(Chuck Muth) – Although I’ve only met him a couple times and don’t really know him, I’ve always had a favorable impression of Fernando Romero, president of Hispanics in Politics, as a responsible political activist deserving of respect. I’m not so sure any longer.
Romero was a key leader of the angry mob (“Racist!” “Nazi!”) that protested in front of Stoney’s on Friday afternoon just prior to an event featuring Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. And in a Las Vegas Review-Journal story about the angry mob’s demonstration, Romero blamed Arpaio for “splitting immigrant families.” He added, “We wanted to send him a message, that the hatred he spews is not wanted here.”
What a load of crap, Fernando.
Arpaio isn’t splitting immigrant families. At best, families of ILLEGAL immigrants might get split if someone caught breaking the nation’s immigration laws is thrown in jail or deported. But even in those circumstances, the family can certainly remain together simply by moving back to the country from which they illegally emigrated.
And as Sheriff Arpaio pointed out in an interview on Friday, it’s the criminal alien who is responsible for his own family’s splitting, just like it’s the burglar or drug dealer’s responsibility for splitting up their family if caught and sent to prison. So stop blaming the police officer for something the lawbreaker did.
This reminds me of a scene from the Jim Carey comedy, “Liar, Liar.” In it, Carey plays a lawyer, Fletcher Reede who, thanks to a birthday wish by his young son, isn’t able to tell a lie for 24 hours. While in his office, Fletcher’s secretary, Greta, answers the phone and advises Fletcher that one of his habitual clients is on the phone.
“He knocked over another ATM,” Greta informs Fletcher. “This time at knife point. He needs your legal advice.”
At which point Fletcher picks up the phone and shouts, “Stop breaking the law, a**hole!”
You can learn a lot from Hollywood movies, can’t you?
But back to Sheriff Arpaio and Mr. Romero’s hate speech. I spent the entire day with Sheriff Joe on Friday. In private conversations, countless interviews and dozens of exchanges with both supporters and opponents of the new Arizona law, I never once detected even a scintilla of “hatred” from the man.
Such an undocumented (whoops!), incendiary accusation to the contrary is reckless and irresponsible, especially if Mr. Romero has never even spoken with the sheriff.
Joe Arpaio is a law enforcement officer enforcing the law. You don’t like the law….change it. Otherwise, angry Hispanic activists such as Mr. Romero should knock off the “racist” “Nazi” hate speech. And they also ought to start blaming the people who are really responsible for all this turmoil: The illegals who continue to flood into the United States.
Our best advice for resolving this matter: Stop breaking the law!