The Demonization of a Conservative Latina

In this week's Intelligencer, the New York Times attacks Latina member of Congress, Texas counties make immigration moves, Biden underwater with Independents, MLG’s ambitious abortion pitch to Biden, and SCOTUS reigns-in the EPA.

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Dax Contreras
Executive Director, Hispanos Unidos

1. Hispanic conservative smeared as “far-right Latina” for her traditional values

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Details: On Wednesday the New York Times attacked newly elected Republican Texas Rep. Mayra Flores as “far-right” for having the audacity to represent the traditional values of her congressional district, saying that her campaign slogan of “God, family, country” was "meant to appeal to what [Flores] calls the 'traditional values' of her majority-Hispanic district in the border city of Brownsville."

What she's saying: Flores fired back at the NYT:

I won my congressional race with faith, family, & hardwork. The leftist media labels me an extremist because I am against their narrative & love this great country. No more false narratives. My win, is our win and I will always be a voice for the voiceless!

Background: It's notable that when socialist AOC first emerged victorious she was praised as an emerging political star, but when a pro-life, conservative Latina appears she's attacked as a far right extremist.

What we're watching: Polling continues to show Biden’s approval rating among Hispanic voters continues to drop, now down to 38%, while 47% said they disapprove of Biden's performance thus far, according to a Civiqs poll conducted at the end of June. We'll be watching if Hispanics in New Mexico are also just as fed up with the direction of the state as the election cycle heats up here and polling data is released publicly.

2. “We should let the lower courts be the first to address the substantial antecedent questions that §1252(f )(1) presents in light of our hot-off-the-presses decision in Aleman Gonzalez.” — SCOTUS Justice Amy Coney Barrett

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SCOTUS favors POTUS: In a tight (and technical) Biden v. Texas 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Biden does have the authority after all to end Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy prohibiting asylum seekers (both real and imagined) from crossing illegally into the U.S.

Texas County declares border “Invasion”: Citing unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and the “record amounts of crime, violence and death occurring on our unsecured border with Mexico”, Kinney County officials (supported by 5 additional Texas counties) declared the “existence of an ‘invasion'” and calls on Texas Governor Greg Abbott to “acknowledge the existence of an invasion on our border with Mexico.”

Title 42 too?: The Biden administration is also trying to get the courts to overrule Title 42, which limits asylum requests due to the COVID-19 lockdown, which Trump issued in early 2020. A Louisiana federal court blocked that movida two months ago.

Meanwhile, Texas Rep. Mayra Flores (attacked by the NYT as described above), recently flipped from red to blue a majority-Hispanic district in the Rio Grande Valley border city of Brownsville down in the South Texas special election. It’s the first time in a hundred years the seat is Republican. It’s the most high-profile House race in Texas and Flores will face Michelle Vallejo, a left-wing Democrat.

3. As Sleepy Joe sinks in the polls, how desperate are Democrats?

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Independence voters: With Biden’s job approval rating hits a new low of 30%, his highest disapproval rating is up to 58%. Much of that is due to the nearly total disillusionment of Independent voters with the President: only 18% approve while almost 70% disapprove.

Hispanics keep drifting: It’s not only the Independent voters generally, but specifically a majority of Hispanics who also disapprove of Biden — especially his economic failures, as another poll highlights the 73% of voters who are most concerned with high inflation and economic stagnation.

Ready for Hilary?: Doug Shoen, a veteran political operative and former Bill Clinton presidential advisor, has written yet again calling for Hilary Clinton to yet again run for president. Echoed by John Ellis earlier this week, “The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade creates the opening for Hillary Clinton to get out of stealth mode and start down the path toward declaring her candidacy for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination.”

4. MLG teams up with Biden on accelerating abortion in New Mexico

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Depraved indifference: President Biden convened a pro-abortion strategy session online with several blue state governors to grill them on what they are doing to protect abortion rights and how the federal government can help expand abortion to more (mostly Black and Hispanic) women.

MLG bragged on the Zoom meeting that she happily signed New Mexico’s repeal of the abortion ban, which actually included several exceptions. She even suggested that the feds should ignore the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal tax dollars to pay for abortions, so they can start aborting humans at Indian Health Services.

MLG boasted to Biden about her executive order to offer sanctuary to abortionists, and their customers, from extradition to other states and asked Biden for more funding, calling for your kids’ school-based health clinics to be used as abortion clinics.

Race relation?: However, the Eugenicists are smiling to see that Hispanics were more much likely than Anglos to support the New Mexico law keeping abortion legal by 62% versus 27% opposed. Among white voters, it was 46% supported and 44% opposed. Even though Pope Francis agreed the Dobbs ruling was the correct “moral choice”, it seems Hispanics continue to place Leftist values above the Roman Catholic Church.

Meanwhile, in the Land of Enchantment, it is legal to abort humans up until birth.

5. U.S. Supreme Court ruling limits EPA

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Details: In a win for limited government advocates, SCOTUS ruled last week that federal bureaucrats overstepped their authority in seeking to limit emissions from coal plants; the decision will clearly limit the executive branch’s power to make unilateral policy actions on a host of issues without explicit congressional direction and approval.

Background: The court said that federal administrative agencies issue regulations with broad economic consequences the regulations are should be considered invalid unless Congress has explicitly authorized the action. 

Specifically, the court ruled in West Virginia v. EPA that it the EPA exceeded its authority to mandate that power be generated from a type of resource (such as from coal to wind or solar), declaring such a ruling should only come from Congress.

What they're saying: “A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body,” the chief justice wrote, faulting the EPA for finding new powers in “the vague language of a long-extant, but rarely used, statute.”

 

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