Congressional candidates debate in Spanish in California

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Andrea Castillo reports for The Fresno Bee that on Oct. 4, 2014, a unique debate took place at Fresno State University in California’s inland valley city of Fresno.
Sponsored by Univision Fresno, the debate was between two candidates — incumbent David Valadao (R-Hanford) and his Democrat challenger, Amanda Renteria — running to represent the 21st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
What was unique about the debate was that it was conducted entirely in Spanish.

Amanda Renteria (l); David Valadao (r)

Amanda Renteria (l); David Valadao (r)


What is ironic is that Valadao’s native tongue isn’t even Spanish but Portuguese, being the child of Portuguese immigrants who taught him their native language before he learned English. Valadao picked up Spanish during and after high school, mainly by speaking to workers on his family’s ranch. In contrast, Renteria is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant who grew up speaking both Spanish and English.
The debate was geared toward Latino voters and focused on topics including immigration, water, agriculture and the economy.
Valadao, 37, and Renteria, 39, share similar views about many key issues: Both support comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for those here illegally, and that the government should help reunite immigrant children with their families after the youngsters enter the U.S. alone.
But Renteria noted that Valadao had voted against the California Dream Act in 2011, which allows unauthorized immigrants, including thousands in the Valley, to qualify for private scholarships and state financial aid. She said, “When children feel like they have a future they will feel different about having a baby. They will wait.”
Both candidates also agree that the Valley needs more water infrastructure, such as dams. But they differed on questions about reducing high school dropout rates, economic recovery plans, and especially the minimum wage.
California already has a high minimum wage, but Renteria said it needs to continue increasing because working families shouldn’t be poor. Valadao disagreed, saying the state already approved minimum wage increases to $9 an hour as of July 1 and $10 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2016, and that increasing business and job opportunities and making sure there is enough water are more important.
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  1. “Both support comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for those here illegally, and that the government should help reunite immigrant children with their families after the youngsters enter the U.S. alone.”
    I thought we were already doing that-sending ’em HOME.
    “Renteria said it (minimum wage) needs to continue increasing because working families shouldn’t be poor.”
    And raising minimum wage to unsustainable amounts,causing businesses to close helps them HOW?
    I’m voting for excluding Mexifornia’s State policies from “serious” discussion,since they don’t relate to the REAL world. (Disclaimer: I know there are people in California who are smart,decent,responsible and have common sense;I just don’t see how they can survive as the only SANE people in a State full of LUNATICS.

     
    • trunkjunkie . . . you have more common sense that most of the Californians put together. Why is it that people really don’t grasp the reality that when you raise wages to unsustainable rates–businesses close, or they automate, or they move out of the state. When it comes to divvying up a non-existent pie, how much do you get when you start with a big fat zero! Low wage jobs were not intended to support families; they were there for people who were just entering the job market, or choose not to upgrade their marketable skills. Now all of a sudden everyone should feel sorry for those who want to make enough money from a low skills job that they should be able to purchase a home, with a two-car garage . . . with two cars to fill the garage. What happens to our senior citizens who are on fixed incomes, when the inflationary cycle makes purchasing the necessities of life beyond their reach. As a child I heard an saying . . . “poor people have poor ways.” If you don’t want to be poor–get an education, delay having children until you can furnish them with the necessities of life from your own labor, not my labor, or my neighbors labor. This mentality of high wages for low skill labor is the straw that will break the camels back.

       
  2. Most people move here to become American and should assimilate. They should speak in English. They are showing great disrespect for the country their parents chose to immigrate to.

     
  3. Dearly Beloved Physician son Dan and family – Please come back to Florida!

     

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