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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 18, 2006 / 20 Nissan, 5766

What Hispanic voters really want

By Kathryn Lopez


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Republicans are understandably and laudably concerned about expanding their electoral base to include more Hispanics. But it's insulting to assume that Hispanics will vote for you, as some leading Republicans seem to, only if you turn a blind-eye toward those who have entered the country illegally via "economy class" (as they dubbed making it across our open southern border in the movie "Spanglish"). As one GOP Hill staffer puts it, "it borders on racism to think that Hispanics automatically support amnesty for illegal immigrants over security at our borders."


Indeed, Steve Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, notes that: "polls show that for actual Hispanic voters, immigration ranks as a relatively low priority. So it's not clear this is a way to win Hispanic voters." He adds that "for actual Hispanic voters who might vote Republican, they tend to be more law-and-order types, so again it's not clear that this is a winner politically." "Law-and-order types" would generally nod in sincere agreement when President Bush talks about the "American Dream" being open to folks who "work hard and play by the rules." Hispanic voters want rules to be the nation's priority before we announce an official amnesty (codifying out current general non-enforcement policy) for those who have already broken said rules.


Hispanic voters, like every other voter in the pool of potentials, will likely be won over by Republicans, perceiving leadership from the GOP on the war on terror, the economy and so-called social issues ... not because they were pandered to on immigration.


In fact, in the days after the 2004 presidential election, pollster Dick Morris, assessing the returns, wrote: "There are two reasons for Bush's success among Hispanics. The most important seems to be his emphasis on social values issues, particularly his opposition to gay marriage." President Bush had jumped nine percentage points with Hispanic voters since 2000. Though Morris, who's worked for Mexican president Vicente Fox (no fan of Americans taking border-enforcement seriously), also credited supposedly pro-Latino positions like increasing bilingual education, he at least highlighted that there's more to Hispanic voters than support for or a shrug toward illegal immigration — something some of the current political rhetoric all but ignores.


These pro law-enforcement voters suggest that the GOP needn't be defensive about having a backbone on immigration reform. Besides the simple fact that stiff immigration law is the right direction, it is also not necessarily a loser position. For example, former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson lost California for Republicans when he campaigned against an effort to keep state benefits from illegal immigrants, while part of Arnold Schwarzenegger's successful campaign was opposing drivers' licenses for illegal immigrants.


But instead of embracing a perfectly sane enforcement-first position, GOP insiders warn that Republicans will become "an anti-immigration party" if they show "restrictionist" leadership. One recent Pew poll reported only 22 percent of Republicans favor letting illegal immigrants stay here permanently (37 percent of Democrats).


While Republican Party officials condemn their own for supposed xenophobia for fear of not winning over Hispanics, they might stop to consider they are not only insulting potential voters, but their own base. And as for the Hispanic voters they want so much to court, as my aforementioned Hill staffer cautions: "the GOP would be suicidal to fall for the soft bigotry of assuming all Hispanics want amnesty first, security later."

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