A Latino’s Take on Bernie and Immigration Reform — Medium
In the 2004 campaign cycle, I was working at the Democratic National Committee, one of my jobs being to follow and promote issues relating to the Latino community.
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In this role I followed a large amount of legislative and White House policy-making, closely followed the speeches and releases of officials, and also closely tracked the public debate about issues in national news and on opinion shows
Just so I understand the situation, the American middle class is supposed to…accept hordes of illegal aliens overrunning our country….?’”
Over the life of the show, Dobbs hosted or featured representatives from across the spectrum of anti-immigrant and anti-Latino nativist groups.
These groups in particular have all been noted as nativist organizations by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the premier institution tracking the activities of the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups.
An important part of working on national political campaigns and politics in general is to closely track the opposition party and be able to break down their policies and explain to regular voters how those policies would affect them, usually for the worse. This was often my role.
I was the head of my school’s student group MEChA, which was founded in the 1960’s to empower Mexican American students educationally and politically, teaching them to speak up, to participate and engage and, in a community with relatively low college attendance, to be role models and pull up other students around them. Precisely for those reasons, the group has always been a lightening rod for far-right hate,
In May 2007, the CBS News show 60 Minutes devoted a segment to interviewing and analyzing Dobbs as a right-wing advocate rather than reporter on the immigration issue
grew loud enough that CNN pulled the plug on Lou Dobbs Tonight (forcing its eventual move to Fox Business Network)
“socio- ethnic-centric interest groups who really have very little regard for the traditions of this country, the values of this country, or the constituents.” For anyone used to paying attention to racial code words and the otherization of Latinos, talking about“values” and “traditions” is notorious as a common way to bring prejudiced, anti-Latino sentiments into mainstream speech.
Further, appearing on Lou Dobbs Tonight was not predicated on agreeing with everything — or anything — Dobbs had to say. Even though his guests slanted severely to the right, he sometimes had people on who challenged him.
amnesty was an incorrect term to use for legalization efforts because of all the contributions of, and requirements on, the undocumented population itself, and that legalization was an overall plus for America.
Through most of their history, the nation’s labor unions were anti-immigration and anti-legalization for similar reasons: that in their view immigrants would take jobs, increase the labor pool, create downward pressure on wages, and defeat organizing efforts. As some Sanders supporters have noted, even many of the celebrated Latino labor activists, such as Cesar Chavez, were not proponents of immigration and legalization in the 60’s and 70’s.
And these people fit solidly within the Left spectrum of American politics