Pol of Mexican Heritage Aims at Immigrants
He is a grandson of Mexican immigrants who has been called a traitor to his people for building his political career on attacks against illegal immigration.
Canyon County Commissioner Robert Vasquez entered the race for Congress earlier this month, and did it in characteristically provocative fashion, making the announcement at a Mexican restaurant that shares a building with the Idaho Migrant Council — one of his more vocal opponents.
"My people — as I'm often accused of turning my back on them — my people are American. I've got an American flag hanging in my office, not the Mexican chicken-and-worm or whatever it is," Vasquez said in a swipe at the eagle-and-snake emblem on the Mexican flag.
Vasquez said he is not betraying his heritage. Yes, he said, his grandfather came to this country from Mexico. But "it was legal immigration, and it was years ago when there was actually some control over the borders," he said, "not an invasion of hundreds of thousands of aliens every year that demand a separate culture and language just for themselves."
I may have to move to Idaho just to vote for this man!
It is very disturbing to me that we have several generations of Americans who identify themselves as Mexicans. They feel a loyalty to Mexico rather than their own country and in some cases actually despise America.
Here is a hispanic who understands that he is not turning his back on "his people" because "his people" are Americans! "His people" don't just have one skin color, one ethnicity, or one heritage. His people are the "melting pot" known as America!