State Rep. Angie Chen Button Also Wants the GOP to Tone Down the Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

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For a glimpse at how a Republican can turn a relatively moderate stance on immigration into a winning (or, at the very least, not suicidal) political issue, look at State Representative Jason Villalba.

Read the meditation he penned for The Dallas Morning News in which the 42-year-old wonders how to explain a "Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game" to his young daughter. Then, check out the open letter he sent yesterday to the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor.

Villalba still talks tough about opposing "amnesty," and he clearly has a finger to the political winds in the GOP, but his position is thoughtful, sincere and difficult to oppose without looking like a racist asshole.

Villalba, though, isn't the only Republican state representative pleading for a milder tone on immigration. At a Tea Party debate this week, Angie Chen Button, who represents the Richardson-Garland-Sachse corner of Dallas County, lambasted her party for its anti-immigrant stance.

"Thank you for having me, but If the Republican Party continues to have the attitude -- just don't give the newcomer, your new neighbor, an opportunity to prove how conservative I am -- I'm sorry, we are not being able to take back the White House," she warns over the crowd's jeers (fast-forward to about the 7:00 mark). "Please, show your respect and give an opportunity to the newcomers -- and I come here legally."

There are several things here that undercut Chen's message of tolerance. First of all, this declaration takes place after the debate has finished; she grabs the mic, shouts down the crowd and starts talking. It's also not clear what she's responding to. We haven't seen the the debate itself, just the closing statements, but the only provocation that's evident is challenger Jared Patterson's glancing mention of Button's failure to lead on illegal immigration, among several other issues. Also, is an extended rant at a Tea Party forum the most effective means of accomplishing anything?

The whole thing, with her allusions to meeting Newt Gingrich and raising $100,000 for the GOP, comes across as rather desperate. If Button's going to try to turn her pitch for reason on immigration into a winning political issue, she'd do well to study Villalba.

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kduble
kduble

Do you suppose the Wiemar Republic of the early 1930s had at least one Ashkenazic candidate running as a National Socialist?

michael_openshaw
michael_openshaw

I see you ask to fast forward past her complete breach of candidate forum protocal (not her first we've seen) that caused the audience response: she already had given her closing remarks, Jared gave his, then she went on quite a rant thought they were supposed to be done.  Want the TRUTH?  Watch the video in its entirety, not the 'selective' version to comfort the propagandists here.
Uhhh, I noticed you didn't mention the contents of the piece you lifted this from, so let me include it here as the cameraman for this piece:
"BTW Angie: About being ‘welcoming’?  As you well know, about the time you were coming from Taiwan, I ‘welcomed’ another immigrant from Taiwan- to be my WIFE.  And honored that heritage in our son, born 4 years later, by insisting he be given a Chinese middle name (Chien-Ming) and that he also learn his mother’s language. So when you claim we are not ‘welcoming’, this Tea Party leader gets a little bit peeved."
Not to mention Tea Parties give Raphael Cruz a GLORIOUS welcome wherever he goes.  It's not race, it's not which generation of immigration, it's not skin tone: it principles, policies and the rule of law.

patquinones62
patquinones62

I agree with you roo_ster BATSHIT-RACIEST, I believe Republicans loved Hispanics when its time for elections. No body take ur jobs....there to many lazy people that deepened on welfare, not immigrants they don¨t qualify, EXCUSES,EXCUSES



roo_ster
roo_ster

The GOP really ought to think twice about taking political advice from a chick who gave money to the batshit-craziest racist Democrat policritters before she was born again Republican.

dingo
dingo

The audience is giving the good lady hell because she is breaking the agreed upon rules for the debate.


She is arguing about GOP inclusion, not immigration. She is already a legal citizen. She is arguing that she should be elected in part because she is Asian an that will help with the inclusion message. Her argument has zero to do with immigration.


Jason Villalba'a 'winning' immigration stance: 

“this does not mean you have to abandon your conservative principles and support open-borders amnesty or reward those who have broken our laws,”

WTH again is the attempted point  with this blur-vocacy?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

These people are all insane.

Why do you concern yourself with which is the craziest?

ruddski
ruddski

Question:

Unchecked illegal immigration in Los Angeles county in the 1980's

A) kept wages for low-level and entry construction jobs the same as always

B) raised the wages for low-level jobs

C) cut the wages of low-level jobs by up to half

Question:

Low-level construction work prior to Reagan Amnesty in LA was performed chiefly by

A) Latinos who immigrated following legal procedure

B) African-Americans

C) white people.

These are not trick questions, and every Latino laborer, painter, drywaller or what-have-you knows the answer. Do you?

ruddski
ruddski

Looks like someone has accepted the left's flawed assertion that illegal immigration and legal immigration are the same thing.

tdkisok
tdkisok

It's a shame those Tea Baggers had to try and stop Rep Button from being heard. It looks like her 1st Amendment rights had to be violated because they can't stand the truth.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I wish TP'ers will continue to rant on and on like Button.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@ruddski Ah, the resident dumbass returns. Learn the difference between Split Labor Markets and Dual Labor Markets, and you have your answer. Hint: It's Dual Labor Markets, dumbass, implying that immigration was never the issue, employers cutting wages was always the issue.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@ruddski Ah, the resident dimwit is here to say random shit that we have to correct.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski  

Ok. I'd like to see where anyone, ever made such an assertion.

(That is, anyone with an official capacity to actually do something about it - not the gum flappers.)

dingo
dingo

@tdkisok  

I heard her. She said most newcoming Asian Americans are democratic until they learn the process like she did and found conservatism.

ruddski
ruddski

Nobody's constitutional rights were violated here, any more than when Stalinists in academia shout down an Ann Coulter speech because truth conflicts with their anti-freedom agenda.

Anon
Anon

Angie is not a TP. Angie is effective in Austin and responsive to her constituents.

ruddski
ruddski

In a vibrant construction economy, what would cause employers to cut wages?

ruddski
ruddski

Grbglffgr, I have no idea what split or dual means in relation to my business in LA at the time.

Are the questions too complicated?

Voot
Voot

@ghkyluhhjeI'd love to hear how the
difference between Split Labor Markets and Dual Labor Markets applies here. If you can, please explain what the words you're dropping into this context mean. If you can't or won't, I think everyone will understand.

ruddski
ruddski

If you can't answer the questions, why not admit it?

ruddski
ruddski

Look at the headline.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@dingo @tdkisok  

"In multiracial societies, you don't vote in accordance with your economic interests and social interests, you vote in accordance with race and religion."
----Lee Kuan Yew, first PM of Singapore


ruddski
ruddski

I think Asian-Americans tend to vote democrat

tdkisok
tdkisok

@ruddski  


Yeah, I didn't think you would see the hypocrisy, even though you are swimming in it.

ruddski
ruddski

Next time, I'll ask easier questions, I promise.

ruddski
ruddski

How are they exploitable? Pay them one-half of prevailing wage, and if you decide not to pay them at all, there's nothing they can do. La Migra tends to fly on Fridays.

Why not legalize the illegals? If you reward behavior, you get more if it.

And it's unfair to those who followed law, in a nation of laws.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

why are they "exploitable"?

bring them into the legal economy and they aren't.

that's the answer to your question.

ruddski
ruddski

The answer is actually "cheap, exploitable, illegal labor".

Next question is, "how can one lament income equality and champion immigration amnesty at the sane time?

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@ruddski "In a vibrant construction economy, what would cause employers to cut wages?"- The answer to that question is in the question. Geez, you are a fucking genious, aren't you ruddski?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski  

". . . left's flawed assertion . . ." doesn't wash with that headline.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

Asian-Americans pretty much parallel the same trends non-Asian voters do.

the more they identify with conservative religious faiths the more they vote Republican. The Asian-Americans who are not of conservative religious faiths tend to vote more Democrat.

dingo
dingo

@ruddski  

Like she said, until they learn the 'process'.

ruddski
ruddski

Ok, tdk, explain it to me.

ruddski
ruddski

I get accused of much here, and called lots of names.

There seems to be reluctance to explain. Why is that?

dingo
dingo

@tdkisok @ruddski 

1st amendment does not absolve the need for procedural rules related to certain forms of discourse.

ruddski
ruddski

If I shout your speech down, I'm being anti-freedom.

Anon
Anon

I never heard her say, in the video and more importantly in person, that she is a member of the Tea Party. That was a Tea Party sponsored forum, so of course all the folks in the room were falling all over each other to see who could profess being farthest to the right. I heard her state her conservative credentials, but that was all.

Angie has a solid record of good constituent service, she engages residents and businesses in her district, she thoughtfully casts her votes, and is appointed to key committees. Those committee appointments mean she can even more effectively represent the interests of her district, the interests of North Texas, and the interests of the State of Texas. Even when I do not agree with how she votes, I respect her and her process in how she arrives at her decisions.

BTW, Mr. Patterson makes a big deal about making $25 cuts in the Sachse budget. That may help balance the budget in a small town like Sachse, but it is absurd to think he can personally make any cuts in the state budget, much less get anywhere $25 at a time. What would that get you? Toilet paper for a week in one bathroom over in the General Land Office?

A wet behind the ears newby stands exactly zero chance of having any input on the state budget beyond casting his vote. He would not be on any important committees where actual input can be had. He would be expected to sit down, shut up, and learn from the more experienced members.

Serving on the Sachse council absolutely does not qualify him to serve in Austin.

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