Friday, February 1, 2008

John McCain's New Hispanic Outreach Director Juan Hernandez Is A Former Mexican Cabinet Member Who Considers Himself A Mexican First

Any thought you may have had of voting for Manchurian Candidate John McCain should fly out the window once you read this post. Juan Hernandez, the Hispanic outreach director for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, is a dual American-Mexican citizen known for his "Mexico first" declarations to immigrants in the U.S. Full story published January 25th, 2008 by WorldNetDaily.

McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers claims that Hernandez is "a non-paid volunteer to the campaign, and he does not play a policy role." But when asked if the McCain campaign has repudiated Hernandez's previous "Mexico first" declarations, Rogers would not give a direct answer.

In a notorious appearance on ABC's Nightline in 2001, Hernandez said, referring to Mexican immigrants in the U.S., "I want the third generation, the seventh generation, I want them all to think 'Mexico first.'" Hernandez told the Associated Press the same year, "I never knew the border as a limitation. I'd be delighted if all of us could come and go between these two marvelous countries." A YouTube video embedded below in this post shows similar sentiments this year.

In August 2007, Hernandez published a book entitled "The New American Pioneers: Why Are We Afraid of Mexican Immigrants?" in which he argued Mexican immigrants, both legal and illegal, were at the forefront of establishing a new North American market combining the U.S. with Mexico.

Mark Krikorian, director for the Center for Immigration Studies, asked the following question on a National Review Online blog, "Has McCain offered Hernandez, a former high-level foreign government official who presumably swore an oath to uphold the Mexican constitution, a place on a future McCain Administration? That's not a rhetorical question." Here's an excellent article posted by Krikorian on January 28th.

Columnist Michelle Malkin posted equally critical comments on her own website, and there were also some criticism posted on the blog. Noting that McCain has attempted to distance himself from the comprehensive immigration reform bill he co-sponsored with Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, Malkin said the appointment of Hernandez "tells me that John McCain is as weak on border security now as he ever was."

Hernandez has appeared on various cable news talk shows aggressively arguing against building any fence on the Mexican border, insisting the frontier need to remain wide open so illegal immigrants can easily cross into the U.S. Here's a sampling:

Hernandez was the first U.S.-born cabinet member to serve President Vicente Fox, operating from Los Pinos, the Mexican White House. Hernandez represented the 24 million Mexicans living abroad whom Fox then called "heroes" for representing Mexico in the foreign nations in which they lived.

In 1996, Hernandez was responsible for inviting Fox, then governor of the Mexican state of Guanajuanto, to speak at the University of Texas, Dallas, where he met George W. Bush, then governor of Texas, for the first time.

Commentary: I think this takes all the guesswork out of it. Forget any of McCain's rhetoric about border control; the inclusion of this Mexican supremacist on his staff shows McCain's true colors, and they're not red, white and blue. McCain is obviously an avid proponent of the proposed North American Union.

Conclusion: John McCain is unfit to be President of the United States.

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