Two days ago RepublicanÃ‚Â Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos BustamanteÃ‚Â sent out a mailer on behalf of the candidacy of Supervisor Janet Nguyen and touted her as “Santa Ana’s choice” in the upcoming election.Ã‚Â I doubt very seriously that Janet is the “choice” of most residents that know anything about her and I doubt many more would choose her if they knew of her disdain for them, their families and other working class immigrants that make Santa Ana their home.
Since Bustamante and a tiny group of residents want to portray Janet as a “friend” to our community I felt it was important to inform folks that don’t know about Janet’s true feelings about many of our neighbors and remind those of you that may have forgotten.Ã‚Â During last years special election for the First District seat Janet let her true feeling be known about a good many in Santa Ana’s Latino community and it wasn’t pretty.
In a mailer sent out to voters during that election she opined that Latino’s are immigrating to the country “the wrong way”.Ã‚Â On the front of the mailer it showed to young Latino males hopping over barbed wire. (You can see the photo by clicking here)Ã‚Â The message sent by this was not so subtle and a direct shot at many in the Latino community, a shot at many in Santa Ana.Ã‚Â It was also another example of Janet’s trademark pandering, this time pandering to the bigots who use the fear of the “brown people” to market their racist propaganda.
In the mailer Janet insinuated that Vietnamese immigrants came here the right way stating, “My parents did it the right way.”Ã‚Â ThisÃ‚Â statement alone drives a wedge between Latino immigrants and Vietnamese immigrants.Ã‚Â Is this the type of leader we really need?Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Wouldn’t we be better served by someone that finds the commonalities between us all and tries to build bridges between our communities?Ã‚Â Obviously Janet disagrees.
She did not stop thereÃ‚Â and the mailer (click here to see Janet’s letter) goes on to slur the Latino community even more.Ã‚Â “We were escaping communist oppression, not looking for handouts”.Ã‚Â Is that what you think Janet?Ã‚Â These people risk their lives to provide for their familes and you think they are here for “handouts”.Ã‚Â That is simply disgusting.Ã‚Â These folks are here to work and work hard.Ã‚Â These folks are here in an effort to have a better life for themselves and their children just like those that immigrated from Vietnam.Ã‚Â If the Mexican government were communist would you have a different opinion then Janet?
Janet Nguyen has never apologized for this scurilous attack upon the Latino immigrant community.Ã‚Â A majority of Santa Ana’s residents immigrated to the United States.Ã‚Â Some legally, some illegally.Ã‚Â Janet’s mailer from the last election was a direct attack on them all.Ã‚Â We need to let her know that we won’t accept this type of racially divisive political attacks.
Janet wants to be portrayed as “Santa Ana’s choice”.Ã‚Â On June 3rd lets send her the message that she is not.Ã‚Â On June 3rdÃ‚Â you have a choice between Janet’s hateful message of division and Hoa Van Tran’s message of unity.Ã‚Â Do the right thing Santa Ana.