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Ron Paul is two tacos short of a combo plate

Dear Mexican: Six generations of my family have been born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. Everyone speaks Spanish most of the time. Right now, almost every Republican in the state is trying to get redistricting to the finish line to cut out the bumper crop of Mexican-American candidates from coming up. They passed voter-ID laws recently, and you begin to get the idea after a few citizen deportations to Mexico that the Texan Republican legislature doesn't really like us.

Ron Paul has gotten some trace traction with Puerto Ricans and Florida Hispanics recently. That doesn't fix the fact that all of his homies in Texas who have voted for him every year hate local Hispanics. His rhetoric sounds good sometimes because it seems so constitutional. Can you take a quick look at his immigration and border policies and tell me what kind of mess it would make (or not) for a Mexican-American to pick Ron Paul, much less anyone, in the GOP?

Valley Vato

Dear Wab: I actually know more than a few Mexicans who are Ron Paul supporters (shout-out to P. Sergio!) because — as I've noted many times before — Mexicans are natural libertarians: They want the government out of their lives, hate the drug war and love money. But when it comes to the issue of immigration, Paul is two tacos short of a combo plate. For a man who believes in open commerce, he wants to severely regulate immigration. For someone who believes in people being able to determine their own lives free of governmental diktat, he doesn't support the DREAM Act and wants to repeal birthright citizenship. For someone so right-on about America's imperial wars, he'd have America's military patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. That Ron Paul's immigration policy is basically no different than that of his Republican colleagues in the face of an otherwise impressive policy platform is costing him millions of Mexi votes and is the biggest disappointment a liberty-loving Mexican has faced since the Mexican national soccer team.

Dear Mexican: Unlike many gabachas living in Tucson, I love living in a bilingual city and am trying to learn to speak better Spanish. Because of this, I am watching a lot of Spanish-language television. My problem? I am a science-fiction nerd. Although I enjoy the novelas, horror movies and game shows, I haven't found any good science-fiction shows to watch. I see lots of Mexicans at comic book/sci-fi cons and movies, and superhero and Star Wars cosplay seems popular with the kids, so the genre must have enough fans to support some programs. Where can I look for Spanish shows with spaceships and lots of pew-pew-pew?

Where No Gabacha Has Gone Before

Dear Gabacha: Gracias for reminding us that normal gabachos live in Tucson and that the city isn't composed of spree killers and Know Nothings who ban Mexican-American studies and books by Sherman Alexie from schoolchildren lest Mexi kids learn and shit. As for your query: I take it you haven't mined the canon of Santo, the legendary silver-masked wrestler? He fought diabolical brains, evil brains and plain ol' invading Martians when not fending off vampire women and other horror tropes. There was a chingón 2008 indie movie, Sleep Dealer, that was like Blade Runner meets Born in East LA, and UCLA had a film retrospective of Mexican sci-fi from the 1950s a couple of years ago. But the greatest example of Mexican sci-fi, as you noted, is the Star Wars galaxy: I'll leave people with the examples of Chuy Baca and Arturito and leave ustedes to divine the rest!

 
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norman binkier
norman binkier

i believe Dr. Paul said that ins was inefficient.

more bodies on the border should also include restructuring INS to expediate the process of immigration. people that are here illegally, im sure, most were transported like cattle and under the care of gun toting polleros. others take their chances by dashing across the border. not a really nice way to come here at all. for those who come or are planning to come to the U.S.because of freedom and liberty i warn you. day by day were are losing what you seek. the lack of what you seek is why we have an illegal immigration issue.

im voting for Dr. Paul 2012.

slozt
slozt

I dont get the correlation between small government, birthright citizenship, and the DREAM act. the United States are sovereign lands, and don't have the obligation to subsidize illegal immigration. These programs only incentivize illegal immigration, and give unfair advantages to illegals who broke the law. It has nothing to do with Ron Paul's message of limited government, as hes only enforcing and protecting the law.

revere_paul
revere_paul

Sorry guys...Ask yourself this important question... Was the FIRST thing I did when I got here AGAINST THE LAW? If the answer to that question is yes...then go home...and do it right... Your character is in question here...cause you are a CRIMINAL...not good citizen material wouldn't you think? Or in your community it is OK to act like that? The dream act would reward bad behavior...not good for US. See our point? Probably not, if you are a criminal...you don't care...that's why you should leave...that's why some people don't like you...bad values... of course maybe it was Dad's fault...big problem...take it up with him on your way home....watch the karate kid...good character will be rewarded...you'll get to come back...you won't have to join the military...people will like you (in colorado) not texas, that is just too much to ask....damn wish I would have learned how to punctuate...where do all the comas go? is chili the first hamburger helper? should I use green chilies or jalipenos? If the answer is no...WELCOME...teach me some spanish...not those words, I already know those words...I was thinking something along the lines of Shakira song lyrics...

Dan Bear
Dan Bear

It should also be noted that by ending the Drug War in the US, he would be ending the Drug War in Mexico.

SethK
SethK

Wow, the descendants of murderous thieves argueing over which of their languages they should discuss their stolen inheritance in. Amazing lack of perspective.

 
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