Rush Limbaugh, the conservative Republican pundit who has often made unsubstantiated claims about Latino immigrants, has done it again. In a new rant on his radio show this past Wednesday, the most listened to radio show in the U.S., the host claimed that Mexicans are lazy and government-dependent.
In his lecture, he tries to explain why the new wave of Latino immigrants differs from other, earlier immigrations. To put it bluntly, he believes that Cubans work hard, while Mexicans do not -- and that it all has to do with cultural upbringing.
"For some reason, culturally, [Mexicans] think that they're invested in hard work. And using the Cuban exile model, they're exactly right. But the Hispanic demographic, if you will, or population, has shifted. And the Cuban exile model is no longer the dominant model. The Mexican immigrant model is. And that -- they arrive with an entirely different view of America. And I'm sorry if this is offensive, but it's true."
This isn't the first time Rush has tried to differentiate Cuban and Mexican immigrants. In a November show, he explained why Cubans are, according to him, "not that popular in the overall Hispanic group," because they are "just not quite dark—as dark, and they're oriented toward work."
According to the facts (and ones we can actually back up with sources), Latinos as a whole use less than their fair share of government benefits. And as many undocumented Latinos work labor-intensive jobs for low wages, we're not really sure where the "lazy" part comes in. Furthermore, Rush left out the one part of his argument that would actually be worthwhile to discuss (yet would completely poke a hole in his argument, so we understand why): Cuban immigrants can seek American citizenship the moment they set foot on U.S. soil.
It seems to us that Limbaugh shouldn't be so quick to make assertions -- especially when the GOP is trying to gain more Latino voters. This is the kind of rhetoric that will woo Latinos? We'd hate to see how he convinces, well, anyone to do anything for that matter.
In the end, it seems Limbaugh has run with the ideology that many Cubans identify themselves as Republicans, and that they are somehow then "exempt" from his distate for Latinos as a whole. Because he has equated conservatives with hard work and diligence, Cubans must be hard workers. Everyone else is lazy. With these blanket generalizations, stereotypes and understanding of voting behavior, it's entirely probable that many new immigrants will become Democratic voters. We'd consider it a self-fulfilling prophecy. We're sure Limbaugh would see it as another play by "lazy" Latinos to get more "benefits."
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