Back in January, President of Our Savior Lutheran Church and prominent Texas Republican Norman Adams launched Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy, a coalition which claims to offer “a ‘sensible’ solution to our immigration problem.” Adams’ plan — which would issue most undocumented immigrants a worker permit — isn’t exactly being met with open arms by members of his own party.
That’s why Steven Hotze, whom Right Wing Watch describes as an “ultra-right-wing Texas activist,” came to Adams’ defense earlier this week. “I am taking my stand with Norman Adams,” declared Hotze on the Texas GOP Vote blog. However, while Adams believes a sensible immigration policy is necessary because the “combined fertility rate of American born citizens is barely 2%, considered unsustainable” and due to the fact that Americans “have aborted nearly fifty million children in the United States!,” Hotze has a slightly different take. According to him, Latinos are natural Republican allies against Democrats and Muslims:
The majority of the Hispanic culture in America is Christian, pro-family, pro-life and pro-free enterprise. Sounds like they would make great Republicans to me. Let’s go recruit them!
Gentlemen, it seems that the real problem we face is the Muslim immigration invasion of America. The Hispanics are our natural allies against the Democrats and Muslims.
Ironically, Hotze also noted, “It seems to me that there may be nativistic and prejudicial thinking on the immigration issue by many Caucasians.” When it comes to Latinos though, that thinking is unfounded says Hotze. “I like people who take risks to help their families and are willing to work to better their families’ lives.” Yet, apparently, that criteria doesn’t apply to Muslim immigrants.
Besides the fact that Hotze’s reasoning is downright twisted, the “natural alliance” might not play out as he expects. As far as the politics of Latin America itself go, the recent recognition of Palestine by three South American governments certainly counters the notion that Latinos abroad necessarily perceive Islam as a threat. Meanwhile, it would make more sense for Latinos in the U.S. to stand in solidarity with the Muslim community against the racist vitriol and anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from the Republican party rather than allowing themselves to be used as a political wedge.