Republicans Seeking Out Hispanics

Alexander Bolton, The Hill, March 27, 2012

Senate Republicans want to alter DREAM Act legislation to steal away Hispanic voters from Democrats.

Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), the only Senate Republican of Hispanic heritage and a possible vice presidential pick, is working on an alternative version of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age and serve in the military or attend college.

He declined to provide any details, but confirmed he hopes to have legislation soon.

“I don’t have any specifics to announce yet,” said Rubio. “This stuff has to be done responsibly. We’re working toward that and hopefully very soon.”

Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) are also working on a bill, although its details are being kept secret, according to congressional sources. Senate sources expect it to be unveiled after GOP front-runner Mitt Romney has clinched the presidential nomination.


The efforts have unnerved Democratic leaders, who are watching warily—Democrats see their advantage over Republicans among Hispanic voters as one of the party’s greatest strengths in November.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) highlighted the worries when he warned Hispanic business leaders last week to not buy into GOP efforts on immigration and other issues ahead of the election.

At an event on Capitol Hill, Reid cautioned that if Republicans offer a new DREAM Act, it will be a watered-down version of the bill most Republicans opposed when it came up for a vote last year.

“While you’re here in town, don’t take the bait that will be given to you by my Republican friends,” said Reid, who acknowledged that a surge of support from Hispanic voters helped him win reelection in 2010 despite his low approval ratings.

”I’m going to do everything in my power to stop a watered-down version of the DREAM Act,” he said. “That’s what they’re pushing now.”


At a debate earlier this year, Romney and his then-closest rival for the nomination, Newt Gingrich, said they could support a version of the DREAM Act that gave legal residency to illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age if they served in the military.



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  • I think that several things in the Dream Act need to be changed. 1. Change the maximum age from 35 to 25. 2. A path to citizenship should be given to those who go into the military. They need to complete their enlistment with an honorable discharge from the military. I have never heard of a path to citizenship given to those who attend 2 years of college. 3. One of the conditions should be that they do not have the right to sponsor anyone for residence in the US. This would stop chain migration. For those who cannot enlist in the military or choose not to, they should be required to join a volunteer program such as VISTA or something similar or apply for a guest worker visa.

    • holyflower

      “3. One of the conditions should be that they do not have the right to sponsor anyone for residence in the US. This would stop chain migration.”


      That’s an intelligent provision.  One of the powerful arguments against previous “DREAM Act” proposals was that it would reward the illegal behavior of the parents because the child, upon reaching age 21, could sponsor his parents for citizenship.

      Amnestying the child would still reward the parents in that their illegal behavior would have secured a huge reward for their children — American citizenship — but it would not be as bad as the original DREAM Act proposals. 

      Still, anytime one rewards a behavior, one gets more of it.  You would reduce the reward, Crystal, but it’s still a reward.

    •  Believe me, the last thing the military needs to do right now is celebrate more diversity.
      Serve any time and see what color the NCOs are and you’ll agree.

      Here is the condition:
      1: No more new immigrants until the 15 to 20 million illegals we have are deported. 14th amendment citizenship is revoked. Hasta la vista.

      Now, if that happens, if say, 25 million non-Whites get kicked out, then the Whites come in. But they have to speak English.

      • I agree with you. That would get rid of the illegals and their anchor babies. I would love to see more immigrants from Ireland who are skilled and have been immigrating to Australia, New Zealand and Canada in droves. These immigrants are young, skilled and speak English and as Europeans, they would have no problems adapting to our society.

  • Hispanics have never voted for the GOP in any nationwide election. They voted almost 70 percent last time for Barack Obama. I’ve said it time and time again but it is just as futile as trying to get “lateeeeeenos” to vote for fewer perks paid for by White men.


  • Again? The GOP already gave Hispanics one amnesty under Reagan in 1986 and what did you get for it? More accusations of racism and ingratitude! That is what!

    When are they going to learn that amnesties only lead to more amnesties and never anything more except more law breaking and disrespect?

    Give it up already! Why is it that whenever you want to go for the Hispanic vote, the rest of the country has to pay for it! This just to show that the GOP has no qualms about giving away the country if it means capturing votes from Hispanics. Disturbing!

  • MikeofAges

    Let’s get one thing clear. Kicking out a law abiding kid who was brought to America as a child is not going to solve the problem of illegal immigration. Here are some good ideas.

    For one thing, anyone given residency and eventual citizenship through an amnesty program cannot sponsor any relative, except for bringing in a spouse from another country. That won’t happen very often anyway.

    Anyone given amnesty who was not brought here as a dependent child 14 years old or younger must wait 15 years after being given residency to be granted citizenship, not five years.

    As always, support for any amnesty program has to be contingent on a serious program for curtailing illegal immigration whatever the source.

    The need for agricultural labor must be met through a serious guest worker program which keeps track of workers from entry to exit and admits only those numbers which are actually needed. In return, the workers would be compensated for their privations, perhaps even granted some limited pension rights in return for their work in the United States.

    Above all, any response to this issue has to be realistic about the possibility of finding and deporting illegal residents. In all likelihood, those who are not quickly returned are not likely to be uncovered for many years. By then, they may have contributed to the American economy and paid taxes, and produced all of the children born here they will ever produce. Not much benefit from booting them out either.

  • JackKrak

    Now even the Republican establishment acknowledges that the Dems have succeeded in turning elections into an endless bidding war.

    “I’ll see your prescription medicine bill and raise you a DREAM act”. Pathetic.

  • Why not, I would rather live next to white Irish immigrants than to Mexicans. I have lived next to Mexicans before and believe me , it was not pretty.

  • I hope you people finally understand, rubio is NOT American, NOT for Americans and NOT about to allow any of you people get away with your crimes for that is ONLY a privilege his precious fellow hispanics get.

    As for the rest of the “white” republicans, you should’ve always known, all they’re interested in is making sure they stay in their gated communities.  They know very well, “We” are the minority and they’re cementing their place now and yes, with our Blood and Money.

  • haroldcrews

    If Latinos aren’t willing to break with the Democrats after the being thrown under the bus by Obama from the Zimmerman/Martin affair then they will never abandon the Dems.  Republicans shouldn’t have to pander after the ongoing shameful display by Democrats.

  • Dave4088

    I’ve been predicting a Republican led amnesty since 2006.  Sure, it won’t be as comprehensive as anything the virulently anti-white Democrats would offer, and might erect a few extra hurdles to citizenship, but the end result will be the same as amnesty and push us further down the road to race replacement.  The enforcement provision will amount to something like 50 more border patrol agents with squirt guns and a 30 mile chain link border fence.

    The RNC sees the writing on the wall with the demographic changes and rather than fight for the white majority have opted to pander to non-white racial pressure groups like the Democrats.  Let’s just skip the drama and the two parties can officially merge. 

    Patriotic, racially conscious whites have no political representation nor will they ever under the current system.

  • MikeofAges

    Lived in California for 30 years. Very aware of the problems, to say the least. You are right, though. Cut off the jobs to illegals and the people will leave. That, more than any one other thing this side of border enforcement, is what will do the trick. Just saying, I don’t see much point in deporting older people — women beyond childbearing age and men who can’t even get a “woodie” anymore are not, in the present moment, the issue.

    One thing you can do to get people to leave is sweeten the pot. Perhaps indemnify people — if they have worked, give them a small, immediate pension. Older people — immediate Social Security at a reduced amount. Others — a one-time cash payment. If they return illegally intending to permanently remain, more serious consequences.

    Expensive, but so are endless social benefits.

  • MikeofAges

    A friend of mine claims, for no exact reason except that he does not believe the government, that the actual population of the United States is around 600 million. Maybe someone who is good at playing around with numbers could look at statistics related to water use, food production, school enrollment and so on and come up with a real number. Probably more than the 300 million the census reports.

  • What about American born college educated youth. Why should we give their birthright to a bunch of illegal immigrants who crossed the border with their criminal alien parents?

  • One thing that could help in getting rid of illegals is by using e-verify and telling current illegal alien employees that they need to reapply for their jobs using their real names and provide a current state issued id in their name. Many of them will quit and if it becomes too difficult to find work, they will leave.

  • MikeofAges

     What he thinks is that in addition to illegal aliens there is some huge number of unreported citizens. He thinks the government does not want to tell us how many people actually live here.