Conservative Latino Leader Quits GOP In Texas

Conservative Latino Leader Quits GOP In Texas

"Lauro Garza, head of Somos Republicans, the largest organization of Latino conservatives in Texas, has quit the Republican Party because of what he described as the anti-Latino rhetoric of GOP leaders. ... The Republican Party leadership has been ceding to the influence of the Tea Party, which has fundamentally altered the GOP, and has allowed messages of hate and intolerance against Latinos, Garza said. "They don't want Latinos in the party or in the country. They don't want immigrants or the undocumented,” Garza, a retired police officer and detective, said of the party. “They think that step by step, they can make [Latinos] disappear like in Arizona, Georgia and now in Alabama."  And the hard-line against immigrants could hurt Republicans in the upcoming presidential election, Garza warned." - HuffPo LatinoVoices, Oct. 25, 2011.