Saturday, May 21, 2011

Interview with Rep. Aaron Peña of the Hispanic Republican Conference (VIDEO)

By Adryana Boyne- National Director of VOCES ACTION

The following interview with Texas State Representative Aaron Peña is one of a series of interviews conducted by VOCES Action and TexasGOPVote with members of the Hispanic Republican Conference in the 82nd session of the Texas Legislature. The Hispanic Republican Conference was originally created by State Rep. Aaron Peña, a member of the Texas House of Representatives from House District 40, located in Hidalgo. Peña served four terms as a Democrat before switching to the GOP on December 14, 2010. The topics we discussed included Rep. Peña's conservative values, why he left the Democrat party, the Obama administration's failure to take action on border security and immigration issues and the reasons he formed the Hispanic Republican Conference. Video and a transcript of the interview are included.
The membership of the Hispanic Republican Conference has been growing. Originally it was formed by the House’s five Hispanic Republicans but has since been joined by other State Representatives whose districts have at least 30% Hispanic constituents. The Hispanic Republican Conference will be addressing some issues that have been controversial in parts of the state with large Hispanic populations.

Hispanics make up 36% of the Texas population and this percentage is growing. Hispanics share Republican conservative values fiscal responsibility, faith, hard work, family values and pro-life. VOCES Action has been educating and empowering Americans with Hispanic backgrounds and who have these values to make more responsible and informed voting decisions. During my visit to the Texas capitol, I also had the opportunity to see Rep. Barbara Nash of District 93 and Rep. Lyle Larson of District 122 who each have at least 30% Hispanic population in their districts. I asked them if they were planning to join the Hispanic Republican Conference and you will see in the video what happened!


Adryana Boyne: Most democrats believe that hispanics should vote democrat. We certainly have seen something very special with you because you were a democrat... you were a democrat state representative, and you decided not long ago to switch parties. Can you tell us why you did that and what do you think about democrats saying that hispanics should vote democrat.

Rep. Aaron Peña: Well you know Ronald Reagan said a long time ago that he thought that most hispanics were republicans and that they just didn't know it. I have a brother who is a republican who told me a long time ago, "you're a republican and you just don't know it." Well it took me eight years to figure it out. I watched the process, I watched the votes, I watched the way democrats operated and I watched the way republicans operated... I got a sense of the values of their party and of our party, and it's not even close. The way I was raised as someone from South Texas, the values of a conservative, catholic, family oriented, rural communities is very much in complement with the republican party. Very little in the democrat party, except for some history going back, is in common with the modern hispanic population. And by that I mean there was a time when catholics were not seen as being part of the mainstream. It may be hard for some people to remember that time, but catholics, remember with John F. Kennedy, ran, they thought, well, John F. Kennedy is a catholic, maybe he'll be beholden to the pope; well, as a catholic and as someone who comes from a traditional minority community, we identified with what John F. Kennedy said. John F. Kennedy, for most people who may not have been alive, was very pro-military, which hispanics are, and he was more conservative than the modern democratic party. So, my ancestors may have identified with him because of struggles we were going through in this country, but after that, it was downhill. The democratic party has gone to the left, and further to the left, and further to the left... and he party of today, John F. Kennedy would probably be considered too conservative to be a part of the party.

And so, it was very easy when I started receiving criticism from people because of my pro-life votes, because of my support for the second ammendment, because of my, of the the economic conservatism that's necessary to run a balanced budget, it was really easy after being pushed out by the democrats. Actually they ran a series of candidates against me because I took what was to them a very independent stance on issues... but quite frankly they're issues and stances that my community agrees with. And so I made a decision, I got tired of being the constant target by the far left that controls the democratic party and I was actually overwhelmingly embraced by the republican leadership and by the republican grass roots, and I'm very happy and comfortable, I've never second guessed my decision.

Adryana Boyne: Well actually I want to tell you that was a courageous step and we are very grateful and very proud to have you now in our ranks. Now, as a hispanic myself and through my work with Voces Action, which is "Voices Offering Conservative Empowering Solutions," I spend my time educating and empowering the latino community with conservative moral and fiscal values, and because of that, I know that hispanics are conservative and you have observed that among other hispanics. Can you tell me if you have seen response, after your step of switching parties, of other hispanics who have come to you and said "what can I do" or if they say "oh you got converted, should I be too" or what is the result of that...?

Rep. Aaron Peña: It's actually, I started noticing it when I would go back home and would stop at the HEB to pick up a bottle of milk or some bread for the family... now people would stop me who I didn't know and say [whispering] "hey, I'm really a republican" and I would respond "why are we whispering?" And you see it, it's a stigma, the idea that all hispanics... it's actually a very discriminatory idea... all hispanics have to think the same: the way the leadership of the far left decides you have to think. It's not true! The values that we have from our parents and our grandparents are very conservative values: respect your elders, respect authority, support your government, support your military, defend your family, the right to bear arms... in South Texas, everyone hunts... everyone grows up in a culture respecting guns and your right to have that. The belief in life... You know I went to a church when we had nuns that wore habits. Even the idea that I would even think about anything other than respecting the value of life is COMPLETELY contrary to the hispanic experience. No, the republican party is the place to be, I'm just sad that it took me eight years to figure that out.

Adryana Boyne: Well and I think it also shows humility on your part and it shows the community that people can be part of the wrong party for a long time and that they can take the courageous step and you did, certainly you did...

Rep. Aaron Peña: It's actually very exciting... because down where I live we've been dominated by one party, we never elected a republican []... in the history of my county. The [democrat] party has gotten old, is intolerant of change, and is very hostile to anybody who tries to think differently, who doesn't just follow... and there have been many... the political system which relies on bending the rules and getting people out to vote, abusing the elderly and manipulating their vote, is offensive, and it elects corrupt officials. Many of the officials, not all (because there are some very good ones), many of the officials in my area have been indicted and have gone to jail. That's because a system has grown that encourages that sort of leader. We have an opportunity to change our communities. I was very unhappy with the Obama Administration's response to what's happening in Mexico. You know, we have a few people harmed in other countries, far across the globe, and we will immediately jump in and try to save them. Yet we have, literally within seven miles of my home, beheadings, killings, the killings of families, the killings of migrants, and it occurs right there, and we will beg... the left and the right in my community begs the Obama administration, the federal government, to come down and save us, protect us from ourselves, or at least, let us protect, let Texans protect Texans... and we, we get very little support from the federal government.

Adryana Boyne: Well, actually that leads me to my next question. I know that you are actually an author of the House Concurrent Resolution 88 or H.C.R. 88. Can you briefly explain this resolution and what you would like to accomplish with it.

Rep. Aaron Peña: You know, we all love the democratic system that we have in this country. We have a state system and we have a federal system. Unfortunately it's dysfunctional right now because the state is trying to do everything it can to make up for the lack of action from the federal government. So the resolution that you have identified asks the federal government to get involved to... you know, we pay taxes to you, and unfortunately we're going to have to spend money in Texas, to do your job! Get off your backsides and work to protect our citizens. We have people dying, not just on that side, on the Mexican side, but on our side. But we have other problems too, and the federal government is pulling away and we are having to pick up the slack. We are not, we don't have the ability just to tax our citizens to death or to print money the way Washington has, so we want the federal government to do their job, and that's what the resolution calls for... for Washington to wake up and do their job. The whole debate over immigration should have been resolved by now. Democrats have had control. They have the presidency, they had the congress, why didn't they do something? These are things that have to be addressed. These are tough issues, I know because we're dealing with them here, because they're not doing it. But they were elected to do their job. They need to do it, and so as a Texan, you know, I want our federal government to do what we citizens here in Texas want them to do.

Adryana Boyne: And actually I am also aware that you took the leadership as soon as you became a republican and you started what is called the hispanic republican conference back in January, and can you tell me exactly what motivated you to form this conference?

Rep. Aaron Peña: Well, conservative hispanics have not had a voice, an organized voice. When I was a conservative democrat I tried to join with other conservative democrats, but we were quickly shut down... and the liberal point of view, the furthest to the left point of view, was always the way that you heard things. So when you think of hispanic, many politicians think, oh it's the furthest to the left "bomb thrower." It's not true!

Many of us are conservative, and we have been, but our voices have never been heard. And many times there are issues that occur where all they do is accuse the republicans of racism. It's a very cheap and easy charge to make! But, we will come up and we'll say NO, in this area, this response is a good response. We're hispanic people who love this state, we love our culture, and yet... it's not ALL about racism. It's not all about that they're devils with horns. They're actually trying to address the issue as their constituents want them to. They're a perspective that is respected, as a liberal perspective wants to be respected, but we don't have to rise to the level of name calling. And so, we stand in the gap, and we respond to issues that we think are unfair from the left... but also from the right, there are occasions when some republicans will speak out in a tone that is disrespectful or not productive towards the world as we see it, those of us who have been raised hispanic, and we speak up. So, if there are bills that we find offensive or statements that are made that are offensive from the left, we speak up. But if there are things that happen from the far right that we think are not productive we do our best to speak to them and to educate them on the issue, but if it comes down to it and we have to assert our muscle, because we have muscle, together, we stop it. And you will note, that I think we've done a good job.

Adryana Boyne: I think you have and I think the negative rhetoric must stop, and people need to see that the republican party is the party for hispanics. One of the things that we found out yesterday through your wonderful staff is the facts (a little bit more) about the hispanic republican conference, that for the state representatives to be members, to be voting members, they have to have at least 40% of the population hispanic and if they want to be non-voting members, like associate members, they have to have above 30% of the population. And certainly yesterday, when I was coming to prepare for the interview of several of your members, I saw, just walking in the halls, two representatives, one of them is representative Barbara Nash and the other is Representative Lyle Larson. And I told them what I was doing and about the hispanic republican conference and to my joy, both of them say that they want to join you and actually they do qualify to be your associate members, so we got two new people...

Rep. Aaron Peña: And right before you walked in I signed the letter accepting them into the conference.

Adryana Boyne: Oh, how wonderful! I didn't think this would happen to me just by coming here, so I am glad that I participated in that way even if I cannot be a member (since I am not a state representative)...

Rep. Aaron Peña: Simply educate people on our perspective. It's different. We are conservatives but we have a slightly different life experience, and we want to share that with people, and we think that the more people learn about each other, the more healthy the process is. We've been doing a good job and we're very proud of the work we've done.

Adryana Boyne: Well, I am also proud of you and I want to thank you not only for serving your district but for serving the people of Texas. Thank you very much, muchas gracias Mr. Peña.
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Hispanics Americans strongly oppose abortion, I hope Hispanic Democrats understand imperative to return to our family values

By Adryana Boyne
Thirty-eight years ago the Supreme Court made a terrible decision that imposed abortion-on-demand in America. Abortion affects ALL Americans and certainly affects the Hispanic community in America.

According to a recent poll, the majority of American Hispanics oppose abortion. The poll done by Univision and Associated Press shows that 39% of Hispanics say abortion should be mostly legal, while polls of the general population indicate that approximately 46-54% of Americans think abortion should be legal. The survey also shows that English-speaking Hispanics are less likely to oppose legalized abortion than their Spanish-speaking counterparts.

What does this mean? There are different groups of Hispanics: Those who are recent immigrants, the children of immigrants who are usually bilingual, and those who have been in the United States for a longer time. The vast majority of this last group speaks only English. Latin Americans come from countries where abortion goes against their faith, their values, their culture, their morals and their laws. However, in the process of being “Americanized,” they are adapting the Democrat philosophy that a woman’s choice is more important than life of an unborn child. Besides my work as a commentator and consultant on Hispanic issues, I have been serving the conservative cause in communicating the importance of our pro-life values in the Spanish media. As National Director of VOCES Action, I have been able to influence this large segment of the population to maintain and support this foundational American value. Spanish speaking parents need to influence their children who may not speak Spanish. Hispanics need to be steered away from the anti-Christian social agenda of liberal Democrats who dominate Spanish media and Spanish community groups. By communicating our conservative voice (Voces in Spanish), we can help curb the liberal agenda that has led our country astray from its moral foundation. I am excited about the possibilities of restricting abortion and saving lives this year. The abortion rate in Texas has fallen at a higher rate than the nation's. I am grateful for all the pro-life organizations and citizens that help those organizations by praying, giving and participating with them. In the current legislative session for the House of Representative in Texas, pro-life legislators support the passage of the Sonogram Bill, giving women considering abortion the right to see the sonogram image of her unborn child and to hear the heartbeat. Our Texas Governor Rick Perry recently said that he would fast-track a bill requiring a woman seeking an abortion to first be shown a sonogram.

I was invited by Univision Television, which has opened their doors for some conservatives to speak, to debate on Gustavo Monsante's program Voz y Voto, the number one Spanish political show in Texas. This show has been working to maintain a balanced view on controversial issues. I was invited to participate in a debate against a Democrat State Representative on the sonogram bill. Rep. Jessica Farrar declined to debate this time (I guess she remembered last year when I put her in a difficult situation before the Hispanic community, exposing her liberal position). New State representative from El Paso Naomi Gonzalez was invited, but ten minutes before we went on the air she called to say she was not coming. I have the two segments in the program. I explained why life begins at conception, what viability is, the fact that the woman has other options instead of abortion and the importance that a woman should be trusted with the information of a sonogram before she makes a decision to terminate the life of her unborn baby or babies. Presently, abortion providers can legally deny women this information. Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers oppose the Sonogram bill.

State Senator Dan Patrick (SB16) and State Representatives Geannie Morrison (HB 201), Kelly Hancock (HB 580) and Todd Smith (HB 325) have introduced pro-life sonogram bills. Senate Bill 16 and House Bill 201 require the abortion provider to perform a sonogram and make the image and heartbeat available to women. All the bills would require the sonogram to be displayed, but in each one the woman is not forced to watch. All of the bills would require that the development of the baby be explained orally (with no opt out provision) and the Doppler of the heartbeat made audible for her as well. HB 201 requires this be done in a separate visit 24 hours before, and HB 325 will likely be amended to reflect the same, but currently requires it be done within an hour before the abortion in one visit. HB 201 also requires the doctor or his agent to actually hand the Women’s Right to Know booklet produced by the state in her hand, which differs from current law requiring the abortion provider to make the booklet available.

When I debated Rep. Jessica Farrar last year on the Sonogram Bill, she argued that performing a sonogram could be “harmful”. I asked harmful tor whom? Harmful to the baby!- she said. I responded: Really? More harmful than “killing the baby”.- I find her response interesting, so, the “fetus” is called a baby by some pro abortion advocates, when a doctor will perform a sonogram but is called a fetus when a person would like to get rid of him/her?

I also confronted Rep. Roberto Alonzo in a past debate in a Summit in Forth Worth with hundreds of Community College Hispanic Leaders from all over the nation. Rep. Alonzo said that his own mother recognized that the Republican Party is the one who mainly protect the right to life of the unborn while democrats are pro-abortion but that Democrats are the ones for the "poor people". My answer then was: Yes, it’s the party that would like people to remain poor due to the big government and big spending and which also attempts against family values and against the right to life for the unborn. Where are the values of our Hispanic community on this?

I want to leave clear that I have not met Representative Naomi Gonzalez and even when she did not show up for the debate, she later emailed an apology for not been able to come to the debate. I also would like to share in this blog that outside of cameras, forums and public debates, even while I disagree in a variety of issues with the Democrats, I have a cordial relationship with State Representatives Alonzo and Farrar, especially with Rep. Alonzo whom I have debated over a dozen times. Both of them, Rep. Alonzo and Rep. Farrar are from Hispanic origin and both come from families where faith and values have been taught. I have told them, and I will continue telling them, that I pray that someday they will reconsider their position on abortion and will chose to defend the right to life for the unborn; a position that I believe their parents and grandparents hold. Their families come from families where they have faith in God. And we all know that God created life and that life begins at conception. The position of most Hispanic families is one with strong values and the desire for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for ALL Americans, including those inside their mother’s womb.

To finish taking in this theme, I would like to add that as a conservative American, and as a Hispanic, I get a little concerned when fellow conservatives strongly oppose some of us who serve our community by communicating the conservative values and issues in Spanish. Let me respectfully remind you that Spanish is the second most-common language in the United States after English. Spanish is the primary language spoken at home by over 35.5 million people aged 5 or older....There are 45 million Hispanics who speak Spanish as a first or second language and there are 6 million Spanish students, making it the world's second-largest Spanish-speaking community, only after Mexico and ahead of Spain, Colombia and Argentina.

According to the census of 2009 34.63% of the population in Texas speaks Spanish. While some people are spending their time fighting on the issue that English should be the ONLY language of this country or wanting to call it the official language of the USA, and while I am very respectful and honor and support the idea that every American citizen should speak English, there are millions of people out there who need the information in Spanish. Just in the state of Texas, there are 7,781,211 Spanish speakers. So, there is a lot of work to do. And if we conservatives think that we should not be giving the information with conservative points of view out there in Spanish, and educating the Spanish speaking community with conservative values, guess who has been giving other information out there and is actually doing a "good" job misinforming the community?!

Like it or not like it, I am doing my job using one of the best tools that God has enabled me with, and it is my flawless Spanish. I thank God for it, and I thank God that He allowed me to come to this great country and for becoming an American Citizen.

During the campaign for Rick Perry and the Convention

Governor Rick Perry on Border Security and Backdoor Amnesty
By Adryana Boyne
Rick Perry is a Governor who cares for national security, a safe community and better education for Texans. In spite of working to inhibit the actions of the federal government, he has worked to give Texas an economic environment that provides jobs. He points out that besides the fact that the federal Government does not answer our request to secure the borders, the federal government also has a spending problem!

I cheered for our Governor while he was being interviewed by Neil Cavuto on “Your World with Cavuto.”

Cavuto began his interview saying that there is a new memo circulating through the White House outlining a plan on how the White House can offer amnesty to illegals without congress getting involved at all! During the interview, the Governor also shared the letter he gave to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, requesting 1,000 additional border troops that she denied. Our Governor made it clear that if we do not get the border secure, all attempts of an immigration reform will mean absolutely nothing! Unless we secure our borders first we will be unable to find solutions for the problem of illegal immigration.

The Governor explained that he recently handed a letter directly to the President to request more troops on the border. This letter reminded Governor Perry of his prior request made 20 months ago. He still has not heard back from the President.

Texans, our President does not answer our Governor’s request because he does not care about our national security. Texas has 64% of the border and only 20% of the troops. If the federal government does not do its job, we cannot begin to work on a very needed, realistic, sensible solution to the immigration problem.

Cavuto also discussed the Latino vote and mentioned that Latinos have said that Perry is not favored among them. This is not true. In fact, Perry has become more popular with Latinos! This is because the Governor truly cares for Latinos and truly is concerned about the needs of all Texans. Perry reminded the viewers that Latino citizens in the State of Texas are no different than anybody else. They want good jobs, safe communities and better educational opportunities.

I am one of those Latinos who sees the Governor quite often at many events, and I know the man. He is intelligent, responsive to ALL Texans, and has a great integrity in what he does and says. I am a witness that Texans want him to continue being our Governor and Latinos love Rick Perry! On November the 2nd Vote Rick Perry for Governor!

Go to and support our Governor!

Adryana Boyne Speech From Tax Day Lone Star Tea Party event in Dallas

Adryana Boyne Speech From Tax Day Lone Star Tea Party event in Dallas
By Adryana Boyne
I gave the following speech at the Lone Star Tea Party tax day event on APril 15, 2009:

Hello Texans! I wonder if the Liberal Media is watching to see that I am a real Hispanic and this is not the first time that I am addressing a crowd like this in a Tea Party. The people here and in all the Tea Parties across America are some of the greatest Americans I know. You have come here with your signs and with a message from your hearts expressing that we are fed up with big government! As an immigrant, I came to the USA many years ago, I love this country and I am proud to say I have never, ever received a single entitlement from the Government!

Many years ago, I took an oath of citizenship, something that most people born here don’t do. The "five principles" mandated by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1953 are:

1. Allegiance to this document: The United States Constitution.
2.Renunciation of allegiance to any foreign country to which the immigrant has had previous allegiances to.
3. Defense of the constitution against enemies, “foreign and domestic” This includes our enemies trying to take our freedom away!
4.Promise to serve in the United States armed forces when required by law (either combat or not combat)
5. Promise to perform civilian duties of national importance when required by law.
I am not ashamed to remind other people that this is my country and this is my flag! We may speak differently, we may have thick accents, we may look different sometimes, but we are proud to call ourselves Americans!

It is important for me to point out that there are some people in government that have been doing their job: people like Michelle Bachman who is not ashamed to confront the radical liberal agenda. People like Jim De Mint, John Boehner, Mike Pence, Michael Burgess, Steve King, Marsha Blackburn, Erich Cantor, and many other great Americans who have to fight against the liberals in Washington! Sadly, the majority of congressmen and senators have put our country into this mess. But we are going to change that this November!

Here in Texas, we have some great conservatives who will be running against liberals in Congress. We need to help people like Stephen Broden and Francisco “Quico” Canseco get elected to Congress because they are conservatives who will go and fight for our freedoms!

The TEA party is not about radicals but about the voice of America. We are not radical extremists, unless, that is, you consider Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and the rest of our founding fathers to be radicals. Maybe that’s why liberals dislike us so much – they just don’t appreciate the conservative ideas penned by the founders of this great nation.

The liberals running Washington have two choices: they can listen to us and change – I don’t think any of us believe that will happen – or they can ignore us. However, since they continue to ignore us, there will be a storm of protest that will shake Washington! We will come out in mass and vote for candidates who stand for our core conservative values! We will vote for candidates who stand for our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We will vote for candidates who will fight tooth and nail against the liberal agenda in Washington.

Many immigrants come here to chase the American dream, to make something of ourselves! Equal opportunity, not equal outcomes. Many of us believe that we need to protect our borders and to respect our laws! We believe America is the greatest country, we believe in freedom and liberty! Hispanics are social and fiscal conservatives. I am a conservative because I value life, I value personal responsibility. I believe the government works for the people, not the people for the government. Entitlements are not good, and we believe in hard work and being rewarded for our hard work!

Liberals portray all Latinos as ignorant entitlement grabbing persons, who always vote Democrat. Well, I am Latino and I do not want entitlements. I do not want Government run healthcare. And I do not like the direction Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Company are taking our country! I want to challenge you to keep supporting our conservative fiscal and moral values. Our freedoms are being robbed and not just our freedom to spend our money how we desire but the very freedom to live our lives. Liberals want to tell us what is right and wrong. They want to take away an unborn child’s right to life. They want to teach our children their definition of marriage. They want us to sit down and be quiet as they slowly take away our rights But we will not sit down! We will not be quiet!

We all know that English is the official language in America. But before I end I will speak for 50 seconds en Spanish to the Spanish media.

¡El año 2010 no es la cumbre de los Tea Parties (Motín del Té.) ¡Apenas estamos empezando! El gobierno trabaja para nosotros, no nostoros para el gobierno. Cada persona aquí, representa a miles de personas que trabajamos muy duro y que pagamos impuestos. Estamos cansados del gobierno engrandecido, de cómo el gobierno gasta sin parar, cansados con un gobierno liberal. Estamos cansados de que el Presidente y su gente nos hayan endeudado, han endeudado a nuestros hijos y a nuestros nietos. ¡No callaremos y no nos detendrán! ¡Nos estamos alistando para un verdadero cambio en Noviembre!

2010 is not the highpoint of the TEA party. We are only beginning to let our voice be known. Government works for us and we do not work for the government. For each person here, there are thousands of hard working, tax paying Americans who could not come but who are also fed up with big government, who are fed up with tax and spend government, who are fed up with liberal government. We are tired of how the President and his people have put us, our children and our grandchildren in debt. We will not be quiet! We will not be stopped! Lets all get ready for a real change in November!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Adryana Boyne vs. Senator Harry Reid

"I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK. Do I need to say more?" Senator Harry Reid said on Tuesday at a Nevada campaign event with Latino supporters.
No, Senator Reid, you do not need to say more because we are not interested in what you have to say! How about listening to Hispanics instead? I know that, besides myself, a great number of wonderful Hispanic Republicans will take a strong stand against your deceiving words. You sir, are speaking out of place!
Let me tell you why a Hispanic like me and most people of Hispanic Heritage are Republicans.
Unlike you, Senator Reid, Hispanics believe abortion is murder. We believe LIFE begins at conception. We believe in traditional marriage and traditional families. Hispanics support free market principles. We are entrepreneurs. Hispanics believe the government should be accountable to the people and not people to the government. Hispanics believe that the government that governs best governs least. We Hispanics believe we should keep most of the money we earn. We believe in the American dream. We believe in equal opportunity for all Americans, not in equal handouts.
Hispanics believe in personal responsibility of the individual. President Reagan said many years ago, "Latinos are Republican, they just don't know it yet." Guess what Senator Reid, more Hispanics are waking up and realizing that Hispanics are Republican and we are coming to that realization every day! We believe that the strength of our nation resides in the individual. We believe in equal opportunity for all without prejudice of race, creed, gender, age or physical capacity. I, along with other Hispanics, have been very active in the Republican party. I have been spreading this message for the last several years with VOCES Action, on television, on the radio, in newspapers, in speeches, with the Republican Party, with the Latino National Republican Coalition, and on – but apparently you are not listening!
You use our nation’s current immigration situation as a deceptive tool because you are desperate and want to scare the Latinos into believing that all Republicans are racist and do not desire to solve the immigration problem.
Senator Reid, using the immigration card to appeal to Hispanics is unacceptable. Yes, there is an immigration problem but, we will not allow you to scold Hispanics simply because you are scared of losing the Latino vote. Yes, we are aware Republicans lost the Hispanic vote in the last election maybe because of the harsh immigration rhetoric of some. Many Hispanics voted for Democrats out of fear and frustration. But by now, sir, many are realizing the mistake they made. Voting for the Democratic party does not give them peace of mind. But many other Hispanics have been firm in our Republican stand because we know the Republican Party is the party for ALL Americans who hold the conservative values in which this country was founded!
I will tell you, sir, that we Hispanics believe that our borders must protected. We care for the security of our families. We believe in the rule of law and certainly this rule of law should be applied to all who break it, citizens or not citizens.
Hispanics believe that we need to fix our broken immigration system and we need to find a sensible immigration solution. We cannot accept amnesty – it is a slap in the face to those hardworking immigrants that have come to this country legally.
All Americans know that if congress wants to pass legislation without a single Republican vote, you are able to do so - just like you did with healthcare reform.
Therefore, do not stand there and blame Republicans for not solving the immigration problem. You are using this situation as an excuse because you are desperate, Senator. There are many Republicans legislators who are listening to the citizens, instead of telling them to blindly follow, and these legislators are willing to sit and discuss this major issue we have facing our Country. Our borders must be protected first and then a realistic solution must be reached.
In conclusion, Senator Reid, the reason that you do not understand why a Hispanic could be a Republican is because most Hispanics hold on to the conservative fiscal and moral values, and you do not.
Once again my name is Adryana Boyne and I am proudly an American, I am proudly a Texan and I am proudly a Hispanic Republican.

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