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Immigration Advocates Tell CPAC to Back Reform as Latino Voters are Waiting

“You have to wonder when a self-described conservative organization stacks an immigration panel with amnesty advocates,” says one congressman.

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Rodrigo Sermeño

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March 7, 2014 - 6:37 pm
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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Pro-immigration reform advocates said Thursday that Latinos could become a future source for Republican votes and urged fellow conservatives to push forward on the issue.

While Donald Trump spoke at CPAC’s main stage, denouncing Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for wanting “to let everyone in” and warning those in attendance that immigrants will take their jobs, a panel of immigration reform advocates argued that there’s a conservative case for moving forward on the issue in one of the adjacent rooms.

Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, said immigration reform would actually create “good paying jobs for working-class Americans.”

“Immigrants come here to do jobs that Americans don’t want or jobs where we can’t find Americans of working age to do them,” he said.

Helen Krieble, president of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, said a large guest worker program could be a first step to reform the nation’s immigration system.

“The right guest worker program should be market based, not government quota based. It should be implemented by the private sector, not government bureaucrats, and it should be paid by user fees, not tax dollars,” Krieble said.

She spoke about her organization’s “Red Card” guest worker plan, which would provide unlimited guest work visas to foreigners to use on a short-term basis.

Krieble said the immigration reform debate has been polarized into two approaches: “citizenship for all people living illegally in the United States, or taking no action at all.”

“Both approaches are wrong. Citizenship is the wrong approach because it devalues the very concept of citizenship. Being American is understanding and pledging allegiance to our core principles. You can’t be an American if you don’t know what that means,” she said. “Taking no action at all forces us into the trap of Obama’s rhetoric about do-nothing Republicans with no ideas who only obstruct progress.”

Derrick Morgan, vice president of domestic policy at the Heritage Foundation, said granting a path to legal status to undocumented immigrants would reward “illegal behavior.”

“Granting legal status, or amnesty if you prefer, is bad policy that is unfair, costly, and it won’t work,” Morgan said.

Morgan said passing amnesty tells immigrants who came to the country legally “it doesn’t even matter” that they followed the rules.

Aguilar disagreed with Morgan, saying that the party’s base “want us to lead and legislate.”

“Conservatives need to address immigration and they need to do it now,” he said. “If Republicans don’t deal constructively with the issue of immigration before the 2016 election, whoever the Republican candidate is [will] have a very difficult time, even an impossible time, getting enough Latino votes to win the White House.”

Aguilar said Hispanics share many of the same values as conservatives, including a distrust of a strong central government.

“Latino voters are the Reagan Democrats of this day,” Aguilar said.

Rev. Luis Cortes, president of Esperanza, a Hispanic evangelical group, warned that the Hispanic community is becoming alienated by Republican rhetoric much like African Americans who “left the party of Lincoln due partly to rhetoric on civil rights.”

Cortes also took issue with Morgan’s use of the word “amnesty.”

“If you look it up in the dictionary it means forgiveness at no cost,” Cortes said.

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It would be nice to have American leaders who were first and foremost concerned with the interests of current American citizens rather than potential American citizens who would keep voting them into office. Lord knows their political careers and the special interests they represent are far more important than the filthy little people they supposedly represent.

To hell with them.
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“Latino voters are the Reagan Democrats of this day,” Aguilar said.

Translation: "These are not the droids you're looking for."

I was born in the morning, but it wasn't yesterday morning.
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Not THIS again!

Sure...we can talk Immigration Reform.

AFTER the border fence is completed, AFTER illegal aliens are all deported, AFTER cities and states with "Sanctuary" laws lose every dime of their Federal funding, and AFTER we have 5% unemployment,(as it was measured during the Bush years, when a 5% REAL unemployment rate was characterized by the DemocRats as a "Jobless Recovery").

Until then...don't call us, we'll call you.

And if GOP wants to commit suicide and hand Teleprompter-in-Chief a Senate AND a House with DemocRat majorities,(and set up Hillary for 2016), go right ahead and try and foist anything remotely like "Amnesty".
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This got tweeted by Ann Coulter.
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Big Business will go to any lengths to troll for cheap labor. Not even CPAC is immune from their pressure. Remember that the next time you get pink slipped. But, don't take it personally; it's only business.
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In a way, it would be good to have the illegal immigrants "come out of the shadows." Let them come up and declare themselves and be entered on a database. Good. And when we have a change in administration we'll know who they are and where they are so we can round them up and throw them out.

Spread that word. If its done enough any sort of legalization of illegal immigrants will fail unless they are given citizenship which currently isn't politically feasible. Defuse the power of the Democratic party's rhetoric and schemes.

Hey illegal immigrant, just sign up for what you think is amnesty, its really just painting a target on you. Start spreading the word we're just suckering them up for deportation.

Watch the Democratic party scream in rage.

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Your taxes will be assigned to support illegal aliens when Amnesty is the law. If you don’t believe that surprise is buried in Obamacare, see
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx
This is your money being given away. Please get out and VOTE in the Primary elections and in the 2014 November mid-term election.
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If Americans weren't hiring them, border jumpers wouldn't be coming. Let's acknowledge that we're just as happy to break the law as the illegals.
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What will it take to disabuse you of this nonsense. Widespread vigilante attacks on Mexican Invaders?
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Disabuse yourself of the nonsense that innocent Americans are forced to hire these people.
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Unfortunately, he does have something of a point. If you hire a cleaning lady, to help your wife out twice a month, do you require an I-9?
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NO, a million times NO. Not until our borders are secured and the illegal aliens are deported back to their respective countries. And not until the DOJ agrees to follow the INS Laws to the letter and to return to the Border Patrol the control of policing the border and enforcing the laws. This lawless administration has turned the borders into a lawless no-man's land devoid of law enforcement.
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Blah, blah, blah.
The solution to existing law not being enforced is to pass less restrictive laws. Right.
Those masters of strategy in the Republican party have figured out that this is the way to win elections. Right.
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Isn't this what everyone is telling us to do about drug laws?
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And whether the new laws are stricter or laxer, since no one is bothering to enforce the current law, why should we have any expectation that any new laws will do better?
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The Rinos and Latinos are only parroting what the Democraps tell the voters.
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Ho Hum, open the floodgates and drive the latinos to the polling places, all of them, multiple times. Oh yeah, they're conservative, maybe in religion but politics and the welfare state??
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I honestly can't tell if these comments are nativist and anti-Catholic, or simply concerned about secure borders. But I do know that Democrats are hot for La Raza's project. See http://clarespark.com/2012/02/09/glee-goes-la-raza/. And GLEE is a liberal show, with its multiculturalism and inclusiveness.
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What you are witnessing is the end of the Classically Liberal Christian order, the Death Throws of the GOP, and the rise of White European (and Male) Identity Politics, so that those groups may get some representation to protect their rights and advance their interests in the New Leftist Corporatist Zeitgeist.
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Good luck with that.
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Your taxes will be assigned to support illegal aliens when Amnesty is the law. If you don’t believe that surprise is buried in Obamacare, see
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx
This is your money being given away. Please get out and VOTE in the Primary elections and in the 2014 November mid-term election.
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