Of course we knew this all along so this is no surprise to us. I tried to warn the Republican Party of the impending train wreck with regard to the fastest growing demographic in the nation. They didn’t listen to me and now they are going to have to face the music with regard to how Mexicans will vote in the greater Southwest. The only chance the GOP has to save itself, is to align themselves with someone like Abel Maldonado (former Lt. Gov of California and who supports legal immigration reform).
Poll: Ariz. immigration law hurts Romney in key states
By EMILY SCHULTHEIS|
4/25/12 3:33 PM EDT
Public Policy Polling and Project New America are out with a new poll of Hispanic voters in Nevada, Florida and New Mexico, finding that Mitt Romney’s immigration stance isn’t doing him any favors in those states … full story here.
Rubio is not going to help Mitt Romney either because Rubio supported Arizona’s harsh SB1070 law the way Romney has.
Janelle with the Huffington Post writes:
Marco Rubio’s Evolving Immigration Story May Brand Him Latino Leader Or Misleader
Today, Cubans and their desendants, such as Rubio, comprise about 3.5 percent of the nation’s Latino population and 4.5 percent of eligible Hispanic voters, according to the most recent Census data. The same data indicate that Mexicans and Mexican-Americans make up about 63 percent of the Hispanic population and nearly 60 percent of the nation’s Latino electorate.
That’s the backdrop that will shape the next presidential election, said DeeDee Garcia Blase, a Mexican-American who lives in Arizona and founded Somos Republicans (We Are Republicans) before leaving the party last year and declaring herself an Independent.
Garcia Blase says she left the GOP after Rubio sponsored federal legislation that she regarded as a direct attack on the country’s mostly Central American undocumented immigrants. Rubio has also criticized President Ronald Regan’s 1986 amnesty program for undocumented immigrants, Garcia Blase said. “The bottom line is, the party knows that they cannot win without the Latin vote,” she said. “But Rubio already drove a wedge between the Cuban-American and Mexican-American communities. I don’t think Mexicans are going to buy Marco Rubio and his new story.”
Today, Ruben Navarrette writes:
Why Marco Rubio can’t save the GOPBy Ruben Navarrette Jr., CNN Contributor…..This story is important because it drives a wedge between Rubio and the voters he is supposed to be able to deliver to the Republican Party. When you’re a Cuban-American politician who is being put forth by your party to help get votes from Latino voters — the majority of whom are Mexican or Mexican-American — things can get complicated.When it comes to immigrating to the United States, Cubans get preferred status. Thanks to the Cuban Adjustment Act, which was enacted in 1966 — or four years after Rubio’s grandfather came to the United States — Cuban refugees who flee the Island and reach the U.S. shoreline have a clear path to legal residency and eventual citizenship.
Mexican immigrants aren’t so fortunate. So when Cuban-Americans do what Rubio has done since arriving in the Senate 16 months ago and take a hardline against illegal immigration, Mexicans and Mexican-Americans have been known to cringe. After all, that’s easy for them to say. FULL STORY.