In late 2016, two children yelled “build the wall” at a Mexican-American driving an old pickup truck loaded with tree debris. After a few minutes, he realized why they did that.

What will it take to get the Latino community to take their seat at their own table and stop these comments? Historically, the Latino community, as a whole, doesn’t vote its strength.

The black community does. The Muslim community does. The white community does. We don’t, and no matter who the Democrats run, or what they run on, they just don’t vote. They leave votes on the floor accepting a seat at the Thanksgiving children table. It’s disappointing. It’s embarrassing. It’s lazy.

The Latino apologist claim the Democrats don’t reach out to them. They don’t recognize their needs. They don’t offer a ride to the polls. They have snappy sayings like “If we don’t vote, you don’t win,” and yet, they don’t vote.

This year we have no excuses. If there are problems with reaching out then take your seat at your table and discuss it. Until then, the Latino community needs to quit making excuses.

The community has good reason to vote. The current president and his party doesn’t reflect the values of the Latino community. We believe in family values — not family separation. We appreciate good jobs with fair pay. We want the ability to afford medical treatment for our sick children without having to declare bankruptcy. And we don’t appreciate the hatred directed at those who look like us.

The Republican Party has directed vile comments toward “illegal aliens,” those who have brown skin and who speak Spanish. They called them rapists, murderers and gang members. They have demonized the language calling for us to speak “Merican.” They make wild claims of terror babies and anchor babies, and when confronted, they use the excuse of “we are only talking about illegals.”

Well, those “illegals” look like us. They talk like us. They eat like us. These unnecessary, racist, attacks toward them rub off on us, and yet, we as a community, sit back and do nothing about it.

The members of the Republican Party continue to attack the Latinos for good reason. We don’t vote. We don’t hold them accountable. If we, as a united community, got off the couch, stood in line and voted, no candidate or elected official of either party would ever question our language, our heritage, or the color of our skin for fear of being run out of office.

If there was ever a time to take our seat at our own table — it is now. The hatred toward the Latino community must stop. The angry, racist, dog whistles turned into angry bullhorns must stop. And the only way to do this is to take what’s rightfully ours by exercising our right to vote, perform our duty, claim our seat at our table, and tell them to shut the hell up.

John Cobarruvias lives in Houston (Clear Lake).

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Claudia Burnam

Another one brainwashed! E G Wiley

Carlos Ponce

"The Republican Party has directed vile comments toward 'illegal aliens,' those who have brown skin and who speak Spanish. They called them rapists, murderers and gang members."
So John is saying no illegal alien is a rapist, a murder or a gang member? That is wrong. THERE ARE rapists, murderers and gang members among the illegal aliens. "And some, I suppose, are good people," as Trump would add.
"The 2011 GAO report is more of the same. The criminal histories of 251,000 criminal aliens showed that they had committed close to three million criminal offenses. Sixty-eight percent of those in federal prison and 66 percent of those in state prisons were from Mexico. Their offenses ranged from homicide and kidnapping to drugs, rape, burglary, and larceny."
https://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/immigration/327229-crimes-by-illegal-aliens-not-legal-immigrants-are-the-real
From "What the Media Won’t Tell You About Illegal Immigration and Criminal Activity"
https://www.heritage.org/immigration/commentary/what-the-media-wont-tell-you-about-illegal-immigration-and-criminal-activity
"Out of all of the arrests, 12 percent were for violent crimes such as murder, robbery, assault and sex-related crimes; 15 percent were for burglary, larceny, theft and property damage; 24 percent were for drug offenses; and the remaining offenses were for DUI, fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, weapons, immigration, and obstruction of justice."
Those who claim otherwise (like the CATO Institute) lump LEGAL and ILLEGAL immigrants together.
In a 2014 study "a professor from the University of Massachusetts, which is the only one cited in the [AP] article — combine the crime rates of both citizens and non-citizens, legal and illegal." His conclusion: “multiple studies have concluded that immigrants are less likely to commit crime than native-born U.S. citizens.” Now filter out those here LEGALLY, professor.
And John, not all illegal aliens are "Latino".

Don Schlessinger

He was on a roll, and you had to ruin it with facts CP.

Emile Pope

Total garbage. You accuse the author of saying something that he didn’t say and then use questionable sources to refute it. You also fail to mention that as a group undocumented immigrants not only commit far less crimes than citizens, but at a lower percentage. And the referral to a study implies, without a shred of evidence, that the percentage of crimes would go up if it only included undocumented immigrants. Where’s the proof filter guy? Trying to defend racist statements with questionable sources and innuendo falls flat when confronted with facts...

Carlos Ponce

The only thing questionable is Emile. The numbers are from the GAO - a government entity. Note they are from the time OBAMA was president.
"You also fail to mention that as a group undocumented immigrants not only commit far less crimes than citizens, but at a lower percentage."
HELLO, anybody there? Emile, if they weren't here in the first place those crimes would NEVER have been committed. A lower percentage? I pointed that out but they mix LEGAL with ILLEGAL.
The statements ARE NOT racist. They are facts. You want a racist statement? Here's one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjuNTBuE9qE

Emile Pope

You made the statement that the author said that no undocumented immigrants committed crimes. That was totally false. Please stick to what was actually written...

Emile Pope

And you imply that criminals are the majority of undocumented immigrants which is totally false. Facts please...

Carlos Ponce

The implication is all in your mind, Emile.

Carlos Ponce

"Please stick to what was actually written..."
I did.

Emile Pope

I did. You attributed a false position to the writer and attacked it instead of what he actually said...

Carlos Ponce

I addressed what he actually wrote, not your take on what he wrote.

Emile Pope

"So John is saying no illegal alien is a rapist, a murder or a gang member?" The writer never said that and you know it. But you said that he did and then spent time refuting something that you yourself wrote. Straw man arguments are useless against facts.

Carlos Ponce

I addressed what he actually wrote, not your take on what he wrote.

Emile Pope

Then show where he wrote it...exact line...

Kay Lowell

Totally agree with your statements.

Jarvis Buckley

John my neighbor is a Latino immigrant that entered our country legally. A good man who works hard every day. He became a U.S citizen
last year. He wore a smile for weeks.
I do know how he is going to vote in mid terms. I know he will vote.
He is a proud Mexican American & all his neighbor's are proud of him.

Jarvis Buckley

I meant to say I do not know how he's going to vote. Sorry.

Bailey Jones

Yes, everyone should vote. Texas ranks 5th from the bottom in voter participation. Latino American citizens are numerous enough to make this state into anything they want - if they just would. And for some reason, that scares "nationalists" to death.

Alan Waters

My wife is Latin and our two daughters married Latin men and we discuss these type of issues a lot. But one thing we all believe is:
1. If you believe you were born with the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
2. If you believe in equal rights, equal justice, and an equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, religion, creed, gender, age, disability, or sexual preference.
3. If you believe those providing assistance to individuals, who are unable to help themselves, should be family members, neighbors, religious organizations, and local social service agencies.
4. I you believe the government must practice strict financial responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
5. If you believe those in the military, keeping us safe at home and abroad, deserve our respect, adequate funding and appropriate care for service related health issues.
6. If you believe it is your right and responsibility to protect your self, your family, and your home.

YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN!

The vast majority of Latins have an incredible family value system, work hard and long and want to support their families and not want a handout, want to support their community and build a strong environment that they can succeed in. They have just been told they are Democrat since they were young but are now starting to see the strong division between their beliefs and this party.

Emile Pope

No you're not. Just making a bunch of statements and implying that the other party is against them without offering any proof is blatantly misleading. Tell me of trump's moral character. Just ask his three wives and various mistresses and pornstars he's paid off. Republicans want to cut off health insurance, Medicare and medicare. How Christian is that?

Carlos Ponce

"Tell me of trump's moral character. Just ask his three wives and various mistresses and pornstars he's paid off." That's obfuscation but many Hispanic men would think, if true, "Aye, que macho!"[cool]

Emile Pope

So you're saying that Hispanic men admire immortality?

Emile Pope

I remember the huge support trump got from the Hispanic community...What a laugh...

Carlos Ponce

Not a laugh.....a start.
"Trump Did Better With Blacks, Hispanics Than Romney in '12: Exit Polls"
https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-election-day/trump-did-better-blacks-hispanics-romney-12-exit-polls-n681386
Liberal pundits thought Trump would get NO votes from the Hispanic community - now THAT'S a laugh.[beam]

Emile Pope

More made up garbage. Who thought that trump would get no Hispanic votes?

Carlos Ponce

Liberals hoped Trump would get no Hispanic votes. Among them are Ana Navarro on CNN.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utbklGyGXwE

Emile Pope

"Liberals hoped Trump would get NO Hispanic votes. Among them are Ana Navarro on CNN." Totally false. Your own link doesn't even say that She said that it would be historically low, not that he would not get any. Shame when your own proof goes against you...

Carlos Ponce

Emile, she was hoping for no votes for Trump from anybody. Get real!

Cary Semar

That's too long. Here is the short version. If you believe that there are too many "bad" people and they should all be killed or imprisoned, YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN!

Carlos Ponce

No Cary, if you believe in a secure border that allows documented people to enter this country LEGALLY then you are a Republican.
Mexico offered them asylum, jobs, medical treatment, etc. Some accepted, most did not. That tells me their motives are questionable.
Liberal news outlets only show the women and children in the caravan. Mexican officials say 70% of them are working age males. Interviews reveal many once lived in the United States but were deported for reasons other than illegal entry. Once wants to return after charged with attempted murder in the United States. Let him in? I say no.

George Croix

Ya think crap like that will back anybody down, Cary??
[beam][rolleyes][whistling]
C'moonnn......You're better than that.....
Besides, it's the left that's been calling for dead cops, and for physical confrontation, and won't even let opposing ideas speak without protests or interruptions....or, doid you forget....?[beam][beam][wink]

Carlos Ponce

"Texas ranks 5th from the bottom in voter participation."
According to
https://247wallst.com/special-report/2018/09/24/states-with-the-highest-voter-turnout-3/2/
Texas ranks 5th from the bottom. But what criterion is being used?
"24/7 Wall St. reviewed U.S. Census Bureau data to determine the states with the highest and lowest voter participation rates in 2016. To identify the states with the highest and lowest voter turnout rates, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of voting-age citizens in each state who cast a ballot in the 2016 presidential election."
It states "2016 voter turnout: 55.4%" for Texas. But a Texas Website lists Texas 2016 presidential election turnout at 59.39%. Still low but higher than the figures that list Texas "5th from the bottom".
https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/historical/70-92.shtml
Problem is 24/7 Wall St. ranked Texas by taking the number who actually voted as a percentage of the total number of voting age citizens. Not all register.
Why not? Some have a criminal record which prohibit them from voting. Some don't want to be included in the jury pool. Some have moved and forgot to register. Some choose not to register because they're not interested. It's all the same to them. Can't force them to register. Can't force someone to vote.
Who has the highest percentage according to 24/7 Wall St. ?
Maine with a 2016 voter turnout: 72.7%.
Now compare populations Texas 21.77 million,
1. Maine 1.29 million
2. Wisconsin 5.44 million
3. Colorado 4.5 million
4. New Hampshire 1.34 million
5. Minnesota 5.01 million
Look at big population states
37. Florida 21.31 million 2016 voter turnout 59.5%
41. California 35.11 million 2016 voter turnout: 57.9%
43. New York 19.9 million 2016 voter turnout: 57.2%
46. Texas 21.77 million 2016 voter turnout: 55.4% or 59.39% (based on registered voters)
Looks like larger states have a mores diverse population and lower voter turnout.

Kelly Willis

It’s sad that the writer of this opinion piece is in the group that still thinks democrats are there to help him instead of use him for votes. All of my Latino friends are Republicans because they know and understand that coming here and expecting to vote for the same things they wanted in Mexico would just turn this country into Mexico and they don’t want that. They knew they had to change their way of thinking to keep this country from NOT turning into another Mexico. Funny but my other legal immigrant friends from the Middle East all say the same thing. They’ve all said “there’s nowhere else to go if the US goes the way of socialism!” They all voted for Trump.

Emile Pope

He certainly knows what group is out to harm him. Hateful rhetoric, outright lies, separating parents from their children and putting their children in cages and losing track of them?? !!! Sometimes what you do speaks so loudly that people can't hear what you say...

Carlos Ponce

"....separating parents from their children and putting their children in cages and losing track of them??" That happened under President Obama. Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar documented the "cages" in 2014. Not much came of it. The pictures were republished during the Trump administration and mis-attributed to the current situation. There are still many misinformed who think the "cage" pictures happened during the current administration.
"Hateful rhetoric, outright lies......" is just propaganda. No truth.

Emile Pope

trump changed the policy so that all asylum seekers were charged with a crime and had their children taken away. trump personally did that. And trying to blame President Obama or anyone else is pure fiction...

Carlos Ponce

More lies. The immigration officials FOLLOWED THE LAW as written and followed judicial decrees. there was NO REWRITE.

Paul Hyatt

It is hard to believe that there is someone so out of touch with reality as you seem to be....

George Croix

If there was ever a time to learn what the meaning of 'illegal' is — it is now.

Anyone not bright enough to know to should worry more about a seat in a classroom to learn the meaning.
Anyone dishonest enough to not care might want to reconsider telling others to shut up.

George Croix

ps:

This is the United States of America...ALL legal newcomers, or legal residents who keep putting it off, should assimilate. For that matter, a lot of citizens should do the same....stop 'resisting' being part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.
The United States grew strong from it's variety of people with their distinct abilities and heritages SHARING A COMMON VISION AND GOAL for a land of opportunity, not importing all the reasons they left where they were in the first place, or some idiotic check mark on a PC diversity chart...

There WAS one good laugh in this article.
Wild claims about anchor babies?
Are you kidding?
Ain't happening, huh?
Taxpayers are getting popped for hundreds of millions, or more, for maternity care and delivery for illegals every year. Do you claim that's not factual?
And that's a drop in the bucket compared to schools costs, medical care, etc....

And if you SUPPORT illegals, then you are just as much a part of the problem as they are.....if not more, by enabling.............

Kelly Naschke

Emile....you are great for a good laugh. You are so out of touch, it’s hysterical. Keep it up! Guys like you are what is energizing the right..,,and you don’t even know it. Classic!!

Claudia Burnam

Ditto, Kelly, Ditto. E G Wiley

Gary Miller

Six years I worked in a crew that was one white, two blacks and 13 Legal citizen Latinos. I learned legal Latino's wanted illegal immigration stopped totally. All the crew were convinced Illegals were driving wages down and crime rates up. 13 of the crew were Republican voters who hated Democrats calling them "lazy wet backs". I found them to be loyal friends, hard workers and better citizens than any Democrat. I suspect the writer of this story was employed by someone in the MSM to write it.

Emile Pope

Soros? Laughable...

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