Dec 06, 2013
New Video: Meet Carlos Curbelo
After torpedoing immigration reform in Congress, it’s no surprise that Washington Republicans are supporting Carlos Curbelo – who said “Immigration is not a core issue for Florida Hispanics,” and served as the Hispanic issues advisor to Fred Thompson’s virulently anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant presidential campaign.
Even more concerning, Curbelo confirmed that “he does agree with some of the planks of Thompson’s reform proposal at the time, and the substance of some of his arguments.”
That’s why today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is releasing a new web video: Meet Carlos Curbelo – highlighting examples of these proposals and arguments, including Thompson’s statement that “Twelve million illegal immigrants later, we are now living in a nation that is beset by people who are suicidal maniacs and who are killing thousands of innocent men, women and children around the world” and that Cuban immigrants could be bringing in suitcase bombs.
“Carlos Curbelo played a leading role in one of the most derogatory and offensive campaigns against Florida’s Hispanic community, which shows just how out touch Curbelo is with the values of South Florida,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Unfortunately, the anti-Hispanic policies and rhetoric that Curbelo practiced do put him perfectly in line with the dysfunctional politics of the Republicans in Washington who were responsible for torpedoing immigration reform efforts that are so vital to South Florida’s economy and families."
Carlos Curbelo: Immigration Not a “Core Issue” For Florida Hispanics. “No one can say that someone’s position on immigration will cost them the Hispanic vote in Florida,” said Curbelo. “Immigration is not a core issue for Florida Hispanics.” [Miami Herald, 11/08/10]
Carlos Curbelo Advised Fred Thompson on “Building a Relationship With the Hispanic Community.”“A Republican House candidate in Florida who advised onetime GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson on Hispanic issues is distancing himself from Thompson’s controversial statements on immigration reform […] Curbelo’s firm, Capitol Gains, received $33,750 from Thompson’s campaign from October 2007 through February 2008. During that time, Curbelo said, the firm advised Thompson on ‘debate prep, building a relationship with the Hispanic community.’” [The Hill, 7/11/13]
Fred Thompson Proposed Anti-Immigration Initiative Called “One of the Harshest and Most Draconian Proposals.” The Executive Director of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center called Thompson’s proposal “one of the harshest and most Draconian proposals I’ve heard of in a long time.” The plan would in part include denying federal funding to sanctuary cities and public universities offering in-state tuition to children of undocumented immigrants, limit the immigration of extended family members, and make English the official national language. [NBC, 10/23/07; ABC, 10/23/07; Miami Herald, 10/24/07]
Fred Thompson Repeatedly Used Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric. In July 2007, Thompson alleged Cuban immigrants could be brining in suitcase bombs, stating, “I don’t imagine they’re coming here to bring greetings from Castro. We’re living in the era of the suitcase bomb.” In May 2007, Thompson said, “Twelve million illegal immigrants later, we are now living in a nation that is beset by people who are suicidal maniacs and want to kill countless innocent men, women and children around the world […] We’re sitting here now with essentially open borders.”In September 2007, Thompson said, “If we catch illegal immigrants who are here, they need to be deported.” [Associated Press, 7/01/07; Associated Press, 5/26/07; ABC, 9/07/07]