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Democratic Party

U.S. political party. Many of its leaders have indirect links to the Mexican government or Mexican political parties.

Last modified Feb 21, 2011
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Democrats to oppose Koch brothers, just not where they agree with the Democrats - 03/05/14

The Democratic Party will be launching a major effort to make the Koch family a punching bag, starting a digital campaign with the childish slogan, "The G.O.P. is addicted to Koch".

Debbie Wasserman Schultz on immigration: is she fake or dumb? - 12/12/13

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz ("DWS", D-Florida, chairwoman of the DNC) writes in a CNN editorial about immigration fasters on the National Mall.

It's hard to tell if DWS is dumb, or if she's just fake and thinks her readers are dumb.

"Your Republican Uncle" misleads on immigration (Democrats, DNC, YourRepublicanUncle.com) - 11/27/13

The Democratic National Committee recently created the site YourRepublicanUncle . com as "the Democrat's guide to talking politics with your republican uncle" [1]. Here's how it misleads on the immigration issue.

They provide five immigration "myths", each followed by supposed "facts" to refute "myth". I'll quote each pair, followed by how it misleads:

How amnesty would have helped Obama trounce Romney (Hispanic vote) - 04/23/13

Here's how (link):

If [11 million illegal aliens] had been on the voting rolls in 2012 and voted along the same lines as other Hispanic voters did last fall, President Barack Obama’s relatively narrow victory last fall would have been considerably wider, a POLITICO analysis showed.

Democratic Party 2012 platform quotes illegal alien praising Obama on immigration (Gaby Pacheco) - 09/04/12

The immigration policies of Obama and the Democratic Party harm struggling American workers and struggling American college students.

So, it's no surprise that a quote praising Obama on immigration in the 2012 Democratic Party platform would come from an illegal alien.

Democratic Party 2012 platform on immigration: why it's wrong - 09/04/12

The section about immigration in the Democratic Party 2012 platform is below. It only has broad outlines and countless Democratic leaders have repeated these same things many times before.

They were wrong then, and the platform is wrong now (see each link for the details):

Democratic Convention speakers list and immigration - 09/03/12

Summary

This post has a list of the speakers at the Democratic National Convention and links to more information on their immigration positions when known. There are also a preview of how the immigration issue will be presented at the convention, and some things you can do if you oppose illegal immigration.

Preview

Jesse Ferguson of DCCC: why can't Democrats debate? (trackers stalking politicians) - 07/18/12

Dear Jesse Ferguson, National Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC):

I'm writing about Democratic Party trackers stalking politicians and posting videos of their homes online. About that creepy effort, you say:

Democratic Party trackers stalk politicians, post videos of their homes - 07/09/12

From this:

While most serious campaigns on both sides use campaign trackers — staffers whose job is to record on video every public appearance and statement by an opponent — House Democrats are taking it to another level. They're now recording video of the homes of GOP congressmen and candidates and posting the raw footage on the Internet for all to see...

Obama's amnesty will mostly harm working Democrats (DREAM Act, immigration, construction, office workers) - 06/17/12

Are you a construction worker, an office worker, a plumber, a factory worker, or a cashier? Work at McDonald's or another restaurant? If so, there's a good chance you're a Democrat.

And there's an even better chance that the DREAM Act that Obama enacted on Friday will have a negative impact on you. If you're an unemployed lower-skilled worker, Obama just made your situation all that much worse.

Julia Preston can't or won't follow the money and power (Mark Shurtleff, New York Times, immigration) - 06/15/12

In April, Julia Preston of the New York Times offered "A Die-Hard Conservative, but Not on Immigrants" [1] about Utah's former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, a supporter of illegal immigration.

In 1992, Democrats opposed mass immigration almost as much as Republicans - 06/04/12

The attached image is from a new Pew Research Center report about "partisan polarization" [1]. Back in 1992, 78% of Republicans agreed that "[w]e should restrict and control people coming into our country more than we do now". The percentages for independents and Democrats were nearly identical: 75% and 74% respectively.

AttackWatch misleads about Obama's immigration amnesty (Adam Serwer, Politifact) - 09/14/11

The latest "Internet laughing stock" (link) is the new Democratic Party site attackwatch.com at which concerned citizens can report rumors and supposed lies about Barack Obama.

Stan Greenberg is clueless why voters "tune out Democrats", as he promotes amnesty - 07/31/11

Stan Greenberg of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner offers "Why Voters Tune Out Democrats" (link) in which he just can't seem to figure out why people aren't flocking to the Democratic Party in these tough economic times.

Poorer and younger whites flee to GOP, and what Democrats can do about it - 07/22/11

A new Pew survey has disturbing news for we in the Democratic Party: whites - especially those who are poorer and younger - are joining the Republican Party in droves. What we Democrats can do about this below, first from Pew (link):

GOP politician's ad: non-Jewish white people "should stick together" (Dan Adler, Debra Bowen, Janice Hahn) - 05/12/11

The video below is a shocking new ad from a GOP politician in which an actress says "we in the majority - non-Jewish white people - should stick together". That's followed by the Republican politician chuckling in agreement. In fact, the politician even announces at the end that he strongly approves of the message, and the ad is entitled "Stick Together". This shocking new ad - reminiscent of ads put on by Strom Thurmond decades ago - has been condemned by nearly the entire establishment.

Gotcha!

Democrats in Congress cheer Mexico's president after he complains about Arizona's immigration law; what to do about it - 05/20/10

In a shocking display earlier today, Democrats in Congress gave Felipe Calderon, president of Mexico, a standing ovation after he criticized the new Arizona immigration law at a joint meeting of Congress: peekurl.com/v7a5zjk

Immigration march organizers have foreign links - 08/15/08

1. One of the organizers of the March 24 Georgia boycott was Teodoro Maus, a former Mexican consul general. He was also one of the organizers of the October 7 Atlanta march. That march was led by GA state Senator Sam Zamarripa and GA state representative Pedro Marin, both members of the Democratic Party.

Raul Grijalva, Congressional Hispanic Caucus: lack of immigration "reform" is "spineless" - 04/24/08

Yesterday the Congressional Hispanic Caucus complained about the failure of other Democrats to support "comprehensive immigration reform", aka a massive amnesty.
...Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona called the Democratic caucus "spineless."

"Today my party wants to do what is easy, not exactly what is right," said Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois. "The leaders in our party who are arguing for consideration of helping just a few immigrants are risking the future of all immigrants."

Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., who chairs the Hispanic Caucus, said the visa and other bills under consideration were "nothing more than a Band-Aid being used to cover up a gaping wound."
One factor in provoking their outbursts was the SAVE Act from fellow Dem Heath Shuler:
If a Democratic majority can allow such a hearing [on the SAVE Act], "then we are no better than the Republican majority we replaced," Gutierrez said.

The lawmakers refused to identify names but said the piecemeal approach wouldn't be happening without the consent of top House Democratic leaders...
Nancy Pelosi blamed it on president Bush and the GOP, then said yet another stupid thing today.

May Day 2007: Peter Prengaman ignores Mexico links - 05/01/07

Peter Prengaman of the AP has a habit of not revealing the material affiliations of those he quotes. The latest instance comes in the much-updated "Protesters Press for Path to Citizenship":
..."If we don't act, then both the Democratic and Republican parties can go back to their comfort zones and do nothing," said Angelica Salas, director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). "They won't have the courage to resolve a major situation for millions of people."

..."They announced the decision first and then they called us to consult us," said Jorge Mujica, a spokesman for Chicago's March 10 Movement group. "It doesn't make sense."
The first group has allegedly collaborated with the Mexican government. The second person is an official with the Mexican political party PRD.

UPDATE: The endlessly-updated story returns again. The Houston Chronicle uniquely names their version "U.S. flags wave at immigration rallies". Mujica is out in this version, with a new source in Jerry Gonzalez of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. He's a former MALDEF official, and one of the GALEO founders is GA state Rep. Pedro Marin, someone with a highly probable but unexplored link to the Mexican government. He marched alongside a former Mexican consul general in a march last year.

UPDATE 2: Note this from the second version:
The [NYC] event is a response to a White House immigration reform proposal in March, said Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition... That plan would grant illegal immigrants three-year work visas for $3,500 but also require them to return home to apply for U.S. residency and pay a $10,000 fine. It has been roundly criticized by immigrant groups... Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean called the bill "insane" because it would require many illegal immigrants to return home before applying for citizenship.
The Bush plan isn't a "bill" and, according to Laura Wides-Munoz, he was refering to the STRIVE Act, not the Bush scheme.

Latino Leaders Protest Rahm Emanuel - 02/26/07

[[Progressive Democrats of America]]//[[February 26th, 2007]]/ link

This is a press release printed/reprinted at their site:

Latino Leaders Protest In Front of the Most Powerful Democrat in the Nation today, Rahm Emanuel

To Request an Immediate Moratorium on the Deportations

Hundreds Meet to Launch New Immigrant Rights Alliance - 02/20/07

Socialist Action/Jason Cain & Wayne McElyea/September 2006/ link

Reveals that "a number of delegates" to the National Immigrant Rights Strategy Convention had "close ties" to Mexico's PRD party. Rep. Luis Gutierrez - a member of the U.S. Democratic Party - attended and spoke at that convention.

Democratic Texas/Mexico/Aztlan flyer confirmed? - 10/21/06

I'm sure you all remember this classic:

texas democrats return texas to mexico aztlan

That flyer - showing Texas and Mexico rejoined - was supposedly passed out at the April 9, 2006 illegal immigration march in Dallas. At the time, I wondered whether it was a real poster or a fake.

Now, someone has sent an email to one Sarah from dallasdemocrats.org and says they've received the following reply:

"Yes it is likely one that we produced. I can't seem to get to the part of the site that explains the context of why they showed it though."

Not exactly a full admission, and they might backtrack, but at the very least we can say they haven't disowned it.

Rep. Pearce calls for mass deportations - 10/07/06

Associated Press/[[September 29, 2006]]/ link

A state lawmaker has drawn a firestorm of criticism from the Hispanic community this week by calling for the renewal of a 1950s-era federal deportation program known as "Operation Wetback."

The Case of Elvira Arellano - 10/07/06

Lee Sustar/Socialist Worker (also in Counterpunch)//[[August 31, 2006]]/ link

...A given day (at the church where she's holed up) might see elected officials, diplomats from the Venezuelan consulate, journalists from the New York Times or European national radio services, or representatives of the Latino and left-wing press.

AZ Democrats: Pearce Resurrects "Operation Wetback" - 09/29/06

A [[September 28, 2006]] press release from the Arizona Democratic Party ( link)

Russell Pearce Longs for Pre-Civil Rights Era Immigration Program

PHOENIX – In an interview on KJZZ Wednesday, Republican legislator Russell Pearce called for the reinstatement of Eisenhower's 1953 immigration plan, "Operation Wetback." The program, which was abolished a year later, sought to round up and deport all undocumented workers.

Pearce calls on Operation Wetback for illegals - 09/29/06

Pearce calls on 'Operation Wetback' for illegals/Sarah Lynch/East Valley Tribune/[[September 29, 2006]]/ link

Arizona Democratic Party, Russell Pearce, and "Operation Wetback" - 09/29/06

The sleazy Arizona Democratic Party is up to its old tricks again, this time trying to smear Rep. Russell Pearce (R-AZ) over his reference to Eisenhower's "Operation Wetback" on a radio program. From their press release titled Pearce Resurrects "Operation Wetback" and subtitled Russell Pearce Longs for Pre-Civil Rights Era Immigration Program:

In an interview on KJZZ Wednesday, Republican legislator Russell Pearce called for the reinstatement of Eisenhower's 1953 immigration plan, "Operation Wetback." The program, which was abolished a year later, sought to round up and deport all undocumented workers.

That paragraph probably contains a lie. Establishing a new program that's similar to an old program is not the same as "reinstating" the old program: things can be similar without being the same in every respect. And, only a fool would believe that Pearce would want to name the new program "Operation Wetback." So, it's almost certain that Pearce does not want to "reinstate" OW, and it's almost certain that - once again - the AZ Dems are trying to mislead.

Here's the only quote of his that they provide:

"We know what we need to do. In 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower, put together a task force called 'Operation Wetback.' He removed, in less than a year, 1.3 million illegal aliens. They must be deported."

Further, we're informed that "Hispanic leaders in Phoenix are outraged", which is only followed by one example from "former legislator and activist Alfredo Gutierrez". He's a member of the "Somos America" group that organized at least one Phoenix illegal immigration march.

Needless to say, the press has taken the Dem smear and run with it.

Sarah N. Lynch of the East Valley Tribune offers "Pearce calls on 'Operation Wetback' for illegals", informing us that he's "angered the Hispanic community this week when he called for the reinstatement of a pre-civil rights era program that called for the mass deportation of illegal immigrants", language that's highly similar to that used by the AZDems.

The Arizona Daily Star offers a rewrite of an AP report in the falsely-titled story "Phoenix legislator supports deportations through 'Operation Wetback'".

The apparently original AP report is in "Rep. Pearce calls for mass deportations":

A state lawmaker has drawn a firestorm of criticism from the Hispanic community this week by calling for the renewal of a 1950s-era federal deportation program known as "Operation Wetback." Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, a fiery proponent of new border security laws and a crackdown on illegal immigration, talked about the possibility of mass deportations in a radio interview.

The word "renewal" may be somewhat more accurate than the word "reinstatement" used in the AZDem press release. The only evidence of a "firestorm" the AP presents is the press release and quotes from Roberto Reveles, the president of Somos America.

DSCC pro-American 'Secure' video never existed - 08/17/06

Yesterday I noted that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee removed their "controversial" video 'Secure' from Youtube. Today, it's gone completely. The previous URL was:

dscc.org/news/multimedia/20060813_secure/

Chicago illegal immigration march organizer is PRD official - 07/20/06

One of the organizers of the March 10 illegal immigration march in Chicago is an official with Mexico's PRD Party. Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and mayor Richard M. Daley all attended and spoke at that rally.

Links between the Democratic Party and the Mexican government - 04/22/06

Many Democratic politicians and pundits supported the recent illegal immigration marches, and some Democratic politicians appeared at some of the rallies or even helped organize some of them.

And, some other organizers of the rallies have various kinds of links to the government of Mexico.

While that's not enough to claim that the Democratic Party has direct links to the Mexican government, they are clearly part of the same network. And, that should be disturbing to the millions of more moderate members of that party.

Here are the current known links:

Democrats support "securing the border", UAVs - 12/28/05

The House "Homeland Security Democrats" have released a report (PDF file) taking the administration to task for their failures to secure the "homeland".

Racist liberals? Isn't that an oxymoron? - 01/19/05

Since most "liberals" would jump to defend the people who made the following quotes, is there any reason not to call those "liberals" what they are: racists?
MARIO OBLEDO - (1998 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and former head of Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund - MALDEF) "California is going to be a Mexican state, we are going to control all the institutions. If people don't like it they should leave."