I was utterly dismayed to learn that the Republican Business & Professional Women has invited Nebraska’s most notorious immigrant hater, Susan Smith, to speak at your dinner meeting on January 16, 2012. Susan Smith is the leader of the Nebraska Advisory Group on Illegal Immigration, the Nebraska affiliate for the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform. I have seen news video of Susan Smith screaming at family members of detained immigrants at a candlelight vigil, telling them they would all be deported, and have seen her shrill testimony in front of a legislative committee at the Nebraska legislature. In my opinion, Susan Smith is an immigrant hater.
While your organization certainly has the first amendment right to invite whomever you choose to speak, a right which I would defend to my last breath, as a Republican organization you should consider how others perceive ‘sharing the podium’ with an immigrant hater, especially among New Americans such as a majority of Latino voters.