During the “This Week” roundtable’s discussion of the politics of immigration reform and the Latino vote, conservative commentator Ann Coulter claimed that “Democrats are dropping the blacks and moving on to the Hispanics,” while arguing that immigrant rights should not be considered civil rights that civil rights only extend to African-Americans because “we owe black people something”.
“I think what — the way liberals have treated blacks like children and many of their policies have been harmful to blacks, at least they got the beneficiary group right,” Coulter said. “There is the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws. We don’t owe the homeless. We don’t owe feminists. We don’t owe women who are desirous of having abortions, but that’s — or — or gays who want to get married to one another. That’s what civil rights has become for much of the left.”
When asked whether immigrant rights were not civil rights, Coulter responded, “No. I think civil rights are for blacks… What have we done to the immigrants? We owe black people something. We have a legacy of slavery. Immigrants haven’t even been in this country.”