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Re: Immigration & Delusion

Reinforcing Andy’s point that Hispanic political activists are “the vanguard of a different culture that they passionately believe is superior to the culture of individual liberty” who won’t be attracted to conservatism by a few changes in immigration law: See postings by two leftists. Jamelle Bouie of The American Prospect, posting at the “Plum Line“, writes that Hispanic voters favored Obama not only because of immigration, but also because the GOP opposes socialized medicine and leftist Supreme Court nominees. And Slate’s Matthew Yglesias writes that:

The best evidence available on Hispanic public opinion, a big election even poll from Latino Decisions and ImpreMedia, makes it clear that this is just a fairly liberal voting block. Just 12 percent of Latinos support a cuts-only approach to deficit reduction, and only 25 percent want to repeal Obamacare. Only 31 percent of Hispanics say they’d be more likely to vote for a Republican who supports the DREAM Act. This isn’t to say Latinos aren’t eager to see immigration reform, it’s just that the lion’s share have bigger reasons for rejecting the GOP.

Even amnesty maven Jeb Bush seems to get that it’s not just immigration. In a New York magazine interview, he says “Four years from now, Texas is going to be a so-called blue state”, which may explain this:

And there’s the rub: Can the Republican Party embrace a moderate again? Since leaving office, Jeb has become distinctly less conservative. In the past, he was a pro-gun, pro-life, pro–death penalty hard-liner who described himself as a “hang-’em-by-the-neck conservative.” But Jeb’s recent friendship with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a critic of the tea party, has seemed to crystallize a shift toward a more moderate approach.

I don’t dispute there’s much in the Republican message that needs re-examination. But there’s nothing wrong with the GOP that Jeb Bush can fix.

Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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