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GOP scared straight by Latino vote

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There’s been plenty of talk on how Latino voters saved the day on Election Night and how they’re a major reason that the GOP suffered the loses it did. In the wake of the election, some Republican leaders are urging their party to recalibrate its position on issues important to Latino voters — namely, immigration reform.

On Sunday Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) teamed up with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in revamping a bipartisan push for comprehensive reform. Senator Graham said that Americans need to be “firm and fair” but that an immigration stance like one-time presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s infamous self-deportation policy simply “isn’t going to work.”

From Huff Post Latino Voices:

” ‘I intend to tear this wall down and pass an immigration reform bill that’s an American solution to an American problem. But we have nobody to blame but ourselves when it comes to losing Hispanics. And we can get them back with some effort on our part.’

Graham’s decision to re-enter discussions signals potential progress on the issue. He was a leader on the Republican side in the past, along with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), but had since backed away from any type of discussion of giving legal status to undocumented immigrants already in the United States.

Graham indicated that he would support a plan that allowed undocumented immigrants to eventually gain citizenship in the United States. He said it would involve securing the border and asking undocumented immigrants to come to the government, pay taxes, speak English and ‘get in the back of the line before they can become citizens.’ “

Although I don’t think immigrants and DREAMers should be forced to learn English — only encouraged to do so — making the undocumented “get in back of the line before they can become citizens” is a fair way to show respect for the law and accommodate those who have been brought here by no choice of their own. DREAMers shouldn’t be deported, but they shouldn’t be placed at the front of the line either. And if they want to be mad at somebody for having to wait at the back of the line, they should blame the parents who brought them here.

It’s likely Congress will pass some kind of immigration reform soon. The 2014 midterms elections will be here in no time, and the GOP doesn’t want to lose any more seats in the House, much less lose control of the House entirely, just because they failed again to capture enough of the Latino electorate.

(The Republicans will go after Latinos and not women, because while immigration is merely a secular issue that the GOP can afford to give a little on, issues like abortion and contraceptive health care — which women generally favor — are religious issues that the Republicans can’t bend on without the risk of diluting their Bible-thumping base, which is a shrinking minority in the country as it is.)

Still, whether Senator Graham can recruit enough of his colleagues from the red side of the aisle in the Senate and garner support for immigration reform in the Tea Party-dominated House remains to be seen. While many Republicans agree that their party will have to support immigration reform if it wants to win over Latino voters, no Republican wants to support immigration reform right now only to go against a Tea Party challenger in the next primary.

Passage of immigration reform will come down to the Republican Party itself, on whether or not there are enough brave Republicans in both chambers of Congress and whether the party can wrangle in its more far-right members.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. Karen says:

    If you want my vote, you will have to start having more people like me in your ranks. If I can’t identify with you, how will I know you have my interests at heart?

  2. They can cater to us all they want, I still won’t vote for them.

  3. Even if republicans did do that I still wouldn’t vote for them

  4. Open the borders this is land of the free

  5. It’s not just immigration reform they are wrong on! It’s not even a Latino thing, it’s a human thing. The Republican ideology is so closed minded and anglocentric that they need to make serious changes if they want to appeal to the majority. As much as they hate the concept, they need to move a little to the middle. They need to transform as the Electorate has or risk remaining a minority party.

  6. That’s right, it’s our time. Respect.

  7. BOOM!!!!

  8. Republicans are the cancer of the political world. I would hate to be acknowledged by the same people who think rape is an act of god. Any Latino that calls themselves a republican is probably a hypocrite with poor understanding of politics and morals.

  9. Vote for me…I support Latinos. Once they are in office…Latino who? No thank you. I will NOT vote for you.

  10. One of the reasons the republicans are courting us, may be due to the fact that we did vote 40% for George W. Bush. So they are willing to compromise and change. If we had just voted democrat all along, would they be paying such serious attention?

  11. I could care less about immigration because its not really an issue to Latinos that where born here and who are also here legally. Republicans don’t have an issue with legal immigration, they just want to stop illegal invaders just the way Mexico does when non Mexicans try to breech their borders!

  12. Got nothing to do with a generic “latino” vote. Has to do with the mexican american vote. Don’t believe me ask Reagan amnesty advisors, any major thinktank in this country, Karl Rove, etc. Then ask who is the target demographic of that group…it’s not the business owners or productive class (they’re mostly republicans)….it’s the uneducated, young, and inept, people who upon visiting your home you would give no credential to make decisions as they are clueless to what they are doing…..that is who both parties seek the votes…and who will decide our future. Just as useless as “get out the vote” campaigns where 18 year old, who have no compass as to up-down-left-right, better yet which policies are best, are encouraged to cast a ballot. The sun is setting. Wonder what 350,000,000 hungry people with no jobs will look like in the near future.

  13. Mario is a great example of why the GOP is screwed. They just don’t get it. I think the damage is done and even if they wave the flag of surrender on Immigration reform it is a little to late. Plus they still have their far right base spouting comments like Mario did. Until they cut them out, they can’t get us back.

  14. Don’t put too much trust on Democrat voting Latinos. They would sell this country out to China for something as insignificant as a promised entitlement, or a home boy style shout out by Obama to Latinos during a speech. Not only are these Latinos traitors they will still expect the Federal government to look after them from cradle to grave even when we are being faced with the worst economic times this country has ever seen. Because dontcha know, it’s always all about them, them, them especially when they can get their share of free guvmint cheese and to hell with the rest of the nation!

  15. Ok Jose so your wet dream of a one party America is going to finally come true? Don’t think Democrats are also immune, you of thuggery, fraud, and class and gender warfare? How long till Obama proclaims himself supreme leader?

  16. If Mario ais an example f why the GOP is screwed, then you Mr. Cruz are an example on why the Liberla Latino movement is a failure. I have read nothing on this thread but unabashed, visceral, unapologetic, HATE! Not only are we a country divided, but we as a group of people, Latinos, are divided. When I read “Republicans are the cancer of the political world”, “Any Latino that calls themselves a republican is probably a hypocrite with poor understanding of politics and morals.”, and “Open the borders this is land of the free” it makes sad more than anything. People like you Mr. Cruz try to speak of being Latinos united, yet spill and encourage the same “class” and “wealth” propagnada you party spits out.

  17. MMM HMM, because if they do not then they will become obsolete in the near future. This explains why the majority of Latino/Hispanic voters went Democratic. Their fault!

  18. Please, Being Latino = FOX news. You want to “connect all people across the global Latino spectrum.”? Your posts are more dividing than anything.

  19. Mario is right on. You people need to wake up to the oppression of the Democrat party. They have always exploited minorities to further their own agenda. Who wanys to control a woman’s body? Open your eyes. What do you think Obamacare is. It will control everything you do with your body and will know exactly WHAT you’ve done. This last election has done damage to this country that you can’t imagine. It’s coming. They got you where they want you.

  20. Open your house, apartment, car, bank account,….it’s a free country. Let’s see who’s the first to let strangers enter there homes with no questions asked.

  21. Mr. Cruz is a perfect example of how the left plays you. They make you feel like you have no choice. You must be with them. Vote with them. They want to own you. They make you feel like it’s cool to be a leftist and even cooler to badmouth the right. When did it become cool to support bureaucracy? It isn’t cool. They are making you think it is and if you don’t start thinkong for yourself, it’ll be too late for this country.

  22. Sorry for typos. Can’t edit on my phone after posting…

  23. I don’t want a one party America, I want the GOP to grow up. But keep saying what your saying. It worked for you last time. We had an election and you still didn’t learn. Feel free to play with yourselves some more.

  24. They don’t get it. Many GOPs are believing that by changing their stance on immigration, the vast numbers of Latinos will change their affiliation. Bad news, GOPs! How about the issue of education? Of health care? Of housing laws that prevent discrimination? Of training programs? Of equality for all? How about the Arizona sheriff? How about unemployment benefits? How about laws for farm workers? How about…? Well, I’m sure you get the idea. The GOPs just don’t get it. And they never will.

  25. I think I will come out of my sabbatical to tackle this particular issue. Stay tuned, Being Latino!

  26. Jose Cruz tells the right to play with themselves while he and his establishment Chicago friends play with your mind. Don’t be fooled. Look up history. See how the left has taken over education. The indoctrination started when you were a child and went full force on you in college. Take charge of your own decisions. Don’t be a follower. Learn truths. It’s sad to see Latinos becoming so powerful in numbers only to squander it by being fooled to follow a party with a history of suppression. Don’t let people like Jose Cruz fool you with their illusion of fighting for you.

  27. jhette says:

    I think this GOP changing is great, if they decide to really change. Let them do the same with Asians and African-Americans. BUT, the new faces they place before the USA better have REAL power, and not just be some GOP puppet. And these individuals better not be “HATERS” spouting ignorance on subjects they know nothing about (e.g. rape, women’s bodies, and minority thought processes). In the words of Chris Christy, a large majority of these people are “know nothings!”

    They better understand that sometimes people need help. It could “mental health” or “tuition” or “temporary assistance” but “no man is an island.” And as taxpaying citizens this is NOT a handout (as we have already paid for it via our taxes), as most of us are willing to pay our taxes to support our country and it’s citizens.

    As far as who pays taxes goes, EVERYBODY PAYS TAXES. You can’t buy anything without paying taxes. Last time I checked, clothing, food, furnishing and recreation are ALL TAXED. On what planet are you living if you claim someone is not paying taxes?!

    I hope Rubio squeezes them for all he can get. They better fund his housing and kids education for life. During the 2012 election the GOP once again went “white and whiter.” Look at the Faux News pundits. How can that gallery of faces and backgrounds understand anything about American as a whole. The 2012 election predictions proved that.

    Lastly, denounce hate speech from Rush, Coulter, and all the talking head who called themselves political pundits at Faux Cable News. GOP needs to be the party of integrity, not the party of spinning, and do so by CALLING OUT THE WINGNUTS OF YOUR PARTY. How odd “the no spin zone” is nothing but spin, and the “fair and balanced” station is clearly unfair and unbalanced. Stop thinking people are too stupid to notice, as that only works on right wing “wingnuts.” Frankly, I don’t think all the old white men of the GOP are ready to give up their positions, as they place money above all else. “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.”

  28. Hector says:

    The white Repub gringos in the US are running around scared like chickens with their heads cut off. It is as God intended we rape them and soon all arrogant gringos will be mowing our lawns and picking up our trash. Long live our revolution muchachos!

  29. slave2liberty says:

    interesting – from the comments on here you would think that latinos think that ILLEGAL immigrants have a right to infiltrate countries where they are not citizens and make demands as if they were. Should the entire world population have this opinion, then there would be no such thing as sovereignty.

    It just so happens that many ILLEGAL immigrants have little to no interest in assimilating, nor showing respect for the host country – but instead, want to act like petulant litlle children, making demands for things they have no LEGAL OR MORAL RIGHT TO.


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