In response to what they view as deceptive media propaganda portraying all Hispanics as supporters of amnesty, illegal immigration, the welfare state, big government, and other causes, two liberty-minded leaders with Latin American ancestry launched Conservative Hispanics of America to fight back. In an exclusive interview with The New American, CHOA founder Andy Ramirez explained why such an organization is needed and what the future might hold for the budding alliance.
While the group will focus on a variety of different projects, the primary goal will be to educate the public and policymakers about the concerns of conservative American Hispanics. According to Ramirez, there is a real absence of liberty-minded Hispanics in the public arena, and that needs to change — especially because leftist and collectivist groups purporting to speak for all Hispanics currently dominate the limelight in terms of press coverage and lawmakers’ attention.
After watching the “propagandizing” on immigration issues by the Mexican government and “their agents in America,” Ramirez and his friend Al Garza decided “enough was enough,” Ramirez explained. Among the myriad groups he cited: the National Council of La Raza, which means “The Race” in English; a student group in colleges and high schools known as MEChA; the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and more. CHOA says those groups are pushing “ethnocentric politics,” and conservative Hispanics are sick of being lumped in with such collectivist organizations.
“We knew the other side was getting all the publicity and presenting false information that's purely propaganda and only reflective of those who've bought into the bologna or chose to accept the brainwashing that goes on within groups like MEChA,” Ramirez said. “They do not seek improvement for Hispanics any more than the Congressional Black Caucus seeks for the communities they represent, except that the CBC are not agents for Mexico or seeking a takeover and replication of what so many ancestors fled Mexico and other countries to escape. This replication is happening today, and we see it especially in California.”
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