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Opinion: Not all Latinos are illegals
Not all Latinos in the United States arrived here five minutes ago, says Ruben Navarrette.
June 8th, 2012
09:11 AM ET

Opinion: Not all Latinos are illegals

Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a CNN.com contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist.

By Ruben Navarrette Jr. , CNN Contributor

San Diego (CNN) - In my CNN.com column last week, I wrote that the first thing a candidate running for office needs to know about Latino voters is that they value nothing more than respect.

Here's the second thing: It's not respectful to lump together Latino U.S. citizens with Latino illegal immigrants.

Not all Latinos in the United States arrived here five minutes ago. In fact, some of us come from families who have been here for five generations. And there are those in the state of New Mexico who can trace their roots in the Southwest back several hundred years.

Read Ruben Navarrette Jr.'s full column

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  1. CNN Posters Are Full Of Derp

    what an arrogant author.

    When the majority discussion is about illegal imiigration, you are surprised that people bring up illegal immigrants.

    I also love the choice of lyrics that you have choosen. It just goes to show that the illegals have no respect for the law of the land. Those "lines" that were drawn are recognized by international law. And the term "American" applying to all 3 countries.... here's a newsflash for you. No one from Canada has ever claimed to be American. And if you want to go that route, the term American can span across 2 continents not just North America.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Really American

    Being of Mexican descent has nothing to do with being of Native American descent. I want you off my land. But perhaps the reason decent people treat you like a second class citizen is because you support Sinaloa cartel. Real Americans don't support murderers or their anthem makers.

    June 10, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. G.I. JON

    Deport all illegals

    June 10, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. will g

    Sounds unfair...how dare humans catagorize and label. shameful

    June 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jorge

    CNN, your editing efforts put our posts out of context when you delete the original poster we reply to, which betrays journalistic fault.

    June 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dick Hertz

    Just tha majority of them are. Like the majority of hispanic Americans support them. Never believe Ruben on immigration. His grandfather was an illegal.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      Your mother chose your first name wisely, who the hell are you to speak for us or qualify us, when you are NOBODY to us??? When did you sneak into our houses, hear our issues, fell our pain or our joy and put a damn thing on our tables??? If the future of this nation depends on the judicious integrity of people like you, illegal immigration is the least of our worries...

      June 8, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |