For too long, the only Republican plan to deal with immigration reform was to tighten border security. This tack was a helpful dodge, not requiring a politician to detail what we would do with the 11-12 million illegal immigrants already here.
But in winning about 30 percent of Hispanic votes in 2012, the Republican Party has been forced to move to the middle with a more sensible, forward-looking plan that addresses the many complicated factors involved in immigration reform.
Romney’s immigration stance created an enormous gap among Latino voters.
The biggest discussion within the GOP now is how to court more Latino voters into the party. Romney won less than 30 percent of all Latinos, and one exit poll in Florida said he even lost Cubans, who tend to be extremely conservative.
You don’t have to win Latino voters over as a whole, but you have to cut the gap. Bush won 44 percent of Latinos in 2004 and that allowed him to have victories in Nevada and New Mexico.
After appearing on BET's T.J. Holmes show last night and engaging in a very intense debate with actress Rosie Perez regarding immigration, it forced me into deeper examination of this issue.
You know why immigration brings people to a boiling point, separates races and creates classes in our society? It's simple, really: OWNERSHIP. Hard-line Mexicans and Latin Americans coming across the border to Texas and California believe the states belong to them.
Comprehensive immigration reform may be dead in the 112th Congress, but cynical tactics using the issue as a political weapon against the Obama administration, scapegoating immigrants at the state level or deploying a “toughness” litmus test among Republican presidential contenders are alive and thriving. As with the other domestic wars we are fighting — economic inequality, the cradle-to-prison pipeline, educational opportunity, etc. — children are being victimized by ideological warfare and the failure of adults to agree on a fair, sensible solution.
Is it possible to be pro-immigration in this country and still support the principles of the state of Alabama’s immigration laws, dubbed some of the strictest in the nation?
Sound paradoxical? Not at all.
First things first. Yes, the state’s laws are tough, and in some cases, questionable, as in one provision that requires students to document their immigration status before enrolling in school. The fact that a significant percentage of Hispanics failed to do so in recent weeks shouldn’t come as any surprise, if you believe that close to 10 percent of Alabama’s Hispanic population is here illegally. I don’t know the exact number in the state, but it’s not as if no one of Hispanic origin showed to school that day.