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Ruben Navarrette supports lowering U.S. wages to global levels - 11/27/09

Ruben Navarrette offers a "Special to CNN" called "U.S. workers can't hide from competition" [1] which can be summarized thusly: "suck it up, American workers! You have no right not to have your wages fall to Bangladeshi levels".

He discusses Luis Gutierrez' bogus "hire Americans first" provision, and says:

Ruben Navarrette smears, misleads about Lou Dobbs (Enrique Morones almost co-writer) - 11/17/09

Ruben Navarrette of the San Diego Union Tribune offers an anti-Lou Dobbs editorial (, which includes this in the middle:

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Nazi card against opponents of the massive illegal activity he supports - 06/18/09

Ruben Navarrette recounts a recent meeting that Arnold Schwarzenegger held with the San Diego Union Tribune editorial board (link), during which California's corrupt governor said this about those who, unlike him, oppose massive illegal immigration:

"And what we have to do is, we always have to fight that because it's in all of us - prejudice... So what we have to do, since we have a certain level of intelligence, is to look at this and ask, 'Where does this lead when we go and blame certain people?' ...I come from Germany... So I'm a little bit more sensitive about it because it's led to atrocities and all kinds of crimes that were committed just because there were people who fell for it, and they pointed at the Jews, that this is the problem with the economy going down and all those kinds of things. And there were people blamed who were hardworking like everyone else, Germans like everyone else, but they were blamed, and the next thing you know, they were all being executed."

Schwarzenegger is completely, absolutely corrupt and beyond disreputable; no further comment should be necessary, aside from the suggestion that, since he still has Austrian citizenship he should return there instead of continuing to make California even worse.

He also continued to promote illegal activity, talked down to his (nominal) employers, and continued to use a strawman argument:

"I understand the way people think," Schwarzenegger said. "And I don't blame them for the limited amount of information they have. But I think it's very important that we always correct (misinformation) and talk about how the reality works. Because when you get asked, 'Isn't it the illegal immigrants who caused this budget problem and this budget mess and why we have a $24 billion budget crisis?' you've got to go and tell people, 'That is not so.' "

Actually, Schwarzenegger is trying to fool people who have a limited amount of information. Those who are familiar with this topic realize just what sort of a corrupt hack he is. He's also engaging in a strawman argument, pretending that his opponents claim that all of California's woes are due to illegal immigration. In fact, most or all of his opponents correctly realize that illegal immigration has played a major role in those problems. Not only does it increase spending, but it gives more power to the far-left. The far-left - people such as Gil Cedillo or Fabian Nunez and many others - then used their additional power to push for more spending.

Juan Hernandez: McCain wishes he could have pushed my agenda (and, Ruben Navarrette is soft on divided loyalties) - 12/07/08

Ruben Navarrette writes about John McCain's Hispanic outreach director Juan Hernandez, a dual citizen (U.S.-Mexico) with clearly divided loyalties who's a former cabinet-level official with the Mexican government. In Navarrette's creative re-telling of McCain's loss (link), he could have won if McCain's advisors had only let him be himself. I.e., by supporting Hernandez' agenda.
"I remember a conference call with GOP leaders from Nevada, after McCain had become the nominee," Hernandez told me recently. "I heard them telling McCain on the conference call, 'Well, we still need some reassurance that you are conservative enough.' I mean, he's already the candidate, and they still want assurances? What are they going to do?"

Hernandez recalled that there were "hundreds of calls" during the primary campaign from local GOP officials asking that McCain come out and state that he was against immigration reform.
At this point it's worth recalling that McCain lost. If he had vigorously come out against "reform" - and had meant it, and had vigorously attacked the Democrats - he might have won due to the fact that the Democrats are extremely vulnerable on this issue. McCain, of course, is too corrupt and too poor of a campaigner to have attacked them over the issue, so that's a moot point.
...At times, Hernandez said, McCain or some senior staff member would give an order to reach out to Hispanics, only to have it fall through the cracks and never happen. Not everyone, it seems, bought into the importance of Hispanic outreach. At one point, in the spring, Hernandez went to see McCain and tried to quit.
Rather than taking an advantage to say good riddance to bad rubbish, McCain - of course - did the opposite:
"And to my surprise, he embraced me. And he wouldn't stop embracing me. He said, 'Juan, you have no idea how important it is to me for you to be on this campaign. They keep doing this to me in so many areas.'"

...What did McCain mean, "They keep doing this to me"? I think it's obvious. He was talking about how some Republicans wanted to make him into something he wasn't. They should have let McCain be McCain. Which is what Juan Hernandez spent months trying to get them to do.
It's pretty clear that McCain knew all about Hernandez and, when he was asked about him he just played dumb, with a touch of confusing racism with opposition to someone with clearly divided loyalties. Speaking of which, Navarrette just doesn't seem to understand why anyone would oppose a former cabinet-level official with a foreign government doing outreach of a U.S. presidential candidate:
For what some see as his divided loyalties, he has taken his share of criticism. Personally, I think this is one of the things that drew McCain to him. As with Sen. Joe Lieberman or Sen. Lindsey Graham, McCain finds kinship with those who have weathered the storm and still stick to their principles.
In the case of Hernandez, those principles basically boil down to helping the Mexican government.

Judy Bachrach/Vanity Fair smears Lou Dobbs - 08/08/08

Freelance writer and Vanity Fair contributor Judy Bachrach offers a smear of Lou Dobbs in "Lou Doubts" ( It's yet another example of the illegal activity-supporting establishment trying to reduce his influence in order to profit from illegal activity in one way or another.

Vicente Fox "Revolution of Hope" co-author: Bush-linked Rob Allyn - 10/13/07

The co-author of Vicente Fox's book "Revolution of Hope" - which he's currently on tour promoting - is none other than Mexico's very own bought-and-paid-for propagandist, Rob Allyn. In 2005 he was paid $720,000 by the Mexican government to help show their side of massive immigration from that country.

National Council of La Raza won't denounce Elvira Arellano (Ruben Navarrette) - 08/26/07

Even Ruben Navarrette - someone brazen enough to write a column defending his friend and Mexico's propagandist Rob Allyn - doesn't support the case of Elvira Arellano.

Laugh: Cynthia Tucker wins Pulitzer Prize for Commentary - 04/16/07

Cynthia Tucker isn't the worst commentator on immigration matters, and that's only partly because she mostly comments on other things.

Ramos/Compean: who's on the Bush administration's side? - 02/08/07

I have a feeling that it won't be too very long before even more truth comes out about the case of the two Border Patrol agents (Ramos/Compean) who strongly appear to have been railroaded by their own government. So, let's take a look at the short, select list of some of those who've supported the Bush administration's side of things:

Ruben Navarrette, disingenuous race-baiter - 08/09/06

The San Diego Union-Tribune's Ruben Navarrette Jr. offers a disingenuous, race-baiting hit piece on U.S. Rep.

Dave Montgomery of KRT on Rob Allyn, Mexico's propagandist - 01/28/06

Knight-Ridder's Dave Montgomery offers a very standard sketch of Rob Allyn, the Dallas PR consultant who's been hired to spread Mexican propaganda in the U.S.: "Mexico hires public relations firm to improve its image in U.S."

There is absolutely nothing new about Allyn in this article, but if you aren't familiar with his story check it out.

Ruben Navarrette Jr. defends his friend, Rob Allyn - 01/04/06

I'm not surprised to learn that San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a friend of Rob Allyn, the Dallas PR consultant who's been hired to spread Mexican propaganda in the U.S.

...Mexican President Vicente Fox tapped my friend, Dallas-based political consultant Rob Allyn, to be Mexico's goodwill ambassador...

Ruben Navarrette Jr. or Vicente Fox? - 10/20/05

The column "A city about to change colors" (signonsandiego . com/news/op-ed/navarrette/20051019-9999-lz1e19navar.html) says it was written by San Diego Union-Tribute editorialist Ruben Navarrette Jr., but it reads like it was written by Vicente Fox.

"Immigrants find a friend in The Governator" - 10/06/04

From Ruben Navarrette of the Dallas Morning News:

...Americans shouldn't be going out of their way to accommodate illegal immigrants - or when you really get down to it, those Americans who employ them - by making life in the United States comfortable for people who shouldn't be here.

I'm not sure all immigrants get that. After Schwarzenegger's veto, a television news crew for a Spanish-language network descended on the streets of Los Angeles to gauge public reaction.