I want to preface this by saying I do not speak Spanish. I know how to say, “Hola.” That’s it.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, if I were of Hispanic heritage, I would make an extra effort to speak in fluent Spanish to the Hispanic communities nationwide. I’d especially make the effort if I were a Republican candidate known for his anti-immigration stances. I’d definitely make the effort when I repeatedly tell everyone my father was a Cuban immigrant that washed dishes in a restaurant after coming to America.
However, Sen. Ted Cruz doesn’t.
In a news conference after his big Wisconsin win the night before, a reporter asked him a question in Spanish. Sadly, I can’t tell you what was said (sorry – I’ll try to find someone to translate). However, I CAN tell you what Cruz said.
“Look, our community, the Hispanic community…” He’s interrupted by the reporter, and then begins to speak Spanish briefly but then stops and goes back to English.
“I, I, I, have the problem of a second generation immigrant. I learned Spanish the same time I learned English… but to be honest, what I really spoke at home was Spanglish. And as you know in our community, that’s true with just about everyone and certainly with their kids.”
My best friend in middle school was second-generation immigrant and spoke fluent Spanish? She must be the exception, huh?
“My message to the Hispanic community is the very same as the message to every community which is we can get back to that economic opportunity that America has enjoyed for centuries.”
So says the guy that once said:
“As President, I will stop illegal immigration, build a wall that works, triple border security, and put in place the surveillance and biometric tracking to secure the border.”
Oh, and he once said this:
“I think it is a mistake to forgive those who break law, to allow them to become U.S. citizens, and that’s why I’ve led the fight against granting citizenship to those here illegally.”
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