It’s no secret that this year’s Presidential Election, perhaps more so than ever before, is about two drastically different visions of America. But what we haven’t necessarily considered… Which of those futures is going to have more food options??
Yeah, umm… here’s the story from Sam Sanders of NPR News…
Thursday night in an appearance on MSNBC, Donald Trump surrogate Marco Gutierrez warned of impending taco overlords if immigration continues unchecked.
Gutierrez, who was born in Mexico and is co-founder of Latinos for Trump, said to MSNBC, “My culture is a very dominant culture. It is imposing and it’s causing problems.”
And then, he said the line that started a hashtag. “If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks [on] every corner.”
He went on to say that Mexicans “have a lot of good things we’re bringing to the United States, but we also have problems.”
In an interview in late July with NPR’s Asma Khalid at the Republican National Convention, Gutierrez said he was born and raised in Mexico, came to the U.S. in 1991, and that his parents, who were farm workers, “came here as braceros. They worked in the fields. So, they got amnesty … in 1986, through the Reagan amnesty.”
Along with Mr. Gutierrez’s meme-ready comment, the other guest on All In With Chris Hayes’ substitute host Joy Reid was Adriano Espaillat, whom if successful this November, would become the first formerly undocumented person elected to Congress. Contrast that with Marco Gutierrez whom has no problem referring to himself as “illegal” and per Sanders, is the beneficiary of the LAST time a United States President and Congress established a pathway to citizenship for a wave of undocumented immigrants. WHICH is why he can sit in front of the TV camera and make dumb comments that immediately go viral. But apparently what was good for him and his family isn’t going to work for undocumented people just trying to find a similar pathway to citizenship today.
*Cough* HYPOCRITE *Cough*
But anyway, back to #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner…
It may sound like a nightmare to Gutierrez, but as the Washington Post points out, many Americans seem all too ready to embrace a future with more delicious food options. What’s wrong with the United States embracing a vital part of its heritage, while simultaneously putting more people to work??
The same can be said for the creation of jobs and economic benefit of simply doing the right thing and creating a pathway to citizenship (AGAIN) for our nation’s current undocumented population. As we’ve seen after four years of the DACA program, the cost of helping the undocumented community to stay not only pays for itself, literally through an application fee, it removes the tremendous strains being put on our law enforcement agencies to conduct expensive deportations. In fact, the Center For American Progress states that even enacting the current DAPA and Expanded DACA programs proposed by the Obama Administration would cause a significant boost in economic activity.
So sorry Mr. Gutierrez… if a vote for Hillary Clinton and Democrats is going to lead to Taco Trucks on every corner, then by all means, pass me a plate, with extra green sauce!!
Which reminds me… I’m late for lunch.