Phoenix, AZ — Somos Independents is a national group of key swing registered independent voters led by Mexican American women
. Majority House Leader John Boehner is the 4th highest paid government official
getting paid almost a quarter of a million dollars per year with our tax dollars. We do not believe it is acceptable for him to decrease Congressional working days in 2013 in light of Americans having to endure the government shutdown debacle, partisanship, infighting with regard to the Affordable Care Act, Syria, Iran, budget talks and etc. We have watched the GOP-led House of Representative polls sink
, and we believe they do not deserve to go on extended vacation breaks considering Americans pay over $75 million budget per year in order to fund 435 House of Representatives.
The Republican Party used to pride itself on strong national security, however, they do not seem to realize there are immigration scam artists out there who benefit financially from a broken immigration system who want to bring back all 1.7 million immigrants who have already been deported to include dangerous and real criminals
. We have concerns with an Iranian
immigrant who appear to have an anti-U.S.A. mentality, and we want to be clear they have no agency to speak on behalf of Mexican American/Latino voters. The Mexican American / Chicano community has demonstrated our loyalty and patriotism
for our Nation in reporting these pseudo immigration activists who ask for donations to conduct “legal coyote” work by reporting these concerns to the FBI
, the DHS
and the DOJ
. Our community is not in favor for bringing back the real dangerous criminal element, and we will always support good immigrants who aspire to be Americans that can only contribute to our economy paving the way for new tax payers we will need to take care of our elderly with regard to the burgeoning social security government benefits they depend on. As such, Republicans have an opportunity to help eliminate those who profit and benefit from a broken immigration system in the name of National and Economic security.
According to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, we have the legal comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) votes with 190 cosponsors on H.R.15 and 28 Republicans vowing support.
The GOP can do things the easy way or the hard way. Either they pass immigration reform in 2013, or pay the political consequences in 2014. If they wait until 2014, we are afraid their hostility on immigration will remain fresh in our Mexican American / Latino minds for the remainder of the 2014 election year. We want to remind RNC Chair Reince Priebus and the Republican Party of when they underestimated us before in 2012 and when they suffered a huge blow with regard to the “Hispanic” and women vote. We plan on micro targeting areas with high Hispanic populated areas or areas with population changes. Our demographics and the arc of justice bend in our favor, and with the internet age we live , the GOP can no longer insult our intelligence with false perceptions. We know and understand what is going on. With approximately 500,000 new coming of age Latin voters per year, it would be wise for the GOP to take care of business before they go on their Christmas or Holiday break.
We are asking Speaker John Boehner to reconsider his recent immigration move because fixing our broken immigration system is a National Security issue. If national security is not a top priority for Republicans in the House of Representatives, we would like to invite them to attend the Joaquin Luna Jr., Memorial Walk in Texas so they can witness firsthand how the broken immigration system directly affects Mexican American and Latinos across the Nation. Joaquin Luna Jr. was a DREAM Act student who shot himself the day after Thanksgiving Day approximately 2 years ago because he felt he had no hope, and we want Republicans to remember Joaquin Luna this Thanksgiving Day. It has been 2 years since that fateful day and there is no reason why we cannot fix our immigration system in our Homeland considering we seem to be the first to want to issues in other parts of the world.
Here is a letter from Nina Hinojosa, surviving member of his family directed to the Republicans in the House of Representatives:
Nov. 7, 2013
Letter to Republican Representatives
It’s going on two years this month, that my brother Joaquín Luna, Jr. took his own life due to him having no hope of becoming a Civil Engineer like he always hoped he could be in this country. So, he chose to be with our Lord Jesús Cristo where in heaven you don’t need to have any sorts of documents to be accepted, just your faith.
It’s so hard to accept that the people we voted for to represent our country is so narrow minded, so cold-hearted that you all can’t put yourselves in our shoes and see the world as it really is and accept change. Because, these people who undocumented human beings (like you) are suffering. Take your blind folds off and see the potential all this kids have and see how much they have to bring to the table.
Stop the suffering, and stop the discrimination and give us a chance to prove ourselves. Give us the benefit of the doubt, so we can prove how much (together) we can make this a better place.
You have it in your power to make a humanbeing like my brother Joaquín Luna, Jr. have hope in their Dreams to become a reality and prove to everyone that we are more than undocumented.
Don’t spread more pain and don’t have another child lose hope. Don’t have another mother bury her son, a sister loose her baby brother (which I helped raise) and to this day I can’t stop shedding tears for him. And may you reading this feel my pain and open your hearts and have faith.
May you rest in peace little brother, Joaquín Luna, Jr.
(Below: Joaquin Luna Jr., suicide note dated the Day after Thanksgiving in 2011 within his journal).