‘Amnesty again’ wrong answer for GOP in 2016
by D.A. King
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Mitt Romney’s loss has the establishment GOP — including in Georgia — scratching its head, wringing its hands and chattering semi-coherently with advice about how to retake the White House from the socialists. The “conservative” consternation comes with a predictable, disproven and suicidal scheme as a solution: Another amnesty for illegals. The promised result? “More of the Hispanic vote.”

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.
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Greta G
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November 27, 2012
This man makes more sense than any politico I have heard!
Francine B
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November 16, 2012
New day Don't look now, but King has been telling us for years that we were importing replacment Americans from all the wrong placesfor all the wrong reasons. The "minorities" you speak of are white hating poor people who want to suck on the government teat. You are right that it was the minorities that beat Romney- because white Americans are stil asleep - as they are meanto be.

I remember King wring about KSU not allowing any of htis in their "immigration" conference last month;Other facts you don’t get from the mainstream media and likely won’t hear from the presenting “immigration researchers” over at the third-largest university in Georgia: Regardless of the fact that more than 20 million Americans — including immigrants — are out of work, the United States takes in more legal immigrants than any other nation, more than one million annually. Or that traditional levels of immigration are around 300,000 a year.

According to the most recent data from DHS, the country that sends the most legal immigrants to this country is Mexico, with nearly twice the number of souls each year as nation No. 2. What is nation No. 2 in sending replacement future citizens and voters? It’s communist China. No. 3? India. Then the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Vietnam, South Korea, Columbia, Haiti, Iraq, Jamaica, El Salvador, Bangladesh, Burma, Pakistan, Iran, Peru, Ethiopia, then, at number 20, Canada.

Or that English is an optional language in Georgia and America

Nobody should say hasn't been trying to wake up America. Bless you Mr. King.

FB age 72

Marietta
A New Day
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November 12, 2012
You still don't get it. The GOP will never win another Election in this country. This country has changed. The minority and Women elected Obama and defeated Romney. Unless you ditch the tea party, respect Women and recognize the minority you will be in the same situation next election. With one difference, as a woman and a Democrat, I intend to do everything I can to defeat every Republican running for office. This country will not stand for any more do nothing years for do nothing Public Servants. DO YOUR JOB!!!! Think it can't happen, sit back and watch!!!
José G. Pérez
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November 12, 2012
Mr. DA King demonstrates both his ignorance and manipulative rhetoric by asserting "Most Cuban-Americans do not support illegal immigration."

The truth is the vast majority of us who have come to the United States from Cuba since 1959 would normally be considered "illegals," having overstayed tourist visas or entered the country without permission.

The reason we're not branded "illegals" is that to serve U.S. Cold War interests, the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act makes pretty much any Cuban who comes to the United States illegally automatically "legal." It is a permanent amnesty that offers a 1-year "parole" (with a work permit) and then leads to permanent residence (the "green card") and five years later, citizenship.

Mr. King's assertion that most of us Cuban Americans don't support "illegal immigration" is meaningless. NOBODY "supports" illegal immigration or illegal anything else.

But that does not mean, in the case of Cubans, that we are for Arizona-style persecution of immigrants, which, unfortunately, DA King and his Republican allies have also foisted on this state.

For us Cubans it means, based on our Christian traditions and the values handed down to us by the greatest of Cuban patriots, José Martí, that we do not consider any human being to be illegal, and especially not someone from what Martí called "Nuestra América" (Our America).

Even the very conservative and Republican-aligned Cuban American National Foundation (CANF), the leading Cuban political lobby, has repeatedly opposed "self-deportation" legislation, including the 2005-2006 Sensenbrenner Bill, which had been approved by the House before the Senate deep-sixed it in the wake of a nationwide wave of protests by Latinos.

The 2012 Fox news exit poll confirms that for the first time in decades, Romney had less support than the Democrat presidential nominee among Florida Cuban-Americans, who used to vote overwhelmingly Republican.

That's the cluetrain. If the GOP does not take delivery, it might as well not run in the 2016 elections, when there will be 4 million more Latino voters than there were this time around.
DLFige
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November 12, 2012
First Generation Cuban's voted for the GOP, as they lived under socialistic government. There descendants didn't and got "Americanized" and don't remember history of why they came here.. Amnesty is Not the Answer. With Millions out of work, and over 1 million new service people hitting the private work force in the next few years.I find it unbelievable anyone would support an amnesty policy for those who knowing broke the the US immigration laws. Inforce the laws we have on the books, go after those who hire illegals. Until a few employers get a Huge fine and/or jail time themselves this will never end..
Snake Eater
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November 14, 2012
So, Jose, as Cubans, you WOULD be illegal, except that there is a law that makes you legal so you are not illegal? It is the law that is the point Jose, because of the law, you are not illegal. The illegals want to change the law because they didn't want to obey the law because it didn't give them what they want... Which brings us to what King says here: Most illegal aliens are Hispanic and poor. And will be poor. And will vote for more loot if they are made legal which will draw even more illegals like it did in 1986.

I get the feeling Jose that if most illegals were coming from Norway and were conservatives that you would be marching to stop illegal imigration because it was against the law. And if the illegal aliens don't support illegal imigration, it is quite a shock to most of us who watch them march in Atlanta.

Youar answer is to ignore the law BECAUSE these people are Hispanic. Enforcement is persecution? Really? Go tell it to Mexico.
Ana Maus
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November 11, 2012
I am a Hispanic immigrant myself and you are absolutely right on all you said. I have been saying the same thing all alone, we have to enforce the OATH of citizenship and to all of you, that have never heard the OATH, I suggest that you do find out what they are raising their hands to swear they will do, and not doing it. They become citizens for the power of the vote, to push their agendas on the rest of us, but not out of loyalty to our country. Dual citizenship is not contemplated on the oath, and most Mexicans did not become Americans until Mexico offer them dual citizenship. I live between the two cultures and I know many that live here for years, some 40 years or more, and did not want to become Americans, because they did not want to loose their Mexican citizenship and now they have both, and even vote on our elections and Mexican elections as well. Divided loyalty does not work and this practices need to end.
mk-RIP America
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November 10, 2012
Thanks, D.A.! You have worked diligently to open peoples eyes. Some listened . Some cared.

Some of us do appreciate all you do.

Americans are digging their own graves.

What else can we do now that we have proof Americans are sleeping zombies.

I am sad for my fellow Americans & this country.
Wake UP
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November 09, 2012
The large Latino vote of Obammy had nothing to do with illegal immigration. Romney lost because he could not compete against Santa Claus. Latinos, like others, voted for the candidate who will keep giving them free gifts and free hand outs.
Sorensen Art.
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November 09, 2012
Wrong again.

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." A. Einstein.
ICAN SEE
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November 09, 2012
King said it all right here. I wish my Congressman knew as much.

"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."

JohnOMD
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November 09, 2012
If one assumes Cuban voting in the 70/80's as an upper limit on the inroads Republicans can make with Hispanics, then the absolute limit they can ever hope for is high 60's support. That would be with the following: A common uniting external foe (Castro), the sense of an active betrayal by the Dems (lack of air support for Bay of Pigs), and a demographic drawn from the upper and middle classes more naturally sympathetic to Republican beliefs and values, and then essentially full on pandering/veto policy of all policies Cuban for the 20-30 years preceding. None of those apply to other Hispanic Immigrants but if it did, it would have increased Romney's share by ~0.3% and Obama down by 0.3%, or a 0.6% swing. In comparison,increasing white turnout by 1% (or depressing with Affirmative action/amnesty sops that dispirit some fraction of whites electorate) would have added or removed 0.72% (72% electorate times 0.01). Even better, actively drawing over an additional 1% of white voters from Obama would have yielded a 1.44% swing. Even if the percentage of the Hispanic voter turnout doubles in the next 20 years from 10 to 20 percent, the magnitude is not that much changed, not that Republicans should hasten it along by granting a path to citizenship for a currently democratic demographic. The entire liberal media is in lookstep on offering this advice, suddenly concerned with the future welfare of the Repubs. Does this make the idea immediately suspect to anyone but me? Why don't you try appealing to the real working man, protecting the hourly worker and taking up other causes that might broaden your appeal, instead of all millionaires and all hedge funds, all the time? Why don't you try reigning in the American Taliban, I mean the religious right? Why weren't we running someone like Elizabeth Warren instead of trying to run her out of Washington because some billionaire didn't like the reforms she was trying to make to the financial system? That's what'll really get you some traction, instead of just trying to be Rainbow Push lite.

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Kevin Foley
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November 09, 2012
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GOP, follow Mr. King's advice and keep alienating and offending Hispanics and Latinos! And a belated thanks to Mr. King and his allies like Joe Arpaio and Jan Brewer for helping push Obama over the finish line...couldn't have done it without y'all!!!

An impreMedia-Latino Decisions poll released Tuesday estimated that Obama had won 75 percent of Latino voters nationwide, which is very close to the most recent exit polls that find Latino support at around 72 percent -- higher than in 2008.
Snake Eater
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November 09, 2012
Foley/Lib, you genius. King just proved and verified his proof that Hispanic leaders admit that they vote for the Dems to get more loot and that even when they get amensty from the GOP, they still don't vote for the GOP. Too White to suit ther La Raza "we will take over America with your tax dollars" crowd. Now I can see how crawly dim-witted people like you will regard that as normal, but the fact that you feel duty bound to jump in and show us all that you can't grasp what King has written is not helping your reputation as an emptysuit hack. Foley, did you see the part where King shows that Hispanics voted Dem even after Clinton put up the fence in San Diego?

Foley - don't you wish you knew half as much about ANYTHING as King does about immigration?

Figure It
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November 09, 2012
Hey Foley, here's a news flash for you. Nobody can run against Santa Claus and expect to beat him. Latinos, like others, voted for the candidate who will continue to give them free gifts and and free money. The Latino vote did not have a thing to do with immigration.
Too funny
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November 09, 2012
You anti-immigration zealots speak as if these people are zombies who need to be corralled and quarantined. These are our neighbors, friends, and sometimes even colleagues; so perhaps if you quit frothing at the mouth over this issue and start being human, a positive outcome can be achieved.
Not again, ever
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November 09, 2012
I feel sick! This is worse than Obama's victory. FYI to all Georgia's Washington DC politicians. We will never allow you to see another legal re-election if any of you were to cave on this.

THANK YOU Mr. King. Matt Towery is exactly what I have always thought he was. Boortz is worse. I hear that Hannity is also in on waving the flag of surrender. Heath Garret never fooled me. Ever.
hard working
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November 10, 2012
Mr King.

You are the ever shrinking demographic with an inflexible mindset. OWM

Let's deport the lazy people!

BTW, we need a third party and term limits on congress.
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