María Elena Salinas: Latinos in the U.S. have been afraid for a long time
Hispanic Americans say they are fearful and anxious in the wake of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where a gunman opened fire inside a Walmart and killed 22 people last Saturday.
A racist manifesto posted online before the shooting claimed, "This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas." Since the attack, President Trump has come under scrutiny for his use of the word "invasion" to describe migrants. Critics have linked his language to the manifesto.
Maria Elena Salinas is an award-winning journalist, anchor, and author, who recently joined CBS News as a contributor. She told "CBS This Morning" that the feeling in the Hispanic American community is one of "fear, disbelief and anger." But that fear, she said, has been there for a long time and it's not just in El Paso.
"I spoke to community leaders and leading organizations in California and Arizona. In Arizona, LUCHA (Living United for Change in Arizona) told me this is something they have been fearing for a long time. They say that people in their community are afraid to go out," Salinas said. "And in California, another organization told me something very interesting. They said the fear has been there for a long time, again, since the president came into office, and what they're feeling is that people feel unprotected. It's not only that they feel threatened, but they feel unprotected because they feel that rhetoric and that agenda has extended to all institutions in the country."
Marco Gutierrez, President of Latinos For Trump in a recent tweet to CBSNews confronts the left leaning news outlet RE: María Elena Salinas only talks to anti-trump Latino organizations to give her one sided analysis! @CBSNews how about speaking to #LatinosForTrump orgs to get the other side of this issue!? tagging Anna Paulina and Jesus Marquez two well known conservative commentators.
Anna Paulina responded to our Marco Gutierrez's tweet "I would gladly go on CBSNews to correct this. Leave it to MSM to give one sided opinions."
Both of the organizations that Maria Elena Salinas mentions in her one sided analysis are known advocates for open borders with a ultra left message to the Hispanic community.
Maria Elena Salinas carries with her the Univision's corporate culture that that she helped build for over 30 years along with Jorge Ramos . Her "Padrino" of the Spanish news. She might be delivering her seductive message at a different podium in the English language but to us #LatinosForTrump her message is the same than the one back at the headquarters of the fake news en Espanol.
It is no surprise for us conservative Hispainics/Latinos in America that CBSNews did not respond to our tweets and challenges to a fair and balance political discourse before the Hispanic community. Like the Univision and Telemundo, CBSnews forces its opinion into a captive audience that has no choice than to accept their opinions as facts.
With more than 57 million Latinos living in the U.S., most of them born here, Salinas said the best way for them to counter President Trump's rhetoric is to use their voices.
"There seems to be a perception that Latinos are immigrants or they don't belong here, and that couldn't be farther from the truth. 60% are American citizens born in the U.S. and another 30% are naturalized citizens," Salinas said. "They have just as much right as anyone else that became a naturalized citizen like Melania Trump, for example. They need to be seen as Americans, and they need to stop feeling threatened or and feeling like they are foreigners in their own country."
She also urged Latinos to recognize and exercise their political power, as 18% of the U.S. population.
"The turnout is very low among Latinos but that has been changing in the last election and it's changing – not on a national level – but you see it in Arizona, you see it in Nevada, and in Florida, in California. During the midterm elections we saw a tremendous increase in voter registration and people going out to vote. Voter turnout especially among young Latinos, who are the ones that are really driving now the political force in the community."
"Defending the American Dream comes with a price but in the end it twill be worth it" -Marco Gutierrez