"Lauro Garza, 49, has been a Republican as long as he remembers,
proudly casting his vote for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and sticking with the
party ever since. But after hearing Herman Cain’s “joke” about killing illegal immigrants with an electric border fence, he’s seen enough. Garza is the Texas state director for Somos Republicans, an activist
group whose stated mission is to bring Latino voters into the GOP fold.
On Tuesday, he announced on the group’s website that he’s cut up his
Texas GOP membership card (he posted a picture) and will identify as an independent from now on. ... Garza’s certainly no border security dove: a 25-year law enforcement
veteran, he says he spent a two-year stint as a special agent for US
Customs tracking drug smugglers from Mexico. And he repeatedly couched
his complaints in the Constitutional arguments of the Tea Party, saying
that he was upset that the GOP was increasingly trying to tackle
immigration issues at the state level when the task is clearly delegated
to the federal government."
TPM, Oct. 18, 2011.