SquareState: HD23 Republican Candidate Links Immigration & Crime, Opposes Spanish Language Ballots

SquareState (9/24/08)

HD23 Republican Candidate Links Immigration & Crime, Opposes Spanish Language Ballots

GOP statehouse hopeful Mary Lynn Wagner has linked immigration with crime in campaign fliers, and opposed Spanish language ballots in remarks published on her website. In a flier distributed on Saturday in Golden, Mrs. Wagner supplies the following bullet point which I quote in full:

IMMIGRATION
Enforce existing laws, penalize employers who willfully hire illegal aliens, enforce English as the State language, report crimes committed by foreign nationals, no sanctuary cities!

Just in case you had any doubt about who Mrs. Wagner has in mind, her web thoughts on ENGLISH AS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE [sic] make things perfectly clear:

I find it especially disturbing that the Colorado Secretary of State provides voter registration and request for an Absentee Ballot in foreign languages:
Formulario de solicitud de inscripci de votante
Solicitud de balota de votar en ausencia
When one must be a citizen to vote and one of the requirements for citizenship is that an applicant “must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language.” However, this is probably an unfunded, federal mandate from the Voting Rights Act which is interfering with State’s [sic] Rights [my italics]. In any case, the Balkans, Quebec, and more recently, Holland, have proven that a nation must have a common language. It is a tremendous unifier!

“[F]ederal mandate from the Voting Rights Act which is interfering with State’s [sic] Rights.” Let the words sink in for a second, kids. The point of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was to prevent states like Alabama, Texas, and Mississippi from using the power of local government to interfere with the rights of minority groups under the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. Moreover, “States’ Rights” has long been code talk among those opposed to these Reconstruction Amendments. In a rather unsubtle way Mrs. Wagner is deploying the rhetoric of Confederate dead-enders against voting rights for Latinos.

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