President Obama at Forum
on American Latino Heritage
Oct-13-2011--The White House hosts an event to celebrate Latino culture and honor the contributions that so many Latinos have made to our nation.
The highlight comes before the President even arrives at the event, when saintly Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, and Javier Palomares, the urbane president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce blast those state governments currently engaged in hunting down the downtrodden migrants whose hard work contributes so much to those states' economies.
Palomares points out how self-defeating those state actions have been, costing them hundreds of millions in boycotts and lost economic activity.
Secretary Solis criticizes the anti-immigrant activism of Alabama, Arizona and the rest, saying, “it’s way too late to have 50 different immigration plans…” And, “….some very harsh laws are being passed.” But aside from acknowledging the “frustration” in the community she skillfully dances around the notion that her administration has been part of the problem, not the solution.
But the fate of the nation's 12 million undocumented immigrants goes largely ignored.
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