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Rachel DiCarlo writes that Bush ought to move fast to liberalize immigration law in order to get Hispanic votes–or at least not lose them to Democrats, who are for liberalization. Leave aside whether the various liberalization proposals are good for the country or the rule of law, as she does. Even the political logic is hard to fathom. Assume, heroically, that Republicans can win a durable 45 percent of the Hispanic vote by letting 1 million more Hispanics into the country as legal citizens every year. Assuming that all of these people vote–and that the newcomers vote Republican at the same rate as established Hispanic citizens, which in truth they do not–your policy still results in Republicans’ losing 100,000 votes (net) a year. I’d like Republicans to get more votes, wherever they come from. But there must be a better way to pander than this.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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