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Herman Cain (Photo: Flickr/johntrainor)
Herman Cain (Photo: Flickr/johntrainor)

Cain draws ire of national Hispanic Republicans

'We call on Herman Cain to drop his candidacy for President'
By Lynda Waddington | 07.11.11 | 8:30 am

Atlanta businessman Herman Cain returns to Iowa Monday following a staff hiccup to open his state headquarters and speak with Scott County Republican Women, but he’ll be doing so under the glare of the Republican Hispanic community.

Somos Republicans, the nation’s largest Hispanic GOP watchdog group with an Iowa affiliate, has taken exception to statements made by Cain that the way to solve the nation’s concerns with illegal immigration is to build a moat filled with alligators and an electrified “Great Wall of China.”

The comments by Cain were made during an early June stop in Pella on behalf of Iowa religious conservative organization The Family Leader and were captured on video by Think Progress:

“We call on Herman Cain to drop his candidacy for President,” reads the statement from Somos Republicans in Ankeny. “His recent comments and lack of practical solutions to solving illegal immigration show he’s not a serious candidate.

“Many Hispanics find his recent comments comparing immigrants to ‘invading Huns’ offensive, and also insensitive when thousands of immigrants died crossing the desert. We’re looking for practical and humane solutions, and find Cain’s pandering to xenophobes disgusting.”

Hispanic voters, the group contends, are capable of swinging the 2012 election and “Cain needs to leave the field open to more serious candidates.”

… One need only look at the worker shortages in Georgia and Arizona agriculture sectors to see the dire consequences of enforcement-only strategies that don’t address the needs of America’s economy. Forty percent of Yuma Arizona’s lettuce crop went un-harvested after 100,000 Hispanics fled Arizona following passage of SB1070, even though Yuma has unemployment rates rivaling those of the great depression. Georgia passed a similar law, and now farmers are struggling to find migrant farm workers and now must decide which crops to leave rot. According to a recent study by the Cato institute, for every farm worker in the field, another 3.1 workers depending upon their work. Ironically the fast food industry is one of the sectors of our economy that is heavily dependent on undocumented immigrant workers, so we can’t help but wonder if Cain’s wealth from this industry was built on undocumented immigrant labor!

Throughout U.S. history, whenever legal immigration has been unreasonably restricted, the result has been illegal immigration, first with Chinese immigrants in the late 19th century, then with Southern and Eastern Europeans during the 1920s, and today with unskilled undocumented workers, over 70 percent are from Latin America. Our last major immigration overhaul was in 1965, at a time that 50 percent of native adult Americans were high school dropouts, as compared to 6 percent today. Clearly, our demographics and needs have changed but our immigration system hasn’t. …

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  • Anonymous

    Where are the Jobs with the truth being there is over 20% of americans unemployed. America does not need any more help, it needs to protect the
    people it has now. There is a front door to the USA. Tell me what country lets Americans come in the back door without a passport and a work visa. Why is it that Americans need to play by the rules of Law and illegal’s do not and get a free pass if they break the Laws and sent back to their home country, FUBAR. Maybe we need to add more stars to the flag starting with Mexico, they will always be our neighbor like it or not. Maybe USA can buy it with more printed money.
    Next the argument will be that robots are taking the jobs away from illegal’s and Americans in the near future. In stead of trying to put Herman Cain down on his metaphors try under stand his meaning and his talking points. Good to see that someone is brave to bring up Americas important matters, even if others only have put downs. No No You Can’t Stop The Herman Cain Train.

    Herman Cain – Press Conference – Pella – Video

    • Anonymous

      Wow.  I’d dispute your argument but I can’t seem to find a consistent thread.  Are you arguing that decrying illegals now for taking jobs apparently no one wants (or, in states with high unemployment, those jobs would be filled) is like decrying robots in the future, presumably built to do jobs no one wants, from taking those jobs?  

      Are you saying there are vast numbers of Americans desperately seeking asylum and a survival-level income (and by ‘survival’, I don’t mean ‘able to buy the most recent TV’) in other countries?  I mean, I guess that day may come if enough states pass discriminatory laws and the gap between rich and everyone else keeps widening, but it certainly isn’t here now.But the important thing is, you have a catchphrase.  I guess that makes up for a dearth of coherent thought.

      • Anonymous

        ‘Shift the subject, Ignore the facts, Name calling’
        Herman Cain

        Who ever said that America does not want it’s Jobs? We want our Jobs, we just do not wish to be under paid and ripped off. Forcing illegal’s into under paid slave labor to break their backs because they do not have the same rights as Americans to protect them self’s does not make it right. Who is getting rich the one that does the picking or the one that owns the farm. Why do you not just call it what it is an Exodus from countries that are suppressing human rights. Taking advantage of illegal’s to push a leftist agenda is wrong when they could of used the front door and became Americans and had some rights. Mexico can join our republic and we can add a star to our flag.  We can just keep adding stars to Old Glory tell there is as many stars as there is in the sky. Until the whole world can taste freedom from slave labor and suppressors. I think it is time for other countries to adopt American rights and laws then there would be no reason for them to run away from their home country for freedom, they can then come to the main land USA as Americans. And yes robots will have rights too even if they only have artificial intelligence.

        • Anonymous

          I see.  So the solution to an influx of illegals fleeing suppression only to find themselves (occasionally, but not always) abused here is to build a big wall, imprison illegals, or kick them right back to the countries they left.  It certainly isn’t better to improve our immigration process, allow more people in, expedite legal immigration processing when there is a known state of oppression or dire need on the immigrant’s part, and then follow up with education on the language, regional customs, and legal rights, diligent review of available jobs for safety and ethical violations, provision of recourse in case of abuse, and penalization, not of the already impoverished, rightless, and abused illegals, but of the manufacturers who deliberately advertise for them, help them cross over, employ them, and then systematically abuse them because they know illegals don’t dare protest, and the corporations can always replace them.

          BTW, this is called SARCASM.  S-A-R-C-A-S-M.  Because the first method sucks, and the second reflects a humanitarian interest that Republicans don’t seem to recognize (except possibly Gary Johnson, Republican black horse).

          • Anonymous

            Are you actually saying that we should hand all the illegal alien fugitives a green card and take them in under our wing? These people have been found working in auto repair, assembly, numerous jobs that unemployed legal citizens used to do but lost in favor of the illegals. And the illegals are not interested in learning English, they are interested in making all the money they can to send back to relatives in the cesspool country they came from.
            Have you been living under a rock somewhere? This country happens to be drowning in people as it is. Why would anyone with good sense want to expedite legal immigration?  The legal immigrants coming here now can’t find  jobs.  They are competing with the unemployed Americans is what is happening. And as far as the illegals fleeing suppression, please tell me, suppression from whom? Nobody bothers them in the South American countries they come from.  What their problem is that their own governments don’t want to be bothered with spending the money to educate them. Some of these people can’t read and write their own language. And according to you we the tax payer are supposed to adopt them. Not this tax payer!!!

          • Anonymous

            Suppression was first brought up by the previous post, but clearly expecting you to keep more than one perspective in your head at a time is too much.  Also, had you read my post before switching to knee-jerk mode, you might have noticed I was suggesting we  improve our immigration process, allow more people in, and expedite legal immigration processing.  The giveaway was the bit where I typed “improve our immigration process, allow more people in, expedite legal immigration processing”.  I know lots of those are big words, but ‘legal’ is not.

            I also advocated that, instead of heaping punishments on people who haven’t exactly had an easy life, maybe we should punish the American manufacturers who deliberately advertise for them, help them cross over, employ them, and then systematically abuse them.  Again, you might have deduced that complex underlying theme from the sentence where I said we should penalize “the manufacturers who deliberately advertise for them, help them cross over, employ them, and then systematically abuse them”.  Now, I know these delicate metaphors might have hidden my true meaning, but in the future, perhaps you could read more carefully and save me cutting and pasting most of a post.

            Suppression from whom?  Really?  How about corrupt governments, drug cartels, random kidnappings, racial discrimination (because it’s not just the white people up here who hate and fear others), and of course, poverty and starvation.  Do you read a newspaper?  Get online?  But hey, why should we care?  Why should we open our country, our neighborhoods, and our jobs to these people, who clearly are showing up entirely to mooch off us and then somehow also provide for the families they had to leave home, so things like this: won’t happen to their children?  I don’t know, maybe because an awful lot of people follow the teachings of some guy 2000 years ago, who said that first and foremost we should love our neighbors.  Not turn them away in time of need, not reject them or distrust them or exploit them.  Love them.

            I don’t follow the wacky cult that sprang up from this guy’s heels; they seem to have twisted ‘love thy neighbor’ by adding ‘as long as he looks, acts, and believes as I do, and only on Sunday, and oh yeah, if he wants to marry some guy, the answer is a constitutional amendment saying “no”‘.  But the guy who started it all had some philosophies which, while unoriginal, are still sound, and worth following.  Once upon a time, my people were immigrants; probably yours were too.  I’d like to think that someone gave them a hand, and now I can pay it forward.  And if they were shunned and mistreated…well, I’d like to think I can do better than their oppressors.

  • augustoperez

    Somos Republicanos is just another ethnocentrist group that is trying to be a wolf in sheep’s clothiing.  Illegal immigration is a crime, Period!  The fact that Herman Cain is a minority conservative creates a big obstacle for these groups that seek to turn a choice to break the law into a social issue to blame on “whitey”.  It (sympathizing with illegal aliens) becomes a more difficult sell when the person calling the kettle black is black himself and these race-mongers are hogtied from using their typical accusations of racism.

    • NewttheLiar

      Your postion is unintelligent and untenable. The fact that Cain employed undocumented workers and now wants to build a “moat filled with alligators” to keep humans from crossing our borders is what is at issue here. Undocumented workers of all Nationalities couldn’t less about the ethnicity of someone who would suggest a “solution” so utterly ridiculous.   You appear to live in a world where ethnocentricities and stereotypes are predominant.  Sad. 

      • Anonymous

        You know, racism is not dependent upon one’s own skin color.  Cain has also stated that he wouldn’t allow any Muslims to serve in high offices in his administration.  How many of our honky presidents have been that blatant in their discrimination?

        • Anonymous

          Obama, Morton, Napolitano, Holder, Perez….for starters.  Research the DOJ’s actions on the New Black Panthers case; read up on Thos Perez’s position statements on every and any one who is not Caucasian; check out the billions of our tax dollars paid out to phantom black farmers; read the Health Care bill and note the blatant discrimination included in the language outlining applicants for medical school; check out the hundreds fold increase in gov’t monies given to LaRaza since two of their former members/excecutives were appointed to the WH positions. 

          There is not enough room in a book the size of War and Peace that could include the blatant discrimination on the part of this administration that, by all accounts, will go down in history as the worst for many reasons, including discriminating against Caucasians.

          • Anonymous

            Right.  Those imaginary black farmers got their mitts on our tax dollars because of Obama.  Not this white guy here:  or this white lady here:  Those 15000 phantoms (and those are just the vindicated ones; 75000 weren’t heard due to the deadline) are clearly just a front, $100 mil is clearly billions (although it may be by the time the rest of the past victims of loan discrimination are heard), and this guy:

            is Barack Obama.  

            Since my point was that discrimination was not limited to the white folks, I’m not really sure how you’re intending to counter it with a statement that Obama discriminates.  However, for the rest of your theoretical pillars of discrimination within the Obama administration, references, or it didn’t happen.  And no, I’m not going to do your research for you.  Substantiate your point or fail to substantiate your point; I’m tired of doing the work for you lazy-ass parroters of random propaganda.

      • augustoperez

        The question is if Cain himself knowingly employed illegals.  I understand your inane comment of “Undocumented workers of all Nationalities couldn’t less about the ethnicity of someone who would suggest a “solution” so utterly ridiculous”, but undocumented workers do not vote in US elections, so before accusing others of holding positions that are unintelligent and untenable, you should first examine your highly defective and specious arguments.  Don’t be surprised to find that “Somos Republicanos” is just another shadow group fronting for La Raza or some other organization that makes its living of the illegal immigration issue.

    • egc52556

      Illegal immigration may be a crime — for the moment — but it’s a crime without a reasonable, practical, or ethical solution.  What’s your plan?  Going to round up 11,000,000 people, check their papers, move them through the courts, put them in jail for a while, then export them?

      I guess that’s a job-creating program.  And one without end because people will be coming to this country faster than you could find an deport them.

      If we had more reasonable policy that addressed the reasons people are leaving their country and coming here illegally at a fair amount of risk, then we could stem the tide and better be able to integrate the immigrants — illegal or otherwise — into our culture.

      This has nothing to do with Cain’s race.  And Cain’s race doesn’t exempt him from being called a racist.

  • Halla Eks

    Sorry Mr Cain, Ron Paul has it right and will be receiving my vote.

  • BajaRat

    My guess is this “Somos Republicans” is another SPLC, Tan Klan or
    Soros-funded nest of scumbags whose mission is to make loathsome
    “progressives” (read Marxists and commiecrats) look good to so-called
    “Hispanics.” Nobody I know in politics has ever heard of this bunch of
    whiners before. 

  • DeeDee

    Cain is taking the GOP on the path to extinction.  We can’t imagine Abe Lincoln saying the horrific ideas that Herman is advocating.  Electric Fence?  Huns?  Wall of China?  Herman Cain is NO Ronald Reagan.  That is for certain. 

    • Anonymous

      30+million illegal aliens marching through our tax paid streets demanding rights to which they are not entitled and certainly do not deserve and the trillions of dollars Americans are forced to pay for services provided to them, combined with the thousands of Americans who have been killed at the hands of illegal aliens and on and on and on results in Herman Cain echoing the sentiments of the majority of Americans.

      You really do not believe that by incorporating tactics used by Hitler and Mussolini you will achieve your goal of silencing Americans, do you?  Illegal aliens and those who support them will never, I assure you, render the GOP extinct.  Conversely, American candidates who do not fear speaking the truth in time will render extinct groups such as LaRaza, Somos Republicans, LULAC, CASA, SPLC, ACLU and other such radical anti-American groups.

      • Anonymous

        Riiiight.  So the bit where illegals still have taxes deducted from their paychecks and fed into a social security and medicare system they can never utilize means nothing…that definitely benefits them, not you.  The much speculated-upon increase in crime due to immigrants has failed to materialize:
        Since the rest of your claims seem to be an assumption that immigrants must be up to something (unspecified, but doubtless HORRIBLE AND SNEAKY), they’re a bit hard to refute.
        And Hitler’s best known for demonizing, demeaning, and eventually subhumanizing people.  Whom he kept, aptly enough, behind barricades, while they starved.  But hey, it was OK…they weren’t real Germans, but were instead the people who were stealing German jobs and committing crimes against the German people.  I guess that makes mass murder OK, right?

  • Tom Lamb

    Sounds like the Hispanic special interest group has something in common with Jon Stewart. 3 page bills and alligator filled moats.

    Looking at the Somos Republican twitter account - the tweets are quite funny when you know they are serious about the Cain dig at Obama.

    Lighten up Somos Republican group u look like a Democrat.

  • Anonymous

    Did any of you fools actually listen/watch the clip?  It’s a joke idiots! The video was put out by the radicals at Think Progress and even they couldn’t edit out all the laughter in the audience or the smile on his face while he was telling the story.   

    • egc52556

      Sorry, a racist joke is still racist.  It’s not funny as humor and anybody who expects to be taken seriously as a candidate for President of the United States of America shouldn’t engage in such low-level humor.

  • Alberto Barrera

    Somos Republicans is becoming a leftist organization aimed at watering down the Republican party with Moderates like johnson, huntsman, and rommney.Dee Dee Blase, the groups creator has deleted my comments and banned me from the group on Facebook because I questioned her on the Cain bashing that she was posting. I warned her that I would create my own organization, and so I have. 
    To all of those who have unfortunately read her koolaid: It is clear that Dee Dee’s group is not for the real Republicans that the US needs. Besides, Cain was clearly being sarcastic, he grew up during the times before the civil rights movement.

    • Anonymous

      Congratulations, Alberto.  I can not think of a higher compliment re your patriotism, ethics, and morals than to be banned by Somos Republicans.

  • Anonymous

    Somos Republicans?  In truth, they are nothing more than an arm of LaRaza and insult the intelligence of anyone with an IQ above 10 in attempting to convince us otherwise.

    Someone should inform these charlatans that Caucasians, not Latinos, are the majority in this country.  The Latinos who reside here legally are more in sync with Alberto Barrera (see comments below) and patriotic Americans and do not segregate themselves into ethnic groups that are more like anarchists than voters.

    It is we the people who will decide Herman Cain’s fate as the candidate and not we, the anarchists (aka Somos Republicans). 

    • Anonymous

      Stop demanding and consuming the goods and services that illegal aliens produce and/or increase the number of immigration visas for the workers that come or stay here illegally to produce the goods and services that we demand and consume.

  • Anonymous


    In all the
    talks and discussions about cutting back on the US treasury deficits, both
    parties are refusing to consider in these antagonistic debates, the fact
    that illegal aliens are compounding this major issue; the dollar amount to the $14.5 Trillion
    dollars, in this miserable meltdown we are facing.
    The Department of Homeland Security estimated in 2003, that
    8 million to 12 million illegal aliens had settled in America and 700,000 new people
    enter illegally and stay each year. That’s across borders, by lying at entry
    ports as tourists to the official. These administration statistics are somewhat
    suspect and may represent major under counting, as they are fashioned by the very
    people accountable for the tsunami of illegal aliens entering our country. An
    alternative method is used here to estimate a range of numbers of illegal’s
    that is probable more levelheaded.

    The precise number of illegal’s entering the
    United States and the exact rate at which they cross our borders are unknown.
    Official government numbers are often hard to come by, remain intentionally concealed
    and are habitually sanitized, in the federal sector and states. This directed (CAPS)
    California for Population Stabilization to seriously question officials at the Census
    Bureau and (DOF) California Department of Finance, population figures on these numbers.
    As an alternative of the 8 million to 12
    million illegal aliens these agencies and the liberal progressives claim to be
    here, there may actually be 20 million to 30 million or more? Nobody truly

    cost of harboring illegal immigrants in the United
    States is a staggering $113 billion a year; an average of $1,117 for
    every  household in America and that’s just at the federal level. More
    truth and  Statistics  requested? Go to NumbersUSA or Judicial Watch.

    Freshman Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.)
    added his name to 14 different bills on Thursday that would reduce overall
    immigration levels and work to end illegal immigration.

    H.R.152 – a bill introduced by Rep. Ted Poe’s to
    improve border securityH.R.310 – a bill introduced by Rep. Sure Myrick that
    would prohibit federal funding to institutions of higher learning that
    provide in-state tuition to illegal aliens H.R.691 – a bill introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey that
    would prevent mortgages from going to illegal aliens H.R.692 – a bill introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey that
    would end Chain Migration H.R.693 – a bill introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey that
    would require all businesses to use E-Verify within 60 days H.R.800 – a bill introduced by Rep. John Carter that
    would require all businesses to use E-Verify within 2 years H.R.1091, introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter that would
    require DHS to construct 350 additional miles of border fencing H.R.1134 – a bill introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter that
    would prohibit federal funds being sent to sanctuary cities H.R.1196 – a compilation bill introduced by Rep. Gary
    Miller, the LEAVE Act, that would end birthright citizenship, require
    nationwide use of E-Verify, improve interior enforcement, and discontinue
    rewards to illegal aliens H.R.1459 – a bill introduced by Rep. Sue Myrick, the
    Scott Gardner Act, that would increase penalties for illegal aliens caught
    with a DWI H.R.1698 – a bill introduced by Rep. Sue Myrick that
    would increase fines for employers that hire illegal aliens H.R.1764 – a bill introduced by Rep. Charles Boustany
    that would end sanctuary cities H.R. 2000 – a bill introduced by Rep. Heath Shuler, the
    SAVE Act, that would require all employers to use E-Verify and strengthen
    interior and border enforcement H.R.2164 – a bill introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith, the
    Legal Workforce Act, which would require all employers to use E-Verify.

    cannot afford anymore to support the poverty of other countries. The final
    straw was learning from the (FAIR) Federation of American Immigration reform
    that a volume amnesty would cost to process everybody with all the FBI
    background checks, health checks and the occupied paperwork over $2.5 trillion
    dollars. This is incorrigible when 13 million Americans are seeking work and
    this country, is still in a recession and unlikely to climb out of this
    $14.4 Trillion dollars financial chaos for years. Every American needs to
    rethink his vote for 2012. Not for Democrats, not for Liberals and not for
    Republicans, but for this Nation’s People under the banner of the TEA PARTY. 

    is the time to empty the overcrowded classrooms, full with the children
    of illegal aliens. Give hospitals breathing space saving billions of
    dollars from uninsured illegal immigrants, who knowingly enter by foot,
    vehicle, aircraft or boat into the United States. Entering illegally in
    a violation of our national sovereignty and should be a felony, for
    illegal aliens and those who knowingly break the rules, including
    businesses. Start the Attrition by enforcement programs such as
    E-Verify, Secure Communities and support Arizona, Alabama, Georgia,
    Utah and States nationwide who have no choice but to restrict illegal
    immigrants through police laws as their welfare programs are being
    sucked dry.

    illegal nationals are bypassing Arizona and loading their possessions,
    heading for Sanctuary States as California, Nevada, Illinois,
    Washington state and many counties within particular States.

    • Anonymous

      These chunks of propaganda have been spliced without references in so many far-right blogs, tracing the origins seems impossible.  Nice cut&paste, BTW; I guess it saves you having to read and/or think.

      On the plus side, much of it comes from a report put out by FAIR.  I love how the fringers come up with names for their evil which actually would seem to imply good.  So tricky!  We were all fooled, too.
      The Southern Poverty Law Center describes FAIR here:

      As for NumbersUSA:

      Maybe you have a non-partisan, non-chainmail-propaganda source?

  • Anonymous

    Hispanics find the term “invading Huns” offensive?  Do they realize most Americans find the presence of illegal aliens in our nation offensive?  And there are laws against illegal entry, re-entry and overstaying one’s visa. We also find the failure to enforce our laws offensive.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t.  I find our restrictive immigration laws, and the blatant abuse of illegals by American manufacturers (while government agencies turn a blind eye) offensive.  We’re a nation of immigrants; we’ve been a nation of immigrants since we were a nation.  It’s hubris to assume we can just ignore that past and declare that no others can want the things our ancestors wanted.

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