Republicans have not stopped there in their promised onslaught against Latinos. Republicans in at least 14 states are working through their state legislatures to try to overturn the 14th amendment. Section one of the 14th amendment states:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Republicans want to repeal the 14th amendment so that children of undocumented immigrants born in this country will not be afforded citizenship (5) In their zeal to attack latinos, Republicans have targeted children who have never known another country, many of whom speak English as their native language and are not fluent in Spanish. The ultimate end of this would be that those children, perhaps when they are young or perhaps later when they are adults, would be deported to a country in which they have never lived and to which they have no ties and whose language they may not speak. It is the ultimate in alienation and disenfranchisement that Republicans seek to unleash on individuals that never did anything wrong, simply because they are Latinos.
Republicans are so eager to attack Latinos with a repeal of the 14th amendment, they are willing to tamper with an amendment that is more cited than any other in criminal cases to protect citizens from actions that deprive them of due process by states.
Even that does not completely sum up the attacks planned or already in progress against Latinos. A Republican group has recently been airing ads on various channels suggesting to Latinos that it is in their best interests NOT TO VOTE. A group called Latinos for Reform, led by Robert de Posada, a former Republican National Committee official, is behind the ads.
The decision to pull the ads came after a wave of outrage from Latino leaders.
"I think there's nothing more cynical than to encourage people to make themselves irrelevant," Arturo Vargas, director of the nonpartisan National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, told The Upshot. "I hope Univision makes the decision not to run the ads."(6)
Because these offensives against Latinos occurred over time, it may have been easy for some to dismiss them as one-off events, but when viewed in their totality, the wave after wave of attacks by Republicans and Tea Party members against Latinos are staggering to behold and contemplate. Fellow Latinos, I know it is awful to process and internalize the information I have presented to you here, who wants to come to the realization that they are hated and by one of the two major political parties in a country no less? It IS awful, but it is true. I am sure I will get responses similar to the ones I received when I pointed out all of the planned attacks on women, essentially denying that Latinos are being targeted and making all kinds of excuses that suggest that bigotry is not behind these acts.
I'm sorry my Republican friends, this blitzkrieg against Latinos cannot be explained away, it is obvious what you all are doing and have planned for those of us of that ethnicity. Women, Latinos and the LGBT community have the most to lose if Republicans win one or both houses in this election. We all, but particularly those of us who are members of one or more of those three groups, need to vote to make sure both houses stay Democratic.