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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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“The Republican Party needs to throw in the towel on the immigration issue,” Fred Steeper, a GOP pollster who advised both Presidents Bush, recently told The New York Times‘ John Harwood.

Steeper is just one of many key Republican figures, including Karl Rove and Grover Norquist, who have asked their party to embrace comprehensive immigration reform, which was the one policy recommendation the Republican National Committee gave to the party in the now moldy and completely disregarded “autopsy” report.

Establishment Republicans know that they have to embrace reform because the prospect of their next nominee doing worse with Latinos than Mitt Romney — who did worse than John McCain, who did worse than George W. Bush — would mean almost no hope of winning the White House.

That’s why Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) risked his career to back reform.

But embracing reform comes at a huge cost. Republican districts are on average far more white and rural than Democratic districts and support for reform is such a hot-button issue that it alone could easily draw you a primary challenger.

That’s why Marco Rubio no longer backs his own bill.

The fact that Latinos likely won’t decide who controls the House in 2014 is probably the biggest hurdle to passing reform in 2013 — and it’s also why only three House Republicans publicly support immigration reform that resembles the bill that Rubio helped pass the Senate. But there are definitely some Republican members of the House who could be persuaded to help the GOP avoid becoming a national version of what it has become in California as a result of anti-immigrant policies — a larger third party.

“The base thinks they are losing politically and losing control of the country,” pollster Stan Greenberg recently wrote in an analysis of the Republican Party. Immigration inflames that fear. But unless the GOP conquers it, it will conquer them.

Here are five House Republicans who represent districts in swing states with strong Democratic Party infrastructure who would be wise to support comprehensive immigration reform, with a path to citizenship.

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  • Dominick Vila

    The majority of Republican House members are from red districts and they understand, correctly, that their re-election chances depend on their ability to support and advance the interests of their constituents than doing what mainstream Americans prefer at a national level, or what they believe is best for the country. Their top priority is keeping their job and the power and influence that comes with it, rather than the benefits of effective governance.
    House Republicans, including those from states and districts with a relatively large Hispanic-Latino population, have concluded that they can be re-elected without their vote, and that it will be a long time before minorities and women have a voice in national politics, Barack Obama notwithstanding. Most of them are probably right, considering the demographics in their districts, but I think they are in for a big surprise at national level come 2016. Unfortunately, our system of government has three major branches, and he who controls the purse controls the agenda.

  • Kasanova El Varon

    the republican are axis of demon they hate white people and they love illegal immigrant

    • tax payer

      Some Republicans are white people, so are you stating they hate themselves too. If they love them ( illegals ) why are they so against Immigration Reform? The Democrats love the illegals same as our President. Just saying.

  • Elisabeth Gordon

    I’m thinking you probably lost your target audience at “Who Would Be Wise”…

  • howa4x

    Republicans keep pushing against the future, like in some way they can turn the clock back to a time when the country was ruled by White Christian men. This is what it is like watching them in action. The reality for them is that they usually vote for bills and support issues that alienate large portions of the future majority. Immigration reform looms large because they showed their muscle in the last presidential race, and are a part of the GOP autopsy. House members not only push back against immigration reform but members of the tea party caucus are usually found making derogatory comments about Latinos. Couple this with what some states are doing and the face of the GOP becomes Sherriff Arpio which is not a welcoming one for large numbers of the Hispanic community. If it was only the Latinos that the GOP is having a problem with that would be one thing, but their hostility to the LGBT community is a problem, and the ongoing war on women’s reproductive rights carried out under the republican flag is non stop and can be found in every state with a republican majority in the state house, or governor. Let’s not forget about the young adults that see climate change as a problem and not a hoax, are concerned about their staggering debt, and see income inequality as a threat to their survival. All of this together will be an uphill slog for a tired old party with an aging and declining base.

  • commserver

    Why is there 1 Democrat when the article is titled 5 Republicans?