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Monday, April 17, 2006

Waldo Benavidez

Liberals against immigration! Here's another reason to support comprehensive immigration reform:

Mr. Benavidez has spent most of his adult life working on behalf of the poor. For the last 25 years he has managed the community center and a food bank here on Denver's west side, where low-income families can get groceries. He marched for civil rights in the 1960's and relishes the memory of his first vote for president, for John F. Kennedy, in 1960.

But immigration's tangled implications have pushed him out of his comfortable old political box with its predictably liberal labels and causes. Supporting the poor in America, he said, now means shutting down the system that has created a flood of even poorer immigrants from Mexico...

Mr. Benavidez, whose ancestors have been in the West for 250 years, since the days of the Spanish empire, supports sealing the Mexican border, and is working for a proposed ballot proposition here in Colorado that would deny government social services to illegal immigrants.

He rails against multinational corporations that he says have rigged the political systems of the United States and Mexico to keep the border porous as a tool for suppressing wages and labor unions.

4 Comments:

Blogger samrocha said...

very interesting...

4/17/2006 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's another reason to support comprehensive immigration reform:

I really don't understand how your comment fits with the article.

To me, the article was about a Hispanic, who like myself, is against illegal immigration because it harms the poor. It depresses their wages and puts them in competition with illegals for social services. I did not see this guy putting forward any arguments that supported a "comprehensive" solution. He wanted the borders sealed and he sure was not calling for the importation of cheap guest worker labor or amnesty that would result in attracting more illegals either. Nothing in the article made "comprehensive" reform sound like a good idea.

I am a conservative Hispanic who resents the importation of poverty because no matter how hard they work, they don't contribute enough to the treasury to cover the cost of providing them with social services and I get taxed to make up the difference. The gentleman in this article was much more of a Hugo Chavez type who also wanted the border sealed because he realized that the relentless flow of an infinite supply of cheap labor made it impossible to improve labor conditions.

I'm glad to see I have something in common with a liberal Hispanic. It's time for a third party to represent the middleclass and the poor against the unholy alliance of big business and the far left who are pushing comprehensive immigration reform that for all practical purposes amounts to open borders and unlimited immigration.

4/17/2006 11:52 AM  
Blogger HispaniCon said...

My comment was a lame attempt at humor based on the logic that if an ultra-liberal like Mr. Benavidez is against the current proposals to reform immigration, he must be wrong.
Obviously, reasonable people from both the left and the right can disagree about the issue for similar reasons. I, like you, consider myself a Conservative Hispanic, but we don't see eye to eye on the immigration issue. Variety is the spice of life.

4/17/2006 5:35 PM  
Anonymous RandallFlagg said...

WHY didn't anyone tell me that you folks were going to march Thursday?! I coulda been there with ya.

4/27/2006 11:42 PM  

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