Skip to comments.Hispanic Activists Urge GOP To Follow Gingrich's Lead On Immigration
Posted on 11/25/2011 1:58:38 PM PST by Steelfish
Hispanic Activists Urge GOP To Follow Gingrich's Lead On Immigration Newt Gingrich's call for 'humane' approach to migrants earns plaudits from Latino voters but propels the former speaker into an increasingly hostile debate within the Republican party
Ed Pilkington 23 November
Newt Gingrich's appeal for a "humane" approach to US immigration in the latest televised debate has propelled him into the thick of one of the most bitterly divisive issues within the Republican party, at the same time earning him plaudits from Hispanic activists battling against new legal clampdowns sweeping across the southern states.
Latino groups in Alabama and Arizona, where some of the harshest anti-immigration laws have been passed in recent months, welcomed Gingrich's comments as a sign, they said, of a changing tone in the debate. In Alabama, where police officers are under instruction to round up anyone they suspect of being undocumented, campaigners embraced his call for a new attitude.
"It's about time that we moved away from extremism and take up, as he said, a more human approach," said Gwendolyn Ferreti, a researcher on immigration who has been campaigning against Alabama's new law, HB56.
Until recently, the prevailing view among the Republican leadership was that a way had to be found to bring up to 12 million undocumented Latinos in the US into the legal fold. Both for economic reasons, to ensure a supply of cheap labour, and for reasons of political self-interest given the growing size of the Hispanic electorate, a compromise had to be reached.
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It really works! Grant amnesty and and all Hispanics will vote Republican FOREVER! Legal, illegal, just visiting - BAM - new Republican voters.
Yeah I remember it. I just remember it a little differently than you do.
Don't worry. I know you were being ironic.
Here is Michelle Bachmann.... sounding EXACTLY like Newt Gingirch.
If you recall the poster Dane it’s like being around of 100 of him. He would constantly play up pro-illegal alien politicians like Chris Cannon or McCain while demonizing Tancredo or anyone who suggested the law be enforced. Always the straw man argument too, it’s amnesty or round up them up like Nazis.
They are still playing the Christian card, forgetting or overlooking the hardship that the presence of millions of ILLEGAL invaders brings upon millions of American citizens.
My loyalties lie with the American people, not the lawbreakers who come here ILLEGALLY.
It IS war. What else can you call it?
I do remember him... and you know what, I was just thinking about that type. You are SO right, that’s exactly what it was like the other day and about 100 of them!
One guy in particular was making vicious, vile, horrific attacks on just about every poster, just about calling them/us Hitler, going insane over imaginary (that of course, no one even remotely suggested) cattle cars, etc.
Thanks for the sanity check.
They also like to throw the word “Boxcars” around in an attempt to label us nazis.
Ah, I see that! Don’t they remind you of libs, and especially the far Left? They have zero “tolerance” for religion, and have succeeded in removing as many crosses as possible from the public eye. Yet, bring up an illegal alien, and these same types start Bible-thumping FOR the criminals.
Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs! So ludicrous.
And they are, clearly, too out of it to have paid attention to what happened here in Arizona, and now is going on in Alabama -— self-deportation. Just like we’ve been saying for years and years and years now!
I believe many are liberals looking to dilute the conservative cause. I know no conservatives who favor amnesty. None.
And they have precedent to win it, at least for local elections.
WOW! Scratch that lying Bxxxx off my list.
Help spread this link around. I am sick and tired of Michele Bachmann atacking all the other candidates. So unbelievably hypocritical of her to attack Newt.
That song NBC played was somewhat fitting!
What is remarkable about the Latino vote for U.S. Senate in 2010 is how consistent it was with past results. It remained within a historically steady range, largely independent of the idiosyncrasies and personalities in particular campaigns. This stability reinforces the idea that the Latino vote is stable and predictable, guided mainly by party loyalty, shaped by the variable level of turnout from contest-to-contest, but mostly unmoved by issue appeals and campaign themes. In the following pages, I will lay out more evidence of this invariance, in addition to what I have written in previous CIS reports.
This Backgrounder makes three straightforward points. First, gains for Republicans as the result of Latino support in the 2010 election were, at best, modest. The gains were more notable in some races than in others, but overall the results remained consistent with historical patterns, in spite of the impressive gains made by the GOP among other voters. Latino voters, like other voters, continue to be driven primarily by party identification when they cast their ballots. Swing voting is not dramatic, though inter-election fluctuations in enthusiasm and turnout are more notable.
Second, whatever gains Republicans did make among Latinos had little to do with immigration policy, or policy positions taken for or against more generous immigration. To be sure, the recruitment of Latino Republican candidates helped marginally, as Hispanics, like other ethnic voters, often use surname cues to guide their vote when they are otherwise undecided. However, a fundamental lesson from this election is that Republicans can gain vote share among Latinos not by taking dramatically different positions on immigration policy, but when they recruit credible Hispanic candidates to run for major offices.
Finally, Hispanic voters were largely oblivious to the Tea Party movement during 2010, with a large share expressing no opinion about these myriad local groups and their issues. Overall, support for Republicans in locations with high Tea Party activity was neither higher nor lower than for Republicans in other locations. Their mixed reaction appears to correspond to research suggesting that Latinos were not particularly enthusiastic about going to the polls in 2010, with turnout running below 2006 levels (Lopez 2010a).
Unfortunately for all Republican candiates, Newt’s position of pandering to the Hispanic voting block has been made public and will influence the discourse from here on out.
The Hispanic voting block can’t help now but to compare and contrast other Republican candidate’s with Newt’s stated position.
This will wind up making it more difficult for any Republican to win the general election, since it will amplify an Obama talking point.
WHEN WILL THE ESTABLISHMENT LEARN that tacking towards your opponent is NEVER a winning strategy in elections.
It is foolish to claim that your opponent’s biggest strength in attracting their own voting base - is also your strength. It merely makes you look like a watered-down version of them.
Republicans need to attack that issue from a completely different angle - once people are in America and working - the more other people who come into the job market, the more competition they have against them for their own job.
From that perspective - even illegal aliens working here would not want MORE illegal aliens coming in.
America needs jobs, not workers.
Big business leaders who are stupid love cheap labor - so they love the idea of an enormous oversupply of workers - and having workers pay slashed to nothing. They have no clue about quality, to them it’s just a joke. But big business has gotten behind every candidate who wants to open the floodgates for cheap labor.
lol! I was called a 'white supremacist' yesterday.
This is the same argument and the same name calling we hear from the left. Coincidence?
Milton Friedman said that, You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state. We have both. 57% of immigrant (legal and illegal) headed households with children use at least one major welfare program. We are importing poverty and hundreds of thousands of high school dropouts every year through our kinship system of immigration.
There you go, if you want the Democrats out of office. No politician’s going to deport all of those who are already present anyway, and our economy is already teetering on the brink of a much more terrible fall.