Ann Coulter is entitled to her own opinion but not her own facts. Lately she’s been spewing a tsunami of lies about Hispanics and immigrants. She’s liberal with the truth, much like the liberals she constantly whines about.
I am very reluctant to call anyone a racist or a xenophobe. Many liberals do that often, and often when the labels don’t fit. There are plenty of honorable conservatives who are opposed to immigration reform for policy reasons having nothing to do with race. Until a few years ago I was among those opposed to immigration reform, until I learned more about the issue. I believe many conservatives opposed to reform can be won over with credible facts and logic, but they are bombarded with myths and intentionally misleading statistics from Nativist groups.
However, when someone seems obsessed with race, ethnicity, and national origin and keeps repeating the same falsehoods from questionable sources, it becomes apparent the labels racist and xenophobe fit Ann Coulter.
Did Ann Coulter Compare Immigrants to Roaches?
I shook my head in disbelief at Ann Coulter’s 2007 piece Bush’s America: Roach Motel. The title alone insinuates that immigrants are akin to cockroaches. After accusing the highly respected conservative Linda Chavez of race baiting, Ann Coulter promptly proved Linda right by exhibiting prejudice towards Hispanics. Examples:
In 1965, Teddy Kennedy overhauled immigration law with the specific purpose of effecting a dramatic change in the nation’s demographics.
In 1960, whites were 90 percent of the country. The Census Bureau recently estimated that whites already account for less than two-thirds of the population and will be a minority by 2050. Other estimates put that day much sooner.
One may assume the new majority will not be such compassionate overlords as the white majority has been. If this sort of drastic change were legally imposed on any group other than white Americans, it would be called genocide. Yet whites are called racists merely for mentioning the fact that current immigration law is intentionally designed to reduce their percentage in the population.
If liberals think Iraqis are genetically incapable of pulling off even the most rudimentary form of democracy, why do they believe 50 million Mexicans will magically become good Americans, imbued in the nation’s history and culture, upon crossing the Rio Grande? Maybe we should dunk Iraqis in the Rio and see what happens.
Ann Coulter is lying about pre-1965 immigration policy. Starting with legislation passed in 1921 and 1924, strict nation quotas were established, with quotas for European nations only, based on America’s ethnic make-up in 1890, effectively slamming shut the door on most immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe, which included many Jews fleeing pogroms.
Not surprisingly, Harry Laughlin, the chief architect of the 1924 legislation and a notorious racist and anti-Semite, testified that 83% of Jewish immigrants are feeble minded. Laughlin was later rewarded with an honorary doctorate by Nazi-controlled Heidelberg University, and fought all attempts to allow more Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis into the U.S. Laughlin also founded The Pioneer Fund, which later financed the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform, a leading Nativist group, with millions of dollars.
The 1924 National Origins Act also banned immigration by anyone who could not become a naturalized citizen. Since only white people could become naturalized citizens, the pre-1965 immigration policy that Ann Coulter and other Nativists admire so much was blatantly racist. The 1965 law abolished quotas that were blatantly racist, something today’s Nativists whine about constantly.
Not surprisingly, Adolf Hitler was a huge admirer of U.S. immigration policy, writing in his sequel to Mein Kampf:
…the achievements of a thousand racially questionable Europeans cannot equate with the capabilities of a thousand racially first-rate Americans.
By making an immigrant’s ability to set foot on American soil dependent on specific racial requirements on the one hand as well as a certain level of physical health of the individual himself, the bleeding of Europe of its best people has become regulated in a manner that is almost bound by law.
I’m sure if Hitler and Joseph Goebbels were alive today, they would be proud of Ann Coulter and her Nativist pals at FAIR, NumbersUSA, and the Center for Immigration Studies, just as they gushed with enthusiasm for early American progressives and their eugenics agenda of forced sterilizations, anti-miscegenation laws, and limiting immigration to Europeans, heavily weighted towards Nordics. Coulter at times has cited NumbersUSA as a source of facts about immigration.
I call FAIR, NumbersUSA, and CIS groups Nativists, population reduction liberals, and faux conservatives, with a masterful campaign of lies, myths, and disinformation intended to mislead Americans into supporting their immigration reduction agenda. These groups have deep ties to Planned Parenthood and population reduction groups, and their Founder John Tanton has a long track record of eugenics, population reduction, and environmental activism, and bigotry, especially towards Hispanics. Just a few of his infamous quotes:
I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.
Perhaps this is the first instance in which those with their pants up are going to get caught by those with their pants down!…As whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they go quietly into the night? Or will there be an explosion?
Ann Coulter and her weird obsession with Hispanic Women and Family Values
In her recent rants, Ann Coulter repeatedly demonstrates an obsession with Hispanic fertility. For example, in Rubio’s amnesty a path to oblivion for GOP she writes:
The vast majority of illegal aliens are Hispanic, and Hispanics have a higher teen birthrate than any other ethnic group. In California, a majority of all Hispanic births are illegitimate. That’s a lot of Democratic voters coming.
In her latest rant, Hispanicked GOP elite: They’ll respect us in the morning, Coulter shows more of her obsession with fertility:
According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010, for every 1,000 unmarried Hispanic women, 80.6 had children out of wedlock, compared to 65.3 for unmarried black women and 29 for unmarried white women.
In America Nears el Tipping Pointo she writes:
More than half of all babies born to Hispanic women today are illegitimate. As Heather MacDonald has shown, the birthrate of Hispanic women is twice that of the rest of the population, and their unwed birthrate is one and a half times that of blacks.
Ann Coulter and Heather MacDonald obviously read “How to Lie With Statistics” because their statistics are very misleading and often taken out of context with relevant facts. Coulter singles out Hispanics for special scorn, particularly teenagers, but CDC statistics show the overwhelming majority of teenage moms of ALL demographics are unmarried, and Hispanic teenage moms are more likely married. CDC statistics for marital status of teenage mothers:
- All races – 88.1%
- White Non-Hispanic – 83.9%
- Black Non-Hispanic – 97.6%
- American Indian or Alaska Native – 80.9%
- Hispanic – 86.3% (Note to Ann Coulter: 86.3% is less than 88.1%!)
The median age of U.S. Hispanics is 27, versus 42 for whites, and 35 for Asians. Younger adults of any demographic have higher birthrates. Hispanics are more likely to marry after having an out-of-wedlock child. Fewer Hispanics are divorced (8.9%) than whites (12.2%), or blacks (12.9%). The unwed birthrate of 36.3% for Hispanic immigrants is 5% less than for native born Americans (41.4%). Ann Coulter claimed the Hispanic unwed birthrate is over half, and the unwed birth rate for Hispanics is 1-1/2 times that of blacks. CDC says 53%, barely half, and far less than CDC’s 72.5% unwed birthrate for blacks. With a 15 year median age difference between whites and Hispanics, 53% is not notably different than 41.4%, as younger women tend to have more out-of-wedlock births.
47.8% of Hispanics are married versus 51.4% in general, reflecting a younger demographic. 56.2% of Hispanic immigrants are married.
82% of U.S. Hispanics are either U.S. Citizens or legal immigrants. Among unauthorized Hispanic immigrants, there is a 60/40% split of men to women. Just 7.5% of U.S. Hispanics are unauthorized immigrant women, so any statistical inferences from the entire Hispanic population are dubious at best.
Perhaps most insulting of all are her claims about Hispanics and welfare. The website Statistic Brain, using statistics from US Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the CATO Institute, reports 38.8% of welfare recipients are white, 39.8% are black, 15.7% are Hispanic, 2.4% are Asian, and 3.3% are “other.” The U.S. Census reports whites are 74.8% of our population, blacks 13.6%, Hispanics are 16%, and Asians 4.8%.
Poverty rates for whites are 13% vs. 38.8% of welfare recipients, 33% for Hispanics versus 15.7% of welfare recipients, and 35% for blacks vs. 39.8% of welfare recipients. In other words, when poverty rates – not population – are considered, the only demographic group that is significantly overrepresented on welfare rolls are whites! Even considering population only, 15.7% of welfare recipients are Hispanic, while 16% of the population is Hispanic. The large majority of Hispanics are either immigrants or 1-2 generations removed, debunking the frequent claim by Coulter and others that Hispanics immigrate here for ‘free stuff’, the vote Democrat to keep the ‘free stuff’ coming. What bunk!
Ann Coulter and her Libel of Latino Values
Coulter again repeats some of the factoids I debunked in Ann Coulter and Her Libel of Latino Family Values. For example, she cites Charles Murray:
Charles Murray recently pointed out that — contrary to stereotype — Hispanics are less likely to be married, less likely to go to church, more supportive of gay marriage and less likely to call themselves “conservative” than other Americans.
Charles Murray is hardly a credible source on demographics, notorious as a cross burner, and co-author of the widely discredited The Bell Curve, which insinuates blacks are less intelligent than whites, and relied heavily on research funded by the Nazi sympathizing Pioneer Fund. Murray selected the 30-44 age group to make this claim, but the median age for Hispanics is 27. Raoul Lowery Contreras debunked that in his recent op-ed “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2012 Labor Participation Rates for men 20 and over are—Hispanics 81.7% and non-Hispanic Whites only 73.9%. Murray purposefully excludes a huge working cohort of the 18-29 age group to make Hispanics look bad.”
Coulter again claims Hispanics are less likely to go to church, but according to Pew Research, 68% of Hispanics say religion is important in their lives (60% for whites), and 44% attend church weekly (40% for whites). Among evangelical Hispanics, the fastest growing religious grouping among Hispanics, the same statistics are 85% and 70%.
Ann Coulter is Completely Ignorant About Hispanic and Asian Voters
Ann Coulter endlessly repeats the Nativist narrative that immigrants invariable vote Democrat. John Tanton, godfather of today’s anti-any-immigrant movement, in a letter boasted of hiring a lobbyist to manipulate Republicans:
The goal is to change Republicans’ perception of immigration so that when they encounter the word “immigrant,” their reaction is “Democrat.”
Our plan is to hire a lobbyist who will carry the following message to Republicans on Capitol Hill and to business leaders: Continued massive immigration will soon cost you political control of the White House and Congress, given the current, even division of the electorate, and the massive infusion of voters about to be made to the Democratic side. We are about to replay the Democratic hegemony of 1933-53, fueled back then by the massive immigration of 1890-1924.
However, George W. Bush and others proved Hispanics can be won over, increasing the GOP vote from 21% in 1996 to 44% in 2004. Before Bush, Abraham Lincoln won over the German immigrant vote, key factors in both is presidential victories though Germans had previously voted Democrat because Whigs and Republicans hadn’t bothered reaching out to them.
At the same time Coulter and others were driving Latinos to leave the GOP in droves, Canada’s Conservative Party woke up and realized they would remain a permanent minority party if they didn’t engage immigrant voters. The Conservative Party was losing the immigrant vote by 4:1 margins, not much different than Mitt Romney’s losses among Hispanics and Asians. By overhauling outreach and making a genuine effort to win immigrant dominant minorities over, Canada’s Conservative Party now splits this demographic with liberals 50/50%, powering Canada’s Conservative Party to become the majority party in recent years.
Ann Coulter would have us believe that immigrants are all genetically wired to vote liberal, but that simply isn’t the case. However, insulting immigrant dominant demographic groups with ridiculous claims about illegitimate births, welfare abuse, etc. does not win votes, and if you don’t ask for someone’s vote but your opposition does, guess who wins that vote?
There is no better example of a prominent conservative leader giving ammunition to liberals to define Republicans as anti-immigrant and anti-Latino than Ann Coulter. When shrill rhetoric like Coulter’s is combined with weak engagement with immigrant heavy demographics, that is a prescription for disaster, just like last November’s debacle. It’s important for all conservatives to make clear Coulter and other Nativists are NOT the face of the GOP. I will continue to call out Ann Coulter and others who disgrace the Party of Lincoln with their neo-know nothing Nativist rantings.
Marco Rubio and others are the new face of the GOP. Marco Rubio grasps the importance of fixing our legal immigration system so that illegal immigration becomes a manageable problem, and also the importance of engaging with demographics that have not voted for the GOP in recent years, such as Hispanics and Asians.
Bob Quasius is the founder and president of Cafe Con Leche Republicans