Hispanic Television’s Most Influential Racialist

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE — Jorge Ramos, whom The Wall Street Journal has described as “Hispanic TV’s No. 1 correspondent and key to a huge voting bloc,” recently lamented how “sad” it is that “treacherous” Republican presidential candidates have fueled a “xenophobic discourse in the United States” by repeatedly launching “harsh attacks on immigrants.” These “attacks” include such transgressions as “label[ing] undocumented immigrants ‘illegal’,” “support[ing] the idea of building a wall along the southern border with Mexico,” and being opposed to “offering a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.” But “most incomprehensible for many Hispanics,” Ramos emphasized, “is that the two Latino candidates, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, have taken such a harsh stance against immigrants who are here simply because they’re doing the jobs that Americans won’t do.” He accused “both Rubio and Cruz” of “betrayal”; of “forgetting their own roots as children of immigrants”; and of having “broken a decades-long tradition in which Hispanic politicians, no matter their family origins or political affiliations, tended to defend the most vulnerable immigrants in this country.” Ramos cited Luis Gutierrez and Nydia Velazquez as laudable examples of such politicians. You may recall that Gutierrez and Velazquez once led the way in pressuring then-President Clinton to free 16 convicted terrorists belonging to the FALN, a Marxist-Leninist paramilitary organization from Puerto Rico that had carried out 146 bombings during a 25-year period.

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