Campaign 2010

Jul 12, 2013

Carlos Curbelo: Hispanic Advisor to Anti-Hispanic Extremist Fred Thompson

South Florida congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo played a leading role as the Hispanic issues advisor to presidential candidate Fred Thompson – whose campaign was characterized by virulently anti-Hispanic and anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies – according to a new story in The Hill.

Even more concerning, Curbelo confirmed  in the same article that “he does agree with some of the planks of Thompson’s reform proposal at the time, and the substance of some of his arguments.”

Select examples of anti-Hispanic proposals and arguments from the Thompson-Curbelo campaign include:  

  • The campaign’s immigration policy, which the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center called “One of the Harshest and Most Draconian Proposals.”
  • The campaign’s offensive rhetoric, including Thompson’s  statement that “twelve million illegal immigrants later, we are now living in a nation that is beset by people who are suicidal maniacs and want to kill countless innocent men, women and children around the world.”
  • Thompson’s statement that  Cuban immigrants could be bringing in suitcase bombs.

“Carlos Curbelo’s leading role in this anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant campaign shows just how out of touch Carlos Curbelo is with the values of south Florida families,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “After Curbelo helped create this derogatory, offensive campaign against Florida’s Hispanic and immigrant community, Curbelo simply cannot be trusted to represent south Florida families in Congress.”

BACKGROUND:

Carlos Curbelo Advised Fred Thompson on “Building a Relationship With the Hispanic Community.”“A Republican House candidate in Florida who advised onetime GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson on Hispanic issues is distancing himself from Thompson’s controversial statements on immigration reform […] Curbelo’s firm, Capitol Gains, received $33,750 from Thompson’s campaign from October 2007 through February 2008. During that time, Curbelo said, the firm advised Thompson on ‘debate prep, building a relationship with the Hispanic community.’” [The Hill, 7/11/13]

Fred Thompson Proposed Anti-Immigration Initiative Called “One of the Harshest and Most Draconian Proposals.” The Executive Director of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center called Thompson’s proposal “one of the harshest and most Draconian proposals I’ve heard of in a long time.” The plan would in part include denying federal funding to sanctuary cities and public universities offering in-state tuition to children of undocumented immigrants, limit the immigration of extended family members, and make English the official national language. [NBC, 10/23/07; ABC, 10/23/07; Miami Herald, 10/24/07]

Fred Thompson Repeatedly Used Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric.  In July 2007, Thompson alleged Cuban immigrants could be brining in suitcase bombs, stating, “I don’t imagine they’re coming here to bring greetings from Castro. We’re living in the era of the suitcase bomb.” In May 2007, Thompson said, “Twelve million immigrants later, we are now living in a nation that is beset by people who are suicidal maniacs and want to kill countless innocent men, women and children around the world […] We are sitting here now with essentially open borders.” In September 2007, Thompson said, “If we catch illegal immigrants who are here, they need to be deported.” [Associated Press, 7/01/07; Associated Press, 5/26/07; ABC, 9/07/07]

Carlos Curbelo: Immigration Not a “Core Issue” For Florida Hispanics.  “No one can say that someone’s position on immigration will cost them the Hispanic vote in Florida,” said Curbelo. “Immigration is not a core issue for Florida Hispanics.” [Miami Herald, 11/08/10]