(LA Progressive) -- Ken Cuccinelli recently said out loud what most supporters of a wall along the U.S. southern border have already shown they believe. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director told reporters that the famous poem by Emma Lazarus on the base of the Statue of Liberty only applied to Europeans. They are therefore, he implied, the only acceptable immigrants to our country. But that really begs an obvious question—aren’t Mexicans and other Latin American immigrants largely of European descent?
Latin American peoples clearly descend from three main groups. Most countries south of the U.S. border are Spanish-speaking because of the heavy Spanish influx in their past. Brazil, of course, had a large Portuguese influence. No one should have to point out that Spain and Portugal are European nations. So why aren’t those European people acceptable?
The other large component of Latin American DNA is, of course, indigenous Native Americans.
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