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Anti-Immigration GOP Will Lose Latino Voters

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Anti-Immigration GOP Will Lose Latino Voters


Which of a long list of shortcomings doomed Rick Perry’s campaign for the presidency? Certainly, he is among the world’s worst debaters, a dim-bulb on foreign policy and a right-wing theocrat whose “pro-life” credentials stop short of fair trials for defendants in capital murder cases.

But similar attributes were not early disqualifiers for Herman Cain. Why didn’t Perry’s tenure in Texas and his stature among social conservatives keep him aloft longer?

Cynthia Tucker Haynes

Cynthia Tucker Haynes, a veteran newspaper journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, is a Visiting Professor of Journalism and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Georgia. She is also a highly-regarded commentator on TV and radio news shows.

Haynes was editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper for 17 years, where she led the development of opinion policy. More recently, she was that newspaper’s Washington-based political columnist. She maintains a syndicated column through Universal Press Syndicate, which is published in dozens of newspapers around the country. Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007, Haynes has also received numerous other awards, including Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists.

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  1. freethinker January 24, 2012

    Cynthia’s, “Republicans…resent full equality for black citizens” is not only dead wrong, but an enormous lie and is used only to further an agenda of hate. It is the Democrats that isolate classes. Republicans want full equality, to succeed or fail, for every legal citizen regardless of color, social or economic background. Pushing for controlling the border and an effective mechanism for handling millions of illegal immigrants such as not to penalize immigrants who followed the rules is not ‘mean-spirited’ or ‘race-baiting’. The only race-baiter here is Ms. Tucker, herself.

  2. mugwort January 24, 2012

    First I think Ms. Cynthia Tucker is correct in what she wrote. Anti immigration bills, laws are resented and rightly so by many Latinos aka Hispanics. However I think the insistence on photo IDs to vote is to vote is a factor too. Many people of this population are low income. Therefore it is quite difficult to present such ID. These individuals will most likely be disenfranchised from voting. I am a disability advocate and I know the insistence on such IDs is a crucial issue dealing with one of the most fundamental US Constitutional rights.

  3. Epicatastasis January 24, 2012

    Voting Democratic is the only way as Republicans want to double down on everything that caused out current problems.

  4. jimmyags January 24, 2012

    The GOP bills itself as the party of inclusion, that is as long as you are white,christian evangelical and hate anyone who isn’t.

  5. hgltraveling January 24, 2012

    Anti-Immigration is not the issue. Illegal immigration by people who have no respect for our laws, is!
    While not a Republican, I am economically challenged due to disability and reside in a largely Hispanic community. Daily I am grossly offended by the disrespectful illegal immigrants who care nothing for their neighbors peace or privacy and thumb their noses at our immigration laws while blasting their Mariachi Music and after they used fraudulent T.I.N. numbers to defraud the banks to give them mortgages on homes that were subsequently lost to foreclosure, they did massive damage to these homes while in their possession, true to form, again disrespecting our laws, doing work on these homes without permits, resulting in losses in property valued @ 80% equity loss and are now pooling their ill-gotten gains [monies made thru drug sales or work without paying taxes] to launder thse monies by buying back these same homes at bargain-basement prices, in which they are now violating still other federal laws, as they are harboring still more illegal aliens in them.
    Neither the Republicans [and it irks me to stick up for them] nor the Obama Administration is ANTI-IMMIGRATION. But both should be taking a strong position against those who violate our immigration and other laws. Why should illegal immigrants be immune to prosecution for breaking our laws, when we –as Americans–aren’t? Prosecuting illegal aliens for violating our laws, isn’t mean spirited. What is mean spirited is the illegals laughing at us “gringos” behind our backs and discriminating against us in Mexico and in our own country where they have a double standard pricing schedule, one price for Hispainics and one about 25X’s higher for us stupid gringos. Why can’t the News Media wake up to the facts?

  6. Newfriend January 24, 2012

    While an a day trip to Mexico, the wife and i were stopped twice to check our Visa.
    Both time the stops were performed by (what seem a teenager) the Millitary fully armed.
    Alos found out we could not own a home outright, it would only be a lease for a limmited time. I am no expert on Mexican law, but what I do know makes american law seem like nirvana to Mexicans.
    Blah Blah Good artical

  7. julie January 24, 2012

    I agree with the comment submitted by hgltraveling. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION is ILLEGAL! If you want to become a citizen then follow the rules.They come over here and beat,rape and murder lawful citizens. And the federal government caters to them.

  8. kurt.lorentzen January 25, 2012

    As evidenced by the postings on this 90% liberal board, most Americans are against illegal activity going unpunished. Those of us here legally are punished for not paying taxes, committing crimes, or committing fraud. Illegal immigrants by and large are not. Unless a heinous crime is committed they face, at worst, deportation. Treating people equally includes punishing them equally and applying the same standards of enforcement across the board. In this entitlement society, talk like this is “racist” or “mean spirited”. As many have pointed out, Americans are not anti-immigrant, we are anti-crime. The majority of Republicans are not racist and if you go far enough South, the majority of racists are historically Democrats (the KKK founders and George Wallace as examples). But most of us, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Independent just want everyone to be treated the same, given the same opportunities, and held to the same level of accountabiliity. Where’s the racism in that position?

  9. toosmarttovoteGOP January 25, 2012

    “if you go far enough South, the majority of racists are historically Democrats” Historically WERE yes, until around 1964 or so when the Dems decided to purge the destructive nature of racism from their membership and the GOP said, “C’mon over! WE’LL take you!” While it’s true that most Republicans are not racist, it is equally true that the VAST majority of racists ARE Republicans.


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