I’m done with US politics and will in future try to focus more on that kingdom not of this world of which Our Lord spoke to Pilate. However, I think Krauthammer’s suggestion is a reasonable suggestion for going forward. The amnesty part of the amnesty plus enforcement won’t be welcomed here, of course, but I think if the Republicans are to have any future, they have to try to win a bigger chunk of Latinos. Also agree that in other respects, conservatives should not compromise on conservative principles. That said, I think we’re in civilizational collapse and that it is all pretty much rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Feeling very Eeyorish today.
No one was more of an illegal amnesty proponent than John McCain; fat lot of good that did. Why should Hispanics go with Republican Marco Rubio when they can have the real deal with the Castro twins?
Another amnesty will not win Latino votes. Reagan couldn't win the majority of the Latino vote. Any credit for an amnesty will go to Obama and the Dems.
Latinos or Hispanics are natural constituents for the Dems. They have a 50% out of wedlock birthrate and the highest school dropout rate. Immigrants in general are big users of welfare. 57% of immigrant headed households with children are on at least one major welfare program.
87% of the 1.2 million legal immigrants that enter this country annualy are minorities as defined by the USG. Anyone who thinks that immigrants and minorities will vote predominantly for Reps is smoking something. They vote Dem two to one.
Our efforts would be better spent securing the border and cracking down on visa overstays who make up 40% of all the illegal aliens in the country. We also need to crack down on the employment of illegals with an estimated 8 million of them holding jobs in this country. We need to reduce significantly the number of legal immigrants to around 300,000 a year and move to a merit based system. 25% of the adult legal immigrants entering this country annually lack even a high school degree. We are importing hundreds of thousand of high school dropouts every year.
The U.S. adds one international migrant (net) every 36 seconds. Immigrants account for one in 8 U.S. residents, the highest level in more than 90 years. In 1970 it was one in 21; in 1980 it was one in 16; and in 1990 it was one in 13. In a decade, it will be one in 7, the highest it has been in our history. And by 2050, one in 5 residents of the U.S. will be foreign-born.
Currently, 1.6 million legal and illegal immigrants settle in the country each year; 350,000 immigrants leave each year, resulting in a net immigration of 1.25 million. Since 1970, the U.S. population has increased from 203 million to 310 million, i.e., over 100 million. In the next 40 years, the population will increase by an additional 130 million to 440 million. Three-quarters of the increase in our population since 1970 and the projected increase will be the result of immigration.
The nations immigrant population (legal and illegal) reached 40 million in 2010, the highest number in our history. The U.S. immigrant population has doubled since 1990, nearly tripled since 1980, and quadrupled since 1970, when it stood at 9.7 million. Of the 40 million immigrants in the country in 2010, 13.9 million arrived in 2000 or later making it the highest decade of immigration in American history, even though there was a net loss of jobs during the decade. Growth in the immigrant population has primarily been driven by high levels of legal immigration. Roughly three-fourths of immigrants in the country are here legally. With nearly 12 million immigrants, Mexico was by far the top immigrant-sending country, accounting for 29 percent of all immigrants and 29 percent of growth in the immigrant population from 2000 to 2010. The median age of immigrants in 2010 was 41.4 compared to 35.9 for natives.
“but I think if the Republicans are to have any future, they have to try to win a bigger chunk of Latinos.”
Right. The hell with everybody else.