Women on the Wall and IRCOT Founder Rebecca Forest Says There are Too Many Hispanics in Texas Legislature
by Bob Price on June 14, 2011 at 6:40 PM
Racism raises its ugly head at the most interesting times. Saturday, June 11 in Austin, the founder of the Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas (IRCOT) and Women on the Wall, Rebecca Forest told a sparsely attended group of protesters that there are just too many Hispanics in the Texas Legislature. Is this the voice of those who support legislation like State Senator Tommy Williams' so-called "Sanctuary Cities" bill (SB 9), a bill which has somehow become a "catch-all" for all the anti-immigration bills that didn't make it during regular session? Are they really anti-illegal immigration or are they just anti-immigration, or worse yet, anti-Hispanic?
UPDATE: I will be on Dallas' KRLD Radio with Scott Braddock Wednesday morning at 10:50 to discuss this story. Tune in and listen please!
For a very long time, I have been telling people that groups like her's, ALIPAC, FAIR and NumbersUSA are not anti "illegal immigration" they are, in fact, anti-immigration and anti-Hispanic. Ms. Forest goes out of her way to clearly illustrate my point.
The following video is very hard to hear because of wind noise, but in the beginning of the video you can clearly hear her say, "If you want to know why we can't pass legislation in Texas it's because we have 37, no 36, Hispanics in the Legislature. All of the states that have passed legislation have a handful and I mean literally, some of them have NO Hispanic legislators, well, maybe 3 or 5 or something. So that's, umm, part of our problem and we need to change those numbers." Yes, that's right... She said we have too many Hispanics in our Legislature.
Ms. Forest, those numbers are indeed going to change, but clearly not in the way you seem to hope. With Hispanics being the fastest growing segment of the Texas population, the number of Hispanic legislators will continue to grow and there is nothing you can do to stop that. Nor should you. The real question is, will those legislators be Conservative Republicans like those currently in the recently formed House Hispanic Republican Conference, or will they join the ranks of liberal Democrats as has mostly happened in the past? With comments like these, I am afraid more could be driven to the latter and not the former.
In the wind noise she went on to say, "Umm, we need to do something about that in fact, during the debate on "sanctuary cities," several Hispanic legislators testified that their grandparents and their parents were migrant workers who came over here to work and that THEY even worked in the fields. And some of them even admitted that they had been here illegally and that they came illegally. So the problem is these Hispanic legislators … is that it's too close to them and they, umm… simply cannot vote their conscience correctly. So that's about all I have to say to you, please come to the hearing, and help us spread this message. Thank you."
US Border Watch founder, Curtis Collier said today, "This is one of the most stupid statements I have heard in a long time. US Border Watch's policy has always been that illegal immigration is not a Hispanic focused issue. The reality is, illegal immigrants come here from many nations, races and cultures. Most through an unsecured border and visa overstays. Comments like those from Ms. Forest yesterday are not helpful in trying to resolve these issues and our nation's problems. They only help to drive a wedge between Conservative Hispanics and Republicans."
Democrat blogs have picked up this video and are spreading it like a West Texas Grass Fire. And thus the mission of ALIPAC, FAIR, NumbersUSA, IRCOT and Women on the Wall are revealed and at the same time accomplished. That being to divide the Republican Party on the issue of Illegal Immigration and Border Security while creating a wedge between non-Hispanic Conservatives and Hispanic conservatives. Look at links above at the boards of directors of FAIR and NumbersUSA and you will find liberal, pro-choice, anti-population growth, anti-Hispanic and pro-radical environmentalism activists. Look at the zero population growth writings of NumbersUSA's Roy Beck. Ms. Forest is echoing their sentiments. Are these the kinds of people we should be listening to about Texas legislation?
Could this serious case of foot in mouth disease reflect back on the presidential aspirations of Texas Governor Rick Perry? The Dallas Observer thinks so stating, Rick Perry's Supporters Can't Stop Making Him Seem Like a Closed-Minded *****." Even the Texas Tribune had to throw in the Forest comments in an article about a possible Perry run. The Houston Chronicle said Gov. Perry was forced to respond to these low comments through his spokesperson, Catherine Frazier stating, "The governor certainly does not agree with such misguided and unproductive comments. This is not about race or politics - it is about public safety. We must ensure our peace officers have the discretion they need to keep Texans safe."
To see what the conservative Hispanic legislators are accomplishing (and we need more of them, Ms. Forest!...) look at our series of interviews done this spring with the members of the Hispanic Republican Conference. Look at real business solutions being proposed in the Texas Legislature by Hispanic Legislator Raul Torres. Learn from Hispanic Legislator Jose Aliseda's experiences that led to his strong support for our Voter ID legislation. Listen to the call for a real solution to the problems of Border Security and Illegal immigration by HRC Freshman of the Year, Hispanic Legislator John Garza. Experience the strong Conservative principles of Hispanic Legislator Larry Gonzales. Feel the passion of Hispanic Legislator Dee Margo's focus on the three F's of Faith, Family and Freedom. Watch the transformational political leadership of Hispanic Legislator Aaron as he helps bring more Hispanic Conservatives into the Republican Party.
David Jennings of BigJollyPolitics.com was also quick to point out the error in Ms. Forest's comments stating, "Let me help Ms. Forest out a bit. You aren't going to see fewer Hispanics in Texas government, you are going to see more of them. Rather than cast a net that looks rather racist, why not work within the Hispanic community and identify like minded citizens who agree with conservative principles? Although frankly, I'm not sure she knows much about them."
San Antonio Tea Party's newly elected president, George Rodriguez, also in attendance at the rally, came to the podium after Forest and quickly corrected her ill-stated remarks saying, "That was an unfortunate choice of words. I completely disagree with that. The problem is not that we have too many Hispanic legislators. The problem is that we have Hispanic liberal legislators. What we need to do is find conservative Hispanics to run for office so we can have conservative Hispanics that can vote on these issues."
Ms. Forest, what we need in Texas is less hateful, divisive and yes, racist rhetoric that was on display recently on the steps of the Texas Capitol and more leadership from true Conservatives whether they be Hispanic, Black, White or any other nationality, race or heritage.