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Pat Buchanan Promotes Anti-Hispanic Bigotry On Hannity & Colmes

Reported by Ellen - November 27, 2007 -

Hannity & Colmes gave Pat Buchanan a large sympathetic platform from which to spout his outrageously anti-Hispanic bigotry last night (11/26/07). Sean Hannity ate it up and Alan Colmes only mildly objected. With video.

Buchanan made it clear that it’s not just illegal immigration he believes is a threat to this country, it’s the Hispanic element. “You’ve got a wholesale invasion, the greatest invasion in human history, coming across your southern border, changing the composition and character of your country,” Buchanan told a fully sympathetic Hannity.

“I do believe we’re gonna lose the American southwest,” Buchanan said. “I think it is almost inevitable if we do not put a fence on that border, you’re gonna have a hundred million Hispanics in the country, most of them new immigrants from Mexico which believes that belongs to them.” In other words, according to Buchanan, Hispanics want to reclaim the southwest for themselves.

By the way, Buchanan lives in Virginia, and, like Hannity in Long Island, far from the actual border or even the southwest. Buchanan didn’t mention (and nobody asked) which sources he used to arrive at his outlandish conclusions but they didn’t seem to include those who actually live along the border. Those who do, object to the fence for economic, environmental and cultural reasons. But I have yet to see their perspective included on the New York-based Hannity & Colmes show. Also, there are studies that contradict Buchanan’s claims that Mexicans don’t want to assimilate. For example, a Pew Research Center report on Latino immigrants found that only about 9% can be considered highly attached to their home country and that Colombians and Dominicans maintain more active connections than Mexicans. In addition, the vast majority of Latinos, both foreign born and those born in the US, believe that it is very important to teach English to children of immigrants.

Colmes asked if Buchanan wasn’t using the same kind of rhetoric used with the Irish Catholics who, it was said, would be more loyal to the Pope than to the US.

Buchanan called that a false analogy. He claimed that Hispanics are not like the Jewish, German and Irish immigrants. “Let me tell you the difference in the American southwest. The fastest growing television stations and radio stations are Hispanic. There’s a huge number of folks contiguous to Mexico. Our ancestors came across the seas. Look, they’ve got their own language, their own culture. They don’t want to be Americans.”