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John McCain at National Council of La Raza convention (charter schools, immigration "reform")

[UPDATE: Did McCain pledge to stop immigration raids?]

Yesterday, Barack Obama spoke at the National Council of La Raza convention. Today, it's John McCain's turn to pander to that far-left, extremist-funding, racist-awarding group, and his prepared remarks are here.

"La Raza runs one of the largest housing counseling programs in the country that has helped tens of thousands of Latinos become homeowners with secure mortgages."

Yes, indeed. And, they've made it quite clear that that or a similar program is racially-specific.

He then says that he's an "unapologetic supporter of NAFTA, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, and the Colombian Free Trade Agreement" and once again promotes a "hemispheric free trade agreement".

Then this bit of "conservative" thinking:

I'm a strong believer in charter schools. La Raza has helped establish 100 charter schools and the results they are producing are very encouraging.

One of the charter schools funded by La Raza is has a "reconquista" nature, the Academia Semillas del Pueblo. See this for more on some others. Does McCain know the nature of those schools? Does he care?

He then reiterates that he supports amnesty:

I don't want to fail again to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. We must prove we have the resources to secure our borders and use them, while respecting the dignity and rights of citizens and legal residents of the United States. When we have achieved border security goal, we must enact and implement the other parts of practical, fair and necessary immigration policy. We have economic and humanitarian responsibilities as well, and they require no less dedication from us in meeting them.

Then, McCain reads an excerpt from the Arizona Republic's article "205 Migrants Die Hard, Lonely Deaths", the same excerpt he read into the Congressional Record on July 12, 2005 in support of McCain-Kennedy (PDF link):

Several years ago, the leading newspaper in my state published an article putting faces on the tragic human costs of illegal immigration, and I would like to briefly quote from it: 'Maria Hernandez Perez was No. 93. She was almost 2. She had thick brown hair and eyes the color of chocolate... [two other cases deleted]... We can't let immigrants break our laws with impunity. We can't leave our borders undefended. But these people are God's children, who wanted simply to be Americans, and we cannot forget the humanity God commands of us as we seek a remedy to this problem.

Needless to say, he's being extremely sleazy. If our laws were enforced - something that both McCain and the NCLR have opposed - many of those deaths would not have occurred. It's those who support illegal immigration - including McCain and the NCLR - who are partially responsible for those deaths, not those who want our laws to be enforced.

Then, as if the above wasn't enough, he confirmed his support for amnesty yet one more time:

"I spoke recently at both the NALEO and LULAC conferences, as did Senator Obama. I did not use those occasions to criticize Senator Obama. I would prefer not to do so today. But he suggested in his speeches there and here, that I turned my back on comprehensive reform out of political necessity. I feel I must, as they say, correct the record. At a moment of great difficulty in my campaign, when my critics said it would be political suicide for me to do so, I helped author with Senator Kennedy comprehensive immigration reform, and fought for its passage. I cast a lot of hard votes, as did the other Republicans and Democrats who joined our bipartisan effort. So did Senator Kennedy. I took my lumps for it without complaint. My campaign was written off as a lost cause. I did so not just because I believed it was the right thing to do for Hispanic Americans. It was the right thing to do for all Americans. Senator Obama declined to cast some of those tough votes. He voted for and even sponsored amendments that were intended to kill the legislation, amendments that Senator Kennedy and I voted against. I never ask for any special privileges from anyone just for having done the right thing. Doing my duty to my country is its own reward. But I do ask for your trust that when I say, I remain committed to fair, practical and comprehensive immigration reform, I mean it. I think I have earned that trust.

Then, even more Hispandering:

"Let me close by expressing my respect and gratitude for the contributions of Hispanic-Americans to the culture, economy and security of the country I have served all my adult life. I represent Arizona where Spanish was spoken before English was, and where the character and prosperity of our state owes a great deal to the many Arizonans of Hispanic descent who live there. And I know this country, which I love more than almost anything, would be the poorer were we deprived of the patriotism, industry and decency of those millions of Americans whose families came here from other countries in our hemisphere. Latinos are among the hardest working most productive people in our country. The strength of your religious faith and the strength and closeness of your families are a great force for social stability and individual happiness. In my recent visit to Mexico, I visited the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and was greatly moved by the experience, and came to appreciate all the more your deep devotion to the God who created us and loves us all equally. I will honor your contributions to America for as long as I live. We would not be the special country we are without you.

Then, he smears those who support our laws:

I know many of you are Democrats, and many of you would usually vote for the presidential candidate of that party. I know I must work hard to win your votes, but you have always given me a respectful hearing, and I appreciate it. I know many of you were disappointed and hurt by those who used the debate on immigration last year, not to respectfully debate the issue, as most did, but to denigrate the contributions of Hispanics to our great country. I denounced those insults then, and I denounce them today.

Immigration2008a · Mon, 07/14/2008 - 11:28 · Importance: 4

Mon, 07/14/2008 - 21:09
Edward

"...God's children, who wanted simply to be Americans." Doing it the honorable way, by asking permission? By respecting our home, our borders, our laws? Hmm, no. All in all I am pretty sure they have no interest and no understanding of what is involved in becoming an American. No comprehension of anything beyond the 'I want' part. Immigrants who want to be Americans stand in line, file the forms, learn the language and the history, and wait for our answer. Then yes or no, they RESPECT and abide by that answer. Guess 'God's children' don't need no stinkin' permission, aren't willing to follow any rules, and don't really care if we say yes or no, they're coming in anyway. To take whatever they want, with McCain's blessings. And his promises to further reward their thievery with citizenship. "My campaign was written off as a lost cause." Watch what happens in November, Juan. You're about to see a rerun, because you are still a loser. Big time.

Tue, 07/15/2008 - 00:51
Leave it to Beaner

I cant understand why such anti americanism is allowed to go unchallenged? Money made this a great country and it destroyed it too. That is the lesson in all of this......its all about the money Pretty fucking discusting if you ask me

Tue, 07/15/2008 - 14:18
mary

Has anyone else noticed that those states that bear the worst mortgage meltdowns are flooded with hispanics? I just read how the spanish radio stations are hurting as they lose advertisers that were targeting Illegals with real estate or home loans. It is pretty obvious to me why CA is sinking into bankruptcy ..even though "AHNOLD" doesn't get it......So we should enact the same policies that failed there throughout the rest of the country? I don't think so. Bottom line-Send them home...Once either of these traitors gains the office of President the real war at home to preserve our country will ramp up big time...Get ready!

Tue, 07/15/2008 - 14:57
petty bourgeois

I've been praying for California to become financially insolvent for the better part of a decade. That is the only way things change, through economic meltdown, remember the old Soviet Union? The only way "change" could take place is when they run out of money.

Tue, 07/15/2008 - 21:53
Anonymous

'I did so [sponsor CIR] not just because I believed it was the right thing to do for Hispanic Americans.' The provisions of CIR do not apply to Hispanic Americans (citizens). Is this a Harry Reid-esque slip? Or is he just assuming that Hispanic Americans all want higher immigration? They don't. 'It was the right thing to do for all Americans.' Oh, really? Notice he doesn't elaborate. Let's see...amnesty sold your preciously held citizenship status for practically nothing--Z-visas were even specifically carved out for gang members. It's kind of like printing too much money--it dilutes your voting power just like inflation reduces your buying power. A massive 'guest worker' program does what exactly for 'all Americans'? Push their wages down and effectively carve out entire industries as 'foreign only'? Yeah, it's great for YOU. As I said, notice he doesn't elaborate.

Tue, 07/15/2008 - 22:05
Anonymous

'Latinos are among the hardest working most productive people in our country.' So he's stereotyping how hard people work by ethnicity. If they're the hardest working, John, than someone has to be the laziest or least hard working. Who? 'The strength of your religious faith and the strength and closeness of your families are a great force for social stability and individual happiness.' So he's stereotyping the strength of people's religious faith based on ethnicity. The family values pander is contradicted by all objective data on out of wedlock births, single parent households, dropout rates, etc. which resemble those of black Americans. This problem isn't brushed under the rug in that case but at least addressed publicly although it's a touchy subject (see, e.g., Bill Cosby's comments). It's an issue which should also be addressed regarding Latino families but the stereotyping butt kissers don't have the integrity or courage.

Tue, 07/15/2008 - 22:11
Anonymous

'In my recent visit to Mexico, I visited the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe' Should you be campaigning in a foreign country, John? And do you have to pander so unsubtly to a specific religion? This isn't dog whistle politics, we all see what you are doing and who you think is your priority.