When you think of the Minutemen, what comes to mind? Perhaps a truck full of white guys with binoculars hanging out at the border, and not a Latina from the Midwest:
Rosanna Pulido is proud of her Mexican heritage. So proud that she has committed herself to championing the rights of Mexicans and other immigrants who, like her own parents, came to this country to live the American dream. Legally, that is.
Pulido actively fights illegal immigration — she founded the Illinois Minuteman Project, a civilian group that works against illegal immigration, in 2005 — and believes illegal immigrants dilute opportunities for those who arrive legally. For that, she has been painted a traitor to her own people, bombarded with nasty e-mail and threatened with bodily harm.
“Championing the rights of Mexicans”? How is being a part of the Minutemen championing the rights of Mexicans or immigrants? Sounds like just another pawn in the game to me.
Pulido isn’t just the founder of the Illinois Minutemen (who, incidentally, travel to the U.S. Mexico border to keep a watch on people crossing into Arizona), but also the Illinois chapter leader for the organization “You Don’t Speak for Me”, a group of Latinos who have aligned themselves with the anti-immigrant movement.
For more of Pulido’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, have a look at this article. I actually had to blink a few times while reading it to ensure that what I was seeing was for real.
Via / Chicago Sun Times
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