immigrant spirit of Pete Wilson? Well, yes.

Amazingly, the man who provoked the biggest pro-immigrant backlash in U.S. history, when he was governor of California, is now in Romney's camp. Pete Wilson is Romney's "honorary California chairman." This really takes the cake.

If you were advising the Romney camp on how to completely alienate the overwhelming majority of Latinos, you couldn't think of a better script.

Pete Wilson? Really?

"I'm honored to have Gov.

Pete Wilson's support, because he's one of California's most accomplished leaders," Romney said in a prepared statement.

Really? What about the part when Wilson's anti-immigrant Proposition 187 led to the thrashing of the Republican Party in California in 1998? At that time, the backlash against Wilson's draconian measures helped California Democrats regain control of the governor's office for the first time in 16 years, and it helped elect more Latinos to important state positions than ever before.

In 1998, California voters, including a record number of Latinos, went to the polls to punish the immigrant bashers. At that time, it was said that Republicans didn't just lose an election but a whole generation of Latino voters. And now, with Romney becoming the new Pete Wilson, it looks like history is repeating itself.

Apparently, these politicians don't learn from history. Perhaps Romney doesn't know that in California many Latinos who had been apathetic about becoming involved in the political process reacted to Prop 187 by becoming American citizens, registering to vote in record numbers and giving Democrats the governorship and control of both legislative chambers.

Unfortunately, Latinos don't act; they react. Unless some politician really rattles their lives, they are apathetic about participating in the electoral process. But when someone such as Wilson or Romney comes along, look out.

And who is advising Romney on Latino voters and issues? What can they possibly be telling him that he would dig himself so deep? Are the xenophobia voters so numerous? And does he need them so badly in the primaries that he is willing to give up the general election?

For Pedro's sake! He once had undocumented immigrants mowing his lawn. He once favored comprehensive immigration reform. Does he know how offended Latinos are by his repulsive hypocrisy?

At a time when most political analysts agree that the Latino vote is likely to swing the "swing states" and determine who gets to be president, when even the Time magazine cover story assures us that Latinos will decide who gets to live in the White House, what could possibly make him throw it all away?

It's truly inexplicable.

If you are Barack Obama and you are concerned about the Latino vote, because you know you failed them in many ways, you can't wish for an easier opponent than Mitt Romney.

To find out more about Miguel Perez and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

COPYRIGHT 2012 CREATORS.COM



Comments

3 Comments | Post Comment
California's Proposition 187 was not anti-immigration. It was anti-ILLEGAL alien. There is a difference that miguel and others refuse to accept and use as a divisive tool. Immigrants who legally follow immigration laws and become US Citizens are called American Citizens.
Comment: #1
Posted by: David Henricks
Thu Mar 1, 2012 5:09 AM
Mr. Henricks: And Hitler's laws were not anti-Jew, they were anti illegal Jew. Of course Hitler also made all Jews illegal. But why quibble with details. Frankly, I was hoping you had crawled back under your rock for good, but I guess you are still busy spreading anti-immigrant venom.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Gus Malanga
Fri Mar 2, 2012 2:57 PM
Re: Gus Malanga I am not anti-immigration. Perhaps, someday you will see through your blind hatred of this great Country and realize that her laws are just. Illegal entry to any Country shows a deep-rooted disrespect for that Country. Until then,...
Comment: #3
Posted by: David Henricks
Sat Mar 3, 2012 9:31 PM
Already have an account? Log in.
New Account  
Your Name:
Your E-mail:
Your Password:
Confirm Your Password:

Please allow a few minutes for your comment to be posted.

Enter the numbers to the right:  
Creators.com comments policy
More
Miguel Perez
Oct. `14
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
28 29 30 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
About the author About the author
Write the author Write the author
Printer friendly format Printer friendly format
Email to friend Email to friend
View by Month
Marc Dion
Marc DionUpdated 3 Nov 2014
Lawrence Kudlow
Lawrence KudlowUpdated 1 Nov 2014
diane dimond
Diane DimondUpdated 1 Nov 2014

13 Mar 2007 Bush Rediscovers the New World

15 Nov 2011 Why Vote for Obama? Let's Go to the Video Tape

11 Feb 2014 Say Adios to Real Immigration Reform