Have you stopped bashing immigrants?
Cindy Rodriguez of the Denver Post wants us to know: "Bashing of immigrants must stop". ("Beating of wives must stop" was apparently taken.) She reports on the formation of a new group of "Latino" activists. Based on her description, the group seems to have at least two goals:
1. Confuse people over the difference between illegal immigrants and legal immigrants.
2. Smear anyone who wants border control with various names like "bashers", "hatemongers" (two of Cindy's smears) and the like.
Civil-rights attorney Adrienne Benavidez, one of the leaders, explains why: "Those who spout mean-spirited rhetoric, seeking to dehumanize immigrants, don't move immigration reform any further along. It's important that we don't allow that kind of negativism to dictate this country's policies or our values."
Who else is involved?
Smart people lead this group - Pam and Ricardo Martinez of Padres Unidos, Nita Gonzales of Escuela Tlatelolco, Lisa Duran of Rights for All People, to name a few
The last group is also named "Derechos Por Todos"; I don't know which is the favored name or whether they've recently changed to the English version.
Duran appeared at the First Data/Western Union forum where an American was reportedly attacked. See the end of this recent post for another speaker at that meeting. She supports driver's licenses for illegal aliens and opposes police working with BICE. She also seems to fall into the "we didn't cross the border, the border crossed us" camp. In 2003 there was a roundup of illegal aliens working at the Air Force Academy. Duran called it "racist."
Looking into the other "smart people" is left as an exercise. It looks to me like we're dealing with people who oppose the best interests of this country out of racial grounds and whose only form of argumentation is to call people names.