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More Republican Racism

February 20th, 2007 | by Ken Grandlund |

In the second time in as many weeks, a major Republican policy maker has exposed the racist underpinnings of the Bush Administration regarding immigrants who come to America.

On Feb. 8th, Karl Rove addressed a group of Republican women at a luncheon wherein he described the rationale behind the president’s open-borders proposal by saying, “I don’t want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas.”

Follow that with a statement made by Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff speaking to reporters while visiting in Mexico last Friday where he tries to explain the goals of US immigration policy:

“Every time a Border Patrol officer is transporting a load of future housekeepers and landscapers to someplace to be returned, he’s not looking for drug dealers or drug loads,” Chertoff said.

So, according to Rove and now Chertoff, and by extension presumably the president, vice-president, their republican allies in Congress and their supporters across the nation, immigrants, and especially those whose skin is brown, are needed to create a servile caste of new citizens. Apparently, according to the Republican party, immigrants, and especially non-white immigrants, are only capable of menial labor oriented tasks like picking crops, washing dishes, changing diapers and cleaning rooms. And further, those who are not coming for low skill labor jobs are either drug dealers or drug lords.

Another classic example of ‘compassionate conservatism’ at work here folks. What year is it again?

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  1. 13 Responses to “More Republican Racism”

  2. By tos on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply

    So maybe saying it wasn’t the right thing to say but let’s face it they ain’t coming here to pursue a medical career. Why do you always leave out the word “illegal” conveniently?

    Drug dealers don’t come through the border illegally either?

    Being most of the “illegal” immigrants come here illegally by way of the Mexican border I guess it would be safe to assume they are non-white.

  3. By ken grandlund on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply

    I don’t mention ‘illegal’ because neither Rove or Chertoff called them illegal either, because they are trying to make it so they are not illegal at all. I have written before on ilelgal immigration and do not support people coming into this country illegally. That said, the Republican party wants to open the doors to everyone who will do low wage work and serve their rich friends.

    Where immigrants cross doesn’t make them illegal, just how they enter the country. There are likely hundreds of thousands of white illegal immigrants here too. But the references to them being needed for low paying manual labor just aren’t there. Thus, the racist tone of the comments.

    And for the record, many people do in fact come here to learn high skilled jobs like medicine and science, both legally and illegally. Your assumption that any illegal immigrant wants to come to America to change diapers or pick fruit is a bit racist in itself, don’t you think?

    Wanting people to follow the laws is not racist, unless you only expect it of one group.

    Telling people they’ll make great weed pickers and bed makers implies racism simply be omitting the vast array of skills people who come here may already have.

  4. By tos on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply

    So I guess it’s anyone who wants to come here legally or illegally so long as they aren’t raping the system. Oh wait they already are.

  5. By ken grandlund on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply

    really tos, I’m not sure what point you are trying to make. I posted about repeated republican racist comments directed towards hispanics and other “brown skinned” people being used to justify their immigration proposals (you know the ones that open the border and offer amnesty to those already in country).

    My point is twofold- (1) that the comments are racist because they relegate an entire group of people (not illegals, just brown skins) to subservient labor tasks, and (2) that not wanting to do low skill labor or having your kids do those jobs does not make for good federal policy in and of itself.

  6. By Jersey McJones on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply

    And Chertoff makes a great point - if we had realistic immigration quotas from Mexico, the border patrol could focus on the real bad guys as opposed to just the brown skinned workers the anti-immigrant crowd hates.


  7. By ken grandlund on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply

    Sure, and if we actually had sane drug laws on the books, we could stop wasting tax dollars chasing pot pushers too.

    And Jersey, please note that there is a difference between anti-immigrant (xenophobic types) and anti-ILLEGAL immigration (people who just want immigrants to follow the rules).

  8. By SteveIL on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply


    And Jersey, please note that there is a difference between anti-immigrant (xenophobic types) and anti-ILLEGAL immigration (people who just want immigrants to follow the rules).

    I’m glad you recognize those of us who are part of the latter group.  However, I would remind you that the Republicans in Congress who believe the same way are being called racists and whatnot, because they don’t want the Wall Streeters to keep profiting from cheap labor (bad for all Americans), nor do they want a justification for an expansion or creation of federal programs (Medicare, Medicaid, “National Health Hillary-Care”; also bad for America) because of all the poor laborers the Democrats could insure and get votes from.  In fact, these Republicans have called for existing laws to be enforced, such as those that punish employers who hire illegal aliens or those who knowingly house them.

    I can see Rove as being a stupid racist, and Chertoff being stupid in what he says, but you can’t tell me Democrats are any less racist or stupid when they don’t do even try to get the border secured, for votes, then pull out the race card whenever someone says the border does have to be secured.

    Personally, I think Chertoff is a disaster as Homeland Security Secretary.  Especially in light of the travesty regarding Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos.

  9. By Jersey McJones on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply


    “…please note that there is a difference between anti-immigrant (xenophobic types) and anti-ILLEGAL immigration (people who just want immigrants to follow the rules).”

    Where the twain meet is where most of them are.

    Chertoff is right - you anti “illegal” alien types are to blame for the influx of drugs into America from Mexico. 

    And these immigrants wouldn’t be such cheap labor if they were legalized.  You goofy cons are getting played on this non-issue, like so many other of your goofy non-issues.


  10. By ken grandlund on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply

    Yes SteveIL, I do recognize there is a difference, and while JMJ thinks that the two are fairly close in mind, I don’t agree. But hey- we’re a democracy, right?

    I posted on the Ramos and Compean story last August when I first heard of it, and yes, it is a travesty. What makes it even worse now then when I first wrote on it is that a lot of ‘official’ statements used to convict these guys have been revealed to be lies by those who uttered them first. There is something very stinky about that whole ordeal, and even worse, Bush hasn’t the balls to admit his administrations mistakes and get these guys out of jail. Of course, jailing them goes part and parcel with his open borders plan, as their conviction has sent chills through the BP causing agents to question whether the should actually do their job.

    I also agree that there is too much politicizing about immigration. The laws in place should be enforced- meaning go after the employers first, enforce the borders properly, and deport any illegal aliens who have committed crimes in the US. If there truly is a shortage of workers, after all available Americans have been given an opportunity to work them at a fair wage, then we begin to import workers legally.

    I have no problem with immigration. I have a problem with illegal immigration. If the laws are broken, fix them, If not, enforce them. Most of the rest of the world gets that.


  11. By SteveIL on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply

    I’d like to add one more to this.  While some Republicans seem to be racist and stupid, it seems that some Republicans are just stupid.

  12. By ken grandlund on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply

    Yes…I was just reading that somewhere else…way to keep protecting America NRCC.

  13. By SteveIL on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply


    I also heard that the admitted drug dealer was offered amnesty to testify against these two agents.

    You know, one of the problems with all of this is I don’t want to kick out the illegals; but, I do believe it should be made clear that they shouldn’t be given a reason to stay here if employers, renters, and city governments wouldn’t be allowed to do what they to make it attractive to come here illegally.  Of course, it would be nice if our own elected officials would tell Mexican government officials to piss off when they make demands like this and this.

  14. By Stephanie on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply

    I’d love to see the situation get fixed. That means enforcing the rules and figuring out a way for the needed workers to come across legally. It’s not an easy fix since the problem has become as big as it is, and lots of people won’t be happy about it.

    I can’t help but think of all the people who say they can’t find work. So many mean they can’t find the level of work they dream of. I’m of the school of thought that any honest work is better than none.

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