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GOPisForMe: Dialogue with Brenda, an Illegal Immigrant

This is a “debate” I had with Carlos Sanchez, former Editor of the Waco Tribune. It appears as though this video had an impact on him. You decide and feel free to comment …

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Carlos Sanchez: That’s not the mindset of the Hispanic community. That’s the stereotype that the GOP has about the mindset of the Hispanic community. Your own successes, Duke, shatter every point being made by this woman.

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Duke Machado: Carlos, unfortunately, everywhere I go, I meet people (Hispanics) who feel defeated and have accepted the “hand-out” scenario this woman talks about. It’s not a stereotype. This video is of a woman in the Hispanic community… she’s the one who said it…unprovoked. Although, I agree with her because it’s what I see. Sure, not all Hispanics believe the Government should provide for them…but it’s becoming more acceptable than it should.

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Carlos Sanchez: She may certainly feel defeated, but the post says her comments “addresses the mindset within the Hispanic Community.” That’s not my mindset; I doubt that’s your mindset. When a group takes one discontented or defeated person and purports that such an attitude represents the mindset of an entire people, then I believe it’s stereotyping.

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Duke Machado: Actually, she doesn’t have that mindset. She is talking about her mother and the things her mother tells her US born son…that the Government is there to provide for him. Surely you’re not denying that this mentality has grown and become more acceptable?? Her comments do represent the mindset within the community. I didn’t say all Hispanics are on welfare or want to be. Just that it is sliding in the wrong direction…promoted by Liberals who think they’re “helping.”

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Carlos Sanchez: Aww, yes…the Liberal attack. Part of the GOP arsenal. Instead of promoting the ideals of the party — God, country, family — which align with the mindset of so many Hispanics in this country, let’s go on the attack. Let’s not discuss solutions to vexing problems, let’s attack the illegal immigrants and the Liberals because, after all, they’re the problems. That’s deep.

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Duke Machado: What’s deep, is the denial of the conditions in the Hispanic community. You can check out our website gopisforme.com to see the things we’re doing to develop solutions…but if we can’t acknowledge there’s a problem, how can we develop solutions? Based on your responses, one might think the Hispanic community is in great shape…no need to get involved. I do want to discuss “vexing” problems…and we do discuss them. I’m not on an “attack.” and as far as stereotyping goes, your “attack” statement is par for the course. As soon as we talk about real issues and shed light on the real conditions within our community, Liberals say we’re on the “attack.” Are you a Conservative or a Liberal?

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Duke Machado: Carlos, are you happy with the drop-out rates and education trends within the Hispanic community? Also, what are your thoughts on what to do with the 15+ Million illegal immigrants living in America?

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Carlos Sanchez: Of course I’m not happy with these problems. I’m also unhappy with the xenophobia and demagoguery that videos like this perpetuate. I truly believe you’re about solutions, Duke. And I love what you’re doing in terms of political activism and getting Hispanics involved in solutions being offered by the GOP. All I’m seeking is consistence: if the woman in this video admits she’s here illegally, then she has no right to be in this country, correct? If she has no right to be in this country, then she has no right to join the political discourse either. So it’s disingenuous to include her in the discourse only because she agrees with you.

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Duke Machado: Democrats have included Illegal immigrants in their discourse for decades. Don’t you remember the “May day” rallies in Dallas? What about illegals testifying at Texas Senate Hearings (Higher Education)? Or how about the DREAM Act? When it’s convenient, Democrats don’t hesitate to use demagoguery. The bottom line though, is that we address the issues and not allow them to be swept under the rug again. Thanks for the comments on our mission…you’re right…we are getting Hispanics involved in developing solutions. One last thing…regarding Illegal Immigrant’s “rights.” As you said, “she has no right to join the political discourse.” By saying that, are you saying that Illegal Immigrants have no rights in America? Do they have the “right” to attend our public schools? Do they have the “right” to free medical services? Or how about the “right” to take taxpayer money via the government welfare system?

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Carlos Sanchez: I have enjoyed our debate, Duke. Truly I have. But my kid’s schools are having an early release and must depart. I propose we have a cup of coffee sometime and solve the world’s problems. Then you can tell me what’s wrong with liberals and I can tell you what’s wrong with conservatives!

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Duke Machado: perfect, but only if you can accept a new reality…lol

Comment (1)

  1. Rowland jackson

    Duke and Carlos, that was a great back and forth. Quite civil for two with differing perspectives. Truly, the beginning of a great dialogue.

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