Friday, August 28, 2009

Perry and Hutchison Vie for Hispanic Scraps

Perhaps the only issue that ultra right conservative Texas Governor Rick Perry and moderate conservative soon-to-be ex Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison seem to have exchanged sides on is the issue of a border fence at the Texas-Mexico border.

Perry scoffs at the idea of building a border fence along the entire border, citing the use of technology to secure the border. Kay Bailey, on the other hand, “has supported a border fence every time it has come up for a vote in the Senate, claims Perry.

This was pointed out despite the fact that the so-called “Hutchison Amendment” Senate Amendment 2466 released the Homeland Security Department from any requirement to build a fence, or anything else for that matter. It reads in part:

“… nothing in this paragraph shall require the Secretary of Homeland Security to install fencing, physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors in a particular location along an international border of the United States, if the Secretary determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain operational control over the international border at such location..”

But all of the bluster of Perry is all for naught. Because who is the audience here?


Hispanics who have been running away from the Republican Party in droves over just this issue: a single-minded attempt at excoriating Hispanics, painting them all with the same broad brush as illegal aliens.

My advice to Perry and Hutchison is to keep up the good work. Keep on engaging the Hispanics, use up precious time an treasure to woo their vote.

Because they just aren’t listening to them anymore.

1 comment:

Delezzia said...

Interesting. I guess neither one of these politicians realize that Hispanics will be the majority in TX within the next twenty years? Not everyone from Mexico is an illegal immigrant. A lot of them vote - just not Republican.