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February 04, 2010

Tea Party & Immigrants

Many people ask me how immigrants view the Tea Party being held today in Nashville. So I have decided examine where we see eye to eye on the issues.

At the Tea Party Nation (TPN) website; www.teaparty.com the TPN are "a group of like-minded people who desire our God given Individual Freedoms which were written out by the Founding Fathers. We believe in Limited Government, Free Speech, the 2nd Amendment out Military, Secure Border and our County!".

So let compare and contrast;

Well, Hispanics in the US are a like minded group united by food, languages, music, culture etc.

God; most Hispanics believe in god and are catholic; isn’t this the same?

Limited Government; Hispanics have been seeking a reduction in immigration enforcement/incarceration/deportation for decades. Hispanics want to get immigration off the back of immigrants. There are hundreds of thousands of Hispanics in jail in the U.S under immigration charges. Undocumented Hispanics receive NO benefits from the Federal/State government. The restrictions on government benefits extend to legal spouses of undocumented. In a way Hispanics are living a life of limited government that TPN cannot dream of in their wildest limited government dreams.

Free Speech; yes, except for hate speech directed towards advocates of immigration reform and minorities.

The 2nd Amendment; the right to bear arms; Here I will digress into my personal story. My father was from Colombia, South America and was an avid gun enthusiast. My childhood consisted of visiting every gun club in the South of the US. So my opinion is distorted on this issue as I believe in the right to bear arms but do not believe most people should carry a gun. It is extremely difficult to shoot a gun well. If you have not shoot a gun over 25,000 times do not call me about my opinion; keep on practicing.

Our military; around 10% of the military is Hispanic, next; see http://www.prb.org/Articles/2007/HispanicsUSMilitary.aspx

Secure Borders; Hispanics strongly support comprehensive immigration reform which will free up resources which are misdirected towards deporting tax paying undocumented workers. The current situation is like the prohibition of alcohol which was a failure and lead to widespread organized crime; it is interesting how history repeats itself; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prohibition

Our Country; As part of the largest minority in the US I am amazed at the civility of Hispanics during the current state of enforcement which is as sever as apartheid ever was in South Africa as per the President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Bernard Woldsdorf, who is originally from South Africa.

Posted by VisaLawyer at February 4, 2010 12:39 PM


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