In addition to mindless “immigration enforcement is seen as ethnic-cleansing!” rants from Neal Boortz, the latest local example of “enforcing our immigration laws is not the answer” advice comes from a recent Cobb Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Club briefing by political analyst Matt Towery.
He expressed alarm that election-night Florida exit polls of Cuban-Americans had Romney only five or six points ahead. “That’s significant trouble because that’s your most loyal Republican base,” Towery said. “If the party doesn’t deal with that, and you can’t do it by saying, ‘seal the borders and throw everybody out,’ because if you say that you’re saying to them, ‘You don’t belong in the United States of America.’ So I think there’s going to have to be a reinvention of how to deal with these issues without simply trying to appeal to the red meat of one core part of the Republican Party.”
The analogy is less than educated. And, as usual, Romney’s enforcement plank is misrepresented. Most Cuban-Americans do not support illegal immigration. Especially from Mexico, the source of most illegals. Also, like Boortz, Towery seems surprisingly ignorant on the reasonable and proven-successful attrition through enforcement (“self-deportation”) solution. Romney and most pro-enforcement Americans are simply demanding we enforce immigration laws that bring more than a million mostly poor, legal immigrants (which is far too many) each year.
Towery and the rest of the pack in the Republican Party, which is plotting another run at legalization by capitulating to Obama — and the Chamber — on amnesty-again, should try to understand that “Hispanics” are not a monolithic voting bloc. But they do mostly vote Democrat. Far too many voters support the candidate that promises the most entitlements. Hispanics included.
Nearly half the illegal aliens in the U.S. did not come here illegally. They overstayed temporary visas. For votes, should we ignore visa violations too? That is how most of the 9/11 terrorists were able to remain here.
Evidence available on Hispanic public opinion from an election eve ImpreMedia/Media Decisions (slogan: “Everything Latino politics”) poll makes clear that Hispanics are a fairly liberal voting group. Just 12 percent supported a cuts-only approach to deficit reduction. Only 25 percent want to repeal Obamacare. Only 31 percent said they’d be more likely to vote for a Republican who supports the DREAM Act. Memo to the GOP: Hispanics do not reward Republicans with majority support on amnesty.
In his run for re-election in 1984, Ronald Reagan promised legalization. And got 37 percent of the Hispanic vote. In 1988, just two years after the GOP delivered amnesty, Republican presidential candidate George H.W. Bush lost the Latino vote by 39 points. Even the super-Hispandering GOP Texan George W. Bush, who promised amnesty in his 2004 re-election campaign, got less than 40 percent of the Hispanic vote. Republican John McCain got 31 percent of the Latino vote despite his promise of amnesty “on day one” in 2008.
The record low was Bob Dole at 21 percent in 1996 against incumbent Bill Clinton, who had just implemented landmark, meaningful enforcement with “Operation Gatekeeper,” a massive project announced in 1994 “to restore integrity and safety to the nation’s busiest border” that secured the American/Mexican border in San Diego. Pro-enforcement Democrat Clinton won in a landslide with 72 percent of the Hispanic vote.
Documenting millions of resentful undocumented Democrats is a crack-pot method to elect a Republican president.
Maybe too “red meat” an observation?
D.A. King is president of the Cobb-based Dustin Inman Society.