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A Houston Reader Isn’t Impressed By Ted Cruz’s Claim That Hispanics Don’t Panhandle
Re: A Concerned Reader Wonders If Ted Cruz Will Side With Steve King Or John Boehner On Amnesty Battle
From: George Weinbaum [e-mail him]
I live in Houston and have seen thousands of Hispanics. I have seen them on the road, apparently looking for day work. I have never seen one panhandle. So?
James Fulford writes: “So?” Indeed. Ted Cruz was quoted as saying
"A friend of mine, a Hispanic entrepreneur, asked me a question some time ago. He said, ‘When is the last time you saw an Hispanic panhandler?’
I think it’s a great question. I’ll tell you, in my life, I never once have seen an Hispanic panhandler because in our community; it would be viewed as shameful to be out on the street begging."[Politico, August 5, 2012]
First of all, Cruz, a white Cuban, isn’t part of Texas’s Hispanic community, second, begging is a large part of the culture of Mexico, third, day labor centers are actually worse than panhandling, fourth, many “hardworking” illegals are burdening American taxpayers with their school-age children, fifth, some of those Americans who are begging on the streets might have minimum wage jobs if there weren’t millions of illegals. I could probably add a sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth, but I’ll just say that occasionally there are Hispanic panhandlers—see the comments to this Bryan Caplan post.