This weekend saw another thrilling right-wing rally in Austin, and in this one Rebecca Forest, a co-founder of an immigration group called Women on the Wall, offered a unique take on why Texas can't get hard-core legislation passed like Arizona and Alabama.
If you want to know why we can't pass legislation in Texas it's because we have 37, no 36, Hispanics in the Legislature. All of the states that have passed legislation have a handful and I mean literally, some of them have NO Hispanic legislators, well, maybe 3 or 5 or something. So that's, umm, part of our problem and we need to change those numbers. We need to do something about that.
Forest went on to say "during the debate on sanctuary cities, several Hispanic legislators testified that their grandparents and their parents were migrant workers who came over here to work and that THEY even worked in the fields. And some of them even admitted that they had been here illegally and that they came illegally. So the problem is these Hispanic legislators...is that it's too close to them and they, umm... simply cannot vote their conscience correctly."
THAT'S the problem -- Hispanic politicians can't vote their consciences correctly.
It's no surprise there's been some reaction.
Texas Democratic Party executive director Anthony Gutierrez said:
While Ms. Forest's comments are incredibly offensive, it's about time a Republican was finally upfront about their Party's hateful attitude toward Hispanics. The 'sanctuary cities' debate is really about the belief Ms. Forest confirmed: that Republicans simply think there are too many Hispanics in Texas.
This legislation being debated today is yet another attempt by Republicans to pander to the Tea Party by attacking Hispanics. Cowardly Republican politicians like Rick Perry, David Dewhurst and the legislative majority have shown they are willing to trample the rights of Hispanic Texans in order to score points with their Tea Party base.
To be fair to Forest, she didn't say there were "too many Hispanics in Texas." She said there were too many Hispanics in the Texas legislature. Big, big difference.
For all we know, she might want tons and tons of more Hispanics in Texas, as long as they don't vote.
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