by Mary Tuma
“With immigration on the forefront of public discussion, it’s important to remember that Texas began as a part of the Spanish Empire ruled from Mexico,” said Patterson, who is running in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. “This is the whole story of the Alamo. While John Wayne made a movie about the Alamo, that largely focused on the Anglo defenders Crockett, Bowie and Travis, it’s important to remember the Tejano defenders who sacrificed their lives for Texas freedom, too.”
The exhibit, Standing Their Ground: Tejanos at the Alamo, seeks to honor the Tejano Alamo defenders and, "portray them as real people." (Just thinking out loud here, but is this an admission that we historically have not considered Tejano Alamo fighters "real"? But I digress...)
It's hard to reconcile Patterson's glowing praise of Tejano defenders and reminder that we, at one point, fell under Mexican rule with his extreme anti-immigration policy. The land commish even touts himself as the most conservative of his lite guv opponents when it comes to laying down the barriers to citizenship. Patterson, who refers to undocumented immigrats as "illegal aliens," outlines his stance in an 11-point policy proposal that's about as draconian as it gets:
1. Support Voter ID.
2. Support English as the official language.
3. Support a military presence on the border where and when it is necessary.
4. Support a border fence where it is tactically necessary and does not infringe on the property rights of border property owners.
5. Support the 2012 Texas Republican party platform immigration plank known as the “Texas Solution”
6. Oppose unconditional birthright citizenship.
7. Oppose bilingual ballots, which are an impediment to assimilation of immigrants.
8. Oppose amnesty. It has no place as a component of a path to citizenship.
9. Oppose the current immigration bill that recently passed the U.S. Senate. I suggest we delay passage of immigration reform until we have a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate.
10. Oppose restrictions prohibiting law enforcement from asking about the immigration status of an individual during an arrest or detention related to criminal investigation or apprehension.
11. Unlike others in this race, I didn’t vote for and I would have never voted for or supported in-state tuition for illegal aliens.
Lauding the Tejanos of the deep past but going against them today on some of the issues most important to the minority group is certainly one approach to Latino voter outreach. But then again, it doesn't look like his opponents are faring much better when it comes to immigration hypocrisy.