At a round table discussion on “This Week with George Stephanapoulos,” Ann Coulter, conservative commentator, made the provocative but true claim, “Democrats are dropping the Blacks and moving on to the Hispanics,” and added that immigration rights are not civil rights.
Ann Coulter’s comments are timely as President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney compete for the Latino vote, and both participated in town hall interviews on Univision last week that focused on the issues of the Hispanic community.
Another “This Week” roundtable guest, former Labor secretary Robert Reich said, “We have Romney who is basically taking a position that is anti a large and the fastest growing segment of the electorate.”
Reich said Romney has failed to appeal to Latinos on immigration issues and has called for self-deportation and threatened to veto the DREAM Act.
Univision anchor, Jorge Ramos criticized President Obama for not aggressively pursuing immigration reform and said that “if Republicans don’t do something with immigration . . . they’re going to lose not only this election, they might lose the White House for a generation.”
This is when Coulter interjected, “That’s why the Democrats are dropping the Blacks and moving on to the Hispanics.” She was saying that Democrats are aggressively pursuing the Latino vote more aggressively than the African America vote, which polls show is definitely behind President Obama.
Coulter added, “I think what – the way liberals have treated Blacks like children and many of their policies have been harmful to Blacks, at least they got the beneficiary group right . . . there is the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws. We don’t owe the homeless. We don’t owe feminists. We don’t owe women who are desirous of having abortions, but that’s – or – or gays who want to get married to one another. That’s what civil rights has become for much of the left.”
When questioned as to whether immigration rights were not civil rights, Coulter responded, “No. I think civil rights are for Blacks . . . What have we done to the immigrants? We owe Black people something. We have a legacy of slavery. Immigrants haven’t even been in this country.”
Melody Barnes, former Obama domestic policy adviser, disagreed with Coulter and said immigrants have faced discrimination that required the same protections sought by those who fought for civil rights.
All American citizens, regardless of ethnic background, are entitled to equal rights under the law, and there is a vast difference between those who are born in this country or enter it legally and those who are undocumented.