The opportunity of an immigration bill is that it could be interwoven with an education reform bill that would ensure the children of immigrants are not trapped in horrible, failing schools. Tying immigration reform to school reform makes sense and good politics. At a minimum, conditioning regularization on increased funding for public charters and expanded choices of enrollment for immigrant children makes sense.
I will open my talk in DC by talking of my love for Cadillacs. I don't own one and never have. I won’t buy one or any GM car until the government divests from the company. But even when that happens I will have a hard time persuading my wife. She says it has a horrible brand as a car for septuagenarian white men with tee times. That is the power of brand. Try as Cadillac might with its ads of cliff-hanging daredevil driving, the brand is still the brand. It was built over a very long time and will change only with real change in the car's styling and selling.
The GOP's brand with Latinos is just as terrible as Cadillac's with 20-somethings when it comes to immigration. Vis-vis these voters on this issue, Mark Kirkorian and I are in the position of the teacher in a Charlie Brown special talking and talking while the class only hears a low trumpet playing "whah-whah-whah-whah-whah.".
Marco Rubio has credibility and the gift to cut through the noise and get regularization done. Listen to him. Do what he says. It isn't that complicated.
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