Friday, March 22, 2013 9:13 AM
I'm pretty sure it is "illegal" immigrants that you're talking about, isn't it, Gary? It's just so much nicer to refer to these people as just immigrants for you, I guess.
If the latino popuation in America voted predominantly republican, you'd be singing a completely different tune...don't even try to argue that because it would just make you look foolish. But, alas, latinos vote mostly democratic and the republican leadership all around the country knows this and is grasping at straws at what to do about it. Adding another 11 + million Mexican illegal immigrants into our "citizen" class will just add 11 + million new democratic voters, and that's going to be difficult to overcome for republicans if some kind of amnesty happens. So, what it looks like to me is what they're doing is to get these people to be here "legally" without any short term chance at citizenship.
The plan by Paul has some objectives, I think. It is to first close the boarder...I mean, only an idiot thinks that shouldn't be priority one with ANY immigration reform plan? Then, it is to identify the illegal immigrants we have here and get them some sort of legal identification so that they can work here legally and pay taxes on what they earn. It also includes a long, tedius task toward citizenship that puts these people behind people now seeking citizenship the right way. It's not perfect, of course, but it's a good plan because the option of "shipping them all back" is not viable.
This is a loser political issue for republicans no matter what they do. Latinos see republicans (the republican party) as being anti-illegal immigrant and that makes them appear to be racist against all Latinos...even though that's not true. Perception is far more important in politics than facts and truths.
The problem as you've alluded to is that if republicans appear to be too strong against illegals and want our immigration laws enforced, they continue to alienate Hispanics/Latinos and will not change their vote. If the republican leadership backs off and capitulates to some of the wishes of the groups supporting the illegals, they suffer the ire of a large number of republican grass roots folks that want laws pertaining to illegal immigration enforced. It's a conundrum for republicans, for sure.
The Forum here has a thread on this very issue with Paul and it has gotten a great deal of participation....so it's a hot-button issue right now.