The Latina “Minuteman”?

pulido.jpgWhen 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

Image via DailyHerald.com

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7 comments on “The Latina “Minuteman”?
  1. “anti-immigrant”? Come one, you just can’t stand the fact that there are some of us who are intelligent enough to discern that the only issue in regards to this debate has to do with ILLEGAL immigration, nothing more, nothing less. Roseanna is not, nor are any of the members of YDSFM “anti-immigrant”. I do support the right of Mexican nationals to have access to healthcare, economic opportunities etc. in MEXICO. Of course, if they choose to pursue that here, it must be done so legally, like the rest of us and/or our families did.

  2. Perhaps you should read this commentary from “Israel” a 53-year old Mexican American who read about Roseanna yesterday.

    02.13.07
    Rosanna Pulido: American Patriot
    Commenter Israel writes:

    “I think I might be able to answer Shade’s question posted earlier [about why Rosanna Pulido is called a race traitor because she opposes illegal “immigration”]. First of all Shade, I am Hispanic, 53 years old, U.S. born as are my parents (both Hispanic). In my immediate family we still speak, read and write Spanish as a second language and are very proud of the contributions that we as Hispanics have given our country through our culture, heritage, and plain old good citizenship. For example, starting with my father (now 83) in 1945 to the present a total of 26 (and counting) members on my father’s side of the family have served in our country’s armed forces. We have served in virtually every armed conflict since 1945 either through the draft or as volunteers.

    “Yep, we still eat tortillas and make tamales at Christmas time. We don’t pretend to be anything other than what we are. Most definitely we are Americans first and thankfully my parents raised us with the belief that the content of a person’s character defined them; being brown and Hispanic was just a matter of circumstance.

    “Unfortunately, it is my and my family’s observation that some of our Hispanic brethren choose to define themselves in a mindset that I term: I am Hispanic, therefore I am. I think that this mindset colors everything in those terms and creates a very narrow perspective of one’s experience. These fellow Hispanics create a definition of what it means to be a “Real Hispanic.”

    “And so because my family and I view illegal immigration as just that – illegal immigration. We are deemed traitors, Tio Tacos, sellouts, self-haters, you name it by these “Real Hispanics.”

    “We don’t speak up publicly, but I assure you that at family gatherings this issue comes up and we vent our anger. Supporters of illegal immigration would not find a warm welcome at our family gatherings.”
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    Rosanna Pulido reminds me of me.

    She’s a woman, a racial “minority,” a member of a so-called “disenfranchised,” preferred, and protected group, with a myriad of disingenuous yet highly effective justifications to rely on skin color to get by in life and excuse the acts of badly behaving members of her racial group.

    Based on what I’ve read about her, she isn’t doing any of those things. Instead, Rosanna Pulido, daughter of legal immigrants from Mexico, is doing the unexpected. She’s a woman of Mexican descent who abhors illegal “immigration” and is doing something about it. Pulido is the founder of the Illinois chapter of the Minuteman Project — a group of American patriots who volunteer to peacefully stand watch at the border. Like me, she’s been called a traitor for standing up, publicly and without equivocation, for what she believes in.

    With my eyes closed, I could quote the kind of e-mail she gets verbatim.

    Despite the heat, Pulido is now Illinois chapter leader of You Don’t Speak For Me!, an organization of American patriots of hispanic descent and hispanic legal immigrants with the courage to shout from the rooftops that illegal “immigration” is harmful to citizens and legal aliens, and that it should be stopped. How refreshing it is to read (bold added):

    We are Americans of Hispanic heritage who believe in America. We believe in the governmental institutions and laws that make this country the greatest in the world. It is because of this strong belief in the principles of freedom, individual liberties, the rule of law, and democracy that we formed You Don’t Speak for Me!: American Hispanic Voices Speaking Out Against Illegal Immigration…American Hispanic voices are being shouted down by the hate and race-directed rhetoric of those who do not appreciate the laws of our country. We of You Don’t Speak for Me! give voice to those without a voice and those whose opposition to illegal immigration is drowned out by illegal aliens and their supporters marching in the streets demanding undeserved “rights” of U.S. citizens…We are standing together to say to the those who come here illegally and those who would give amnesty to those who have broken our laws, you are wrong and you should not be claiming to speak for all American Hispanics. You Don’t Speak for Me!

    Mere words can’t express how glad I am to know that Rosanna Pulido and a group like You Don’t Speak for Me! exist. I’m close to tears. Really. It gives me so much hope. I don’t care what color you are or where you came from. If you love America and respect its laws, you’re alright with me.

    Pulido told the Chicago Sun-Times, “I believe there are a lot of Hispanics out there like me who are afraid to speak out. I’m uniting with other Latinos who know we must stand up for the rule of law and fight for every American citizen no matter what race or ethnicity they are.”

    Don’t be afraid. Come out of the closet! We need you. If you’re a blogger of hispanic descent who is against illegal “immigration,” send me your links or trackback to this post.

    America first, people. Skin color ties, ethnic loyalties, racial group grievances — all of that is inferior to the common qualities we share as law-abiding, freedom-loving, rule of law-supporting Americans. I may be of African descent, but being an American — born in the greatest country in the world — is what I value.

    Posted by La Shawn @ 7:58 am Comments/Trackbacks (29)
    Filed under: Illegal Aliens

  3. She sounds like she has a complex- my father was born here, and my mother was a legal immigrant. Who cares?

    Also missing from the equation with many of these positions is the fact that these people were RECRUITED and knowingly hired for DECADES. Why is at the the MAJORITY of them have work set up upon arrival? How convenient to leave that out of the equation.

    The situation is a pretty complex one, but if people want to be so narrow-minded, that is their lousy choice.

  4. Aren’t the founders of the whole minuteman movement. Jim Gilcrist and Chris Simcox? a Nazi sympathizer and the other a ex militia man(usually racists) and a child molestor?. Oh well this latina is just another “looser” in the minuteman group.

  5. Yes. The fathers of the Minutemen movement are Nazi sympathizers and ex-militia men. They have the same mindset of people that started the KKK of old.

  6. Thou does protest too much. If there is anything I have learned in my 30 something years on this earth is that whenever you here a disclaimer “I’m not a racist, but..” “I don’t have anything against those people, but..” proceed with skepticism. The fact is that Rosanna Pulido and the other so called proud Latina have views more in common with the American Nazi party then they have with with their fellow Latinos.
    I’m of Hispanic decent and I’ve come across people like Rosanna Pulido my whole life, people that are ashamed of their background and try to hide it. Alberto Rodriguez becomes Col Albert Rodriguez, than Col Al Rodriguez. Rosanna Pulido’s action further the cause of the anti illegal immigration movement. It’s a shame that the minutment movement are now pitting Hispanics against Hispanics and Hispanics against Blacks. Divide and conquer.

  7. I guess that Pulido doesn’t know what these groups like Minutemen are about. They despise latin people specially Mexicans or dark skinned people, it isn’t about illegality anymore, they couldn’t care less.It is about
    the cultural aspect of immigration.
    Sheme on her for supporting these Racist Groups

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