Ask a Mexican on Ron Paul ☀
My family for six generations have been born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. Everyone speaks Spanish most of the time. Right now, almost every Republican in the state is trying to get redistricting to the finish line to cut out the bumper crop of Mexican-American candidates from coming up. They passed voter-ID laws recently, and you begin to get the idea after a few citizen deportations to Mexico that the Texan Republican legislature doesn’t really like us.
Ron Paul has gotten some trace traction with Puerto Ricans and Florida Hispanics recently. That doesn’t fix the fact that all his homies in Texas who have voted for him every year hate local Hispanics. His rhetoric sounds good sometimes because it seems so constitutional. Can you take a quick look at his immigration and border policies and tell me what kind of mess it would make (or not) for a Mexican-American to pick Ron Paul, much less anyone, in the GOP?
I actually know more than a few Mexicans who are Ron Paul supporters (shout-out to P. Sergio!) because — as I’ve noted many times before — Mexicans are natural libertarians: want the government out of their lives, hate the drug war, and love money. But when it comes to the issue of immigration, Paul is two tacos short of a combo plate. For a man who believes in open commerce, he wants to severely regulate immigration. For someone who believes in people being able to determine their own lives free of governmental diktat, he doesn’t support the DREAM Act and wants to repeal birthright citizenship. For someone so right-on about America’s imperial wars, he’d have America’s military patrol the U.S-Mexico border. That Ron Paul’s immigration policy is basically no different than that of his Republican colleagues in the face of an otherwise-impressive policy platform is costing him millions of Mexi votes and is the biggest disappointment a liberty-loving Mexican has faced since the Mexican national soccer team.
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