Today, CA Assemblyman Tom Donnelley's office released a press release (To download PDF of the Press release Click here ), announcing a rally at the Capitol on Monday, April 4th at 2 PM on the steps of the Capitol in support of his Assembly Bill 26, the Secure Immigration and Enforcement Act (otherwise known as SEIA) modeled after the Arizona Law.
In the press release, Donnelly says "We need every freedom-loving citizen to show up on Monday, April 4th at 2 PM on the steps of the Capitol to support my Assembly Bill 26,..." Well, this freedom lover thinks not!]
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Tue, March 29th, 2011In August 2009, I wrote a column for Fox & Hounds entitled "Reach out, Republicans, or lose!"
In that article, I wrote that California Republicans can yell and scream all they want on the issues of taxes, socialize medicine, and corporate bailouts. But unless the California Republican Party is able to persuade significant numbers of Latinos, Asians and other people of color to register in their party and/or vote for their candidates, it will not elect a governor or any statewide official in 2010 and could very well lose additional seats in congress and the state legislature.
..."Maria Elena Durazo, the head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, heard this noise too and had the Federation conduct six focus groups composed of registered Latino voters who had cast ballots in the 2008 presidential election but did not always vote in gubernatorial election years...the number one issue on the minds of the overwhelming majority of those Latino voters was the Arizona anti-immigration bill. In fact, more focus-group participants knew the number of the Arizona bill - SB1070 - than the names of California's two major candidates for governor.
And the issue was NOT illegal immigration, which is what most non-Latino observers believe, but racial profiling. The fear that Latinos as a group will be "singled out" by law enforcement, schools, stores and employers because of their skin color.
In other words, the fear of racism. And the political party Latinos most identified with support of the Arizona law is the Republican Party. And this fear could lead to some serious losses for Republicans in 2012."
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