Latino advocates say GOP still doesn't get it

01/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The Latino vote went overwhelmingly for Barack Obama in the 2008 election, a big difference than what happened between John Kerry and George W. Bush in 2004.

Tomorrow, a group of conservatives are expected to present a report in Washington that will show in detail that every single House Republican who lost last year was because they either supported amnesty, or the Democrat supported tough border security.

The event is called “Immigration and the Future of the Republican Party”, and will feature political commentators Bay Buchanan and James Pinkerton at the national press club in Washington.

Today, a group of Latino advocates hosted a conference call to pre-empt that event.

Simon Rosenberg is with the New Democrat Network. He says that in virtually every poll taken regarding the volatile issue of immigration, there’s broad consensus for comprehensive reform on the issue. And he says it’s a loser for the GOP to continue to go down the road of bashing illegal immigrants.

Clarissa Martinez is with the National Council of La Raza. She says the harsh rhetoric against Illegal immigrants over the past 3 years has had a corrosive effect on the Republican Party, and a galvanizing one for Latinos.

The presentation of “Immigration and the future of the Republican Party “ takes place tomorrow at the National Press Club in Washington.

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