demo-div-16bRight off the bat I am going to make clear that I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat. Invariably when I write about one political party or the other, party operatives jump in to argue that I am party blind. As a foreign citizen I cannot vote in the upcoming presidential election. That said, as a resident of the United States, domestic policies and foreign relations between the United States and other countries affect me as much as it affects others in the US. Since I cannot vote, I hold no allegiance to any political party in the United States. Like most politically engaged individuals, I have specific trigger points that draws me or repels me from a candidate. Very few voters vote on the whole of the candidate, instead voting on specific issues, like economics, foreign relations or health care, among others. These are trigger points for each individual.

As an immigrant, my political trigger point is immigration issues.

I have always found it curious how US citizens dwell so much on the issue of race, as in the color of the skin. The reality is that discrimination is much more complex than the skin color. It involves complex issues like culture, economic status and even education. There are many people who still view skin color as something to abhor, however much of today’s discrimination is based on other factors. When the Oscar controversy over diversity came up, something struck me as hypocritical by many adherents to the Democratic Party.

Anytime the Republican Party is discussed, it invariably devolves into a discussion about Republican values based on intolerance. The notion being that Republicans are racist. That notion is not without foundation because the Republican base is xenophobic. Xenophobia is not racist but it does exclude one group of individuals based on skin color but more so based on their country of origin. In the case of Donald Trump, his political rhetoric is designed play up to what he perceives to be the Republican base. Trump argues that the danger to the US is through the US-Mexican border, forgetting the European dangers through the major airports and the Canadian border.

Focusing on south of the border creates the illusion of racism. However, it is not racism but rather it is discrimination based on culture and economic status. Xenophobia, if you will. This notion is given even more ammunition by the vocal minority within the Republican apparatus that espouses racist views.

However, when you peel away the layers of political rhetoric you see something real interesting.

This election cycle, it is the Republican Party that is diversified. Of the top three GOP presidential contenders, two are of Hispanic origin; Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Both placed high in the Iowa Caucus.

Now look at the top three Democratic Party presidential contenders. Clearly, the Democratic Party is not diversified, far from it, as a matter of fact.

Yet, the notion remains that the Democratic Party embraces diversity.

As an immigrant, it is my opinion that the Democratic Party has been less welcoming than the Republican Party when it comes to immigration legislation. It has been the Republican Party that has opened up immigration.

I am not deaf to the anti-immigrant rhetoric emanating from Ted Cruz and his ilk. He is loud and obnoxious. Marco Rubio has been more welcoming but his tone has evolved negatively as the party politics has pushed him in that direction.

None of that removes the fact that Republicans are fielding two Hispanic contenders to the presidency while the Democratic Party is fielding exactly zero.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

4 replies on “Diversity in the Democrat Party”

  1. PC-think and diversity are “code” for divide and conquer. The national motto adopted by Congress in 1782 for the Great Seal was E Pluribus Unum. Good enough for me.

  2. O’Malley dropped out in Iowa. The last two candidates are a woman and a Jew.
    That is pretty diverse.

    And the Democratic Party is less welcoming than the Republican Party on immigration? I’m an immigrant but I’m a citizen. If you think the Republicans are more welcoming than the Democratic Party on immigration you are ignorant of the immigration system as a whole and Republican policy.

    I sure hope you’re basing it on something more than Cruz and Rubio. Most Republican policy is on enforcement-only and deportation. There are no constructive policies on systemic solutions.

    You’re way off base. I hope this post isn’t indicative of you’re overall understanding of America’s political system.

    1. There are no constructive policies on systemic solutions.
      So what would that be? “Comprehensive immigration reform” that is code for “do nothing.” Understand that the current model floats a lot of boats. Republicrats love low cost, docile labor for their farms and construction businesses and Democans see a potential permanent welfare class that will keep them in office for decades.


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