Must the GOP shoot itself in the foot over immigration?
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We agree with Archbishop Gomez when he says, “We need to find the political will to make them our fellow citizens. If we can, I know that together we will build an America that is stronger, more religious, and more moral.” Such a third way need not be pure “amnesty” or ignore the dire need for border security. It can be built on two programs, one leading to work visas, the other to full citizenship. Those undocumented seeking citizenship will be required to give 100 hours of community service in a “Future of Americas Program” that will be designed to assist families, educational programs, and businesses in Latino communities.
To those in the GOP who have written off Latino support in 2012, it should be recalled that Obama was not the first choice of Latino voters in the 2008 primary. Sen. Hillary Clinton received twice the number of Latino votes, but once Obama became the nominee they swung massively to him. The Pew Research Center reported, “According to the 2008 National Survey of Latinos, conducted in June and July of this year, 75% of Latino registered voters who said they supported Clinton in the primaries switched their support to Obama.”
It has not gone unnoticed that Obama has done little to keep his promise of immigration reform during his first term in office. All Democrats have to offer in 2012 is another promise for the second term. Republicans have introduced several pieces of reform legislation but have yet to move past an anti-immigrant perception. A thoughtful examination of Archbishop Gomez’ third way principles could offer the Republican Party an improved relationship with Latino and Catholic voters on this issue.
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