President Obama on GOP Debates: “We’ll Just Run Those in a Loop on Univision and Telemundo”

In a roundtable session for selected members of the US Latino media this week, President Obama acknowledged that the current tone of recent GOP debates is helping the President's 2012 reelection bid.

As reported on Univision News, President Obama discussed how best he could win the Latino vote next year. Even with unprecendented support for his 2008 victory from US Latinos, the President has lost some of the Latino electoral love the last few years, especially in the area of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). President Obama had promised in 2008 that he would make CIR a top priority of his Administration. Currently, the idea of a new CIR law passing in Congress is but a pipe dream.

Add to the fact that current GOP candidates won't even mention CIR at the risk of being labeled a "Amnestyialist" and their immigration rhetoric has turned off many Latino voters who were seriously looking for an alternative to President Obama, it is clear that the US Latino vote is still very much up for grabs—so much so, that this growing group could be the difference maker in 2012.

“I don’t think it requires us to go negative in the sense of us running a bunch of ads that are false, or character assassinations,” Obama told Univision News. “It will be based on facts … We may just run clips of the Republican debates verbatim. We won’t even comment on them, we’ll just run those in a loop on Univision and Telemundo, and people can make up their own minds.”

Obama's comments seem a bit strange to us, since it speaks to a lack of understanding of the complex US Latino vote. The President showed a little lack of education when it comes to US Latinos, so we would like to offer him a few points:

  • Latinos actually watch other channels besides Univision and Telemundo. They actually watch English-language shows and read English-language newspapers, too. In fact, you would think the President would kind of gotten that, given the fact that Univision News is Univision's English-language news site.
  • Replace "Univision and Telemundo" with "BET" and replace Obama with, well, any GOP candidate. Do you think a comment like that would not have been pounced upon by the mainstream media for its suggestion of being stereotypical and insensitive? Why does the President not face the same criticism?

So, Mr. President, we understand what you were trying to say, but the next time, remember that of the estimated 54 million US Latinos, not all of us speak Spanish, not all of us are bilingual, and not all of us speak English. It might be better to remind yourself that the US Latino is complex and not monolithic. Kind of like the rest of the United States.

Gingrich Supports Controversial South Carolina Immigration Law

Newt Gingrich's latest backpedal takes place in South Carolina where he strongly supported the tough anti-Latino Arizona-like anti-immigration law. The 

new law requires proof of legal U.S. residency from anyone who is arrested or pulled over by police.

Gingrich stated, "South Carolinians have actually passed a law that I think is a pretty reasonable law – that basically says if you pull somebody over for legitimate reasons, you can ask them whether or not they're a citizen." He goes on to say "This is the opposite of sanctuary states. Think of it as enforcement society rather than a sanctuary society."  After watching police officers pepper spray, beat and unlawfully manhandle peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters, one would think we are already living in a enforcement society. 

In another not so surprising statement, Gingrich said,  "Here's a simple way to pin it: President Obama sided with Mexico. I will side with South Carolina." 

If anyone had any doubt that these anti-immigration laws racially profiled, the proof is in Newt's latest statement. He reestablished his stance on Tea Party extremism and confirmed these anti-immigration laws are nothing more than anti-Latino racist laws stamped with the Republican party's approval. 

Last Night on @TheDailyShow: “Pepper Spray is America’s New Car Horn”

So, The Daily Show took a week off, but last night it came back strong, especially with the Pepper Spray segment.

Yup, Jon Stewart was able to connect it all: #OWS, #UCDavis, #BlackFriday. Enjoy.

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Democrats Launch with New Romney 4-Minute Flip-Flop Ad

This weekend, the Democratic National Committee laid down the gauntlet when it comes to GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Just like when President Bush and the Republicans were quick to label Senator John Kerry as a flip-flopper, it is quite clear that President Obama and the Democrats are going the flip-flop route with the former Massachusetts governor.

Here is the video. A little bit early to release it, no? And talk about OUCH: bringing out Reagan? OUch.

Gingrich Campaign Tries to Pull a Fast One on Romney and Immigration

Sure, the Newt Gingrich campaign is right. The video below did indeed happen.

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This is what Mitt Romney said in 2007 on Meet the Press:

And if that is all Romney said, you would think that he is supporting an amnesty-like solution to the estimated 14 million undocumented in the United States. But in fact, if the Gingrich campaign played the whole clip, this is what you would have heard Romney saying:

"My own view is, consistent with what you saw in the Lowell Sun, that those people who had come here illegally and are in this country, the 12 million or so that are here illegally, should be able to sign up for permanent residency or citizenship, but they should not be given a special pathway, a special guarantee that all of them get to stay here for the rest of their lives merely by virtue of having come here illegally, and that, I think, is the great flaw in the final bill that came forward from the Senate."

So, in essence, even though Romney is known for his flipping and flopping, he has been fairly consistent when he comes to immigration. Although he now wants to build a fence. Why not. And the day after the GOP debate, Romney expanded on this stance at an campaign stop in Iowa:

"My view is that people who come here illegally should not have a special break or a special pathway to become permanent residents or citizens of this country," Romney said Wednesday during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa. 

"They should be in line or at the back of the line with other people who want to come here illegally," he added, as first reported by ABC News.

Gingrich’s Immigration Comments Draw Anger from GOP “Immigration” Groups

This week at the GOP Debate, frontrunner Newt Gingrich made it a point to stand out from the rest of the pack when the topic of immigration came up. As Gingrich said then: ""I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families. And I'm prepared to take the heat for saying, let's be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship, but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families."

This led to a debate with Mitt Romney, who tried to distance himself from Gingrich's comments and provide a differente perspective.

Gingrich's comments had the political blogosphere was buzzing yesterday, as many wondered if Gingrich's strategy would put hime on the top of the list among US Latino conservative voters. Maybe so, but it is clear that Gingrich's conservative armor has been dinked by the very same base that initially has supported him.

Case in point: here is an email from the Mississippi Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement  that was sent to supporters on Thanksgiving morning. (FYI: Boldface text is from original email)

MS Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement

To Promote and Preserve National Sovereignty

A message to all members of MS Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement


Gingrich's Leadership in 1996 Helped Ensure that Illegal Aliens Could Sink Deeper Roots in the U.S.

The mainstream news media is filled with awe that Newt Gingrich showed some "compassion" for illegal aliens in this week's GOP presidential debate. A look at his record while in Congress shows this is nothing new.

In fact, Gingrich's leadership in Congress is one of the reasons we have so many illegal aliens today who have been able to stay in this country for 25 years.

That's the supreme irony of Gingrich's pro-amnesty remarks in last night's debate. The man who helped ensure that illegal aliens from the 1980s and 1990s are still here in 2011 asked voters last night to consider the inhumanity of making illegal aliens leave this country after they have sunk such long roots here.

If, while Speaker of the House in the 1990s, Gingrich had shown any leadership in stopping illegal immigration, there would be very few illegal aliens still here from the 1980s and 1990s because they wouldn't have been able to hold payroll jobs.

Nobody pushed him last night to take a pro-amnesty stand. He volunteered it! By focusing on long-term illegal aliens, he took a big risk that the media spotlight (or at least the internet and talk radio spotlight) would shine on his long-term record with those illegal aliens.

What the spotlight will find is that Gingrich worked with Big Business lobbyists to make sure that employers could continue to hire illegal workers, and thus sink roots that would be used by pro-amnesty politicians to justify legalizing them today.

We hear the same arguments from the National Council of La Raza, from the ACLU, from the National Immigration Forum — all of them cite the lack of past enforcement (which they impeded at every turn) as having allowed illegal aliens to sink such long roots that it would be unjust to make them go home now.

Gingrich reaffirmed his support for some legalizations several times last night. Here is his first comment:

"If you've been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you've been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don't think we're going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out."
– Newt Gingrich

He went on to indicate that he would give them permanent legal residency and permanent work permits, but not U.S. citizenship. He and his supporters in the media say it isn't amnesty if the illegal aliens don't get citizenship. I suppose that is supposed to make the unemployed American who is left without a job feel better.


The political stars were in alignment in 1995-96 when the bi-partisan U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (appointed by the Senate and the House, and chaired by Barbara Jordan) issued its recommendations to protect vulnerable American workers. The immigration subcommittees of both House and Senate quickly presented legislation to carry out the recommendations to cut legal immigration in half and to stop illegal immigration, primarily by removing the jobs magnet.

As Speaker of the House, Gingrich was in the pivotal position to help Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Smith push through the 1996 comprehensive bill that set up the verification program that eventually was named "E-Verify."

The Commission had found that illegal immigration was booming in the 10 years since the 1986 blanket amnesty because illegal aliens had found it was still easy to obtain and keep U.S. jobs.

What did Speaker Gingrich do?

Those of us involved in that fight know that we were constantly and desperately seeking support from Gingrich which didn't come.

Instead, Gingrich tried to kill the new job verification system entirely. Fortunately, the killer amendment he supported failed. No thanks to Gingrich, we have an E-Verify system today.

But the E-Verify system is entirely VOLUNTARY today because of another House vote which Gingrich won. That vote was to make sure that the verification system would NOT be MANDATORY for employers.

The nation's Big Business lobbies deemed it essential that employers maintain the ability to cheat the paper verification system and hire illegal workers. Speaker Gingrich saw to it that the ability continued.

I am heartsick every time I think of that lost opportunity in 1996. If Speaker Gingrich had thrown his considerable talents and power behind the bi-partisan recommendations and supported Lamar Smith, most of the illegal aliens who arrived since then would not have bothered. And most of the illegal aliens who arrived before 1996 — with less than 10 years of roots in this country — would have gone back home.

Illegal immigration would not be topic of the 2012 Presidential debates.

And we would not be in a nationwide fight right now to support Rep. Lamar Smith once again (this time as chair of the Judiciary Committee) in yet another attempt to pass a mandatory verification bill (H.R. 2885). Nor would we see states across the country passing their own immigration enforcement laws — because the number of illegal aliens would be so small.


NumbersUSA is the nation's top source on records of Members of Congress on immigration since 1989.

Here's the link to our report card on Gingrich's activities on 10 areas of immigration issues:

You will see that he got excellent grades on Border issues and on denying taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens.

But he was terrible on everything else.

On the issue of amnesty, Gingrich acknowledged last night that he voted for the 1986 blanket amnesty which he says was a failure.

But during the 1990s, he showed no signs of learning from the 1986 amnesty failure. Congress passed several more smaller amnesties during the 1990s, primarily hiding them in other bills. Although we find only one instance of Gingrich casting a vote on those amnesties (in favor), we find no sign of Gingrich ever working against them or using his Speakership to stop them.

Despite that record, NumbersUSA earlier upgraded Gingrich's Presidential Grade Card rating on amnesty from "Bad" to "Unhelpful" based on public statements this year. We have been prepared to improve his ratings further if he makes more specific promises.

Our Presidential ratings are not tied totally to past records. What we are most interested in are public promises made during the campaign. Hardly any candidates have totally clean hands on the immigration issue in the past. Nearly all of them have favored corporate lobbyists and foreign workers over American workers and taxpayers at some time. But some have made dramatic improvements in their stances.


Gingrich appeared to taunt Primary voters with the idea that they would lack compassion if they didn't agree with giving some kind of legalization to long-term illegal aliens. It was a bold move on his part, given than he is well aware that Texas Gov. Rick Perry plummeted in the polls after a debate comment that people have no compassion if they don't agree with in-state tuition for young illegal aliens.

Perhaps Gingrich will retreat under attack and note that he was talking about a tiny sliver of the population. After all, how many illegal aliens with families have been here 25 years or more? Not many. Does this mean he wouldn't give his legalization to illegal aliens who have been here 15 years? Or 24 years? Where's the cut-off?

I hope Gingrich does retreat. But his reference to a Krieble Foundation proposal suggests that he is thinking about far more than just 25-year illegal aliens.

"The Krieble Foundation has a very good red card program that says you get to be legal, but you don't get a pass to citizenship. And so there's a way to ultimately end up with a country where there's no more illegality, but you haven't automatically given amnesty to anyone."
– Newt Gingrich

Krieble has been peddling this idea for years. You may remember conservative darling Rep. Mike Pence from Indiana who a few years ago proposed a type of amnesty that knocked him off his pedestal. That proposal came from Krieble.

Basically, Krieble believes the country has huge labor shortage issues and that the reason we have so many illegal aliens is that we don't provide enough legal ways for foreign workers to get here.

Krieble would allow most illegal aliens to get work visas with various rules, but not citizenship that would allow them to vote for Democrats.

Here's the promotional page for the red cards:

Michelle Bachmann in the debate kept calling Gingrich's proposal an amnesty for most of the 11 million illegal aliens. Gingrich kept protesting that he wasn't talking about everybody. But his reference to Krieble raises big doubts.

The CNN moderator pressed Mitt Romney more than once to acknowledge that Gingrich was right to show compassion to his narrowly defined group of church-going illegal aliens.

Romney maintained a consistency he has shown through all the debates of rejecting any talk of amnesty now.

"Look, amnesty is a magnet. What when we have had in the past, programs that have said that if people who come here illegally are going to get to stay illegally for the rest of their life, that's going to only encourage more people to come here illegally."
– Mitt Romney

Pressed further if he was saying that Gingrich's compassion is really about amnesty, Romney responded:

"There's no question. But to say that we're going to say to the people who have come here illegally that now you're all going to get to stay or some large number are going to get to stay and become permanent residents of the United States, that will only encourage more people to do the same thing. People respond to incentives. And if you can become a permanent resident of the United States by coming here illegally, you'll do so."
– Romney

But wouldn't you let the family-loving, church-going illegal aliens who have been here 25 years stay, Romney was asked again.

"I'm not going to start drawing lines here about who gets to stay and who gets to go. The principle is that we are not going to have an amnesty system that says that people who come here illegally get to stay for the rest of their life in this country legally."
– Romney

Romney went on to say that it was inappropriate in a debate to be sending signals to illegal aliens that certain of them should be rewarded for breaking the law.

Nonetheless, Romney and all the rest of the candidates failed to make the point that the reason illegal immigration must be reversed is to protect American workers and taxpayers.

That void led to a bunch of careless comments by Romney, Santorum and Gingrich about the country's need for highly-skilled immigrants — indicating that they haven't looked at the unemployment rates for under-30 college grads, or that they don't care.

And that leads to the worst part of Gingrich's attempt to distinguish himself from the other candidates last night. He has rarely acknowledged that immigration policy has any effect on American workers.

To be fair, Gingrich has a mixed record on illegal immigration (despite the terrible blot on his E-Verify record described above). Dr. James Edwards, who wrote a book on the 1996 legislative battle, agrees with my assessment of Gingrich on matters of workplace verification. However, Edwards says that in the Conference Committee where Gingrich was wrestling with the White House, he stood his ground and kept the Clinton Administration from stripping out a number of non-workplace-related enforcement measures against illegal immigration.

In fact, Gingrich earlier this year came out in support of mandatory E-Verify. We have changed his Presidential E-Verify rating from "Abysmal" to "Excellent."

But if Gingrich is going to use some Krieble-type legalization to give most current illegal aliens work permits — and if he is going to greatly expand guestworker programs for even more foreign workers — mandatory E-Verify would not end up protecting many jobs for Americans.

During the 1990s on immigration issues, Gingrich represented the interests of the national Republican Establishment. That Establishment was fully behind the Bush amnesty attempts in 2006 and 2007. And that Republican Establishment is advising Republican congressional leaders and candidates today to stay away from anything that would like the bi-partisan immigration legislation of 1996 that would make immigration policy serve the needs and interests of Americans — especially the most vulnerable of Americans.

Gingrich's salvo looks like an appeal for the Republican Establishment's support with hopes that the grassroots won't punish him.

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One True Act of Patriotism: Our #OWS Interview with Shysti

San Diego-based music producer and veterano in the Latino Rap  scene, Jesse Perez (aka Shysti) has always been known to speak his mind. With his latest video ONE TRUE ACT OF PATRIOTISM, he is not shy about speaking about the situation happening on Wall Street.

We had a chance to talk with him about #OWS and his new video.

People and media have described the #occupywallst movement as a bunch of hippies, bored college students, pampered kids protesting about nothing, what is your view on the matter? 
The problem lies in the question itself…the “media” is largely controlled/owned by the same corporations who stand to lose if the demands of the Occupy movement are met. For example, the worst of the “media” outlets, Fox News, is owned by News Corp., a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ. It is the world’s second-largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue. Rupert Murdoch owns a controlling share of the stock. Recent news has shown how corrupt and sleazy he and his companies have been for years. NBC is owned by NBCUniversal Media LLC. General Electric and Comcast own that. GE CURRENTLY PAYS $0 IN TAXES AND IS THE MOST POWERFUL CORP IN THE U.S. CBS is owned by National Amusements, who own and control Viacom, Sumner Redstone etc. major corporations who have freely practiced in the financial manipulation of our government decisions will stand to lose power and money if the truth about the Occupy movement ever really gets heard enough to bring change and justice to the people.

So the short answer is…lol…fuck the media’s portrayal of the protestors. The protestors  (at least the ones in the U.S. Occupy demonstrations) are all Americans and they deserve to be heard. The media is part of the problem. People are people and no one life deserves more than any other. Keith Olberman is tight though…he is one true patriot among the bad. I love his show, Countdown.


What does the #occupywallst movement mean to you?

To me, the movement is a sort of affirmation. It feels good to know that people are starting to wake up to the injustices and standing up for themselves. I have been speaking, writing and rapping about some of this stuff for years and now that it is being voiced by the masses…its a great feeling to know I wasn’t crazy. Or maybe I am crazy, but I am not alone.

We saw that you and your mother were handing out food to the people involved in the #occupysd movement. Are you still currently involved? what is currently happening in San Diego?

Yeah, I’m so thankful for my loving family raising me to always do what is right. My mom and my girlfriend and I have been buying food and cooking it up and taking it down to the San Diego protestors/Occupiers. Much love to my sister in law as well for donating all the food one day…and to everyone else who is donating food, supplies, blankets, etc. The movement is strong down here. The occupiers were forced to take down their tents last week. Now they are camping at Balboa Park…a few blocks from the home base of the occupation, the Civic Center downtown. From the new camp, they are still marching daily to downtown and holding down the Civic Center. There is about 300 people camping and the crowd grows to about 1,500 during marches. They march daily. Its a beautiful thing. I am still very involved and so is everyone in my family, whether its cooking or putting in money or going down there to hand out food and supplies. I am getting some local restaurants to donate food as well. You have to feed an army. It takes lots of support and lots of people…handling all aspects…to sustain a revolution.


Tell us about ONE TRUE ACT OF PATRIOTISM, where did the inspiration for this song come from?

The inspiration for the song came from the Occupy Wall Street images and videos. Before the San Diego movement sprung into action and Occupy became an international movement, I felt like I needed to do something…to do my part and contribute in some way. I think music is a great way to spread a message and people who may not listen to a speech or read a book or an article, may be moved enough by a 3 minute song to really do more and get involved. The courage and spirit of the Occupy Wall Street protestors was very moving to me. They stopped complaining and started doing something about it. The arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge were a game-changer and I think that sparked the world to get involved.

You talk about many topics in this song,  from police brutality, to corporate greed and immigration what do you plan to accomplish by making this video?

I put images and video to the song to make it a bit more clear to the listener. If the words don’t get you, maybe the images will…or maybe a mix of the two. Some people are more visual and others stimulated by what they hear, so I wanted to reach everyone with this song. It almost has 2k views now and its been a little over a week. Since I put it up on youtube. If I reached a handful of people, I am happy and I did my job. Hopefully it reaches and moves more, but I am happy already. All I wanted to accomplish was to help the movement spread the word.

Is there anything you are currently working on?

Besides changing the world one YouTube view at a time? Just kidding. I wish. Well I am working on music (as always) as that is my career. I am a producer and a songwriter and I make a living placing music. I was inspired to write some more politically charged songs. I will be sharing them soon.

How can people get a hold of you and hear more of your work?

Well, there are a few other videos (just images to music) of mine on the same YouTube channel. The channel is ShystiNation. Subscribe to it so you can stay up on my new music and videos. I will keep promoting FREE access to my music because I want the messages to spread more than anything. That’s more important than money to me.

For more information about Shysti please follow him on twitter @shystimusic and dont forget to take a listen to his powerful music on his youtube channel

Now watch his video ONE TRUE ACT OF PATRIOTISM below. We Rebeldes salute you for your great work!


Raw Undercover Video Footage Confirms that “Low Priority” Undocumented Still Being Detained

From YouTube:

Jonathan and Isaac, both DREAM Act eligible youth, test out Obama's new policy about detaining and deporting "low priority" immigrants. Both now find themselves in the Basile Detention Center in Louisiana. Help us bring them home for the holidays.

Tequila Party Founder García Blase Accused of Harassing Radio Guests

The political saga of Tequila Party founder and former head of Somos Republicans Dee Dee García Blase continued this weekend as Arizona's The Lou Show followed up with information that García Blase had letters sent by lawyers to radio guests who had shared opinions about her recent actions.

This is a segment from the show.

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The Lou Show from Arizona Interviews Pearce Recall Architect Randy Parraz

This weekend, The Lou Show out of Arizona interviewed Randy Parraz of Citizens for a Better Arizona, the organization that led the historic efforts to recall Republican State Senator and SB1070 proponent Russell Pearce.

Here is the segment from the show.

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