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Latino Tea Party Leader Rips Conyers for Racial Politics
CNSNews ^ | March 2, 2011 | Penny Starr

Posted on 03/02/2011 11:20:31 AM PST by jazusamo

(CNSNews.com) – At a House hearing on immigration on Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said the debate about the estimated 14 million illegal aliens in the United States is dividing the black and Latino communities. But one witness at the hearing said Mexican-Americans have nothing in common with people who have broken the law by being in the country illegally.

“The notion that is underneath the surface of pitting African-American workers against Hispanic workers against immigrants is so abhorrent and repulsive to me that I want to get it on the table right now,” said Conyers, ranking member on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.

“I will be watching very closely anybody that tries to suggest we are going to divide these two minorities, who have much more things in common than they have in difference,” Conyers said.

George Rodriguez, president of the San Antonio, Texas, Tea Party who formerly worked in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, objected to Conyers’ implication that Mexican-Americans have tensions with the black community over immigration issues.

“Mr. Conyers, with all due respect, one thing you said a few moments ago as far as abhorrence and the competition between people -- let me tell you what is really abhorrent -- that Hispanic Americans are classified in the same breath with illegal aliens,” Rodriguez said. “We are American citizens."

“We are born in this country and we honor this country,” said Rodriguez. Not distinguishing Mexican-Americans from illegal aliens is “unfair and discriminatory,” he added.

In his opening remarks, Conyers said the focus of the hearing – how illegal immigration affects American workers and unemployment – is “a very sensitive subject.”

Rodriguez said in his opening statement that he was a third generation American whose father struggled to support the family by running a printing business. He said one of the greatest challenges faced by Mexican-Americans who lived in Texas towns along the Mexican border was the illegal aliens who came across the border to work for low wages.

“My father’s story is not unique, but rather typical of the experience most Mexican Americans have had in border towns,” Rodriguez said. “Even today, Mexican American, not just in border communities, but everywhere, will tell you that they do not want illegal aliens competing for their jobs in any form or fashion."

“Most Mexican American feel we must do something to stop aliens for entering the country illegally,” Rodriguez said.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was not present for all of the two-hour hearing, but her opening statement mirrored Conyers’ and blamed Republicans for blocking “comprehensive immigration reform.”

“As a member of Congress representing both Latinos and African Americans I’ve very disappointed with the majorities effort to pit minorities against one another in a blatant attempt to derail comprehensive immigration reform,” Waters said. “Clearly, today’s hearing was organized to divert attention away from the inability to present policies and proposals that would truly stimulate the economy and help put Americans back to work.”

Waters concluded her remarks by rebuffing the witnesses.

“I wish I could stay to hear further from these witnesses but I really don’t think it’s worth it,” Waters said before leaving the room.

The other witnesses at the hearing were Carol Swain, professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University; Frank Morris with Progressivse for Immigration Reform; and Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil Human Rights.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conyers; coyers; immigration; racialpolitics; waters
“I wish I could stay to hear further from these witnesses but I really don’t think it’s worth it,” Waters said before leaving the room.

Maxine doesn't want to waste time with the little people, who I'm sure have double her IQ.

1 posted on 03/02/2011 11:20:39 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
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2 posted on 03/02/2011 11:24:03 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: jazusamo

HER IQ squared would not make minus zero


3 posted on 03/02/2011 11:24:03 AM PST by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: jazusamo

Oh, I get it. A Mexican-American businessman who runs a printing business is “struggling” while a white American who runs a printing business is what? A fatcat I suppose. Why is it that every minority politician has to whine about his parents “struggling”?

I’ve got news. Just about everybody has to struggle. It’s called life. Stop whining, crybabies.


4 posted on 03/02/2011 11:29:19 AM PST by Seruzawa (What's Democrat's legacy? Almost 1/2 million dead US soldiers and collapsed cities.)
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Oh, I get it. A Mexican-American businessman who runs a printing business is “struggling” while a white American who runs a printing business is what? A fatcat I suppose. Why is it that every minority politician has to whine about his parents “struggling”?

I’ve got news. Just about everybody has to struggle. It’s called life. Stop whining, crybabies.


5 posted on 03/02/2011 11:29:28 AM PST by Seruzawa (What's Democrat's legacy? Almost 1/2 million dead US soldiers and collapsed cities.)
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To: jazusamo

Good for this tea partier!

This shows that tea partiers also consist of blacks and hispanics.

It is not just a white thing. Far from it.

But one thing that all tea partiers have in common is that they are taxpaying Americans who believe and love our great country! They are patriots all.


6 posted on 03/02/2011 11:30:55 AM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: jazusamo

I don’t understand why the tea party rep continues to refer to himself as a Mexican-American.

My son-in-law is of Latino heritage and his daughter from a previous marriage, came home from school one day and told me that kids at school were hassling her about being a Mexican. She said, “I told them I’m not a Mexican. I’m not a Mexican-American. I’m an AMERICAN!”


7 posted on 03/02/2011 11:40:59 AM PST by Elyse (I refuse to feed the crocodile.)
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To: jazusamo

God bless your heart, Mr Rodriguez. You have guts.


8 posted on 03/02/2011 11:47:37 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Seruzawa

I think your misinterpretation caused you to completely miss the point.


9 posted on 03/02/2011 11:55:33 AM PST by reasonisfaith (Relativism is the intellectual death knell of progressive ideology.)
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To: jazusamo

Now that’s what I’m talking ‘bout.

Some people GET iT!


10 posted on 03/02/2011 12:05:58 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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Oh is this guy George Rodriguez an Hispanic?

Maybe I should have belittled him because I’m supposed to be racist. /s


11 posted on 03/02/2011 12:08:30 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: skeeter; TribalPrincess2U

Absolutely! He has guts and he gets it. He’s not putting up with the race card thing that Conyers, Waters and the libs are spewing.


12 posted on 03/02/2011 12:12:09 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: All

A couple of years ago there was a national poll that showed Latinos and Blacks hated each other more than they hated whites....


13 posted on 03/02/2011 12:13:25 PM PST by Maverick68
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