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MORE ON THE GOP IMMIGRATION CIVIL WAR

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Add CQ Politics to the list of news organizations writing about the growing schism in the Republican Party over immigration issues. CQ was reporting from the CPAC conference in DC for the nation's political conservatives. It appears that there are really three camps in the GOP:

- a pro-immigration wing whose members worry that conservatives will remain permanently in the minority

- a "law and order" camp that claims to be pro-immigration but merely against illegal immigration

- an anti-immigrant wing that is against immigration of any sort

GOP leaders want to pretend like the last group doesn't exist and the argument is really just one between the first and the second group. But it's clear when you hear people like Tom Tancredo and his allies that a big portion of the party is in the last group.

Consider this part of the CQ Story:

Heritage Foundation fellow Robert
Rector, a proponent of tougher penalties on illegal immigration,
characterized the split as a divide between "common-sense conservatives
and open-border libertarians."


Rector, who spoke on two
separate panels at CPAC, said amnesty and guest worker programs are
problematic because they open access to U.S. ballot boxes -- and
immigrants in turn vote for so-called entitlement programs.


"There's
nothing evil about the immigrant. They're just acting out their natural
intent," he said. "They're going to vote for free stuff."


The
antipathy toward immigrants was further apparent in comments from
ex-Rep. J.D.
Hayworth,who is running against Sen. John McCain
for Arizona's GOP Senate nomination. Hayworth appeared at a Feb. 18
screening of "Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration,"
introducing the film and saying it proves that U.S. immigration policy
needs to change drastically.


"The problem in
Washington is that so many people -- including my opponent -- view this
as a political problem to be managed instead of seeing what really is
going on," said Hayworth, who was featured in the film. "This is an
invasion that must be stopped."

*****

Linda Chavez, the highest-ranking woman in
President Ronald Reagan's White House and now chairwoman of the Center
for Equal Opportunity, a conservative think tank devoted to issues of
race and ethnicity, told Rector during an immigration panel they shared
that she respectfully disagrees with his ideas. She said she
understands such language is borne of frustration about a broken
immigration system, but she added that it needs to cease.

*****

Chavez tried to debunk what she called
myths that foster resentment toward immigrants -- they don't assimilate
and they feed on welfare and Social Security, for instance.

On a Feb. 18 panel called "The Rise of
Latino Conservatism," Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax
Reform, said he was taken aback by assertions he has heard that Latino
immigrants are lazy and weaken Western culture. Latinos actually share
values that are staples of conservative campaigns, he added: They're
overwhelmingly Christian, pro-business, and oppose gay marriage and
abortion rights.


"But you can't talk to someone from
the immigrant community, threaten to deport their relative and then ask
them to vote with you because you're pro-life," he said. "Some
conservatives and some Republicans have used harsh and insulting
rhetoric that has chased away Hispanic voters unnecessarily."

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    "Andeliz Castillo, a spokeswoman for House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.), said House Republicans are working to build relationships in the Latino community so they know anti-immigrant rhetoric isn't the party's message."

    That is a sea-change for Pence, if indeed it is true.

    "On a Feb. 18 panel called "The Rise of Latino Conservatism," Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said he was taken aback by assertions he has heard that Latino immigrants are lazy and weaken Western culture. Latinos actually share values that are staples of conservative campaigns, he added: They're overwhelmingly Christian, pro-business, and oppose gay marriage and abortion rights."

    Here Norquist, Bush and Rove are equally culpable. They are vicious characters, but they failed to be vicious after 9/11. They spoke a lot about Christianity Vs Radical Islam. But, they failed on one thing. Had they empasized that Latinos are Christians and "we" need more Christians in this country against radical Islamic threat instead of ceding the platform to white skin worshipping pagans such as Tancredo and Nathan Deal, who continue to masquerade as Christians, Obama would not have gotten elected and GOP would still be holding its majority.

    "But you can't talk to someone from the immigrant community, threaten to deport their relative and then ask them to vote with you because you're pro-life," "

    The question they have to ask the conservatives is that if they are pro-life why do they want to deny citizenship to "anchor babies." Are n't anchor babies as innocent as other babies?

    Overall, I am not very impressed with many in the GOP. I am pretty conservative myself, but will never vote for most GOP candidates.



  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    These revelations pretty much ensure that the GOP will be in the minority for a long time to come, first they have to come to grips with the reality of their value system and views against the immigrant community and second they will have to mend fences with this community that stuff takes years to heal... it seems that they are still on the attack phase. The minority are the more moderate people in the GOP, just look at congress.
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    "Latinos actually share values that are staples of conservative campaigns, he added: They're overwhelmingly Christian, pro-business, and oppose gay marriage and abortion rights."

    Yeah but family and family members will come waaaaayyy before all of the above...
  4. Sam's Avatar
    I think Republicans sense power with in the reach and acting smart not alienate disaffected latinos. Dems should use this oppurtunity to expose Republicans for what they are.

    Republicans hate any one who is different from them.
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    "Yeah but family and family members will come waaaaayyy before all of the above..."

    If someone is coming to kill me but protect someone else's unborn baby, and another says that he is for goving someone else permission to kill her unborn baby but will spare me, I will be foolish not to go for the latter, however much I wish to protect the other person's unborn baby.
  6. George Chell's Avatar
    And one more thing...recently the pro-lifers have been putting up billboards in Atlanta to save the black babies from abortion. However, I also know many people who are involved in this who wont sit next to a black person in a public place, for that matter near a little black girl whom these "kind" folks would have saved from abortion...and yes, many of them belong to the tea-party and they also want to deny anchor babies US citizenship and oppose adoption of Haitians babies and bringing them to this country!
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