“Fighting Republicanism” on immigration reform: Learning from a bad example « Hot Air: "Indeed, Republicans and conservatives who oppose amnesty could go on offense with their own basic position regarding illegal immigration. Sixty-two percent of Americans say that border security should be the main focus of US immigration policy. Given that even the same basic percentage of Hispanic voters agrees with the “border security first” approach, Republicans ought to be making the case that Democrats are the obstacles to any compromise, just as they were in 2007. They could add that Obama’s track record of bad faith makes compromise impossible. And only eleven percent of voters think people who want to secure the border and prevent illegal immigration are racist, which makes it inexcusable that the GOP and its candidates fail to more forcefully call out Democrats, their media mouthpieces and Republican fellow travelers for their extremist race-baiting on the issue. Indeed, the example of Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) demonstrates that politicians who legitimately engage Hispanic constituents and sell themselves can win, even with a hardline position on illegal immigration."
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