by Andres Oppenheimer
Judging from Republican House leaders' latest objections to an immigration bill that would legalize up to 11 million undocumented immigrants, it looks like the
Just as we forecast in this column early last year that Republicans would get clobbered in the November elections because of their anti-immigration, Hispanic-allergic rhetoric, it's safe to predict that - once again - Republicans will kill their chances for the 2016 elections by continuing to sound like the "anti-Hispanic" party.
Consider what has been happening in recent weeks. After reluctantly saying they would consider immigration reform after last year's elections where President Barack Obama won a whopping 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, Republican Senators said they would support a path to citizenship for undocumented residents in exchange for a huge increase in troops to "control" the U.S.-Mexico border.
Critics say it is the biggest waste of government money they have seen in decades. The money will help double the number of border agents, complete 700 miles of fencing along the border, and buy drones and new radars.
Problem is, it will expand the
In addition, it's unclear whether putting more guards on the border would do any good, because about 40 percent of all undocumented immigrants enter the United States by plane, and overstay their tourism visas, according to government studies.
As for the 700-mile additional fence, it will only drive would-be undocumented immigrants to cross the border through more remote and unprotected areas, critics say.
Now, Republicans in the House are raising new objections to the
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., leader of the
One big reason House Republicans are siding with their right wing anti-immigration constituents is that they have virtually no Hispanics in their districts.
According to the Cook Political Report, an independent website, only 24 House Republican members are in districts where Latinos make up more than 25 percent of the vote, and 142 House Republican members are in districts that are less than 10 percent Hispanic.
But, in addition to that, many Republicans believe that the
Earlier this week, Fox political analyst Brit Hume described claims that Republicans will hurt their chances in 2016 if they don't make inroads among Latinos as "baloney." The reason Republicans lost in 2012 was that many whites didn't turn out to vote for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, he said.
If the Republicans continue on this track, they are doomed. Don't take it from me - a columnist who anti-immigration zealots love to brand as a lefty "pro-amnesty" advocate - but from Karl Rove, former President George W. Bush's top political advisor, who wrote a column in
Hate to agree with you, Karl, but you are right this time. With Hispanics already being the largest single U.S. minority, and 50,000 U.S. Hispanic youths turning 18 years old every month, Republicans are putting another nail in their own coffin by refusing to back the
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