Thursday, April 21, 2011

John Boehner/Republicans Diss American Latinos

Every year since 2003, the George W. Bush years, there has been a Cinco de Mayo celebration on the Capitol grounds, and every year it has been HOSTED by the Speaker of the House. This year, John Boehner said NO! He is NOT hosting this event.

The question was asked by the leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Charlie Gonzalez. Rep. Gonzalez sent a letter to Speaker Boehner in an effort to convince him do the event. Former speaker Nancy Pelosi even offered to help plan the event. Boehner’s response was an awkward throat-clearing. Basically, Boehner said, No Way Jose, Sorry Charlie! "YOU Should Host Something."

With Boehner's awkward response, the Republican Party once again disses American Latinos.

Note: It wasn’t the best of possible political moves. Cinco de Mayo is a big deal among Latino’s of Mexican ancestry in the US; bigger than it is in Mexico itself. In Washington, on Capitol Hill, the date has served to celebrate all things Latino in America: from politics to culture. It would have been a great opportunity for the top Republican on The Hill, third in line to the presidency, to show a little love toward the voting group he needs to keep his party in power. But he didn’t.

He probably thought no one would notice.


Vicente Duque said...

In the week of commemorating 150 years of the firing of the first shots of the American Civil War the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, has been duly honored by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in USA vs Arizona SB 1070

We cannot ignore that one fundamental catalyst of the bloodiest war Americans have ever experienced, was the very issue of whether some states could hold fast to slave labor and slave trade.

Can we possibly ignore the similarities between slave trade and human trafficking, between slave labor devoid of basic human rights, and undocumented immigrants subjected to warrantless arrests and criminalized without a right to trial?

The conflict of "States Rights" as being superior to the Federal Government and Federal Law unleashed the monster of the American Civil War.

America must prevail over Arizona
Editorial, Al Dia News
April 18, 2011

Some excerpts:

The idea of Arizona’s S.B.1070 sharing a common end on immigration with the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court, doesn’t fly.

Any doubts? “The state law must yield to a congressional Act in at least two circumstances…when Congress intends federal law to ‘occupy that field’ (and) is naturally preempted to the extent of any conflict with a federal statute,” the same Supreme Court explained in Crosby.

“We are not persuaded,” said the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit this week, regarding Arizona’s willful cooperation: “given that the United Sates has had to sue the State of Arizona to stop it from enforcing S.B. 1070, its is quite clear that Arizona is not “cooperating” with the federal government in any sense of the word.”

Equitably telling apart victims from victimizers, the Court of Appeals reviewed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) its legislative history, and found that Congress’ decision was “not to criminalize unauthorized work.”

Federal law, did “provide affirmative protections to unauthorized workers, demonstrating that Congress did not intend to permit the criminalization of work,” found the Court of Appeals citing 8 U.S. C. Section 1324a.

“Nothing in this provision permits warrantless arrests,” stated the Court of Appeals referring to a byproduct of the artificial criminalization of immigrants, invoking federal law, 8 U.S.C Section 1252c.

“Nor is there any other federal criminal statute making unlawful presence in the United States, alone, a federal crime,” stated the Court dealing the ultimate blow to Arizona’s “attritionists”.

Felix Jaure said...

Speaker of the house Rep, John Boehner and his collaborators in Washington, were not about to jeopardize their good standing with the Tea party, by becoming participant's of the traditional Cinco de Mayo celebration, a Mexican American tradition that commemorates the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Rep, John Boehner's message to the Hispanic community, didn't require an Army intelligence Officer to decipher, but rather a simple read between the lines method was used to avoid any type of miscommunication.

A variety of traditional celebrations are held in the United States annually, none of which demean American patriotism, or pose a threat to the stability of the nation, but rather act as a memorial, to categorize the ingredients, and seasoning, that in the form of customs, and traditions, were blended one, with an other in a melting pot to form a nation. Perhaps some day in the future we can become one, and all of us can be regarded as Americans, and honor one an others traditions, regardless of our heritage.

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