Kris Kobach (legal architect of SB1070 Arizona law) advised Mitt Romney. His restrictionist and protectionist loss is also Romney’s lossMonday, June 25th, 2012
Kris Kobach (legal architect of SB1070 Arizona law) advised Mitt Romney and his restrictionist and economic protectionist loss via today’s SB 1070 Supreme Court ruling is also Romney’s loss. Both Romney and Kobach want immigrants to return to their home country via self-deportation. Mitt Romney should never have received the political endorsement of Kris Kobach who has been behind many of these anti-immigrant and anti- DREAM Act laws. Kris Kobach called the DREAM Act a nightmare, and Romney promised to veto the DREAM Act. The likes of Kobach and Romney and their anti-immigrant views have driven Latinos away from the Republican Party. The RNC was warned, yet ignored Latinos — now Latinos will ignore them at the 2012 election voting booths when they plead for Latino votes.
The Republican Party needs to reinvent itself since they have allowed Kris Kobach, Governor Jan Brewer, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and ousted Sen. Russell Pearce to become the face of the Party.
Mitt Romney caused Senator John McCain to lose the Hispanic vote in 2008 (Latino votes for the GOP decreased) when he caused McCain to move to farther to the right on immigration related issues. Sen. McCain seems to hold a grudge against Latinos (he voted against the 2010 DREAM Act) because Latinos voted overwhelmingly in support of Obama in 2008. However, McCain should realize that Latinos are once bitten twice shy with regard to immigration. It was Romney’s political tactics that drive Latinos away from the GOP.
Unfortunately for Romney, he has made too many damning statements when he chose to align himself with Pete Wilson and Kris Kobach. Other known extremists such as the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and the ousted former Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce have also gotten behind him. This does not come as a surprise to us since we witnessed nativist and former Congressman Tom Tancredo endorse Romney in 2007. In fact, Romney designated controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio as his Arizona Chair when he ran against Senator John McCain during the 2008 GOP primaries.
We now live in an Information Age where Americans receive their news via YouTube, the internet and social networking – and as a result of the digital footprint now made available to us, the Karl Rovian way is becoming more of an ineffective antiquated strategy. We are now able to file away and organize flip-flops when it comes to stances politicians have taken regarding government policy.
Elis Foley with the Huffington Post writes:
Romney has said repeatedly that he supports the Arizona’s right to pass such a law and would drop a federal lawsuit against it were he elected — perhaps not an explicit endorsement, but one that implies he supports the law, at least for Arizona.
Romney also has advocated for what he called “self-deportation,” or making things difficult for undocumented immigrants until they decide to leave, one of the central tenets of the Arizona law. One of his informal advisers on immigration, SB 1070 architect and Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, supports the law as a model for nationwide enforcement.
“[Self-deportation] is in SB 1070,” Pearce said.
The Republican Party lacked foresight and leadership with regard to an issue near and dear to Latinos, and now they must face the music and become the Party of personal responsibility. The RNC turned a blind eye to several Republican lawmakers who supported anti-immigrant policies. They also turned a blind eye to the many hostile remarks regarding the treatment of immigrants. RNC leadership was nowhere to be found, until now because now they want our vote.
Senate Bill 1070 Signed Into Law By Arizona Governor Jan Brewer who recently endorsed Mitt Romney for 2012 President