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Gringo Inreach

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Meantime, at the same gathering of conservatives in Texas that Cornyn promised more of the same from Senate Republicans, a number of other speakers were starting to talk about why immigration reform is consistent with Republican small government, pro-family principles.

From ABC News:

For all the talk about the need for Republicans and conservatives do
to Hispanic outreach following the 2012 presidential election, they
might be overlooking a more important task: "gringo inreach."

In other words, conservatives will need to reckon with themselves on the
need to evolve their hardline stances on issues like immigration before
they can successfully appeal to Latino, Asian-American, and black
voters who have largely abandoned the GOP to join their ranks. That was
the main takeaway of an immigration debate on Thursday hosted by the
conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation in the state capital.


"Do we really want to grow a government big enough to round up 11
million people?" asked Todd Staples, Texas' agriculture commissioner who
is running for lieutenant governor.

Brad Bailey, a Texas restauranteur and GOP activist gets it:

But beyond the policy specifics, Bailey and others reiterated that the
most important thing for the Republican Party is to speak out against
the anti-immigration forces within their ranks.

"They'll tell you behind closed doors 'I agree with you 110 percent.'
But when they get to a microphone at a rally, it's 'ehhhh,'" Bailey
said, describing some elected officials he's met. "This is a partisan
issue because hey are being told what your friends think; that if you
vote one way on this, you will be voted out."


Of course, until the GOP as a party decides to endorse pro-immigration policies and stops giving leadership positions to anti-immigrants, stops incorporating anti-immigration planks in its platform and starts nominating pro-immigration candidates, their steady decline at the national level will continue. Some are starting to figure that out.

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