Linda Chavez Quotes (41 Quotes)


    I'm only the first person, ... I can tell you (attorney general nominee) John Ashcroft is going to face much worse than I have. Gale Norton (the interior secretary nominee) may face worse than I have. Even Christine Todd Whitman (nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency), who is considered a moderate, may face worse than I have.

    Most immigration opponents are loath to admit it, at least publicly, but they are worried that the huge influx of Hispanics will somehow change America for the worse. But those fears are unfounded. Some may talk about the browning of America, but immigrants are a net positive.

    Although an increasing proportion of the Hispanic population is foreign-born - about half of adults in this group - English proficiency is and should remain a requirement for citizenship.

    But Chavez said she regretted the effect her actions had on the Bush transition team, which now is searching for a nominee to replace Chavez. I made mistakes and I put the Bush transition team in a very difficult position, ... I understand it and I regret it, and I especially regret it because I deeply, deeply believe in this president.

    Since January 2002, when the United States began detaining at Guantanamo Bay enemy combatants captured in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other fronts in the war on terror, critics have complained of human rights abuses.


    The men imprisoned at Guantanamo are members of an international terrorist organization that has killed thousands of innocent civilians.

    Some 43 percent of voters in union households voted for President Bush in 2004, according to exit poll data.

    Their prejudice allowed white Southerners to look the other way when blacks were denied their most basic human rights, and it encouraged the worst of them to engage in unspeakable acts of cruelty and violence.

    I don't believe what I did with Marta was illegal or was unethical or wrong, ... She was being battered and I invited her into my home. I provided her with assistance, I helped her get back to Guatemala, and I believe that was an act of compassion.

    Journalists are supposed to be skeptical, that's what keeps them digging rather than simply accepting the official line, whether it comes from government or corporate bureaucrats.

    Less than 8 percent of private sector workers belonged to a union in 2004, and, overall, only 12.5 percent of American workers carry a union card - down from about one-third of workers in labor's heydays in the 1950s.

    The United Nations has become a largely irrelevant, if not positively destructive institution, and the just-released U.N. report on the atrocities in Darfur, Sudan, proves the point.

    From George Washington to George W. Bush, presidents have invoked God's name in the performance of their official duties.

    We are all saying no blank check to China, ... We have to be very clear to (Congress) about how important their vote is going to be.

    For generations, even many otherwise decent white Southerners learned to despise black people.

    Back in the day, a pair of tight jeans was enough to earn a girl a bad reputation. Now slutty has gone Main Street.


    an insult to American working men and women.

    Modesty used to be considered a natural female attribute. No more.

    I think there's a kind of xenophobic frenzy on talk radio, on cable television, from (CNN's) Lou Dobbs to some of the shows on Fox (News),

    The United Nations was founded in the aftermath of World War II, just as the world was beginning to learn the full horrors of history's worst genocide, the Holocaust that consumed 6 million Jews and 3 million others in Europe.

    One of the techniques terrorists employ is to allege torture and mistreatment when they are captured, regardless of whether it is true.

    Where journalists have gotten themselves in trouble over the last few decades is that their skepticism often extends only to American officials, the U.S. military and Republican politicians.

    Many journalists seem to believe that we have become little different from our enemies.

    Frankly, I've often thought that conservatives might be partly responsible for Hillary's success. ... By demonizing her, we've elevated her importance and encouraged liberals to rally around her.

    The problem with the whole issue is that both sides need to be accommodated. There does need to be better border security for national security purposes, but in my view you cannot have better border security until you deal with the problem of finding a way for people to immigrate legally. People are not crossing the border risking life and limb to do so because they're too lazy to go down to the visa office and apply legally.

    Choosing one's leaders is an affirmation that the person making the choice has inherent worth.


    In 1978, like many of my generation, I was a fallen-away Catholic who had married outside the Church and who attended Mass only on holidays.

    The U.S. has already suffered a devastating attack on September 11, 2001, and may again become a target.

    More than 200 men have been released from Guantanamo, some of whom have rejoined terrorist networks and are trying to kill Americans again.

    The unions claim the deck is stacked against them when it comes to labor laws, but the truth is many private and public sector workers are forced to pay union dues as a condition of their employment, yet they have little say in how the unions spend their money.

    In fact, the U.S. military has bent over backwards to respect the religious beliefs of some very dangerous fanatics who want to kill us.

    Liberals believe they own the franchise on minorities and can't stand any Hispanic or black who breaks rank.

    Britons seem to have given up on assimilating their Muslim population, with many British elites patting themselves on the back for their tolerance and multiculturalism.

    If I am confirmed as secretary of labor, I intend to keep faith with the men and the women who still work at jobs like those my parents held.

    I really hope that Bush is able to pick someone who is able to go forward with a little more ease than I was,

    Neither the wording of the amendment itself nor common practice challenged the widely held belief that government guaranteed freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

    It's not the No. 1 issue, but there is a passion about it among a certain part of the Republican base.

    There was such a backlash from social conservatives, the administration was not able to go anywhere with its guest worker program.

    Unfortunately, because of the way the stories have played over the last few days, I have decided that I am becoming a distraction, and therefore I have asked President Bush to withdraw my name for secretary of labor,


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