Dallas, Texas – Cafe Con Leche Republicans, a national pro-immigrant Republican organization with a Texas chapter, today reacted to the Texas law enforcement surge announced by Gov. Perry.
Bob Quasius, Cafe Con Leche Republicans President, said “We understand the need and support the law enforcement surge. Clearly our border patrol has its hands full in dealing with the humanitarian crisis resulting from the surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America.”
Victor Medina, Texas Cafe Con Leche Republican leader added “Texas has always risen to meet the challenges of human tragedy. Whether it was taking in refugees from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, or helping the town of West pick up the pieces after a devastating explosion, we look out for our fellow man. Rather than relying on our government, we hope our fellow Texans will once again step up and follow the command of Christ to show compassion for the poor, the needy, and the strangers from other lands who are sick and imprisoned.”
Medina continued “It’s obvious there needs to be a surge in humanitarian assistance too. With 30-40 people in a cold room with one toilet and very little food it’s obvious the humanitarian crisis must be addressed quickly. Allowing these conditions to persist with children is particularly disturbing, and is government-sponsored child abuse. The Border Patrol and ICE do not seem capable of dealing with large numbers of child refugees, and it’s appropriate for Texas to surge resources in support of these children’s special needs.”
Quasius observed “We’re also concerned about messaging and tone. Instead of referring to a surge in “illegal immigration” instead our elected Republican officials should refer to them as child refugees, as that’s what they are. Hispanic voters are very empathetic to the plight of these children, and expect respectful tone. Constant rhetoric about how some might be gang members, etc. by some Republican politicians is not well received by Hispanic voters.”
About Us – Cafe Con Leche Republicans is a national organization of Republicans who welcome “New Americans”, defined as immigrants and family of recent immigrants. Our mission is to make America and the GOP, more welcoming to “New Immigrants” through political activism, “in-reach” and education within the Republican Party, and lobbying government to adopt more immigrant friendly policies. We also seek to bring more conservative and moderate “New Americans” to the Republican Party. These efforts will strengthen the GOP, and lead more Republicans to embrace welcoming policies for immigrants and their families. We have members nationwide, with leadership in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and California. Our members and leadership are predominantly Hispanic, though we define ourselves by mission and guiding principles, not ethnicity, and we welcome all who share our goals. Our leadership is 100% Republican.