Something Republicans Just Need to Learn

By Thomas Martin Salazar

Growing up my father (a Mexican national) taught me the importance of having three basic priorities that should govern my life. These priorities were to always place God first, family second, and work/school third above everything else. After the spanking the Republicans  received this last election day, it seems as if we as a party could benefit from considering these priorities, especially when it comes to the family.  I understand that not every Hispanic person is the same, nor is every Mexican American for that matter. But I do believe that these priorities are important and relatable to the Hispanic and Latino community. While the GOP tends to do a great job at defending religious liberty and is the most active in the defense of the unborn, it seems to neglect one of the most important priorities – family and fails miserably at communicating the third – work/education.

If Republicans wish to gain back the support of the Latino vote, especially that of the Mexican Americans in many southwestern states, then we need to end the rhetorical attacks on their families. Hispanics are not going to vote for any candidate whom they  think is going to deport their abuelita or go after their parents, husbands or wives.  They also will not support candidates of a party who want to end birthright citizenship. If we are to be the party of family values which I believe we are, then we must let go of our rhetoric and reach out in good faith to work towards some form of immigration reform just as George W. Bush tried to do. Conservatives seem to think and fear that Hispanics are inherently liberal. I disagree. The Democratic party does not hold our values; but neither do they pander to the immigration enforcement only crowd as republicans tend to do. I am not calling for open borders or lax enforcement. I am suggesting that we use our enforcement resources on the border and go after the criminals and the cartels, meanwhile, finding a humane way to keep families united and help build a better future for America and the Republican Party. When the Republicans finally embrace pro-family policies and cease the rhetoric that has been perceived as anti-Hispanic, then the door will be opened for further dialogue.

After we reach out in good faith, then we, as a party, must communicate better toward Hispanics and Latinos in general. We need candidates and organized groups to reach out and educate them on economic issues. Both employment and education are top priorities for many Hispanics, but if they do not see the connection from the policy played out in their daily lives, then we are failing to communicate.  Republicans must do a better job at explaining how raising tax rates and continued deficit spending will negatively impact them. While at the same time, Republicans need to articulately respond with fiscally sound economic policies that will lead to economic growth and rising incomes. Moreover, we need to defend the free market and explain how it is their inherent right as human beings, created by God, to choose how to spend and use their money. Republicans should also educate Hispanic voters on  the myriads of federal regulations and taxes that are inhibiting his or her ability to freely choose, by decreasing growth and upward mobility.

Furthermore,  we need to work harder at  defending educational choice for parents. We have an over regulated education system that sends billions of dollars to bureaucrats in the Department of Education, while spending on students and their classrooms  are both neglected. Moreover, Republicans can defiantly win on the issue of school choice. School choice is not a federal program; it is the right for parents to have the choice whether to send their children to public, private or charter schools or even homeschool if they wish. Parents should be afforded all options because each child learns differently and no one size fits all federal education program will meet those needs. We must oppose federal one size fits all cookie cutter educational standards and move  towards state rights  and parental rights. Education is a pivotal issue for each and every Hispanic mother and father. This goal will be hindered if  we do not reach out and clearly articulate to Hispanic voters our educational polices.

Thus, we must do better at articulating our values to the Hispanic and in particular  the Mexican American community. I do believe this goal is attainable and I am optimistic.  Just recently, conservative talk show host, Sean Hannity, came out in favor for immigration reform and the Speaker of the House,  John Boehner, said he is “confident”  that the Republican congress can reach a deal on an immigration reform bill. Again, we are the ones who need to reach out in good faith and restart the dialogue. Therefore, I pray that the GOP will heed these words and consider the three top priorities of this frustrated Republican: God, family, and work/education. If we do anything less, failure is inevitable.

Editors note: as with all blog postings that appear with a by-line, the opinions presented are the author’s and not necessarily the positions of Cafe Con Leche Republicans.

Thomas Martin Salazar is an Arizona leader of the Café con Leche Republicans. Thomas was born and raised in Arizona. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Grand Canyon University and is currently working on obtaining a MDiv in Biblical Communication from Phoenix Seminary. Thomas has also served as the Grand Canyon University College Republicans Vice President and interim President (February 2007-April 2008) and as a Maricopa County Republican Precinct committeeman (August 2009 – August 2012).


Comments

  1. The best comprehensive immigration reform is to eliminate all welfare programs including mandates on private organizations (including health care) for everyone which will make immigrants a net asset to people in this country. There would be no drain on America’s resources since new immigrants would increase wealth by providing labor. Perhaps require sponsors for new immigrants without substantial assets or education. Couple that with routine health screens to prevent diseases from other countries not common in the US and you have a pretty decent program for legal immigration. The usual restrictions on those deemed security risks or having criminal records would, of course, remain in place.

    As for citizenship, all immigrants should have to pass citizenship tests in English both in writing and verbally (with allowances for those with disabilities). In fact, even natural born US citizens should have to pass such a test in order to be allowed to vote (with a retest at least every 10 years). As a consequence, the requirement to print election material in languages other than English would be dropped.

    If we had these reforms, I would happily support an open immigration policy.

    Is there anyone else who would support this set of reforms?

    Since these reforms are very unlikely to be supported by many people and have almost no chance of being enacted, I think we need to stick with an enforcement first policy. There has never been a serious, comprehensive attempt at enforcement; it should be tried before we just give into lawlessness.

    As for family values, deporting entire families together would satisfy the requirement of keeping them together, but, of course, that’s not what open borders people want. Family values is not really a legitimate issue with respect to this problem. In fact, we could say that any criminal who is separated from his/her family by being put in prison is contrary to family values because we are not keeping the families together. Plus, what about the family values of those legitimately waiting in line to join their families while others flout the law?

    • Cafe Con Leche says

      Hunter, perhaps you should study the subject matter before commenting.

      First of all, since 1996 new immigrants with less than five years of residency have not been eligible for federally funded welfare benefits, and even before 1996 were half as likely to apply than U.S. citizens. Since 1996 family based immigrants already need their sponsor to pledge their assets to supporting the new immigrant.

      In order to become a naturalized citizen, one has to pass a citizenship test in ENGLISH.

      • Then why do we have election material in languages other than English?

        • Cafe Con Leche says

          Ballots aren’t just candidate selections but propositions, constitutional amendments, etc. too.

          • So, if every citizen is supposed to be able to speak and read English, why does ANY part of the ballot have to be in a language other than English?

            You didn’t answer the question, you just tried to deflect it.

      • When illegal aliens get treated in an emergency room and don’t pay, they are being supported by people who actually pay for medical care.

        • Cafe Con Leche says

          It’s the same thing when an uninsured citizen or legal immigrant uses the emergency room. Credible studies I’ve read say immigrants use emergency rooms and other health services less. From the Kaiser Commission:

          Non-citizens are significantly less likely to use the emergency room than citizens. Even though non-citizens have poorer access to care and receive less primary care than citizens, they are significantly less likely than citizens to use the emergency room. Some 13% of adult non-citizens report an emergency room visit in the past year compared to 20% of citizens. Further, communities with low rates of emergency department use tend to have much higher concentrations of non-citizens than areas with high rates of emergency room use.

          • How do you accurately measure illegal activity? What if an illegal alien has a fake ID? Will that person be counted as a legal resident or an illegal alien?

      • Illegal aliens often get fake IDs which can be used to obtain welfare benefits. True, they are not legally eligible for the benefits, but they are not legally entitled to work either. The illegal aliens are here illegally, so why would we suppose they are obeying laws relating to welfare eligibility? What part of illegal don’t you understand?

        • Cafe Con Leche says

          Welfare applications get a lot more scrutiny than employment. Employers who don’t use e-verify in particular don’t often detect fake IDs. Welfare agencies, however, are required to check applicants, and most use a DHS database, SAVE.

          Before 1996 lawful permanent residents with less than five years of residency were eligible for welfare, and participated at rates equal to citizens. However, since twice as many legal immigrants are poor, they actually were half as likely to apply when eligible.

          In 1996, there were widespread claims that welfare was a magnet attracting immigrants, and so Congress passed a law barring legal immigrants from welfare for five years. This myth persists today. Welfare is an unpopular program, and politicians and anti-any-immigrant groups gain attention by constantly repeating this myth.

      • Perhaps you should do some research. The federal government promotes welfare programs to recent immigrants.

        http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/18/homeland-security-promotes-welfare-to-new-immigrants-in-government-welcome-materials/

        • Cafe Con Leche says

          Unless legal immigrants have five years of residency, they are ineligible for federally funded welfare benefits.

          Family based immigrants also cannot get an immigrant visa (green card) unless a family member has sufficient incomes and/or assets and signs an affidavit of support promising to support the new immigrant and to payback the cost of welfare benefits if the new immigrant receives benefits. This has been the law since 1996. Welfare to unauthorized immigrants has been law long before 1996.

          Numerous audits of state welfare rolls have failed to find unauthorized immigrants receiving welfare. This is a popular myth promoted by anti-any-immigrant groups. Welfare is already popular among taxpayers, even more so if you push their hot buttons by telling them the lie that immigrants come here to collect welfare.

          • Did you look at the web site? While state welfare might not be provided, Medicaid, SSI, and food stamps are apparently provided (perhaps in violation of the law). Obama is not big on following laws he doesn’t like. Plus, the government employees running those programs have an incentive to not check eligibility too carefully because the more government handouts, the more work for them.

  2. How typical of the empty (and false) rhetoric of the Café con Reconquisa Crowd that all fault & shame belongs to US because we won’t silently get into line to climb into the amnesty boxcars. Horsepucky!

    Republicans don’t care about Family? Horsepucky. Which party has been fighting for the sanctity of the family, defending traditional marriage, fighting for the sanctity of babies and the old, sick & retarded? It’s the Republicans, not the dimocrat gay-“marriage” Party of Death.

    Republicans don’t care about education? Horsepucky! Which party has been fighting for school choice, educational standards, teacher merit, transparency in spending, non-union control of the curriculum, God in the classroom. It’s the Republicans, not the dimocrat party of two mommies, two daddies and Planned Parentthood writing outlines for the NEA, lowering standards so even the illegals can get through and leaving the Americans uneducated too.

    Republicans just want to deport Granny? Horsepucky! Republicans want to maintain our long-standing history (pre-obamao) as a nation of Judeo-Christian law & heritage. Republicans (conservatives, that is) want the illegal aliens – and that’s what they are, not “undocumented guest workers” – to go back to the home country and apply for admission, like the law says, in a process that worked very well for a long time. If an illegal alien is caught and deported, it is HIS ChOICE to break up his family or to take everyone along. It is not US telling him that his family members can’t go along!

    The Hispanic community (& note their bellringers do not consider themselves part of the American population) votes dimocrat because they get the American handouts from them, and because they are the ones pushing the Big Plum – AMNESTY. All gifts to the illegals, and for free. Except they are not free. Republicans (they are the ones with the jobs, paying the taxes) pay for them.

    No the fault isn’t with the GOP. It’s with the hypocritical Hispanic spokes-dimocrats who are betraying the culture and morality of their own heritage for their own cheap moment in the limelight. Shame on them!

    God bless America.

  3. How typical of the empty (and false) rhetoric of the Café con Reconquisa Crowd that all fault & shame belongs to US because we won’t silently get into line to climb into the amnesty boxcars. Horsepucky!

    Republicans don’t care about Family? Horsepucky. Which party has been fighting for the sanctity of the family, defending traditional marriage, fighting for the sanctity of babies and the old, sick & retarded? It’s the Republicans, not the dimocrat gay-“marriage” Party of Death.

    Republicans don’t care about education? Horsepucky! Which party has been fighting for school choice, educational standards, teacher merit, transparency in spending, non-union control of the curriculum, God in the classroom. It’s the Republicans, not the dimocrat party of two mommies, two daddies and Planned Parentthood writing outlines for the NEA, lowering standards so even the illegals can get through and leaving the Americans uneducated too.

    Republicans just want to deport Granny? Horsepucky! Republicans want to maintain our long-standing history (pre-obamao) as a nation of Judeo-Christian law & heritage. Republicans (conservatives, that is) want the illegal aliens – and that’s what they are, not “undocumented guest workers” – to go back to the home country and apply for admission, like the law says, in a process that worked very well for a long time. If an illegal alien is caught and deported, it is HIS ChOICE to break up his family or to take everyone along. It is not US telling him that his family members can’t go along!

    The Hispanic community (& note their bellringers do not consider themselves part of the American population) votes dimocrat because they get the American handouts from them, and because they are the ones pushing the Big Plum – AMNESTY. All gifts to the illegals, and for free. Except they are not free. Republicans (they are the ones with the jobs, paying the taxes) pay for them. Even with Amnesty, hispanics will vote for the Party of Santa Claus.

    No the fault isn’t with the GOP. It’s with the hypocritical Hispanic spokes-dimocrats who are betraying the culture and morality of their own heritage for their own cheap moment in the limelight. Shame on them!

    God bless America.

  4. How typical of the empty (and false) rhetoric of the Café con Reconquisa Crowd that all fault & shame belongs to US because we won’t silently get into line to climb into the amnesty boxcars. Horsepucky!

    Republicans don’t care about Family? Horsepucky. Which party has been fighting for the sanctity of the family, defending traditional marriage, fighting for the sanctity of babies and the old, sick & retarded? It’s the Republicans, not the dimocrat gay-“marriage” Party of Death.

    Republicans don’t care about education? Horsepucky! Which party has been fighting for school choice, educational standards, teacher merit, transparency in spending, non-union control of the curriculum, God in the classroom. It’s the Republicans, not the dimocrat party of two mommies, two daddies and Planned Parentthood writing outlines for the NEA, lowering standards so even the illegals can get through and leaving the Americans uneducated too.

    Republicans just want to deport Granny? Horsepucky! Republicans want to maintain our long-standing history (pre-obamao) as a nation of Judeo-Christian law & heritage. Republicans (conservatives, that is) want the illegal aliens – and that’s what they are, not “undocumented guest workers” – to go back to the home country and apply for admission, like the law says, in a process that worked very well for a long time. If an illegal alien is caught and deported, it is HIS ChOICE to break up his family or to take everyone along. It is not US telling him that his family members can’t go along!

    The Hispanic community (& note their bellringers do not consider themselves part of the American population) votes dimocrat because they get the American handouts from them, and because they are the ones pushing the Big Plum – AMNESTY. “All gifts to the illegals, and for free.” Except they are not free. Republicans (they are the ones with the jobs, paying the taxes) pay for them. Even with Amnesty, hispanics will vote for the Party of Santa Claus.

    No the fault isn’t with the GOP. It’s with the hypocritical Hispanic spokes-dimocrats who are betraying the culture and morality of their own heritage for their own cheap moment in the limelight. They are the ones who should be leading their people to the GOP. Shame on them!

    God bless America.

  5. Jill Arizona says

    Why don’t we listen to a group that is actually a credible voice for Latinos in Arizona…
    “Pandering to a particular minority or group is actually hurting America as an identity!” – via latinogop.org
    http://latinogop.org/pandering-to-a-particular-minority-or-group-is-actually-hurting-america-as-an-identity

  6. This is so much Bull S__T. In other words give the criminals amnesty. We Republicans have tried for years to get School choice passed, that you can get a better quality education. God, God has always been first in our lives, but the hispanics having Illigitimate kid aftetr Illigitimate kid sure does not have God frist in their lives. And please tell me is God first when you criminals break the Law? Or is family first when you sneak across the border and drag a child with you? Is education first when you refuse to assimilate, want to be taught in Spanish, learn a bastardized form of Mexican history to form your own interpitation of what happened when America Bought the land you sold to us, and was generous enought to pay you twice?

    You are a bunch of ungrateful interlopers, who have voted illegally to allow a Communist/Marxist in office, you fools it is going to be exactly like the third world Country you came from. Too ignorant to change your way of life in your country.

    • Cafe Con Leche says

      Thank you for sharing your opinion with us. If we ever get around to deporting ugly Americans, you shall occupy an honored position at the head of the list.

  7. Carola Romero says

    I am an American, first and foremost, with both my parents being born in Mexico. All of my family, whom are all of Mexican decent, are against granting any form of citizenship to illegal immigrants. I am not for destroying families which is not what enforcing immigration laws is about. The ones who have chosen to destroy their families are those who came here illegally knowing that the possibility of deportation or imprisonment was very high. Yes, I understand many came to better their lives but yet, they chose to break the law. No other country grants amnesty to illegals why should we? We have our own citizens and legally residents to worry about, provide them with jobs and opportunities to succeed. We have hundreds of thousands of people who obeyed our laws and did things the right way. My uncle is one for example. He was here on a work visa and when it expired, although it hurt him very much to have to leave this country which he loves, he chose to obey the law and return to Mexico. Republicans can grant amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants, we will still not get their vote. They have the mentality of entitlements, of dependency. They come here now for the free handouts. Yes, the majority of Mexicans are social conservative but that wont matter to them. If they bishops and priests could not convince half of Catholics to vote pro-life, what makes us think ganting amnesty will gain us those hispanic votes?

    • Cafe Con Leche says

      So you believe we can enforce our way to a working immigration system? Do the math. We have the capacity to deport approximately 400,000 immigrants per year, which includes legal immigrants convicted of felonies. We have 11 million unauthorized immigrants. Assuming no additional come, it would take 27.5 years to deport 11 million, ripping apart millions of mixed-status families in the process, and perhaps handing the Democrats a permanent lock on the presidency.

      I’m ‘all ears’ for practical solutions, but enforcement-only isn’t a solution.

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