Acquiescing to amnesty pressure historically not a winning plan for GOP
Phoenix is center stage today as an alliance of illegal immigration proponents attempt to intimidate Congress and pressure Barack Obama to pass amnesty legislation in the upcoming session or pay a political price.
“Latino voters went to the polls with the economy on their minds but immigration reform in their hearts.” declared LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “Latinos will pay close attention to this debate, noting who helped move the ball forward and who stood in the way…of providing a path to citizenship for the undocumented. Republican’s dysfunctional relationship with our community was a big key to their loss,” she said. “Republicans better change their tune when it comes to our community,” warned Moran.
Participants in this coercive campaign are the usual leftist activists and unions: League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the racist National Council of La Raza*, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Hispanic Federation, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Mi Familia Vota, NALEO Educational Fund, Consejo Nacional de la Raza, Service Employees International Unionists and Voto Latino.
More than 70 percent of the 12 million Hispanics who voted in November cast their ballot for Obama. Obama has promised that Congress will take up the issue soon after he is re-inaugurated on January 21.
To no one’s surprise, Arizonans John McCain and Jeff Flake will lead this parade off the American cliff. Joining them are Sens. Michael Bennet, (D-Colo), Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.), Charles Schumer, (D-NY) ,Robert Menendez, (D-NJ), Mike Lee, (R-Utah) and McCain’s shadow Lindsey Graham, (R-.SC)
The faulty reasoning is that if Republicans submit to this pressure and ignore our borders and rule of law, Hispanics will lavish them with their votes. History shows that’s not going to happen, regardless of concessions.
Hispanics overwhelmingly vote Democrat, because on average, they earn far less than Whites. It is simply not in Hispanic self-interests to vote for the party which declares itself for limited government. Rather than caving to demands and colluding with Democrats, Republicans need to begin a dialogue about the destructive influence of government programs on the Hispanic family and community.
In 1984 Walter Mondale won 61 percent of the Hispanic vote. Ronald Reagan took just 37 percent although he won 49 of the 50 states. Two years later, Reagan signed the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli Immigration Reform Act which gifted amnesty to what was then claimed to be three million illegal aliens in the United States. The amnesty prize was supposed to bring Hispanics into the GOP.
But in 1988, Democrat Michael Dukakis took 69 percent of the Hispanic vote while George H.W. Bush won only 30 percent. Reagan’s amnesty concessions were obviously not a factor.
In 1996, Bill Clinton garnered 72 percent of the Hispanic vote while Bob Dole received only 21 percent – the lowest Hispanic support for a Republican candidate ever recorded.
In 2004 John Kerry got 58 percent of the Hispanic vote while George W. Bush won 40 percent which is the highest Hispanic support for a Republican candidate on record. Clearly, amnesty was not a major issue in either election.
*The motto of La Raza is “Fuera de La Raza nada,” or “For the Race, everything, outside the Race, nothing” This excellent exposé printed in Human Events, was written in 2006 by the late U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, a Republican who represented the 9th District of Georgia.