A poll released last week by NBC/WSJ/Telemundo showed that Latinos prefer to see a Democrat-controlled Congress over a Republican one by a 2 to 1 margin, even while being frustrated with Washington as a whole. That’s no surprise considering the intolerant rhetoric coming from the Right Wing about immigration.
One need only to look at the last few weeks to appreciate the tenor of rhetoric coming from the GOP and its allies:
- Sen. Ted Cruz came out with a new website and online video incorrectly linking the crisis of unaccompanied minors at the southern border with Obama’s executive order deferring deportation for DREAMers, and claimed that the lack of a secure border is the “fundamental cause” of the problem while displaying an image of someone climbing over the border fence.
- Dan Stein, president of the anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform, said on the radio that immigration will cause the United States to collapse like Iraq did.
- Pat Buchanan claimed that immigrants pose a greater threat to the U.S. than ISIS.
- Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly said that immigrants will destroy America because they are “not accustomed to our ideas of self-government and limited government.”
- Minuteman Project’s Jim Gilchrist was on the Daily Show earlier this month and when asked about sending child refugees back to dangerous situations said, “we’re all going to die someday.”