LatinaLista — Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham surprised a lot of people by saying that he was going to propose an amendment to the Constitution to end birthright citizenship.
People were shocked at this announcement because among his GOP colleagues Graham was considered to be the only one who wasn’t going to shore up his reputation by attacking undocumented immigrants.
Unfortunately, sad to say, that was just the beginning.
Today, Sen. Graham announced that he does support “new” immigration reform but one that is “stricter.” He says times have changed since he last supported a reform measure that would grant legal status to undocumented immigrants.
“Everything has gotten worse. There’s a war in Mexico,” Graham said. “The drug cartel is coming over the border. They’re overrunning Arizona and Texas. People are under siege. The federal government’s failure to fix this in 2007 has led to the mess we’re in today.”
If Sen. Graham’s remarks were subjected to a “Fact-o-meter,” it would find there are only two factual statements: “Everything has gotten worse” and “There’s a war in Mexico.”
To say that drug cartels are overrunning Arizona and Texas is not just an inflammatory statement but a deliberately misleading slander against the state of Texas. No sense in trying to defend Arizona since their own Gov. Brewer did a great job slandering her own state with her statement of “headless bodies found in the desert.”
Sen. Graham’s attempt to justify a “stricter” immigration reform measure by lying to the masses so that people think they are or will be held hostage by cartel violence as they stroll along San Antonio’s River Walk or enjoy a rooftop concert from an indie band at Austin’s SXSW or if they should cheer on the Dallas Cowboys in the new stadium or the list goes on…is beyond insulting to the Lone Star State.
But unfortunately, that is what this immigration debate has devolved into — lies to justify a resurrection of early 20th century racist, yes racist, attitudes when people hid behind white sheets and warmed themselves by the glow of burning crosses.
It’s because of these attitudes that things have gotten worse.
Whether it’s Staten Island, where there have been 10 reported bias attacks against Mexican immigrants since April or Virginia where the Virginia State Attorney General now said that Virginia police have the authority to ask people they stop about their immigration status during criminal investigations, the anti-immigrant mood is being fueled by deliberate distortions from a leadership that wants to paint Latino immigrants as criminals as they shamelessly try to build their own political profiles.
Yet, in a state that has a proud history of Latino immigration and where most Latinos can trace their roots south of the border back only 2 or 3 generations, if even that long, what Sen. Graham said was plain wrong and offensive to the millions of Latinos who live along the Texas-Mexico border.
It was offensive to the millions of Latinos across the nation who, if they are dark brown, must now more than ever suffer the embarrassment from the uncouth of this country who openly stare and question out loud a person’s citizenship status.
Over the weekend, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said that President Obama didn’t have the cojones to fix illegal immigration. Well, it would seem that the GOP doesn’t have the cojones ni las ganas to tell the truth when it comes to immigration reform.