Immigration Newsletter

Friday, March 9, 2012

Another "Dream Act" Nightmare

Daniela Pelaez is practically a poster child for the Dream Act: a high school valedictorian, dreams of becoming a doctor -- and an undocumented immigrant. She’s also dredging up the depth of division over immigration issues within the Republican Party. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs who stepped in to rally crucial support for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Pelaez’s home state of Florida, is publicly breaking with him over whether the children of unauthorized immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States. After an immigration judge denied Pelaez’s residency bid and issued an order of voluntary deportation last week, Ros-Lehtinen jumped in. She sent a letter directly to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s acting director of congressional relations, asking him to block the deportation. “I respectfully request your intervention with the appropriate agencies to ensure deferred action and a stay of deportation for 18 year old Daniela Pelaez and her sister Dayana Pelaez,” the letter said. The division within the GOP goes beyond the Pelaez case. The conservative Latino group Somos Republicanos has lashed out at Romney for his immigration stances, and is locking horns with Colorado Hispanic Republicans over a fight in that state on whether to allow in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. Similarly, the national group Café Con Leche Republicans has battled with GOP politicians over strict Arizona-style illegal immigrant crackdown laws. “There’s a small minority of Republican politicians who are extreme on the issue and they’re very vocal," Bob Quasius, the founder and head of Café Con Leche Republicans, told The Huffington Post. "And their voice is the one that most Latinos are likely to hear." He may be right. Polls repeatedly show overwhelming support for the Dream Act from Latinos, and even from non-Hispanics. A Pew Hispanic Center poll released at the end of December put the number in favor of the Act at nine out of 10 Hispanics. A Fox News Latino/Latino Insights poll just this week found almost identical results. The poll also found nearly as strong support among Latino voters for a path to citizenship, with 85.9 percent in favor. That may be more reflective of voters in general, including Republican Party members, than the candidates appear to be acknowledging. A Fox News poll released in December found that 66 percent of registered voters support a path to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants, if they learn English, pay back taxes and successfully pass a background check. So did 57 percent of Republican voters -- under these same conditions. See the Huffington Post for the rest of the article

1 comment:

  1. Bob Quasius is a gringo who thinks Latinos are too stupid to lead themselves.

    It’s sunny and warm in Minnesota today, skies are expected to stay bright and shiny throughout the political year.

    Chale, ese, If you believe that, then you’re snorting that other snow Newt Gingrich was doing last night at his “concession” speech after the Florida primary.

    “When I’m in the White House, blah, blah, blah.” He told his one admirer. On the first day in the White House, he is going tell the State Department to “recognize Israel.” We already do, pendejo! Don’t you read Ruben Navarette?

    Newt, Newt, you just got your culo handed to you by the other white meat, amigo.

    Heck, even GOPer (pronounced “goper”) David Gergin said on that other CNN, “It’s like he’s in a different reality.”

    You have to know how it rolls in Florida. If you are on a road in the middle of the state – in crackerland – and you cruise north in your lowrider toward Tallahassee, Gainesville or even Pensacola, you’re headed into the Bible-thumping Deep South. If you drive south, you’re in snowbird and viejo country, and at the southern part of the state, you’re in Northern Havana.

    Looking at the map, Gingrich won the Deep South, while Mitt Romney picked up the rest of the state. And it looks like Northern Havana gave Romney an ass-whooping 60.8% of the vote.

    Traditionally a conservative-voting state, Florida still picked the “I-love-socialism-Romneycare” former Massachusetts governor over “I-love-to-have-an-open-marriage” Gingrich.

    Then you have Café con Leche in Minnesota. Those mamones for the GOP decided in a Minnesota brain freeze to back Newt. They are now spouting like Gomer Pyle, “well, golly, wait till Newt gets to the Southwest – he’ll take the Latino vote there.”

    Well, “shame, shame shame.”

    Yo, gavachos! (there are no gavachettes), Newt just lost the South and the tea bagger vote, what do you think is going to happen in the Southwest? Polls already show Romney winning in Arizona de Atzlan later this month.

    By the time your huevos have thawed out, it will be all over. So give it up, Gopers. The Southwest will go to Romney and then in the general election, will go to Obama, the real choice for mexicanos.