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The GOP's Immigration Mess

Clifton4 Wrote: Jan 26, 2013 8:38 AM
And fifth, conventional wisdom seems to be that Republicans can and will get Hispanic support if they once again provide an amnesty. The last time an amnesty was granted was under the administration of Ronald Reagan in 1986 and in 1988 Republican George H.W. Bush got just 31 percent of the Hispanic vote. Further, Charles Krauthammer mistakenly believes that Hispanics have conservative values that are better suited for the Republican party. Razib Khan of Discover Magazine did research and says, "the assertion that Hispanics are socially conservative in their attitudes misleads the public." Hispanics are more lenient on divorce, pre-marital sex, pornography and are virtually the same as the general American public on abortion and gay issues.

On Saturday I will be debating Mark Kirkorian on immigration policy before the National Review Institute.

I am a "wet," on the topic. Have been since I opposed California's proposition 187 in 1994.

Mark, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, is a "dry."

Here's the interesting thing about out "debate," to be moderated by National Review's Jim Geraghty: Even if one or the other of us succeeds in persuading everyone in the room of our point of view, it doesn't matter. Not a lick. The GOP is branded as an anti-immigrant party, especially with voters under 30, the...