Saturday, April 29, 2006

You Don't Speak for Me

As a result of all the protests and bad PR Hispanics as a whole have been getting out of this immigration debate, a coalition has been formed by Hispanics who are pro-legal immigration and pro immigration reform. You Don't Speak for Me.

In response to the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who have been marching under the Mexican flag demanding to be rewarded for having violated US immigration law, a new coalition has been formed to accurately represent Hispanics in the US who work hard, play by the rules and want the opportunity to see their own kids get ahead. Known as “You Don’t Speak for Me,” the coalition aims to dispel the impression that the people out on the streets represent the views of all Hispanic-Americans.

“Politicians and the media seem to believe that Hispanic-Americans hold a monolithic view on the subject of immigration,” said Peter Nunez, a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and a spokesman for the group.

“In fact, millions of Hispanic-Americans—including many who have gone through the immigration process the right way—are offended by the demands being made by people who have broken our nation’s laws. We are even more offended that the views of Hispanic citizens are not being accurately portrayed,” he said.
My spouse - a legal immigrant - and I are one of those millions of Hispanic-Americans offended by these demands and that our views are not being accurately portrayed. I'm also offended at how many Hispanics (celebrities in particular) have taken up arms and made this about them (Hispanics) while forgetting the Haitians, Asians and other groups that are also here illegally.

I'd like to clarify for once and for all that being anti-illegal immigration IS NOT being anti-immigrant, racist, prejudiced, anti-Hispanic or anti-immigration reform. It simply means that we believe the laws should be followed, and law breakers should not be rewarded. Please don't blend the lines.

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