GOP Is Chasing Away Latino Voters

Immigration policy hurting party, says American Prospect
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 16, 2007 5:56 AM CDT
GOP Is Chasing Away Latino Voters
Supporters of immigration rights gather at a demonstration outside of the Waukegan City Council meeting in Waukegan, Ill. on Monday, July 16, 2007. A proposal that could lead to local police enforcing federal immigration laws has galvanized activists on both sides of the issue in this city north of...   (Associated Press)

With 69% of Latino voters going Democratic in 2006, anti-immigration sentiment among GOP presidential hopefuls may only serve to turn off the remaining 30. Meanwhile, the Latino population is growing, especially in swing states. "Even Texas could become a swing state a couple of elections from now," the American Prospect's Paul Waldman writes.

Republican candidates, though, seem more interested in talking about building walls and making English the official language than courting the Hispanic population, a strategy that could leave a lasting scar on the party's image. Once the GOP settles on a nominee, Waldman writes, don't be surprised to see him avoid immigration in an attempt to make up ground. (Read more Latino voters stories.)

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