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#NotARandomRacist of the day: Rosanna Pulido

Imagine 2050 Staff • Sep 30, 2014

#NotARandomRacist_ Pulido

Rosanna Pulido has been an active member of the anti-immigrant movement for many years. She is primarily involved at the grassroots level, where, through her strong connections with nationally established extremist groups, she has long sought to inject bigoted messages and talking points into more local forums of social and civil discourse. In 2005 she joined the Minutemen Project and later founded and directed the Illinois chapter of the Minuteman Project. The Minutemen are a group of far-Right activists and political extremists, including border vigilantes, who believe that citizens must be prepared to protect the United States at all costs from a supposed invasion by “illegals” who are bent on destroying the country.

In 2007 Pulido became the Federation for Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) regional field coordinator for Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico and Ohio. In addition she served as a spokesperson for a short-lived FAIR front-group, You Don’t Speak For Me, which was set-up to interest Latinos and Hispanics in the anti-immigrant movement’s agenda.

Pulido ran for Congress as a Republican candidate in a 2009 special election for the IL-05 Congressional seat that was vacated by Rahm Emanuel. Her candidacy was even endorsed by the notorious bigot Sheriff Joe Arpiao. She was ultimately defeated in the election by Democrat Michael Quigley.

As her candidacy proved, Pulido is more than willing to go on the record with bigoted commentary about everyone from Catholics and Muslims to undocumented immigrants and LGBT individuals. For example, she has stated the following about Muslim’s at prayer: “It reminds me of my dog, smelling butts.” When discussing her own background as a Mexican American she once said, “I am of Mexican descent. It [Spanish] is my parents first language and it enrages me when I hear it.”

Eventually, after murders and other moments of bad press, the Minutemen movement became too controversial for groups like FAIR to associate with publicly. From the outside looking in, those like FAIR rather muted their connections with some members of the movement. Over this past summer, though, with the Minutemen further from headlines, FAIR has begun to rekindle their relationship with Minutemen members, Pulido included.

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