Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has  sparked outrage after publishing a column in which she describe Latinos as a  lazy underclass.

In a piece titled ‘America reaches el tipping  pointo,’ Coulter goes on an extended tirade, blaming Latinos for the nation’s  plight and placing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent loss  largely on their backs.

Specifically, Coulter writes that the influx  of ‘Mexico’s underclass’ and the ‘poorest of the world’s poor’ has so thoroughly  changed the country’s political landscape that no amount of Republican outreach  will turn the tides in their favor.

Uproar: Conservative columnist Ann Coulter, pictured, sparked outrage for a piece titled ‘America reaches el tipping pointo’

‘Perhaps the reason elections maven Michael  Barone was so shockingly off in his election prediction this year was that… Barone has been assuring us for years that most of these Third World immigrants  pouring into the country would go the way of Italian immigrants and become  Republicans. They’re hardworking, they have family values,’ she wrote. ‘Maybe at  first, but not after coming here, having illegitimate children and going on  welfare.’

But already, her words have drawn ire from  many pro-immigration activists, not only based on the rhetoric, but on many of  the facts she used in making her argument.

Roque Planas, of the Huffington Post’s Latino  Voice section, wrote a detailed response to Coulter’s column, citing a number of  sources that call into question the veracity of Coulter claims.

First, Planas argues that Latinos do  not  disproportionately claim welfare, as Coulter claims, but in fact use less than  the government benefits allotted to them.

According to a study released by the Center  on Budget and Policy Priorities, a  non-partisan group that works on fiscal  policies to help low-income  Americans, Hispanics made up 16 per cent of the  population in 2010 but  received just 12 per cent of benefits. In contrast,  non-Hispanic whites  accounted for 64 per cent of the population and received 69  per cent of  entitlement benefits.

In another passage, Coulter attributed  poverty in the Latino community to an excessively high birth rate, citing that  more than half of all babies born to Hispanic women are illegitimate.

Again, Planas argues that these facts are  misleading. Citing a 2010 Pew Hispanic Study, Planas writes that 45 per cent of  undocumented-immigrant households consisted of a spouse or cohabiting couple  with one or more children. He then compared that the 34 per cent rate for legal  immigrants and 21 per cent of the U.S. born.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Lincoln Republicans, a  pro-immigration group in Arizona, has also come down hard on Coulter, issuing a  scathing rebuke of her essay.

‘If Abe Lincoln or Ronald Reagan could read  your latest column, they would turn over in their graves,’ it read. ‘You  obviously know nothing about the Latino vote, and your repeated and shrill  rhetoric against Latinos are a major reason that so many conservative Latinos  hold their nose and vote Democrat.’

‘You conveniently never mention in your  columns that the GOP was competitive in California until the harsh rhetoric  surrounding proposition 187 caused Latinos to leave the GOP in droves. Since  proposition 187, the GOP has not been competitive in statewide races. This  phenomenon has followed the rhetoric and spread from California to the rest of  the nation. The GOP is now often perceived by many Latinos as hostile to  Latinos.’

Coulter is no stranger to making such claims  or the reception that it often brings with it.

Earlier in the year, Coulter characterized  Obama’s base of voters as ‘stupid, single woman,’ shortly following the debate  over contraception led by law student Sandra Fluke.

And I would just say to stupid single women  voters, your husband will  not be able to pay you child support if Obamacare  goes through and Obama is re-elected,’ she said. ‘You are talking about the  total destruction of wealth.  It is the end of America as we know  it.’

Coulter was also the subject of much  criticism after she referred to Obama as a ‘retard’ in a tweet. Despite  receiving considerable backlash, including a open letter written by Special  Olympics athlete John Franklin Stephenrs, Coulter defended  her statement.

‘These were all technical terms at one  time. “Retard” had been used colloquially to just mean “loser” for 30  years. But no,  no – these aggressive victims have to come out and tell  you what words to use,’ Coulter said.

Source: The Daily Mail


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