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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:07 PM

Top Republicans Suddenly Back Immigration Reform After Latinos Overwhelmingly Back Obama



Top Republicans Suddenly Back Immigration Reform After Latinos Overwhelmingly Back Obama

When Democrats tried to get the DREAM Act and a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants through Congress in 2010, Republicans blocked the immigration reform measure in the Senate. But after a campaign in which GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney staked out harsh anti-immigration positions, and with President Obama winning 75 percent of Latino voters, several key leaders in the Republican party are coming out in favor of immigration reform:

House Speaker John Boehner (OH): Saying the issue has been around for far too long, Boehner said in an ABC interview that “I’m confident that the president, myself, others can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all.”

Former Gov. Haley Barbour (MS): Haley argued on the “Today” show that Republicans need to be in favor of good policy. “And good policy on immigration in the United States is, we are in a global battle for capital and labor, and we need to have what is good economic policy for America on immigration because we do need labor,” he said. “We not only need Ph.Ds in science and technology, we need skilled workers and we need unskilled workers. And we need to have an immigration policy that is good economic policy, and then — and then the politics will take care of itself.”

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Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), who is running for the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told Politico that Republicans will have to change how they reach out to Latino voters. “In some fashion, the way we have dealt with immigration gives us a black eye. And we need to figure out how to talk about issues and pursue policies that matter to Latino, Hispanic voters,” he said. And that’s clear from the exit poll results. Among Latino voters, immigration was the second most important issue behind jobs. Sixty percent of Latinos in the U.S. know someone who is an undocumented immigrant, and 90 percent are within two generations of immigrating to the U.S. After Romney spent most of his campaign embracing harmful immigration policies, most Latino voters reported that they thought Romney was “hostile toward Latinos,” while 66 percent said they believe Obama “truly cares about Latinos.”

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Full article here: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/11/09/1163551/top-republicans-now-back-immigration-reform-after-latino-voters-overwhelmingly-back-obama/




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Tx4obama Nov 2012 OP
tanyev Nov 2012 #1
SpartanDem Nov 2012 #8
zbdent Nov 2012 #2
AlinPA Nov 2012 #3
EmilyAnne Nov 2012 #4
Marsala Nov 2012 #5
pampango Nov 2012 #7
RomneyLies Nov 2012 #6

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:10 PM

1. Good luck selling it to your base.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:17 PM

8. They already aren't buying

Steve King as come out against it, a Tea Party rep from LA has said he's against it. And if you think of a place like free republic as the id of the base well they sure as hell aren't buying.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:01 PM

2. How are they going to accept George P. Bush as a serious Presidential candidate when

they keep asking him for his green card?

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:07 PM

3. What a joke. Sure, the teabaggers and white power groups will certainly go along.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:55 PM

4. But the GOP won't be able to rein in the Tea Party.

They won't be able to rein in all the hateful rhetoric that vilifies latinos and basically blames all of America's problems on minorities.

The GOP let the Tea Party run the show.
Now they will not be able to separate themselves from their messages of hate and intolerance.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 12:01 AM

5. Oh, this is going to be fun

The nativists will explode and the conservatives will tear each other apart, making the Republicans look like the biggest racists ever (which they are, of course).

And if by some miracle Boehner gets it through the House? Then it's approved by a Democratic Senate and signed by Barack Obama: the bipartisan immigration reform that happened only because he was reelected.

It's the ultimate lose-lose scenario for them.

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Response to Marsala (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:15 AM

7. You're right. The nativist base of the GOP is going to go crazy.

Their intra-party fight over immigration reform should be very revealing as to how much power the tea party folks still have in their party.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 12:02 AM

6. Doesn't matter, their nutbag base will pull them back in line

 

Any deviation from the demands of the nutbags WILL result in a primary attack that WILL remove them from office.

And every damned GOPper knows it too.

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