GOP Talking Immigration Reform Ahead of Elections

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Today, Immigration Impact, the blog of the Immigration Policy Center, reported on a shift in tactics in the immigration debate: A growing number of Republican lawmakers say the party needs to adjust its positions on Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) in order to boost Latino support:

More Republicans have acknowledged that the GOP must change its tune on Latinos and immigration, especially in the lead-up to midterm elections. This week, RNC Chair Michael Steele not only agreed to a meeting with an immigration advocacy group (after the group staged a sit-in), but went a step further to say that he’s concerned with harsh GOP rhetoric on immigration…

Last week, the newly formed Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles held a panel on reclaiming CIR for conservatives. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), who says he has been working on a secret congressional working group on immigration, reiterated that President Obama failed to deliver on his promise of immigration reform in his first year. Diaz-Balart also pinned blame on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for not allowing any immigration legislation to hit the floor until health care passed, then committed his support for CIR.

Last week, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) became the second Republican senator to publicly state his efforts for reform. Cornyn told a Spanish-language news wire, just before the release of the immigration blue print, that he was committed to working toward finding “common ground” for a reform bill. He also said he had spoken to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and was ready to work out their disagreements over a proposed bill.

And while last week’s revealing poll on Latino voting power or Sunday’s rally for reform may or may not prompt bipartisan support for a reform bill, a small segment of the GOP appears to be listening to pro-immigration concerns.

From Immigration Impact:

In the months leading up to midterm elections, we will likely see more Republicans reaching out to Latinos, distancing themselves from anti-immigrant groups and criticizing the President for inaction on immigration reform. Let’s hope that if and when an immigration reform bill is on the floor, that these same critics will hold themselves accountable for their own pledges of support or risk alienating many of the voters they seek to court.



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Comment posted March 24, 2010 @ 10:59 pm

I eagerly await watching the GOOPER leadership explain this to their idiotic base. The wingnuts will totally lose it.

Comment posted March 25, 2010 @ 2:19 am

No way they can do this with their psychotic base. Those imbeciles will start a civil war before they accept anyone from south as citizens unless they are all shipped back home first and re-enter through normal visa procedures.

Comment posted March 25, 2010 @ 4:45 am


Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 12:12 am

Illegal Immigration population Armageddon

They keep repeating the–SAME TIRED NUMBER–10 MILLION–but the US border Patrol in just the Tuscon sector, expressed, “Only one out of ten is caught.” The Tucson sector Border Patrol union local 2544 on the number of illegal aliens in our nation: “There are currently 15 to 20 million illegal aliens in this country by many estimates, but the real numbers could be much higher and the numbers increase every day because our borders are not secure (NO MATTER WHAT THE POLITICIANS TELL YOU-DON ' T BELIEVE THEM FOR ONE SECOND) Said a Spokesman for the Border Patrol. “Our illegal immigration numbers are based on an estimated twenty million illegal aliens having been present in our nation as of -JANUARY 1, 2004.”almost four million people crossed our borders illegally 2002″ end of quote.

This is a cruel trick on every honest taxpayer is this first generation of newly legalized immigrants, could escalate with thousands bring in brothers, sisters, Mothers and Fathers. By the year 2040 the population of America could be unsustainable with limited resources, water shortages, highways crammed to capacity and a infrastructure that is falling apart. THOSE INTERESTED-THE HISTORY CHANNEL IS ONCE AGAIN TELEVISING “The Crumbling of America.” This Friday observe the depreciating bridges, dams, levees and 50 year old underground system of sewage in some areas. Our Survival is in peril, but they do not enforce immigration laws. Well-documented, the 100.000 pro-amnesty protest on Sunday and the last two months of PR build-up across the country was backed by tens of millions of dollars from George Soros (Socialist-Marxist Billionaire), Carnegie Foundation, Ford Foundation and the giant SEIU unions.

Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 12:13 am

We must be on our guard in the midterm elections, because illegal aliens will vote in states that do not use picture ID Even this is not fool proof, specially in California where you can buy fraudulent ID in Los Angeles for $50.00. This will specifically happen in the SANCTUARY STATE of California and Nevada. We must make examples of politicians who support illegal aliens with government entitlements. As an example Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) must be kicked out first, followed closely with the boot, Nancy Pelosi. Learn their outrageous immigration records at NUMBERSUSA.Learn about Washington corruption that effects your paycheck at JUDICIALWATCH.

Comment posted April 6, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

I am for immigration reform, but, through legal channels, and a slow, and steady pace. Nothing mandatory about it. English must first be the official language, border security must first be established, and NO political activity for 5 years after entering this country through legal means. Second class citizen is still a path to being a first class American. This also means that our economy can adjust to the current devastation, and immigration is based on what this country needs, NOT what politicians want.

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