In a recent article on an Arizona website, news reporters claim certain Hispanic Republicans are done with the Republican Party because of a statement made by Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain.
It appears they found a disgruntled “Long-Time” Republican “Leader” to say he was leaving the Republican Party because of Cain’s statement.
What did Cain say to draw so much fire? Here it is : “When I’m in charge of the fence, we’re gonna have a fence. It’s gonna be 20 feet high. It’s gonna have barbed wire on the top. It’s gonna be electrified and there’s gonna be a sign on the other side that says it will kill you.”
For this statement, Lauro Garza, of Somos Republicans, has decided to abandon the Party. Not because of what Cain said, but because the Republican Party hasn’t forced candidates to monitor their dialogue on immigration.
Dee Dee Garcia Blase, another agitated Hispanic says Cain’s remarks are “disparaging.”
Let’s analyze the “disparaging” remark. First, Cain is describing what he sees as options for securing the border. Is that offensive to anyone? Not me…not most Americans. Second, when he talks about an electrified fence, he’s saying it will be electrified, nothing more. And finally, when he talks about the sign saying “it will kill you,” he’s warning people about the risk involved in attempting to cross our border.
Maybe, a sign telling people the dangers of trying to cross illegally will actually reduce the number of real casualties in our Texas desert? The way I see it, Cain did nothing wrong. Soon, people like Dee Dee and Lauro will be trying to monitor all speech related to addressing immigrants and immigration.
Sure, we need to be compassionate, but we must also be firm. We’ve been “walked” on for decades…now a Presidential candidate wants to get serious about securing the border, and he has “Conservative Hispanics” concerned not with what he said, but how he said it?
Aren’t they aware of the conditions along our Border? I know Lauro is from Houston. I know he’s seeing the mass explosion in population. I’m sure he knows they’re not all legal residents.
To add more, Texas Agricultural Commissioner, Todd Staples, commissioned an independent assessment of our Texas border. The results are frightening at least, but draw a clear picture of the “war zone” in South Texas.
We don’t have time to worry about semantics. We need to resolve issues.
Here’s what I wrote in a post on the website that posted the initial blog “Long-life Texas GOP Latino Leader Leaves Republican Party After Herman Cain Advocates the Death of Immigrants” (Cain Advocates the Death of Immigrants??? Seriously???)“So many things wrong with this article/statement. First, before everyone (Democrats) get excited, Lauro does not speak for all Hispanics. In my opinion, he represents a minority of Hispanics in the Republican Party. Those of us who are willing to work within the Party to shape it are committed to the Party. We don’t jump ship just because someone said something that offends us. I’ve had a few conversations with Lauro, and I would say he’s been disgruntled with the Party for some time.
It seems in this case, the frustration comes because the Party isn’t making a stance against “bigotry.” I say he’s dead wrong on that one. The Republican Party is making huge strides in it’s efforts to be inclusive of Hispanics, Blacks and everyone who believe in the principles of the Party. Texas now has three Hispanic Republican Auxiliaries, and countless Hispanic organizations all working to counter the efforts of President Obama. The Republican Party of Texas knows what’s at stake regarding Hispanics, and I can assure everyone, the Leadership at the Party is determined to have a strong, Conservative Party. Regarding Herman Cain, It’s not the responsibility of the Republican Party to monitor and control the speech of candidates. That’s something you might expect from Democrats. If the people don’t agree with Cain, they won’t vote for him…plain and simple. Lauro, I wish you wouldn’t have left, but maybe it’s a blessing. I would never fault a man for doing what he felt was right. We’ll continue building the Party, and if you ever decide to find your way back, we’ll be here with open arms.”