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Sotomayor's Radical Legal Group Helped Kill the Estrada Nomination
American Spectator ^ | May 26, 2009 | Matthew Vadum

Posted on 05/26/2009 2:40:32 PM PDT by vadum

Edited on 05/26/2009 3:19:03 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

President Obama's radical new nominee to replace Associate Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, used to serve on the board of LatinoJustice PRLDEF (White House backgrounder), one of the racial grievance groups that helped to sink the judicial nomination of Honduran-born Miguel Estrada in 2003.

Along with groups such as the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), LatinoJustice fought a war of attrition against President George W. Bush's 2001 nomination of conservative Miguel Estrada, a Honduran-born immigrant, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Democrats in the Senate filibustered the nomination and a weary Estrada withdrew from consideration in 2003.

Today LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit, hailed the nomination of Sotomayor on the basis of her ethno-cultural heritage. "As the second largest and fastest growing population in America, with a large pool of qualified individuals to choose from, it was wholly appropriate for the president to nominate a Hispanic," the group said in a written statement. (PDF)

According to the group's website, it gets some of its funding from George Soros's Open Society Institute.

A search of philanthropy databases reveals other significant donors to LatinoJustice to be Carnegie Corporation of New York ($1,025,000 since 2000), Ford Foundation ($2,280,000 since 2001), Rockefeller Foundation ($1,275,000 since 2000), and JPMorganChase Foundation ($70,000 since 2001).

Among radical left-wing groups, it has a fairly garden-variety agenda. A captive of identity politics, it pushes for enforced multiculturalism, diversity, bilingual public education, race-based gerrymandering of electoral districts, race-based employment quotas, tenants' rights, and illegal immigrants' rights.

LatinoJustice PRLDEF was known as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund until last year when it filed Articles of Amendment with New York State to change its name.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; estrada; hispanics; latinojustice; latinos; maldef; miguelestrada; opensociety; osi; puertoricans; radicalleft; soros; sorosmayor; sotomayor; tas
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1 posted on 05/26/2009 2:40:32 PM PDT by vadum
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To: vadum

we are becoming a country owned and controlled by Soros...


2 posted on 05/26/2009 2:42:08 PM PDT by KeatsforFirstDog
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To: vadum

All roads lead to Soros with 0bama.


3 posted on 05/26/2009 2:42:59 PM PDT by Lou Budvis (Palin/Dick, Lynne or Liz Cheney '12)
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To: vadum
What's good for the goose...


4 posted on 05/26/2009 2:44:11 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Increasingly mulling Newt.)
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To: vadum

It is becoming obvious. Sotomayor is a bigot.


5 posted on 05/26/2009 2:44:38 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: vadum
"Among radical left-wing groups, it has a fairly garden-variety agenda. A captive of identity politics, it pushes for enforced multiculturalism, diversity, bilingual public education, race-based gerrymandering of electoral districts, race-based employment quotas, tenants' rights, and illegal immigrants' rights."

In other words, liberalism, using race as a smokescreen.

6 posted on 05/26/2009 2:44:55 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: vadum
So, LatinoJustice PRLDEF didn't support Estrada, NOW didn't support Palin or Prejean... How many more identity support groups won't support those of their so-called identity?

-PJ

7 posted on 05/26/2009 2:45:04 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (This just in... Voting Republican is a Terrorist act!)
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To: vadum

Huh. Imagine that. A radical liberal President hires a radical liberal SCOTUS.

What can the Republicans do? Not a damn thing except point it out....go through her record—it is extensive—and point out every single radical ruling.

You may not stop her, but you’ll certainly let American voters know who Hussein thinks is a good justice.

Rush is correct when he says this is a PERFECT opportunity to expose Hussein.


8 posted on 05/26/2009 2:45:19 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad I no longer belong to the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: vadum

I hope the Republicans ask her if she is wiser than Latino males too.


9 posted on 05/26/2009 2:46:02 PM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: vadum

Sonia needs to be stopped immediately if possible. Or, at least, throw some road blocks in her way!


10 posted on 05/26/2009 2:46:30 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Lou Budvis
Soros-Sotomayor and reverse-racism...

We need to fight this tooth and nail... Pull out as many stops as possible for these evil and wicked people that wish to be our "rulers and dictators".

Sotomayor stated as much when she stated that on the US Federal Court of Appeals level, her job was to "make laws"... An obvious unconstitional statement on her part...

Also added the keyword "Soros"... The tie that binds..

11 posted on 05/26/2009 2:48:09 PM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: SatinDoll

This is racism:

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” said Judge Sotomayor


12 posted on 05/26/2009 2:48:15 PM PDT by donna (Gasoline usage: Demand dropped 9.6% in 2008; total decline from 2005 thru 2008 was 28%)
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To: KeatsforFirstDog

Draw a line in the sand!


13 posted on 05/26/2009 2:49:29 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Artemis Webb

Welcome to the United States of MEXICO!

It’s not enough for them to destroy their own country but now they are trying to do the same in our country!

******

LatinoJustice PRLDEF has called upon the U.S. Department of Justice to start an independent investigation of the Suffolk County Police Department, alleging that the department has discriminated against Latinos by failing to fully investigate attacks against them and by instituting polices that discourage Latinos from reporting crimes.

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LatinoJustice PRLDEF has warned Mahopac Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt that his attempts to initiate a program which would authorize local police to arrest Latino day laborers on public sidewalks could lead to a costly lawsuit.

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Latinos in Plainfield, NJ won a major legal victory when a Federal judge dismissed a claim alleging that renting apartments to undocumented immigrants constitutes unlawful harboring.

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LatinoJustice PRLDEF has filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, accusing the the United States of violating the human rights of Latinos living within the country’s borders.

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LatinoJustice PRLDEF champions an equitable society. Using the power of the law together with advocacy and education, LatinoJustice PRLDEF protects opportunities for all Latinos to succeed in school and work, fulfill their dreams, and sustain their families and communities.

http://tinyurl.com/oq5cp8


14 posted on 05/26/2009 2:50:55 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: vadum; ExTexasRedhead; justiceseeker93; Impy; Norman Bates

This is dissapointing, but not surprising.


15 posted on 05/26/2009 2:51:12 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The McCain/Palin ticket was like a Kangaroo, stronger on the bottom than at the top)
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To: vadum

Our Founding

In 1972, when the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund began its work, Puerto Ricans had no voice and were almost totally excluded from participating in public life. From the courts to town councils, from boardrooms to classrooms, Puerto Ricans were simply invisible.

Three young attorneys— Jorge Batista, Victor Marrero and Cesar A. Perales—decided to establish an organization that could challenge the nation’s barriers and provide Latinos with the legal resources to overcome the obstacles that frustrated their dreams and limited their lives. In 1972, in a non-descript office on Second Avenue, PRLDEF was born.

http://www.prldef.org/about/about.html


16 posted on 05/26/2009 2:51:57 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: vadum; All
Judge Sonia Sotomayor: "Court is Where Policy is Made"

Link to YouTube video of her making the comment:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfC99LrrM2Q

17 posted on 05/26/2009 2:52:17 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Clintonfatigued

It goes way beyond the word disappointing; treasonous would do better.


18 posted on 05/26/2009 2:53:03 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: vadum

19 posted on 05/26/2009 2:53:48 PM PDT by dead
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To: vadum

This is what these people think of Americans who actually pay their way in OUR COUNTRY with no accountability because of fear of being called a RACIST!

20 posted on 05/26/2009 2:54:35 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: vadum

This is not good, at ALL!!! Soros is now running this country. He is no better than any terrorist. In fact, he’s worse. His goal is to methodically steal tax payer dollars and destroy this country.


21 posted on 05/26/2009 2:55:47 PM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder)
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To: vadum
"Sotomayor notoriously said "a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male ..."
22 posted on 05/26/2009 2:56:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Enterprise

I am always suspicious of one who considers himself to be wise.


23 posted on 05/26/2009 2:58:12 PM PDT by ducdriver (judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta. (Ps. 42))
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To: vadum

One of the founders of LatinoJustice PRLDEF replaced Sonia on the bench in New York.

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Marrero, Victor
Born 1941 in Santurce, PR

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Nominated by William J. Clinton on May 27, 1999, to a seat vacated by Sonia Sotomayor; Confirmed by the Senate on October 1, 1999, and received commission on October 5, 1999.

Education:
New York University, B.A., 1964

Yale Law School, LL.B., 1968

Professional Career:
Assistant to the mayor, New York City, 1968-1970
Assistant administrator/neighborhood director, Model Cities Admin, New York City, 1970-1973
Executive director, Department of City Planning, New York City, 1973-1974
Special counsel to the comptroller, New York City, 1974-1975
First assistant counsel to the governor, State of New York, NY, 1975-1976
Chairman, City Planning Commission, New York City, 1976-1977
Commissioner and vice chairman, New York State Housing Finance Agency, 1978-1979
U.S. Undersecretary of Housing and Urban Development, 1979-1981
Private practice, New York City, 1981-1993
U.S. Ambassador on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, 1993-1997
U.S. Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the U.S. to the Org. of American States, 1998-1999

Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic

Gender: Male


24 posted on 05/26/2009 2:58:23 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: KeatsforFirstDog

I have been saying this since Obama first graced us with his brilliance: he is the Soros-ian Candidate.
The crooked path paved with gold will always lead back to Soros.


25 posted on 05/26/2009 2:59:48 PM PDT by homegroan (Proud to be a Palinite!)
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To: Enterprise

The Rinos in goverment will lay down and this goofball will be on the bench.
And that will be a dark day on the collective soul of the country.


26 posted on 05/26/2009 3:00:12 PM PDT by Yorlik803 ( If this be treason, then lets make the best of it.)
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To: vadum

César Perales

Regan Morris
Lawcrossings
When César Perales took over as executive director of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund two years ago, it was a triumphant homecoming. LawCrossing speaks to Mr. Perales about how the PLDEF has expanded its mandate to fight for justice for all Latinos.

In the early 1970s, Perales was an idealistic attorney fresh out of law school and eager to change the world. With two like-minded attorneys, he founded the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) in 1972.

Two years ago, after several decades in public interest and private sector positions, Perales returned to the center he founded—and he has been lauded for bringing the organization out of near financial ruin. Raising money for the nonprofit group is a big part of Perales’ job (LawCrossing met him at a unique fundraiser through the Latino Film Festival in New York).

Perales, who was born in New York, not Puerto Rico, said he was inspired to start the center because he saw many Puerto Rican children being ignored by the public school system and many adults struggling to seek justice. Puerto Ricans, Perales said, had no voice in the city’s public life.

“There was a lot of interest in the ‘60s and ‘70s about civil rights,” he said. “Other groups were forming organizations, and there were three very young lawyers at the time who wanted to start a legal organization that would bring lawsuits that would impact the Puerto Rican community.”

http://tinyurl.com/pz8hww


27 posted on 05/26/2009 3:00:57 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: mojitojoe

Nothing would surprise me about Soros, including have at hand a series of Leftist experts on every issue that Washington faces who create, develop, and mastermind with the most nefarious efficiency to bring America to its knees and that their ‘innovations’ are constantly being fed to Obama for his scrutiny and his unique way of presenting its attributes.

Has anyone ever wondered how insidiously effective Obama proposals are in bringing America one step closer to becoming a totalitarian state and how he could be so ‘perfect’ in developing these policies on his own?


28 posted on 05/26/2009 3:04:38 PM PDT by techno
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To: donna
"“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” said Judge Sotomayor."

Thereby attempting to elevate her moral authority above and beyond that of every white male associate justice on the Supreme Court (Roberts, Scalia, et. al.). These "white males" should be thrilled their opinions are held in such high regard by this upstart affirmative action nobody from a run of the mill law firm. Perhaps Clarence Thomas should ask Sotomayor for equal time to plead his case to be included with the white male justices just in case she's confused about where this superb justice stands on her sophomoric statement.

Nice start.

29 posted on 05/26/2009 3:05:38 PM PDT by Czar ((Still Fed Up to the Teeth with Washington))
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To: vadum

Only Democrat Latinos can get the little (TM) Sign thingie after Latino.

Because if they aren’t a Democrat, they can’t be a Latino (TM).


30 posted on 05/26/2009 3:06:09 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: vadum

It almost seems like she is so over the top and not the brilliant mind some on the left had looked for that MAYBE she is a throw away and there is someone in the wings who is just as bad, but smarter and more discreet. Might that possibly be what is happening? I don’t trust these guys. We ended up with Janet Reno after that other nominee had the nanny problem and Reno was pretty disastrous and much worse to have to watch.


31 posted on 05/26/2009 3:07:13 PM PDT by Anima Mundi
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To: vadum

I understand the hands of GHWB got this ball rolling more than fifteen years ago.


32 posted on 05/26/2009 3:09:37 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Czar

Imagine if Chief Justice Roberts said:

I would hope that a wise white man with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Latina woman who hasn’t lived that life.


33 posted on 05/26/2009 3:10:26 PM PDT by donna (Gasoline usage: Demand dropped 9.6% in 2008; total decline from 2005 thru 2008 was 28%)
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To: vadum; SumProVita; HardStarboard; BradyLS; Ernest_at_the_Beach; dervish; Twotone; Free ThinkerNY; ..
Excellent find.

The list, ping

34 posted on 05/26/2009 3:12:17 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: kcvl

I don’t know if we can ever block Soros-mayor, but if we can’t, we need to taint her as much as possible.


35 posted on 05/26/2009 3:12:46 PM PDT by Lou Budvis (Palin/Dick, Lynne or Liz Cheney '12)
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To: donna

I shudder to think of it...


36 posted on 05/26/2009 3:14:10 PM PDT by Czar ((Still Fed Up to the Teeth with Washington))
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To: vadum

Proving that the ethnic identity politics of the Democrats is just more unprincipled political hogwash. Latinos are only “good” if they say so. Just as some blacks are only black if certain groups say they are.


37 posted on 05/26/2009 3:15:29 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by governments. You've been warned.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
How many more identity support groups won't support those of their so-called identity?

NAA(L)CP

Labor Unions can play the deaf and dumb game too if a member doesn't support the liberal de-jour.

38 posted on 05/26/2009 3:17:38 PM PDT by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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To: Lou Budvis
I don’t know if we can ever block Soros-mayor, but if we can’t, we need to taint her as much as possible.

Absolutely correct! Look what the kook lefties did to Estrada, Alito, Roberts, Bork, Thomas, etc.

She should get no free pass!

39 posted on 05/26/2009 3:22:45 PM PDT by kcvl
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"Welcome to the United States of MEXICO!"

Actually Sotomayor is Puerto Rican, not Mexican.

I'm not interested in your line of thinking since it has nothing to do with the Sotomayor nomination.

40 posted on 05/26/2009 3:23:08 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Increasingly mulling Newt.)
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To: donna
First time I read that I realized it actually meant something else entirely if understood in Spanish.

They use subjunctive mood to say all sorts of horrible things about each other, claiming they didn't really say it because it's all a series of "if" or "would/could" clauses.

Actually, she screwed up when she said it in English. First of all, she also calls her self a Newyorican, not a "Latina". So it's a trick. You think "Latina" and look at her, and it's not about her, but someone of a totally different culture and race. So, that means you have to flip the rest of it and it becomes "Not her, me" and "I will make a better decision than any white man".

So, yup, she's a smartmouthed Newyorican. And she's a bigot.

She knows something about Obama ~ and it's not nice.

41 posted on 05/26/2009 3:27:18 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: vadum

Apparently a Latino male doesn’t have enough richness to reach good decisions, either.


42 posted on 05/26/2009 3:27:30 PM PDT by Sloth (The Second Amendment is the ultimate "term limit.")
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To: Enterprise

Any responsible Latino male would smack her down like a POS first chance he got. The woman is foul.


43 posted on 05/26/2009 3:28:33 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Artemis Webb
I'm not interested in your line of thinking since it has nothing to do with the Sotomayor nomination.

Then don't read it.

44 posted on 05/26/2009 3:28:39 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: vadum

That Bush family just keeps on giving...


45 posted on 05/26/2009 3:37:33 PM PDT by eleni121 (The New Byzantium - resurrect it!)
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To: kcvl

Then don’t address it to me.


46 posted on 05/26/2009 3:37:36 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Increasingly mulling Newt.)
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To: vadum
Very interesting information. I've been following the Puerto Rican outfit for several years.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "The Coal-Fired Furnace in the Sky"

Latest article, "Ben Franklin (Congressman Billybob) at Knoxville Tea Party"

47 posted on 05/26/2009 3:44:12 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Latest book: www.AmericasOwnersManual.com)
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To: Artemis Webb

Don’t flatter yourself. You just happened to be the last post in that thread when I ‘addressed it to you’ (as in posted it). Sorry for getting your panties in a bunch over such a non issue.


48 posted on 05/26/2009 3:45:14 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl; Artemis Webb
Actually it matters not whether it's Mexico or Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic. It doesn't even matter if they are 3rd 4th etc generation US citizens.

AS long as benefits are accrued because of one's race or ethnicity they will keep on calling themselves Latino/a “hasta que reviente las vacas a casa.” Or until affirmative action gets a shaft through the heart.

49 posted on 05/26/2009 3:48:15 PM PDT by eleni121 (The New Byzantium - resurrect it!)
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To: kcvl

I accept your apology.


50 posted on 05/26/2009 4:08:06 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Increasingly mulling Newt.)
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