Monday, August 23, 2010

Linda Chavez-Thompson

Utah readers here can't vote for her, but they'll wish they could. This is how Democratic state candidates should be talking about immigration. 

From: Linda Chavez-Thompson
Date: August 23, 2010
To: Jason Williams
Subject: Terror babies, ¡por favor!

Linda Chavez-Thompson for Lieutenant Governor


If calling American children "anchor babies" wasn't already fear-mongering, Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle took the debate to a new level of crazy with her theory of "terror babies."

Repeating a second-hand story to CNN's Anderson Copper, Riddle explained a nefarious international conspiracy by immigrants to cross the border illegally, while pregnant, to give birth without insurance, to then cross the border back again, so that 21 years later they can send their child back again to do us harm.

As I explained last Friday in my keynote speech at the Southwest Voter Registration & Education Project gala in San Antonio, I'm left to conclude that Debbie Riddle was either never pregnant … never waited in line to cross the border … or at the very least, never flew on a plane with a toddler.

But in all seriousness, I realize those who share Debbie Riddle's views must simply be scared to death when they look around and see people who look different than them.

As we all try to move up the ladder, the easy thing to do is to separate ourselves from those lower down.

And that brings me to my real point, which isn't about Debbie Riddle at all, but about Willie Velazquez, the founder of Southwest Voter, who chose a more courageous path.

Willie's legacy is a reminder that yes, we are our brother's keeper.

I took advantage of the opportunity with my keynote speech to speak out for the hotel workers there at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio who have faced intimidation in their efforts to join the union UNITE HERE.

I ask you to take a moment to reflect on how you're continuing Willie's legacy.

Today, there are those who have spread fear from the immigration debate to the health care debate to the debate over public school funding.

These times call for courage.  However you choose to keep Willie's legacy alive, I say from the bottom of my heart, "gracias."

Un abrazo,

Linda Chavez-Thompson

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