Seems to me that, once again, the GOP is between a rock and a hard place.
Oppose this and they lose the Hispanic vote (which already was so instrumental in Obama’s victory). Support it and they probably certify a ton more Democratic voters and assure the GOP’s permanent minority status as a party.
I’m in a hurry today and don’t have time to find the links, but Hispanics not only went for Obama in huge numbers, but in 2012 even the Cuban-American population was less Republican than it used to be. There is no reason on earth to imagine the same wouldn’t be true for those who gain citizenship through this path:
The Senate proposal will probably include four main elements: border enforcement, employer enforcement, handling the future flow of legal immigration (including temporary agriculture workers and high-skilled engineers) and a pathway to citizenship for those who entered the nation illegally. Mr. Obama’s approach will largely echo his 2011 immigration “blueprint,” which he first outlined in a speech in El Paso, and calls for a pathway to citizenship for the more than 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country.
Though all members of the Senate group agree that some pathway to legal residency must be a part of the final proposal, they are still divided on what exactly that route should be. Republican lawmakers are urging that border security be tied to a pathway to citizenship and other requirements like having those who entered illegally go to the back of the line behind immigrants already waiting to enter the country legally, paying fines and back-taxes, and learning English.
Among other things, my guess is that this would be a slippery slope, and that some of these restrictions would end up going by the wayside in due time (and probably not all that much time, either). More:
“You’ve got border security, you’ve got employer verification and you’ve got a temporary worker program that addresses the magnet, so those three things have to go together to address operational control over your border,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, one of the senators mapping out the legislation. “Then you go to the next big thing — the 12 million. How do you deal with the 12 million in a firm, fair way, realizing you can’t put them all in jail and they’re not all going to self-deport?”
Let’s see—one way to deal with them would be to not grant them citizenship—but hey, I’m not a US Senator like Lindsay Graham.
There’s a principle here, among other things, which is that coming here illegally should not be further rewarded. I write “further” because it already is rewarded.