The blogosphere is all atwitter about the Gang of 8 immigration reform bill. There is much support for it, but there is also much concern about further harm it might cause. Make no mistake, this bill is amnesty.
U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) wrote a letter to their colleagues outlining the following problems with the 1,000-plus page bill:
- Provides immediate legalization without securing the border
- Rewards criminal aliens, absconders, and deportees and undermines law enforcement
- Contains extremely dangerous national security loopholes
- Facilitates fraud in our immigration system
- Creates no real penalties for illegal immigrants and rewards them with entitlements
- Delays for years the implementation of E-Verify
- Does not fix our legal immigration system
- Advanced through a process predicated on a deal struck before markup
- Rewards those who have broken our laws by offering a special path to citizenship
I know there has been a lot of bemoaning that suddenly these millions of illegal Hispanics are going to instantly register to vote as Democrats and that will be the end of the Republican Party as we know it. It is hypothesized that suddenly Texas will turn from a red state to a blue state. There is a certain amount of truth to that. I believe it will surely happen. It's just that I do not believe it will happen overnight.
Non-Hispanics in Texas are already a minority. Texas is a minority majority state. Though non-Hispanics are a minority, they still out-vote Hispanics by great numbers and that is not going to change overnight, even with this amnesty bill. There will be no great epiphany that will suddenly get out the vote no matter how hard politicos on both sides try. Hispanics are not savvy and educated voters at present and it will take a lot of education to move them in that direction. But they will. Eventually.
That said, there is no doubt in my mind that they will vote in line with the Democratic party because the Democrats are masters of using all the right buzz-words. Despite the fact Hispanics are a deeply religious people and overwhelmingly pro-life, despite the fact they lean conservative and would be a better fit for the Republican party, they will support the Democrats because of their superior ability to snooker people.
You see the Democrats get the marketing campaign right. No matter how outlandish some of their stances are, they are indeed the master marketers. The Republicans could learn a thing or two about marketing, and supporting this bill in its current state will not help them.