Raúl Labrador, a GOP congressman from Idaho, is determining the future of Puerto Rico.
Labrador is Puerto Rican…yet he has “no interest in the affairs of Puerto Rico,” and “no interest in resolving the problems of Puerto Rico.” This creates a great problem, for the 3.5 million people who live there.
BORN IN CAROLINA, PUERTO RICO
Labrador was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. His mother Ana Pastor was Puerto Rican. His entire family was Puerto Rican.
Many Puerto Ricans visited his home in Carolina, and discussed politics deep into the night.
When Labrador turned 13, the family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.
THE EVOLUTION OF A “CONSERVATIVE” REPUBLICAN
Labrador graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Spanish, and then from Univ. of Washington Law School. He then practiced immigration law until becoming an Idaho state representative in 2006, and a US congressman in 2010.
There is an important pattern here:
Labrador benefitted from affirmative action programs.
He used his Spanish to get through college, by majoring in it.
He built his law practice on immigrants, who paid his legal fees.
But once he got to congress, Labrador declared that the US should “immediately deport” 52,000 undocumented immigrants.
He also opposed health care for undocumented immigrants.
In other words, Labrador used his Latino background to gain admission, and to graduate from college.
He used Latino immigrant dollars to buy a house, raise a family, and launch a political career.
Then once he went to Washington, Labrador became a hard-line “Conservative.”
He joined the Liberty Caucus and the Freedom Caucus.
He started beating on the Latinos and the immigrants, who provided the academic and financial infrastructure of his early adult life.
Because he didn’t need them anymore.
PUERTO RICO…A POLITICAL TRAMPOLINE
Today, Labrador uses Puerto Rico as his next political trampoline.
Because he’s Puerto Rican and a far-right conservative, the GOP used him as a poster child for ramming the PROMESA bill through the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Labrador threw himself into all the hearings, testimony and negotiations regarding the future of Puerto Rico. He made himself highly “available” to the hedge fund lobbyists.
“I appreciate the leadership of the House and of the committee. They’ve been working with me very closely,” he told the Washington, D.C. press.
But then, once the PROMESA bill was passed, and the Financial Control Board was headed for Puerto Rico, Labrador performed the perfect pirouette…the politician flip flop…
And he now tells everyone that he “is not getting involved in the problems of Puerto Rico,” and has no interest in resolving them.
In other words…just like using affirmative action, and majoring in Spanish, and enjoying an immigration law practice…Labrador now uses Puerto Rico just as far as it can take him, and then drops it immediately thereafter.
Labrador is back where he belongs…working for the lobbyists who line his pockets and pay for his votes.
CONGRESSMAN LABRADOR RETRIEVER
We therefore announce the name, for which the congressman has toiled so hard.
He has earned this name through years of struggle and service.
The name will live forever, inside every Puerto Rican heart.
When corporations say:
The congressman comes running with his tongue hanging out, his fat tail wagging, just waiting for his doggie treat.
And so…we are proud to christen the Puerto Rican congressman from Idaho…
As Congressman Labrador Retriever.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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