BUT IS IT?
By FITSNEWS || An establishment “Republican” activist in South Carolina – and former staffer to uber-liberal U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham – believes the GOP’s ticket to victory in 2016 is immigration reform.
And he wants all of the “First in the South” presidential primary contenders beating a path to the Palmetto State to know it …
“(The) GOP can recover the Hispanic vote in 2016 through immigration reform,” consultant Shell Suber wrote in an email to several Palmetto politicos obtained by FITS.
Suber’s email included the results of a poll conducted by The Partnership for a New American Economy – a group that’s advocating on behalf of immigration reform.
Of interest? Suber’s missive was sent out less than twenty-four hours after S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced South Carolina’s participation in a lawsuit against U.S. President Barack Obama over his administration’s recently announced executive actions on immigration.
Like Haley and Wilson, we oppose Obama’s actions … not necessarily because of their substance, but because of the way he is attempting to get at the issue. Seriously … you can’t create and fund new programs or change statutory law just because you’re upset Congress hasn’t done what you want.
Even Saturday Night Live gets that …
This website has never pandered to the far right on the immigration issue. And we’ve never believed in mass deportations. Our views – addressed extensively in this column – err toward pathways to status, not citizenship. Which means we’re pretty much “centrists” on the issue.
Having said that, before any action is taking to deal with the status of the 13 million or so undocumented immigrants (a.k.a. “illegal aliens”) currently residing in America – the spigot must first be turned off.
“The security of America’s borders is a core function of government – one that’s been neglected as Washington’s welfare and warfare states (and crony capitalism, eco-radicalism and regulatory terrorism) have spiraled out of control,” we wrote recently. “Why not stop subsidizing millions of things government shouldn’t be doing and start spending tax dollars on one of the handful of things it should be doing?”
None of that matters to these political animals. They’re looking exclusively for issues that “move numbers,” and they believe immigration is one of them.
But are they correct?
“Fifty-six percent of Hispanic voters in swing states would be less likely to vote for a Presidential candidate who opposes a path to citizenship or legal status, compared to just 16 percent who would be more likely to vote for such a candidate,” the pollsters noted.
That’s their primary selling point … well, that and the cavernous hole in which the GOP currently finds itself with Hispanic voters.
The poll found Democrats enjoying a 52-28 percent advantage over “Republicans” on a generic 2016 presidential ballot – and found presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton enjoying wide margins of support among Hispanic voters over her potential GOP rivals. Specifically, her margin of victory ranged from 33 percent (over Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio) to over 40 percent (over Ted Cruz and Rick Perry).
But is pandering on immigration the way to eat into those margins?
Of interest, the poll also found that Hispanics chose “jobs and the economy” as the most important issue on their radar – trumping immigration by more than a two-to-one margin (37 percent to 14 percent).
That tells us Hispanics (and blacks, and whites) are ready to embrace a free market agenda … and aren’t as monolithic on the immigration issue as some suggest.