President Bush made a pitch for his proposed temporary worker program before the nation's largest Hispanic rights group on Thursday.Some of the other reports of Bush's speech are similarly vapid. However, the report "President draws criticism at LULAC convention" has some quotes from attendees:
Bush, via satellite, addressed the League of United Latin American Citizens convention in San Antonio.
Bush proposed allowing legal and illegal immigrants to work in the United States under renewable three-year permits...
On Saturday, LULAC members are expected to hear from Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry.
"America is a nation of open doors, and we want it to remain that way," [Bush] said. "Immigrants bring great strength. For this administration, el sueno Americano es para todos (the American dream is for everyone) and we all deserve a chance at the American dream."These quotes reveal the core fallacy of the Bush/Rove Doctrine. Not all members of the same race, ethnic, or cultural-linguistic group think the same. Even little children can see that, but apparently Bush and Rove cannot.
But C. R. Contreras, a LULAC member from San Antonio, said she wasn't impressed by Bush's speech or his Spanish phrasing.
"It was political," she said. "He wants my vote. He spoke one sentence in Spanish of which the tone of voice was negative. He confirmed my decision to vote for Kerry."
..."Current law says that we live in a massive undocumented economy," [Bush] said. "The system is not fair and it's not right. My proposal is humane. We need to bring people out of the shadow of American life."
Some members walked out during Bush's speech or didn't attend the luncheon because he was speaking.
Ray Mancera of El Paso left the ballroom when Bush came on the screen.
"As soon as he came on, I walked out," he said. "I'm not interested in what he has to say. I saw how he hurt minorities as governor and he's still doing that on a national level."
Ramiro Robles, the past national president of LULAC, said Bush has not helped Hispanics.
"He has nothing for us," he said. "He caters to the Hispanic community to break us. But we are educated now and we're going to vote."
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