You Don't Speak For ME
Liz Thatcher asked me a question on RightOnSCV, which inspired this blog post so, thanks Liz but fair (pun intended) WARNING LONG BLOG POST.
There was a group called You Don’t Speak For Me, which was founded by retired Army Colonel Al Rodríguez in 2006 to represent Americans of Hispanic ancestry like him who are opposed to legalization for those who have entered the US illegally or overstayed their visas. The group was created after Colonel Rodríguez viewed media coverage of the 2006 United States immigration reform protests. According to Rodriguez, "Their leaders were saying it was a march for immigrant rights and a Latino/Hispanic movement. I thought to myself, 'Hey, those are illegal aliens, not immigrants!' I'm of Hispanic ancestry and those people are acting like they speak for me. Well, you don't speak for me!"
You Don't Speak for Me was launched with help from the Federation for American Immigration Reform whose acronym is FAIR. Less than three months after the launch, a vice chair of the group claimed that it had attracted about a thousand members. In 2007, group leaders participated in a rally for immigration reform outside of the White House.
I personally contacted FAIR a few months ago after learning of their existence, wanted to join the group, but was told via email by their representative Susan Tully, firstname.lastname@example.org, FAIR National Field Director that this group is no longer active. Needless to say, I was very disappointed.
There are many of us all over the
Unfortunately, we have a current administration led by President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, which is suing individual states of the
The United States of America is a sovereign nation, with lawfully binding immigration laws, which OUR Federal Government and ALL of our leaders at whatever government level and of whatever race or ethnicity swear an oath to uphold and defend. They have failed us miserably and it is no wonder states like Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, and Utah have already passed, and Lawmakers in Idaho, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Texas, have indicated that they will push to adopt measures related to Arizona’s hard new immigration laws when they reconvene their following legislative session. Additionally, Lawmakers in
I believe it is up to those of us eligible to vote to hold them accountable at the ballot box. Those of us who are Americans of Hispanic ancestry in my opinion have a special obligation to speak up in defense of our country and the right of this nation to enforce immigration laws. I personally have been called every name imaginable from both sides of this issues and it deters me not one iota. My immigrant parents understood the difference between right and wrong, our obligation to defend that which is right and speak out against what is wrong, and passed those values on to me. When and if the head of state of any foreign nation, which has a credible immigration policy in effect, that actually works, wants to give us advice I will listen but until that time comes, Felípe Calderón and the rest can shut up and concentrate on getting their own house in order.
Moreover, MY president, whoever he/she may be, needs to listen to, defend, and honor the wishes of the legal residents/voters of the
In my opinion, political “leaders” such as Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano,
The treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed by Nicholas Trist on behalf of the
Legal immigrants are well represented by Ms. Salcedo’s comments:
While I am on my soapbox, you cannot be “Mexican American” since they are both individual nationalities unless you have dual citizenship and in that case, it would be American Mexican if you reside in this country, otherwise you are one or the other. The same applies to persons of Cuban, Italian, Irish, Polish, etc ancestry. Maybe this is part of the problem too, what country do these folks advocating for the “rights” of illegals actually pledge allegiance to?
I am giving serious thought to forming another “You Don’t Speak for Me” group as a counter to these folks who claim that “Hispanics” want amnesty for illegals, the Dream Act enacted, etc since they truly do not speak for me or any other AMERICANS of Hispanic ancestry that I am related to or know.
I hope I answered your question Liz.