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Can Republicans Garner Support Amongs Latino Voters?

Mitt Romney and Rick Perry Debating Immigration at the 10/18 GOP Presidential Debate in Las Vegas

Despite the fact that Latinos are now the largest minority group in America, GOP presidential candidates don’t appear to be focusing any effort in gaining their support.

Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry all claim that they strongly oppose granting “amnesty” to undocumented immigrants already residing in the United States, even though a majority of Americans support a “path to citizenship” and an increasing number support granting “amnesty” to undocumented immigrants (Pew Research Poll).

However, some of the candidates are being criticized for their more liberal immigration views. For example, Rick Perry signed a bill into law that granted in-state tuition for some undocumented immigrants which Mitt Romney equates with granting “amnesty.” Newt Gingrich, also, stated his support for establishing a “path to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants who have been living in the United States for a long period of time and have established family ties which has prompted criticism from his competitors, especially Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. Both have since taken more conservative views with regard to immigration.

Furthermore, most of the candidate’s plans for immigration reform policy center around “securing the borders” before establishing any specific plans about the status of undocumented immigrants or enforcement policies. The vague nature of the candidates positions creates problems among all voters as to what their policies may be, if elected.

The Hispanic vote will be a vital constituency in the upcoming election. Due to president Obama’s heavy emphasis on border security and increased deportations, if Republicans took more moderate positions on immigration, they could garner the support of Latinos and independents, but not with the policies they are promoting now. In addition, some Republican presidential candidates support even more conservative stances on specific immigration policies. For example, Newt Gingrich supports a bill similar to Arizona’s SB 1070 and Michele Bachmann supports the deportation of all undocumented immigrants. Latinos and Independents will be two key constituencies that may be dissuaded by these very conservative immigration stances and will be the difference between the winning and losing parties in 2012.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/29/republicans-latino-voters-immigration_n_1119256.html?ref=gingrich-2012

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A Push for the Pro

There has been a recent news story about an 18 year old high schooler in Mission, Texas who killed himself because of his status as an illegal alien. He reportedly ended his life because of his overwhelming fear that he would not be able to go to college (because he has no social security number and cannot, therefore, apply for loans) and never be able to support his family because of it. He wanted to be an engineer and he worked hard throughout his years in high school only to make it to his senior year and realize that this is where his dreams ended. Any hope he had was dashed when the Dream Act failed in Texas by 5 votes (1).

Don’t get me wrong, I am on the con side. I see the problems with the law. The supporters may not call the Dream Act amnesty, but it sure looks that way to everyone else. And there are American born children who need that money more than they do…but at the end of the day, we are all human. The same blood flows through all of us and when people, children especially, begin to feel so discouraged that they kill themselves, that they see no other way out than to take their own life, we should start thinking about humanity in general, and less about nationality.

America is the land of dreams, a lot of people have seen their every hope and desire come true here. A lot of those same people took advantage of the system and exploited the country as best they could. We give these opportunities to greedy (narcissistic) people like this, so why not extend a helping hand to people who truly deserve it, and would use it well?

(1): http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=691560#.TtRnYGNFu7s

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California Dream Act

This past weekend Governor Brown signed the Dream Act into law. The law has two parts, the first of which passed in July and allowed the undocumented students to receive private scholarships, and the second of which passed this Saturday, allowing them to receive state financial aid for public schools (1). The Dream Act in California is different from the federal version in that it doesn’t have a program set up to eventually grant citizenship to the student. It’s basically the same law without the amnesty. The benefits of this law passing have already been stated: everyone deserves a fair chance, it wasn’t their fault their parents came into the country illegally, and they should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. But in a state that has so many issues with its public schools, from the budget to the oversized classes, one should wonder if passing this law was the right choice. Classes, with legal citizens alone, already fill up so quickly that its now becoming common practice for students to spend five or six years getting their four year degree. An extra 2,500 students (the number of undocumented students thought to be helped by this Act) is going to strain an already failing system. And this goes for the budget as well. Tuition is being raised and programs are being cut. We can’t afford maintaining the schools as they are now, how can we possibly do it with all these extra students? Before we start to include hard working illegal students in our public schools, before we start trying to be “fair” to them, we need to be fair to our hardworking American students, whose tuition is being raised, who have to spend an unnecessary amount of extra time in school because the class they need to graduate is too full. While it is true that the students affected by the Dream Act would only receive $14.5 million out of a $1.4 billion budget (2), that’s money that could help a student out there struggling currently. Colleges are there to help us reach the American Dream. Let’s give Americans a chance to reach it before we give their opportunities away to citizens of a different country.

1 http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/227644/20111008/california-dream-act-passed-for-illegal-immigrant-students-college-governor-jerry-brown-cal-grants.htm
2 http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/10/09/california-passes-dream-act-allowing-aid-for-undocumented-students/

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