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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 03:05 PM

 

Conservative Hispanic group tells GOP to avoid ‘amnesty’ label

Source: Yahoo News

A conservative pro-immigration reform group has issued talking points to Republican lawmakers, telling them to avoid referring to the U.S. citizen children of illegal immigrants as "anchor babies" or calling for the construction of an "electric fence" on the border, among other things.

The talking points, published by BuzzFeed, went out to Republican lawmakers on the Hill as momentum builds for an immigration bill that would legalize most of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants. The memo urges lawmakers to call them "undocumented immigrants" and to avoid terms such as "aliens" or "illegals," which are seen as offensive and dehumanizing. Another phrase to avoid? "Send them all back."

"Conservatives get a bad rap when it comes to immigration reform because of a few people who say things that can be taken to be offensive," said Jennifer Korn, executive director of the Hispanic Leadership Network, the center-right group that sent the talking points on Monday. "It all means the same thing, but the way you say it matters."

Korn worked in the White House when President George W. Bush attempted to get immigration reform passed in his second term. Two bills—one in 2006, the other in 2007—died after a vocal grass-roots movement emerged in opposition to what it called "amnesty" for illegal immigrants. The amnesty tag stuck, even though both bills would have required any applicant to go through a lengthy legalization process that required him or her to meet certain requirements, like paying back taxes and a fine and learning English. Lawmakers received thousands of phone calls about the bill, Korn remembers, almost all of them strongly against reform.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/conservative-hispanic-group-tells-gop-avoid-amnesty-label-173408974--election.html

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Response to Special Agent Oso (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 03:13 PM

1. I'm a white woman, so I can't speak first hand, but I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND

why anyone of any race or gender would be supportive of a Party that diminishes any race that isn't White (and a certain level of White, to be sure).

The only think I can think of is that these individuals have prospered financially, and that money does weird things to you, too often. Instead of wanting others of their race and gender to prosper as well, they begin feeling they need to protect themselves against "them".

It breaks my heart.

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Response to gateley (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 04:36 PM

5. Not necessarilly. There are plenty of rich people who are humble and kind.

They, unfortunately, don't get as much attention from the media. Kinda like how religious extremists from any band get more attention than those who are more moderate and tolerant.

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Response to Special Agent Oso (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 03:20 PM

2. Good luck with that. Their base is wedded to using "amnesty", "illegals", "anchor babies", etc.

It is part of the mentality. I doubt very seriously that most of their base can discuss immigration without resorting to using such terms.

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Response to Special Agent Oso (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 03:24 PM

3. They didn't cover this at their meeting on the plantation?

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Response to Special Agent Oso (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 03:45 PM

4. "It all means the same thing, but the way you say it matters."

How true. They really mean well, but they just don't know how to express themselves properly.

Instead of calling for an electric fence on the border, for example, how about a lovely green line of hedges?

"Send them all back" just sounds so harsh. How about 'strongly encourage reverse immigration?'

Rather than calling for 'locking them all up', why not suggest a government 'adoption' program?

And 'anchor babies'? Please, that is so mean sounding. What about biological residency enhancers?

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Response to Special Agent Oso (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 08:47 PM

6. You say tomato, I say tom-ah-toe.

Their talking points will probably only catch on with the kiss ass politicians that really want to win the Hispanic vote. The teabag caucus and their followers won't have anything to do with it. And a conservative Hispanic group is like a vampire Blade fan club.

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Response to Rozlee (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 11:50 PM

7. You should've seen the front page of today's USA Today.

I passed by a USA Today rack near the library and saw a big "Amnesty" word in the front page. When frickin' USA TODAY a mainstream newspaper (mainstream only because travelers get it at their hotels, who actually subscribes to that shoddy paper nowadays much less visit the web site?) echoes the right wing "amnesty" bullshit (see this conwebwatch article explaining how right wing media abuses that word)

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Response to alp227 (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:50 AM

8. Thanks for the link to "CNS' Anti-Immigration Bias" and how the right misuses "amnesty". n/t

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Response to alp227 (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:05 PM

9. Well, Sharron Angle only got so much traction from her political ads

of intimidating, thuggish sinister Latinos, taking away American student slots in universities. She got beat by angry Hispanics that surged to the polls at the eleventh hour. Teabaggers can't help overreaching. The GOP's attempts to win hearts and minds won't go very far with their base and with the conservative echo chamber knocking down all their Leggos as they're setting them up.

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