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This Latin Life: Romney’s Gaffe

Welcome to “This Latin Life,” a recurring feature in which we bring you the news from south of the border in quick, funny nugget form. Mmm, nuggets…

In the latest attack on Mitt Romney’s stance on immigration, Newt Gingrich is making the case to Florida’s Latin American voters that Mitt Romney, a man who claims to support legal immigration, used Castro’s famous line – “Fatherland or death, we will prevail” – in a 2007 speech. Quoting Castro is probably not the best way for Mitt to get over with parts of Florida, however, what might be even worse is that Romney incorrectly attributed the quote to Hugo “Whatever, They All Look Alike” Chavez, saying, “Hugo Chavez has tried to steal an inspiring phrase – Patria o muerte, venceremos. It does not belong to him. It belongs to a free Cuba.” Considering many Latinos are disillusioned with how immigration has been handled under Obama’s watch, I can’t imagine that Romney – a man who can’t bother to learn the difference between Fidel Chavez or Hugo Castro – would be any more appealing. [Sunshine Sate News]

According to a recent article on The Guardian, Ecuador might be one of the most “radical and exciting” places in the world. Who knew Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles worked at The Guardian? Ironically, The Guardian also reported that Ecuador has created a law prohibiting the media from reporting on election candidates – you know, those people presumably in charge of making Ecuador such an exciting place to live. Considering President Rafael Correa has a 70% approval rating (we haven’t seen approval ratings that high since the beloved Vladimir Putin’s of early 2011), we can’t help but wonder why he wouldn’t want the media to praise him publicly? Let’s hope that if the media is unable to report on candidates, independent bloggers will keep us up to date on which politicians are sexting, cheating, or threatening freedom of speech. You know, exciting and radical stuff! [Knight Center]

Think about this: being in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant is illegal, however, being a criminal from another country serving time in U.S. prisons is not only legal, but may also help reduce illegal immigration. For over a decade, Colombia, once home to the world’s richest drug lord, has been extraditing drug traffickers to the U.S, effectively stripping them of the opportunity to run their cartels from local prisons, while making Colombia a safer place to live. Not only is this method of extradition cheaper than sending U.S. troops to help Latin American governments, it’s also bound to piss off Toby Keith enthusiasts throughout our nations great trailer parks. WIN WIN! [CNN]

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