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California Republicans Embrace Immigration Reform to Survive. By Roger Algase

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While House Republicans are busy pandering to Tea Party anti-immigrant bigotry, a different message for the GOP is coming out of California. An August 19 POLITICO article: California Republicans turn to immigration to fight extinction starts off:

"Republicans in Washington are taking a piecemeal approach to immigration reform - a strategy that could give the party's most polarizing figures a month's long platform to pop off about illegal immigrants.

California Republicans have a much different line: Shut up and get it done.

The divide boils down to simple math for California Republicans, who know they can't win elections here without the support of Hispanic voters.

11 of the 15 districts held by Republicans are a quarter or more Hispanic - and some of them are prime targets for Democrats who need 17 seats to take back the House in 2014.

But Republican leaders in Washington also face a much different picture nationwide: More than 100 GOP districts have close to no Hispanic voters.

So while some Republicans in Washington might argue that there's no need to tackle reform with a pathway to citizenship, California Republicans believe they must - or face extinction."

POLITICO goes on to quote Ruben Barrales, a former adviser to President George W. Bush who is now the head of Grow Elect, an organization dedicated to electing minority candidates across the state, as follows:

"I cringe when I hear certain members speak."

POLITICO continues:

"Lesson One: Shut up about border security."

The article also quotes Barrales as saying that Republicans should be focusing on the positive with immigration, and how it is making America stronger and California one of the best places to live. He also says that by the end of 2013, Hispanics will outnumber whites in California.

The link is:

dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=BA3059A4-93FD-4B08-95D9-D3325E1CD395

Some California Republicans (though not all - Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who represents a rich conservative district in Orange County, is staunchly opposed to reform and others are sitting on the fence) are getting the message that America is becoming a more diverse country, in which white voters no longer call all the shots.

When will that message get through to the House Republicans in Washington? Will it get through in time to save CIR?






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Updated 08-19-2013 at 09:17 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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