GOP Fears Latino Revolt
The Republican Party is hoping to improve its standing among US Latinos before this year’s November elections. Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), along with Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) are drafting their own version of the DREAM Act, for which they hope to get bipartisan support. The GOP DREAM Act would eliminate attending college as an option towards documentation and may stop short of full naturalization. Sen. Rubio emphasizes the fact that undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. at a young age should not be punished for something that they had no control over. He says, “These kids haven’t done anything wrong, they were brought here at a very young age and now find themselves in these circumstances and have a lot to offer this country in its future.”
Many in the party fear that Mitt Romney’s attacks on both Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich as being soft on immigration will alienate Latino voters from the GOP. Hispanics will prove to be an important demographic in the 2012 elections, with nearly 22 million Hispanic Americans eligible to vote, especially in swing states like Florida, New Mexico and Nevada. In 2008, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) received 30% of the Latino vote, while in 2004 President George W. Bush got 40-44% of the Latino vote. According to recent polling, Romney would fair poorly among Latinos against President Obama, receiving only about 23% of Latino support. In order to win in the fall, it is estimated that Mitt Romney would need to capture about 38% of the Latino vote.
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