Will immigration amnesty make Hispanics finally vote GOP?

Will immigration amnesty make Hispanics finally vote GOP?

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OCALA, Fla., May 29, 2014 — The Republican Party is in pathetic shape.

Even with President Obama’s popularity declining and his administration’s lurch from scandal to scandal, the GOP has brought nothing new to the table. Instead, it uses the same talking points used by Ronald Reagan’s supporters when CDs were cutting edge and floppy disks were the vanguard of data storage.

The voices calling for modernization advocate still capitulate on the few principles which make Republican candidates at least somewhat appealing to average voters. They claim that if Republicans support amnesty for illegal aliens, the Republican brand will become appealing to Hispanics.

According to the Pew Center, 65 percent of all Hispanics in the U.S. are Mexican in background. Considering that most of our nation’s illegal aliens come from Mexico, amnesty sounds like a winning proposition.

Do the facts support this?

Dr. Stephen Steinlight of the Center for Immigration Studies says “no.” He said last year that in the event of illegal alien amnesty, our country “can expect disaster. In sum, we’ll witness the unmaking of America.

“It would subvert our political life by destroying the Republican Party. The Hispanic vote will make the Democrats the PRI of America. A GOP relic might survive regionally, but could never successfully contest a national election. America would turn into a One Party State which, like all others, would be tyrannical and corrupt. The political center would lurch to the left. Political liberty, the freedom to choose among authentically different alternatives, would be lost.

“A population transfer from one nation with a different language and political culture which will become the predominant future demographic will destroy social cohesion. The diversity of previous immigration safeguarded against this. Dual language/dual culture countries are plagued by Balkanizing social strife.”

Beforehand, Dr. Steinlight confronted the claim that Hispanics are “natural conservatives” due to their family-oriented culture.

“The premise and stereotype are equally false,” he said. “There’s no correlation between ‘strong family values’ and conservatism. Cultures perceived as possessing them (i.e., Asian Americans and Jewish Americans) are predominantly liberal.  Moreover, whether understood generically or as socially conservative code language, Hispanics don’t exemplify ‘strong family values.’ Illegitimacy is inimical to ‘family values,’ yet Hispanics have a high rate and have witnessed the greatest increase of any group: 19 percent in1980 to 42 percent in 2003. More female-headed single-parent households deepens Hispanic poverty resulting in anti-social behavior such as teenage child-bearing, the highest school drop-out rate, and high crime and incarceration rates.

“Nor do Hispanics hold conservative views. A 2012 Pew poll finds Hispanics support gay marriage more than other Americans: 54 percent in favor and 34 percent opposed. Gallop reports the US public more evenly divided. The identical majority, 59 percent of Hispanics and other Americans, support the mainstreaming of homosexuals. Moreover, Hispanics don’t vote on the basis of ‘values.’

“Lopsided support for the Democrats reflects leftist views on economic policy. Only 34 percent view capitalism favorably, lowest of any group surveyed. Hispanics look more positively on government than non-Latino whites or African Americans. 81 percent supports a bigger government dispensing more social services; just 41 percent of other Americans agree. Hispanics are more conservative only with regard to abortion.”

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