Many tea party representatives, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, have steadfastly maintained that their stand against comprehensive immigration reform does not mean that they are biased against Latinos. Nevertheless, the vast majority of Latinos remain highly suspicious of the tea party movement in general, and the Tio Taco antics of Cruz, in particular.
Taken alone, the tea party movement’s stand on immigration reform might not alarm some, but when its positions on other issues are factored in — from opposing health care reform, gay marriage, gun control, the original provisions of the Voting Rights Act, and the funding of education and other federal social service programs — an overriding theme of intolerance, coupled with a callous indifference toward the working class and the underprivileged, comes into focus. Case in point: the recent Washington debt ceiling standoff, in which 30 to 40 members of the Tea Party Caucus forced their fellow House Republicans to vote to strip “Obamacare” of its funding as a condition to avoid a complete government shutdown represents a not-too-veiled threat that has significantly raised the level of concern over the tea party agenda to new heights across our nation. The resulting shutdown of government has caused the country much pain.
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