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January 25, 2008

Meet McCain's Hispanic Outreach Director, Dr. Juan Hernandez

I linked this last night without realizing I'd already met the man before -- and you have almost certainly met him too.

He was a fixture on cable during the immigration fight, unapologetically calling for open borders and insisting that any border-control measures taken by the US were racist.

And he's an important player in Maverick McAmnesty's campaign.

He'd be a much more natural fit for a liberal Democrat -- but they wouldn't touch him. McCain, however, has gladly made him part of his staff.

Dr. Juan Hernandez, McCain Hispanic outreach director: “We must not only have a free flow of goods and services, but also start working for a free flow of people.”

Here's another quote from the link above:

TANCREDO: I had a great argument one time with a gentleman by the name of Juan Hernandez who was at that time the minister of that ministry that I just mentioned, the Ministry for Mexicans Living in the United States.

And I asked him that very question. What he told me the purpose of his ministry was to push people into the United States, it was to—by the way, it was also AFC work with them so that they did—he was with the community, he said. He was three days a week in the United States, four in Mexico.

By the way, he himself is a dual citizen born in Texas, university—teaching at the University of Texas and on the Vicente Fox cabinet. And he said, “I work with the community in the United States, the Mexican community because I don‘t want them essentially going native on us. We want them continually tied emotionally, linguistically, politically to Mexico, because then they‘ll continue to send money home.”

And I said to him, that does not sound like—you know, you‘re doing something that‘s actually the act of an unfriendly government.

CARLSON: Well, of course, it doesn‘t in any way serve American interests. It undermines our country in a pretty direct and direct and obvious way.

TANCREDO: Tucker, his response. Let me tell you his response.

CARLSON: Yes.

TANCREDO: At the end he goes, “Congressman,” in an incredibly condescending way. He goes, “Congressman, it‘s not two countries; it‘s just a region.

CARLSON: That is not my view, to put it mildly.

TANCREDO: Not mine either.

McCain wouldn't merely be as bad a liberal Democrat on immigration, he'd be worse. Liberal Democrats fear this issue. McCain can't wait to get into it again, as demonstrated by his hiring of an open-borders firebrand who proudly proclaims that even sixth and seventh generation Americans of Mexican decent should have a policy of "Mexico First."

Mexico First.

Unbelievable. McCain is not only refusing to make himself palatable to conservatives, he's still actively sticking his thumb in our eyes. As usual.

And he's as proud as a peacock over that New York Times endorsement, posting it right on his site.

The New York Times' main reason for endorsing him?

Still, there is a choice to be made, and it is an easy one. Senator John McCain of Arizona is the only Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe. With a record of working across the aisle to develop sound bipartisan legislation, he would offer a choice to a broader range of Americans than the rest of the Republican field.

We have shuddered at Mr. McCain’s occasional, tactical pander to the right because he has demonstrated that he has the character to stand on principle. He was an early advocate for battling global warming and risked his presidential bid to uphold fundamental American values in the immigration debate. A genuine war hero among Republicans who proclaim their zeal to be commander in chief, Mr. McCain argues passionately that a country’s treatment of prisoners in the worst of times says a great deal about its character.

The Times' is quite right: McCain is the best candidate for anyone who wishes a liberal Republican candidate to face the liberal Democratic candidate.

Why conservatives should agree to this six-of-one-half-a-dozen-of-the-other echo, not a choice, is beyond me.

And if the Times isn't enough of an authority to sway your vote, note McAmnesty also picked up the coveted endorsement of noted pro-sovereignty advocate Geraldo Rivera.


Trifecta! And now the founder of the Minutemen, Mel Martinez.


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