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Chris Cannon
appearance on Spanish language radio

The following is an excerpt of an English translation of the Spanish transcription taken from a recording of a radio program that aired on Salt Lake City Spanish-language radio station KBJA (1640 AM) on Saturday morning, May 22, 2004. Participants in the radio program that appeared in the following segment were Congressman Chris Cannon (R-Utah, "CANNON"), his aide Marco Diaz ("DIAZ"), and Josť Elibardo Rivera (a regular radio host on KBJA, "RIVERA").

RIVERA: Now, why, why are we making this invitation today, Claudia? We are inviting the people to vote for Mr. Cannon because, let's say, that there is a good part and a bad part in life, the two extremes. In the center there are so-so people or things that can usually be catalogued as good. But I would say that for the Hispanics, hear me well, for the Hispanics the good side is the side of Mr. Cannon's. For…those that do not…for those that…for the Hispanics the bad side is Mr. Trockmorton's.  
For Rivera, the determining factor in voting is race or ethnicity. Too many Americans refuse to acknowledge what this means for the future of the country. But rather than outrage, we get Rep. Cannon remaining silent during this baldly racist attack on Throckmorton.
Unidentified Voice: Throckmorton.    
RIVERA: Throckmorton, or something like that.    
  [After a joke and another invitation by Rivera to vote for Cannon, he describes H.B. 109 (a proposed bill in the last session of the Utah legislature that would require foreign citizens to prove their legal residence in the U.S. in order to obtain a Utah driver's license) and says that Throckmorton sponsors other proposals against Hispanics. Cannon then discusses a Washington Times article and says that those who are against Hispanics are against Cannon and if he does not win by a large margin people will say it does not pay to support immigration. Rivera talks about events in Arizona, Colorado Representative Tancredo, and California and says this election will resound throughout this country as well as "our countries" (presumably Latin America). Then Rivera talks about all the dollars that are sent from this country to Latin American countries, and then continues…]  
Cannon does more than play along. He joins right in. It's bad enough when some smalltime radio DJ engages in vulgar appeals to race, but, in Cannon, we have a sitting US congressman using racism to attack his opponent and explicitly making US immigration policy a racial issue.
RIVERA: That is to say, this thing is very important. Either we vote or they continue putting us in a corner. Either we are worthy of this country and we look for dignity o they continue treating us bad and belittling us. ¿You, what do you prefer? To sit there quietly in your homes without doing anything or do you prefer to take out of your pocket ten, twenty dollars and say I'm voting …I am going to give this money. You…it's okay. You, you, you…are illegal, as, as I was a long time ago. Let's say you are illegal…And does that eliminate you from the political race? On the contrary, you more than anyone have to vote, have to pull out your money, if you can't vote, give money.  
Rivera, a former illegal alien, perhaps amnestied under a program like the amnesties Cannon is pushing in Congress right now, openly suggests illegal aliens illegally contribute to the millionaire congressman, and that they vote.
CANNON: Okay [unintelligible].  
Cannon concurs.
RIVERA: Yes you can, yes you can do something, do something for your family, for your children who are coming at this moment after you. Do it now because afterwards they are going to have to begin the same fight, okay. That is not good. You work now and work a little bit. We are not going to make the burden light here. We are going to work a little bit. And working a little bit is: register, it is…to give a little bit of money, it is to vote for the people who are helping us.  
Title 20 of the Utah election code makes it illegal, punishable by imprisonment up to one year or a fine up to $2,500, for any person "to willfully cause, procure, advise, encourage, or assist any other person to be registered to vote, knowing or believing that the person is not entitled to register to vote."
DIAZ: Logically we want to help and we want to assure ourselves that our candidate comes out ahead but we have to do everything according to rule. The federal law prohibits…ah…certain things: corporations cannot donate to candidates, things like that…therefore, really if you are undocumented you must find, we welcome this money, but you have to find someone who is legal in order to donate money, or in other words the federal law really does prohibit us from doing some things and we want to do everything by the rule, if not, our opponent can attack us and say "you see, he is trying to…to influence the race with people that, that are not here legally in this country." Therefore, it has to be done with precaution. We want all your help. It is important because I believe, as the Congressman said, this is going to be a…a big signal. I don't know if you mentioned, but President Bush has, or rather all the press in Washington considers him as the key …ah…person for immigration proposals to Congressman Cannon from President Bush. When something is to be done with immigration in the Congress of the United States, Congressman Cannon is the "point person," as they say, for the Congress. Therefore, many people that are anti-immigration are looking at this race with a great deal of interest.