I just found this commentary on CNN by Ruben Navarrette Jr. regarding Clinton, Obama and the Latino vote. Recent Gallup poll surveys indicate that Obama has slight lead over Clinton among Latinos. Navarrette also points out that during a debate in Los Angeles, Hillary Clinton “answered a question by pitting undocumented Latino immigrants against African-Americans.” She also specifically referenced an African-American “who told her that he used to have construction jobs but now ‘the only people who get them anymore are people who are here without documentation.’” In addressing the same question, Senator Obama reminded us that African-Americans had high unemployment rates prior to the latest group of immigrants arriving in the US and warned that immigration should not be used as a wedge issue.
Navarrette also reminds us in the same commentary, “Neither Bill nor Hillary Clinton has done much for Latinos in their public careers, and most of the support they enjoy from that community comes from brand loyalty — the same thing that keeps Latinos coming back to one kind of laundry detergent keeps them coming back to the Clinton name.” I don’t think that many of us are going to keep buying into the Clinton brand this time around, especially next week in Texas.
Why doesn’t anyone want to talk about Tyson Chicken and the Clintons any more, especially as it relates to Latinos and immigration? The Clintons have been very close to Tyson Foods, who have been investigated for smuggling and employing undocumented workers in horrid conditions. It seems so contradictory to hear Hillary Clinton speak about immigrants taking jobs from African-Americans, but then she doesn’t connect the dots, at least not publicly, regarding Tyson Chicken. In researching the Tyson/Clinton connection, I came across this letter to Senator Clinton from a Wellesley Alumna revealing more disturbing connections between the Clintons and Monsanto via the Rose Law Firm. It is worth reading if you haven’t looked at it already.