The conservative pundit Ann Coulter wrote a column on Wednesday that blatantly attacked Latinos. In her column, titled "America Nears El Tipping Pointo," she states that "the deluge of unskilled immigrants pouring into the country" are taking over America, and that the typical Hispanic immigrant nowadays is both "underclass" and "the poorest of the world's poor."
She goes on to say that Hispanic women are eating up government assistance because "more than half of all babies born to Hispanic women today are illegitimate." In her eyes, Hispanic women who have children out of wedlock at a rate of "twice that of the rest of the population," are doomed to be living off of others. Of course, no sources were cited for these "facts."
In fact, Latinos use less than their fair share of government benefits, with Hispanics making up 16 percent of the population but receiving 12 percent of the benefits. While this can be linked to the ineligibility of benefits, it's interesting to note that non-hispanic whites accounted for 64 percent of the population in 2010 and received 69 percent of the entitlement benefits. Our source? Just the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Moreover, nearly half of Latino undocumented-immigrant households (the very ones that Coulter asserts have so many babies out of wedlock) consisted of a spouse or couple with one or more children, compared to only 21 percent of U.S.-born families, according to a 2010 Pew Hispanic study and the Huffington Post.
While conservative politicians work to gather more support from the Latino voting bloc, we would have to advise to focus on other rhetoric than that of Coulter.
What do you think of Coulter's points? Does she make fair ones that get lost in her use of language? Or do you think her language is actually fair and sensible? Share in the comments!