The 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study found that 69 percent of immigrants support Obamacare. Pew found that 53 percent of Hispanics have a negative view of capitalism, which is an even higher percentage than self-identified Occupy Wall Street supporters.
Polls show that Republican emphasis on patriotism and national sovereignty is likely to alienate many immigrants. A Harris Poll found that 81 percent of native-born Americans believe our schools should teach students to be proud of being American, compared to only 50 percent of immigrants who have become naturalized citizens.
A survey comparing immigrants' views on the U.S. Constitution and international law is particularly shocking. A Harris Poll found 67 percent of native-born citizens believe our Constitution is a higher legal authority than international law, but only 37 percent of naturalized citizens share this view.
Even the mainstream pro-Obama media admit the significance of these poll results. The New York Times' Washington bureau chief says, "The two fastest-growing ethnic groups -- Latinos and Asian-Americans -- are decidedly liberal."
University of Alabama political scientist George Hawley observes that "immigrants are well to the left of the American public on a number of key issues."
Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute pointed out that it "is not immigration policy that creates the strong bond between Hispanics and the Democratic Party, but the core Democratic principles of a more generous safety net, strong government intervention in the economy, and progressive taxation."
Ronald Reagan signed a generous amnesty in 1986. Then, in the 1988 election, George H.W. Bush received only 30 percent of the Latino vote, seven percentage points less than Reagan had received.
Amnesty advocates like to point to the effective assimilation of millions of immigrants from about 1880 to 1920 as a model to encourage similar large-scale immigration today. However, that was followed by a national pause in immigration from the 1920s to the 1960s, which allowed newcomers to assimilate, learn our language and customs, and adapt to our unique system of government.
Moreover, it still took decades before those immigrants moved into the Republican column. Before they did, the immigrants and their children provided much of the political support to pass the New Deal and the Great Society.
The bottom line is that amnesty, or any version thereof, is suicide for the conservative movement and the Republican Party.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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