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Reactions to Republicans Posting Guards at the Polls

November 20, 1988

The placement of uniformed security guards at various Santa Ana precincts to allegedly prevent Hispanic non-citizens from voting stands out as the grossest kind of affront to our democratic process.

Thomas A. Fuentes and his Republican constituents should be made aware that these Gestapo tactics do little to bolster their constant jingoistic tirades espousing "unwavering patriotism."

The only purpose the guards' presence served was to dissuade legitimate Hispanic citizens from voting. Fuentes realizes that many legitimate Hispanic citizens share in a common history of unjust harassment from county and federal authorities in regard to their citizenship status. Because the Republican Party has chosen to largely ignore the needs of Hispanic voters, Fuentes knew full well that he would find very few "Reagan Democrats" among them--especially when it came to a closely contested California Assembly race.

I stand with my people in calling for the immediate removal of Fuentes from his post as Orange County GOP chairman.

DAVID C. BOJORQUEZ

Brea

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