Why DeeDee Garcia Blase Left the GOP

Why DeeDee Garcia Blase Left the GOP


Politic365’s Justin Vélez-Hagan recently spoke with DeeDee Garcia Blase, Founder and former President of Somos Republicans as well as the current President of the National Tequila Party, about immigration, it’s impact on future elections, and why the issue drove her out of the Republican party.


It started off simply as a club for Republicans in Arizona.  But, soon Somos Republicans transformed into something quite different after Blase and others became concerned about the work of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Arizona’s passage of SB1070, and the overall attitude towards undocumented immigrants in Arizona.

“We wanted to prove that Republicans care about Latinos in the immigrant community,” said the Mexican-American Blase. “We were the only Latino Republican organization taking a stand against Republicans like [Governor] Jan Brewer and [State Senator] Russell Pearce.”

Despite growing up Republican and still maintaining traditionally conservative views on the size of government, economic freedom, taxes, etc., Blase recently recanted her Republican Party affiliation, becoming an independent.

“We need to send a message to the GOP that we need more [Republicans] to step up and be courageous,” said Blase.  “Latino Republicans are becoming less and less influential in the political realm.  The only way to effectively reform immigration is . . . via a non-partisan angle.”

Holding fast to that principle, Blase now heads the non-partisan National Tequila Party Movement, whose mission is to increase Latino voter participation.  To prove the organization’s goal to maintain its non-partisan status, Blase provided this exclusive announcement to Politic365:  A Democratic activist will now be the organization’s co-President.

What’s the next goal of the Tequila Party?  Ensure the passage of national immigration reform by November 2012.  Oh, that’s it?  Blase obviously has no intention of setting her sights low.

“They say it can’t be done, but they also said we couldn’t bring down Russell Pearce . . . That same fervor, passion, and energy that we put into bringing that bigot down will be brought to our effort to support immigration reform and the DREAM Act.”

Don’t underestimate the seemingly soft-spoken and affable Blase.  With an organization whose support has gained a national following, you don’t want to get on this firebrand’s bad side.

Hear the full EXCLUSIVE interview here on Politic365, as Blase further discusses how the Republican Party is continuing to push away Latinos, her disappointment in Marco Rubio, and the importance of immigration in next year’s elections.

Justin Vélez-Hagan is Senior Contributing Writer and Commentator for Politic365.com.  He is also the National Executive Director of The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, an international developer of senior living facilities, and is a reservist in the U.S. Air Force.  He can be reached at Justin@Politic365.com.


  1. It is the responsibility of the citizen to help enforce the laws of the state, not encourage people to violate them. Sympathizing with the illegals, is to encourage them.

    If it wasn't for big government, the problem with illegals would be what it is today, but by provide free education for their children, medical care, they illegals then become dependents of the government, costing more than they are worth to the economy.

    We can not afford to continue the dumbing down of this nation. Allowing illegals immigrants to bring a culture of corruption from their native countries, will bring that same corruption to the USA.

    It is obvious in the increase of gangs and drugs.

  2. CATO Institute found billion$ of reasons to pass legal immigration reform.

    CATO Institute Finds $180 Billion Benefit to Legalizing Illegal Immigrants
    A new study from the libertarian CATO Institute concludes that legalizing the more than eight million undocumented workers in the United States would have significant economic benefits for the country, while simply enhancing border enforcement and applying restrictive immigration laws would actually hurt the U.S. economically.

    The new report, written by Professor Peter B. Dixon and Research Fellow Maureen T. Rimmer at the Centre of Policy Studies at Monash University in Australia, relies on an economic model used by the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and Homeland Security, as well as International Trade Commission.

    Weighing public spending and revenues, U.S. employment rates in various occupations, and price levels for imports and exports, among other things, the authors conclude that “increased enforcement and reduced low-skilled immigration have a significant negative impact on the income of U.S. households.” The minimal savings in public spending on immigrants now “would be more than offset by losses in economic output and job opportunities for more skilled American workers.” A policy that reduces low-skilled immigration to about a third less than projected levels, then, over ten years, “would reduce U.S. household welfare by about 0.5 percent, or $80 billion.”

    In contrast, “legalization of low-skilled immigrant workers would yield significant income gains for American workers and households,” the study found. Legalization would eliminate the costs of smuggling illegal immigrants, would allow immigrants to be more productive and openly participate in the economy, and it would “create more openings for Americans in higher skilled occupations.”

    The overall positive impact for U.S. households of legalizing these workers over ten years would be “1.27 percent of GDP or $180 billion.” http://washingtonindependent.com/55152/cato-insti

  3. Really, if this Latina was a Republican, it is only because her parents are closed minded anti-abortion Catholics. (I speak from experience) In fact, you have to hate yourself to be a Republican if you are a Latino, a woman, a scientist, gay, Muslim, a member of a union, a teacher, atheist or agnostic, Catholic (or clearly fixated on unwanted pregnancies), Northern, open-minded or generous of spirit, or someone who believe in fiscal responsibility or social progress. Or for that matter anyone who may one day want a cure to disease states that will be cured by stem cell research (Republican opposed) or who prefers to live on a planet without global warming… the list goes on.

  4. Freedom of religion, Freedom of Speech and Freedoms make this country great. People in this country have the freedom to go to a Catholic Church, a non-Denominational Church, a Buddhist church and the list goes on. So let them decide.

  5. It is this point in time you should contact the Ways and Means Committee responsible for bringing ‘The Legal Workforce Act’, bill H.R.2885 to the House floor in Congress. Only the American voter or legal resident has a say in this urgent matter, which will produce large numbers of jobs STOLEN by the 8.2 illegal workers as estimated to self-deport. The number to call for the Washington political phones is 202-224-3121. The legislators need to listen to the People, instead of misleading us anymore. If you have further questions read about the widespread corruption in the federal and state governments at Judicial Watch. Be attentive that the TEA PARTY does not agree with any kind of Amnesty, Dream Acts or Sanctuary cities. Controversial as it is, everybody who want a green card who overstayed their visa, or just slipped through the border, must eventually leave the country to be reevaluated for legal entry. Bringing to America is a different situation altogether and should be promoted expeditiously. The beacon should be lit for the highest skilled imaginable, but we must remain sensible and not be hoodwinked by mediocre workers, who could easily end up on the taxpayers dime. Build the real fences along our lengthy border, and then we can talk about another ‘Bracero Project’ like during the World War 2 for agriculture.

    Attn: Keep an eye on Democrats as they are intentionally pushing non-citizens to vote in all coming elections, that includes the 2011 presidential. They are also trying to change electoral laws, so you can register and immediately vote, using groups like the fraudulent canvassing of the ACORN group, that’s reappeared under another name. Additionally the Left is introducing legislation, so you don't even need a picture ID; this to me is as close to fraud as you can get.

  6. Here's what's so clearly wrong with birthright citizenship Law.

    Rewards lawbreaking. If people break into this nation only long enough to give birth, they are rewarded with a U.S. citizen child and the cost is substantial and adds to even more American poverty.

    Increases chain migration. There are about 340,000 ‘foothold babies’ born here each year. Their families often use them to bring more relatives into the country, starting new family "chains." Immigration continues to skyrocket as a result. And the billions of dollars grow?

    Adds to government social costs. Illegal aliens aren't eligible to welfare benefits, open-borders, corporate welfare and special interests advocates often point out. That's generally true (with the significant exception of emergency room healthcare). Their U.S. citizen children are entitled, however, for a galaxy of social benefits. We taxpayers are stuck with the tab for Medicaid health benefits, free education, food stamps, etc. Each year the dollar figure rises and taken from your income, state pensions, even Medicare and retirement benefits. The cost doesn’t end, not does the barrage of people slinking through the border or lying to the agent at airport inspection entry..Please—how can a traveler from Europe, South America tell if the women are carrying a fetus? Immigration doesn’t even have a tracking system like other sensible countries.

    Misuses the U.S. Constitution. The 14th Amendment, on which birthright citizenship is based, states that people born in the U.S. who is also "subject to the jurisdiction" of this country are automatically citizens. Yet children born of parents illegally residing in the U.S. generally have automatic citizenship, voting privileges, and a passport from their home countries. The 14th amendment law was meant for slaves, not foreign females smuggling babies or fetuses into the United States. Why should they also receive automatic citizenship from a country where their mother lives illegally? Absurd! Despicable to the taxpayer upon people who wait for years for an entry visa.

    The biggest goal for in the upcoming weeks remains bringing co-sponsors on E-Verify to 100 of which we need 35 co- sponsors and getting this bill passed in the House of Representatives. But we continue to press for other long-time goals as well, such as abolishing birthright citizenship. Yet we can't do any of this without your help.

  7. In the news–the Rasmussen poll that indicates that majority of Americans opposes birthright citizenship. INumbersUSA has pressed to abolish birthright citizenship since the founding of the pro-sovereignty organization 15 years ago. They have shown in the strong support Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011, which would stop this misinterpreted practice.

    So what does Gingrich, Perry, Romney, Cain, Santorum, Paul, Bachmann, Huntsman, Johnson have to say about the ‘foothold’ instant citizen baby act? Then what is Eric Holders plan to keep intimidating the states. First the vanguard driven by Arizona, followed closely by Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana with suing in such arrogant Liberal oriented courts as the Ninth Circuit in the Leftist progressive stronghold of San Francisco.

    The bill is a concrete proposal and has a lot of support in the U.S. House, with 80 co-sponsors. It is one of the "five great immigration solutions" many politicians are standing for this year. THE GENUINE 2006 SECURE FENCE ACT; double 15 foot high fence, for fast track lanes in between for the US Border Patrol to use. However, they need a lot more momentum to win. Rep. King's bill, H.R. 140, that would require Congress to elucidate the meaning of the 14th Amendment and thereby ending the practice of automatically granting U.S. citizenship to all U.S.-born children of illegal aliens. We don't need a Constitutional amendment. Without an amendment the US taxpayers are the recipients of the law, which allows an estimated 340.000 babies to become instant citizens annually adding to the growing deficit, to support these children and the Mother.

    Now there's more proof that Americans want to abolish automatic citizenship for the children of illegal aliens. .A new Rasmussen poll shows that 65% of likely U.S. voters oppose birthright citizenship. That means two-thirds of all voters want to end this absurd practice, as most industrialized democracies have already done. Although the tourist from other countries comes to have their babies in clinics this is a story in itself, is just the tip of the iceberg. Thousands cross the border, while others come through air terminals on a visitor’s visa, with full intentions to stay and allow taxpayers to cover their baby care from their time in hospital, to the child’s life as a so-called citizen under the wrongly interpreted law. While American mothers are hunted down by credit collectors for the 6-$ 8.000 dollar care. The impoverished foreign nationals easily slip away from debt accountability, by giving force information and either no personal ID or procured documents, that the emergency hospital has no choice but to accept, or by federal laws must treat the patient.

    Just because an illegal alien mother gives birth in the U.S. doesn't mean the baby should be a U.S. citizen. Don't you agree? In fact, this form of birthright citizenship is destructive to the rule of law. American citizenship is one of the most precious and desired privileges on earth. People wait in line for decades to receive a coveted U.S. green card, if they can get one at all. But we've corrupted the whole process by handing out citizenship and residency to people who do not deserve it.

    Rep. King's Bill will solve the problem, but we can't push it through without more help from Patriotic Americans. Why is this sovereign nation being forced to not only support any individual or family group who slips across the border, but must subsidize the whole family?

    As to birthright citizenship policy, you cannot blame the kids, the so-called "anchor babies." Naturally they have no say in the matter of where they are born. Nonetheless, their unearned U.S. citizenship has terrible consequences for this country. Billions of dollars are swallowed up, that should be going US children for their education, health care.

  8. The question shouldn't be why the lovely DeeDee Garcia Blase left the Republican party, but why she and so many other people are so sympathetic to the people who broke into our country. I'm aware how deplorable conditions in Mexico and some other countries are right now, and it's a testament to American greatness that so many people want in. However, simply letting all these lawbreakers gain a path to citizenship, while so many other people are doing things the right way, would be a travesty.

    Is anybody on here aware that Mexico may be encouraging illegal immigration into this country in order to retake the American southwest (the land that we supposedly "stole" from them) back for herself?

  9. "American" First. Hyphenated American Never. We (Americans) are all in this together. We CAN resolve this issue but only once we all can act in the best interest of America.

  10. She is a hypocrite who likes to take credit for the hard work others have done. She continues to try and take credit for the Russell Pearce thing when she was not involved at all. I do remember on one of posts she said that she would not leave the Republican Party. If anyone was hostile and posting obscenities and degrading Mormons it was DeeDee. I still have those posts. With a cigar, and tequila she is not a positive role model for young Hispanic woman.

  11. I have gone back and forth with Dee Dee and her Somos Rino's organization. They are your typical left wing, I demand special rights, can't get past the color of my own skin, take from one to give to another social justice organization. They don't want equality, they wanted to be treated "better" because they believe their ancestors were treated badly so they want some sort of repayment. Several of the members of their group tried to recruit me on Facebook but they couldn't get very far with me. I had issues with their stance on immigration and asked them explain to me why I should join their organization and go against my own beliefs. I got the typical "if your a good Mexican and believe in your people you will join our cause" response. First of all, my parents were born in Mexico. They must have not been good Mexicans because they immigrated to the U.S. to give their kids a better life. Second, my people are Americans. Mexico is part of my heritage but being an American is my culture. I served 5 years in the United States Marine Corps. I graduated boot camp not as a Hispanic-Marine, Latino-Marine but a U.S. Marine! Dee Dee can take her little "me me me" attitude somewhere else. There are plenty of Latinos in the GOP who believe and stand by the values of the Republican party. I would prefer to have one less Republican than one more RINO. (Republican In Name Only)