If there was any doubt that President Obama’s is still perturbed that the congressional Group of Eight stole headlines the day before his immigration speech by releasing their bipartisan framework, look no further than the White House claim of credit today. Obama’s Las Vegas speech was a retread of his 2011 framework but intended to launch immigration reform as a legacy issue for the president at the start of his second term. “Let me say it this way — the primary reason that we are seeing immigration reform rise on the priority list is because of the president’s efforts
Comments: I thought Obamacare was his "signature issue". How many signature issues does he get to claim.
#1, it´s not foolish for the GOP to try to find ways to attract and reassure Hispanic voters. George W. Bush did comparatively well with Hispanics. There´s no reason we cannot again. Alicia Colon and others have pointed out that they should be a natural constituency for us. Most Hispanic citizens support the basics of reform. They worry about jobs, strong defense and the economy, good schools, available medical care just like anyone else. Those are our priorities, not the Democrats.
Obama will most likely get his way on immigration reform, the media will insure it. Democrats will probably own the Hispanic vote just like they own the black vote. Sure some assimulated second and third generation Hispanics will and do vote republican. The great majority of Hispanics coming over our borders were raised in a country that is stronly socialist, and many are coming here for the freebies. These people will vote democrat. It is no accident that the large majority of Mexican-American politicians in Texas, especially the south half of the state, are liberal democrats. We have elected some conservative Mexican-Americans to the house, but they seldom last more than one or two terms, and the Mexican-American majority elect a liberal to replace them.
I agree with Rush, the Dems especially Obama want the issue to beat the GOP over the head with, not a solution. Whenever there is movement toward a solution the Won throws a wrench in the deliberations. Trust me, he wants to blame Republicans more than he wants true immigration reform.
Gimme gimme gimme. The newest waves of illegal alien invaders are 95 percent democrat. By the time some 2nd and 3rd generation hispanics became Republicans, another 50 million democrat illegals will be here to connect to the social welfare life line. A cave on amnesty won´t net the Republican Party even one new hispanic voter. Therefore, the fastest way to marginalize the GOP forever is to grant amnesty.
Hispanics are not going to vote for the Republicans in the future because they caved to Obama and the liberal Democrats in regards to another amnesty.
Regarding the potential new Democrat voters coming out of any amnesty. There are 11-20 million illegal aliens here now. Most are poor generally uneducated people, who earn low wages, have large families, and who come from socialist oriented countries. Most will need forms of government assistance to survive here and they will vote for the Democrats to ensure that they can access those benefit and social service programs.
Obama and the media, especially the ethnic and immigrant media that operates in immigrant communities will ensure that Obama and the Democrats get full credit if an amnesty does pass. Everybody will be hearing, many times over, how master politician Obama whipped the wimpy Republicans into line and got the amnesty through the Congress.
As a result the Republican share of the Hispanic vote will probably gravitate upward from about 27% to about 32% and in the years ahead the Democrats will pick up at least 10 million or so new voters. With that many new voters the Democrats will ensure that the Republicans will have committed long-term political suicide and are no longer able to win national elections.
Make immigration reform his legacy issue? Frankly, I think Obama´s "legacy" is fairly complete already...Let´s see, our undocumented chief executive has so far managed to1) Cripple America´s domestic automobile industry (2) Put our world-class healthcare industry on the road to ruin (3) Greatly weaken our armed forces at home and overseas (4) Brought the wheels of deliberative government to an almost complete standstill (5) Run-up our national debt to an all-time high of over $16,000,000,000,000.00 and climbing, thereby driving our nation´s once thriving economy to the edge of a fiscal cliff disaster (6) Given aid and comfort to America´s sworn enemies around the globe (7) Made a mockery of The United States Constitution and our systems of laws and (8) Conducted himself as a complete incompetent bufoon, for the most part, on the national and international stage!...Did I miss anything?
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