Thumbs Up For Raymond Herrera!

6 02 2007

Cross posted from   My Country My View

I know just exactly what Raymond is going through.
I too am a Mexican American and boy do I hear it from all sides!

And why are people always calling our Minutemen racists???
Do you know how much I hear this???

Not as a fellow Mexican American but as a fellow American and human being I want to thank Raymond Herrera for all his hard work in trying so hard to protect our borders and all he is doing to help the Border Agents who were so wrongly convicted just for doing their job.

If you read the article below you will see that Raymond Herrera is a true Hero!
There are so many people out there trying to protect AMERICA from being invaded.

They deserve so much more… Instead they are called RACISTS!

Raymond says it best when he says: “This is not about Democrats and Republicans. It’s about saving America.”

Sit down for a read and let this sink in.
There are so many out there that talk the talk but this man is walking the walk.

To you Raymond Herrera. I THANK YOU as I know so many other AMERICANS do.
You are not alone!

From Daily Press

Words are his weapons | Daily Press: Victorville, California

Raymond Herrera is a Minuteman and has volunteered for the past 18 months to fight illegal immigration; he’s also Mexican-American

Ryan Orr February 04, 2007

Raymond Herrera of Victorville is a Minuteman. He is tired of people labeling his organization as a bunch of Nazis, racists and Ku Klux Klan members, all of which are hard to pin on Herrera, who is Hispanic.

His grandfather, Cajun Palacios, rode with Pancho Villa during the Mexican revolution.

He fought for the rights of impoverished Mexicans.

Now, Herrera, the grandson, fights for America. He fights against illegal immigration and he fights to protect the displaced American workers like himself. Using words as his weapon, he makes his voice heard at rallies nationwide.

His blind loyalty and unabated passion for the cause make him an asset to the organization.

While those who approve of illegal immigration or are illegal immigrants themselves see Herrera as a traitor to his heritage, those who know him describe him as a patriot.

Since the controversial story broke about the two border agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Campean, who were imprisoned after a dispute with a drug smuggler on the border near El Paso, Herrera has dedicated all of his energy to setting them free.

Herrera is the national rally spokesman for the Minuteman Project.

Michael Stenerson / Staff Photographer: Raymond Herrera, of Victorville, is the national rally spokesman for the Minuteman Project. A former Vietnam veteran, Herrera has been volunteering for the Minuteman Project for the last 18 months.
Michael Stenerson / Staff Photographer: Raymond Herrera, of Victorville, is the national rally spokesman for the Minuteman Project. A former Vietnam veteran, Herrera has been volunteering for the Minuteman Project for the last 18 months.

He and the National Rally Coordinator Robin Hvidston have held numerous rallies in support of the two federal agents, who are in the early days of their 11- and 12-year sentences. The fight to prove their innocence consumes Herrera, who only met Ramos for the first time on Jan. 17 when Ramos surrendered himself and began his sentence.

For the past 18 months, Herrera has been volunteering for the Minuteman Project, just as he volunteered to join the military and fight for America in Vietnam in 1968. He fought as a rifleman for the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade, as illustrated by his hat, which might as well be permanently attached to his head.

He is small but fearless. He regularly travels to different cities throughout California to stand down day laborers. No matter how many of them there are, he will stand in the middle of them and debate them in Spanish.

He even goes on Mexican television talk shows to express his views on illegal immigration.

He said that people constantly bring up his grandfather and wonder how he could so blatantly taint his legacy.

He said he normally responds: “If my grandfather was born in Mexico, that’s his problem.”

Herrera said that Palacios came to America legally after the revolution was over. Herrera’s father fought in World War II.
Ramos and Campean are now in prison, far away from their Texas homes and families. Joe Loya, Ramos’ father-in-law, is praying for a miracle. Some are urging President Bush to pardon the border agents.

“Bush made it pretty clear that he’s not in favor of a pardon,” said Loya.

The two agents were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and for violation of the drug smuggler’s civil rights. The smuggler, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, was shot in the buttock and then given immunity.

Loya’s family is on the brink of a financial disaster and already owe over $100,000 in legal fees. Ramos was a football and T-ball coach for his three sons.

Herrera and other Minutemen traveled 845 miles just to support the family and support the cause.

“They have experienced the danger of the border first-hand. We have a lot to be grateful to them for,” said Loya.
Herrera said he is confident that the American people are behind the two agents.

“It’s a matter of principle. He is innocent and he will be found innocent,” Herrera said of Ramos.

Herrera has lived in the High Desert since 1974. He has seven children. Since 1980, he said he has been evicted 15 times. He remembers the times that he and his family would have to sleep under Joshua trees and use a bucket as a toilet.

“I am no longer a man of dignity to my children,” Herrera said. “I have lost my hero status.”

Herrera — a certified carpenter— would drive 250 miles looking for work, but no one would hire him. There were too many opportunities to hire illegal immigrants at lower wages, he said.

“I am a displaced worker who has had his American dream taken away by immigrants,” he said. “I have been blackballed because of illegal immigration.”

The lifelong Democrat reregistered as a Republican before the election last November but insists that the Minuteman Project is bipartisan.

“This is not about Democrats and Republicans. It’s about saving America.”

It is a problem that he says stems from the beckoning of corporate America to hire illegal immigrants. The number of illegal immigrants who are crossing the border and stealing jobs that should be reserved for Americans is what he calls racism — Mexican style.

In restaurants throughout the Southwest, Hispanic kitchen workers gather to scowl and gawk at Herrera.

He seems unfazed by the opposition, and is determined to put a stop to illegal immigration.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let us know at what level you would like to participate.




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