Sharron Angle Attacks Senator Reid Over DREAM Act

October 10th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Originally Posted on Friday, October 8, 2010 (Note: We have had some issues with the web hosting service, so the site has been down for some time over the weekend. We are working to restore content.)

As Bender Bending Gonzalez reminded us a few weeks ago, when Senator Reid opted to bring up the DREAM Act for a vote as an amendment to the defense authorization, he could be considered both a hero and a villain. Well, this week his GOP opponent Sharron Angle has painted him the villain, running an ad that takes a stab at the Senator’s support of the DREAM Act. Angle has even gone so far to demonize Latinos by using stock photos of people in Mexico, who had not even arrived in the United States, thereby making her label of these men as “illegal” inaccurate and obviously highlighting her campaign’s need to appeal to hatred and racism. Let’s not forget that people of any race, color, ethnicity could be “illegal aliens”, but Angle has chosen to place Latino immigrants in the crosshairs.

I should note that the federal DREAM Act would provide undocumented youth conditional residency, and those who would qualify must have good moral character (no criminal record) and have earned a GED or high school diploma. They would then have to earn a two year college degree (or equivalent) or complete two years of military service. Whether they qualify for federal work study and/or state aid would depend upon meeting a set of criteria and depend upon how states would award their grants to students in this category. Furthermore, the issue of in-state tuition would be determined at the state level. So Angle’s ad is misleading because it says that Senator Reid is fighting for a program that would give “preferred college tuition rates to illegal aliens.”

Adam Serwer writes that this ad appeals to the “racial animus against Latinos” in a portrayal rivaling the infamous Willie Horton ad used against Michael Dukakis in 1988. I agree. Sharron Angle is stoking the flames of hatred and attempting to mislead the voters of Nevada, and she has sunk to a new low labeling people as “illegal aliens” when in fact they had been photographed in Mexico (it is not known if the men in this stock photo ever entered the US). This type of ad is one that the GOP needs to condemn, and Latinos of every political affiliation need to push back against this kind of messaging.

Cuéntame, a project of the Brave New Foundation, has already created a response to Sharron Angle’s hit piece:

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chicano future tense // Oct 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Obama,Rahm Emanuel,Harry Reid and the DNC
    ..weren’t they the guys who promised Latinos to make immigration reform their top priority.
    Didn’t they tell this to Latinos right to their faces during their 2008 campaign.(“swear to god Latinos we’ll do it for you if you vote for us!!..honest we will..boyscouts honor..”)..
    2009..Obama is elected..what issue did he,the Democrats and Senate leader Harry Reid pour out their hearts and souls into?
    What issue did they proclaim a virtual 911 type “national emergency”,risk everything,pulled out all the stops,applied total pressure tactics to Congress including the CHC?
    was that Immigration Reform?…no..
    was it “Obama Care”..yes!
    The ugly truth..Obama,Rahm Emanuel,Harry Reid and the Democrats pulled a fast one on Latinos..they suckered them into believing their lies and their phony promises.Latinos being nearly powerlessness,having crappy third rate leadership and desperate for anything took the bait and got hooked big time..I don’t blame them..
    Part of the blame for the failure of making CIR a reality lies with the incompetent,gutless Hispanic caucus who folded like a “cheap suit” and betrayed their own avowals that they would never ever vote for Obama Care until Immigration Reform is put on equal footing and priority for timely passage.
    What happened?The CHC were invited by Obama and Rahm Emanuel for a taco dinner complete with mariachis,salsa and plenty of Tequila and Rum..
    Guess what? our valiant warriors in the CHC melted like weak aguada butter in Obama’s hands and the day after the big “Fiesta” were herded out of the white house hung over led by the nose by none other than Rahm Emanuel for a big press conference to announce that “after second thought” they will sacrifice their condition of CIR and put their support behind Obama.What a disgrace and a shame to Latinos.It just shows us what a bunch of pathetic worms we have representing us in Government.Bunch of losers..cobardes..
    This Sharron Anglo or whatever the hell her name is..what else should we expect from these Republican Tea party clowns?
    ..why the disbelief,the shock at their lowdown stunts and gutter tactics? If they pulled SB1070 what more could be expected from them?
    This Sharron Anglo-she’s a racist xenophobic fascist wannabe.. we knew big surprise there..
    Harry Reid?..(the skinny guy who looks a lot like that TV ad guy with question marks????? all over his suit who sells information and free money)….
    …fact he needs desperately the Latino vote to get reelected in Nevada..Latinos could make the margin of difference in November.. now what the heck should we expect him to say being so desperate?
    That’s right he’ll say ANYTHING!
    He will LIE through his teeth and make more and more promises of “Hope and Change”….Rainbows and Unicorns.. ..(Obama told him “hell it worked for me and the Latinos fell for it ..try it again..believe me they will believe you..again..)
    Sadly, Latinos are trapped… direction..confused,lost in the wilderness wandering around with little if no leadership..
    They have been forced into the two party tyranny of voting for the lesser of two evils..(Like I’ve said before the lesser of two still evil..)
    Latinos say..”what the hell.I have an absentee ballot staring at me I just got in the mail..and I have a few minutes to kill until the next Novela starts so why not cast my vote…(Cheap bastards here in Cali don’t even put a stamp on their return ballot have to pay for the damned stamps!)… for one of these two clowns..what the’s like entertainment..Bozo vs Ronald Mc Donald..heck why not..I’ll vote for Bozo..he has a cool costume..just like I voted for Obama because he waves,he smiles,he shoots hoops and eats tacos..he promised me he will make CIR his number one priority if elected….”
    Bottom line.. If you must vote then do what you like..but please remember whoever you are voting for is still a big clown who works for a big circus of horrors…

  • 2 Anna // Oct 11, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I agree that the problem is Obama, but he’s not on the ballot. There are other races on the ballot such as CA Governor, Attorney General, etc. It makes no sense to stay home, and all this talk of Latinos not being ethusiastic about voting is an attempt to depress our vote. How about waiting until election day to find out how many people vote. Gee, what a novel idea.

    As for Congress, they do whatever the White House says because the White House controls all of the DNC money through the group Obama for America. That’s probably the reason the Hispanic Caucus caved.

    I want the Dems to keep Congress in 2010, but I want a new president in 2012.

  • 3 Southern Cali // Oct 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Before we elect the 2012 prez better make sure you don’t let the Tea Party and their Republican cronies take control of the Congress. Its not the time to discuss the next president. But I must say if we had stayed out of the (B)ushes…….

  • 4 Southern Cali // Oct 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Chicano Future Tense while I love your cleverly written critique and Anna’s simplistic notion neither focus on our responsibility to vote these money power thirsty politicians out of office. If you don’t vote and began to engage the process more than blogging, then don’t get pissed when you won’t be able to visit Nevada while driving Latino/a.

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