Thursday, July 04, 2013

Did You Think Buck McKeon Only Hates Gays? He Also Hates Latinos


A few days ago we mentioned the 26 districts in Republican hands that have at least 25% Hispanic populations. The district with the 9th biggest Hispanic population is CA-25, Buck McKeon's district. Last year Democrat Lee Rogers won the heavily Hispanic third of the district in the Antelope Valley. With 38% of his constituents being Hispanic, maybe McKeon should be a little more respectful. The DCCC compiled a list recent comments and actions from the bigoted McKeon, Happy 4th of July:
McKeon: “I Do Not Support Amnesty For Those That Entered the Country Illegally.” In 2013, on his congressional website, McKeon wrote, “First and foremost, I do not support amnesty for those that entered the country illegally.” [, accessed 4/19/13]

McKeon: “Individuals Who Came Here Illegally Should Be Punished.” In 2013, on his congressional website, McKeon wrote, “I strongly believe that individuals who came here illegally should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, not rewarded for their actions.” [, accessed 4/19/13]

McKeon: “We Need to Examine the “Anchor Baby” Policy.” In 2013, on his congressional website, McKeon wrote, “We need to examine the ‘anchor baby’ policy and must fully comprehend the message we are sending to individuals considering entering the country illegally.” [, accessed 4/19/13]

Voted to Restart Deporting an Estimated 800,000 DREAM Act Eligible Young People. In 2013, Congressman McKeon voted for an amendment to the 2014 Homeland Security appropriations bill that would prohibit the use of Immigration and Customs Enforcement funds to implement President Obama’s June 2012 order that protects the “DREAMers” from deportation—those estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives.  The amendment also prohibits other prosecutorial discretion policies that ensure the agency's immigration enforcement resources are targeted at serious criminals, and not at those who pose no threat to U.S. communities, such as victims of domestic violence and other crimes who come forward to seek protection and identify their abusers. The amendment passed, 224-201. [HR 2217, Vote #208, 6/06/13]

McKeon: “We Should Quit Rewarding Those Who Enter Our Country Illegally.” In 1995, McKeon opposed birthright citizenship saying: “We should quit rewarding those who enter our country illegally with citizenship for their children,” said McKeon. [Los Angeles Times, 6/11/95]

Voted to Make Undocumented Immigration a Felony. In 2005, McKeon voted for the House immigration bill that would create criminal penalties for illegal immigration including making living in the country illegally a felony and a crime to assist illegal immigrants. [HR 4437, Vote # 661, 12/16/05, CQ Quarterly Weekly, 12/23/05]

Voted Against the DREAM Act. In 2010, McKeon voted against the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legal residency for hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants first brought to the United States illegally by their parents. [HR 5281, Vote #625, 12/08/10]

Co-Sponsored Bill to Block Undocumented Immigrant Students to Obtain In-State Tuition. In 2010, McKeon co-sponsored legislation that aimed at ending in-state tuition fees for illegal immigrants. [HR 4548, 1/27/10]

Supported Proposal to Allow States to Deny Public Schooling to Children of Undocumented Immigrants. In 1996, McKeon supported the amendment to an immigration bill put forth by Rep. Elton Gallegly that would give states the right to deny public schooling to illegal immigrant children. [Los Angeles Times, 4/12/96]

Co-Sponsored Bill to Abolish Birthright Citizenship for Children of Undocumented Immigrants. In 2010, McKeon co-sponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act that would abolish birthright citizenship for children born in the United States to illegal immigrant parents. [, accessed 4/19/13]

Voted for the Real ID Act of 2005 that Restricted Drivers Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants. In 2005, McKeon voted for the Real ID Act of 2005 that would require all states to obtain proof of legal status and verify all documents before issuing a driver’s license. [HR 418, Vote #31, 2/10/05]

Co-Sponsored Legislation to Make English the Official Language in the U.S. In 1995, McKeon co-sponsored the Language of Government Act that would declare English the country’s official language and cut off federal spending for anything that did not promote English. [Los Angeles Times, 9/08/95]
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