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Republicans in Washington claim their border-state hearings on illegal immigrants this summer are not a ploy to kill a reform bill.

I believe them.

The hearings are a ploy to win the November elections.

Immigration demagogy is Step Two of the Republican Survival Handbook this fall. (Step One is accusing Democrats of wanting to lose Iraq.)

It may work. And I hope it does.

Here’s why.

Back in 1964, Lyndon Johnson said his Civil Rights Act would cost Democrats the South for a generation.

He was right.

Now Republicans are playing race politics again. But Democrats should just be patient.

Wait until the millions of Hispanic-American children reach voting age.

Until then, remind them and their families which party wanted to give them a chance to stay in America – and which party wanted to throw them out and build a wall.

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2 comments on “The Emerging Republican Minority

  1. jstegall says:

    The bigger threat to Republicans is NOT passing EFFECTIVE controls on illegal immigration. What aggrevates Americans (including Hispanics who have been in this country a while or were born here) is the lack of control over our borders and the economic and security dangers that condition implies. If they do nothing, or pass a bill that doesn’t fix the problem, they will reap the worst of both worlds–angering both their natural constituency AND Hispanics.

  2. Braxton says:

    Illegal immigration is illegal. Period….

    The average take in a bank robbery is $7,000. Every illegal student costs $7,500. So 12 million immigrant and say 2 to 3 million are children conservatively.

    That is like the president taking 3,000,000 bank robery files from the FBI and lighting them up to cook hot dogs because prosecuting them would seem racist.

    Minorities play the race cards like atheletes cry over injuries. It is an act and a lie. The scared white official lets them go and they go home get a drink and laugh at the stupid “guilt ridden” official.

    I say tighten the cuffs and forget a meal or two every day and they will know we are wise to the game.

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