That makes the improbable candidacy of Herminia Ortiz, who is seeking to unseat Pasadena Councilman Victor Gordo in the March 8 election, all the more intriguing.
Admittedly, hers is a long-shot campaign. But if she wins, she may just become the first elected municipal official in modern American history, outside of Puerto Rico, who speaks only Spanish.
I wrote about Ortiz's candicacy here and I know she doesn't have a snowball's chance, but the consequences of her win would be devastating to the concept of a person's duty to become American before joining the political process. Not to mention the costs involved -
If Ortiz wins, will the city provide her with a translator? For what events and at what cost Will the translator be allowed in closed sessions, where duly authorized participants are sworn to secrecy? Would the city pay for translation at political functions?
"We'll cross that bridge when we get to it,' said Jane Rodriguez, the Pasadena city clerk, who is responsible for setting up translation at public hearings. "We haven't come across that before ... It would be expensive.'
The exclusionary tactics of the immigrant rights crowd and their apologists is phenomenal. To automatically write off the majority of people in the district who speak English, and pay taxes in order to keep the services flowing to the illegals, is morally wrong. Yet, this crowd would deny constituents the ability to redress grievances in the native American language. Will we stand for it? We'll see on March 8th.
On a related note - The drive for illegals to vote is gaining steam.