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Rove Tells of 'Shared Values' With Latinos
The GOP strategist cites faith, family and Bush's immigration plan at a La Raza conference in L.A.
By Teresa Watanabe and Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writers
July 12, 2006
White House political strategist Karl Rove touted "shared values" of faith and family and reiterated President Bush's support of broad immigration reform in a Los Angeles address Tuesday to one of the nation's largest Latino civil rights organizations.
In a lunchtime talk at the National Council of La Raza's annual conference, the Republican advisor outlined Bush's plan for stronger border security, workplace enforcement, a guest worker program and earned legalization for undocumented immigrants.
"He understands immigration is a positive force in this country … vital to keep this country going," Rove said, prompting applause from the crowd of a few thousand.
But he drew scattered boos when he highlighted Bush's recent approval of $1.9 billion in funding for more border security, including deployment of National Guard troops, and was disrupted twice by hecklers who unfurled antiwar and anti-Bush banners.
Rove, who shared his own family story of Norwegian immigrants, also told the crowd that assimilating by learning English was critical to both national unity and boosting the pay and career potential of immigrants. "English binds us together as Americans and enables us to share our common life," he said.
Speaking after Rove, New Mexico's Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson outlined his own immigration plan — which was strikingly similar to Bush's. Unlike Rove, however, he was not booed when he promoted tougher border security to crack down not only on illegal immigrants, he said, but also on drugs and violence.
Rove's appearance comes as both parties try to tap the fast-growing Latino electorate, which is becoming more independent. About 40% of Latinos voted for Bush in the 2004 election, compared with 56% for Democratic candidate John F. Kerry.
I bet he wants to hit Josh Bolten over the head with a brick every day he sees him. The GOP won't see the damage their Final Solution to the Mexican Problem has led to until they start losing races in Hispanic districts. No one knows how severe it will be, but Rove getting booed, and remember, Bush wasn't on the extreme side of this is a hint.
The Spring's antics and the incredibly racist fallout from it was both avoidable and sadly predictable. The only question is the punishment they exact in the election
posted by Steve @ 4:50:00 PM