Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., told a Democratic Club on Tuesday that white supremacist groups are influencing lawmakers to adopt laws that will lead to discrimination.
"There's a concerted effort behind promoting these kinds of laws on a state-by-state basis by people who have ties to white supremacy groups," said the lawmaker, who is of Mexican descent. "It's been documented. It's not mainstream politics."
Naturally people took exception with this so Ms Sanchez sought to explain her remarks:
"I never said that everyone who supports the Arizona law is a racist or white supremacist," she said in a written statement. "Anyone who says different is just trying to inflame the issue and get away from the real discussion of how to reform the immigration system in this country."
"The only way we are going to fix this problem is to have federal legislation," she added. "Unfortunately, the people who get on the airwaves to stir up anger by misconstruing my comments are not interested in constructive solutions. They're interested in dividing this country into 'us' and 'them' and totally undermining attempts to bring about real solutions."
First, there is federal legislation. It says the same thing as the Arizona legislation. It is being ignored.
Second, people just misunderstood and we are the ones being divisive by talking about her pointing out that the people pushing laws like Arizona's are a bunch of white racist.
I think the simple explanation here is that she is a nut. Keep in mind, I am a health care professional so that is my professional opinion.
I do get amazed though that these idiots continue to attack a law that is supported by 60% of voters.
In her district she may have enough "undocumented workers" and an active enough ACORN chapter that she will get re-elected but I would think on a national scale calling 60% of voters racist is a little counter-productive.