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Friday, July 2, 2010

It's time for the voices of reason to prevail

To me, President Obama's speech was a convergence of principle and politics. The president's support for immigration reform has never been in question. Only the timing and priority of the issue have been a problem for most Latinos. Obama's support among Latinos dipped after he stated two months ago "there may not be an appetite immediately" for immigration reform. With an eye on the upcoming elections, Obama understands the importance of the Latino vote in key states. Also, the president is aware that, while most Americans say they favor Arizona's SB1070, most also believe there should be a rational path to accepting the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Given these circumstances, the timing of the speech is not surprising. The announcement was a calculated political move. We would be naive to think otherwise.

Regardless of Obama's motivation, those who support immigration reform must rally behind the president. In a land quickly losing ground to bigotry, it's time for the voices of reason to prevail.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bigotry? YOU are the voice of bigotry. YOU are the one whose works are, literally, blood-soaked. YOU are the one who conjuring imaginary atrocities as a pre-text to real ones.

Whites -- a diverse lot you conflate with "Anglos" -- are, somehow, unique in that they have no right to expect their laws to be obeyed?

No right to object when their treasure is used to preach self-loathing to their own children, and stir up spite against them amongst their peers?

YOU are a serpent, and YOU -- and all who repeat YOUR lies -- must be expelled.

That is justice.