In 2013, after Mitt Romney lost the Presidential Election, Reince Priebus and the RNC released their autopsy report – The GOP Growth and Opportunity Project. It said:
“If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States (i.e. self-deportation), they will not pay attention to our next sentence.
“We are not a policy committee, but among the steps Republicans take in the Hispanic community and beyond, we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our Party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only.”
Then later in the cycle, Priebus touted the RNC’s hiring of operatives to do outreach in the Hispanic community and said “It doesn’t matter what the message is,” on immigration reform.
And now, Priebus has gone even further, saying he wasn’t even ready to have a conversation on comprehensive immigration reform and assured a group of far-right, Tea Party activists that if Republicans win control of the Senate they will do everything they can to obstruct Democratic efforts to provide immigrants relief, calling such action “un-American.” Here’s what he had to say.
“It’s unconstitutional, illegal, and we don’t support it…We will do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen: Defunding, going to court, injunction. You name it.”
Republicans refuse to do anything on immigration and they’ve made it clear that if elected they’ll do everything they can to stop the President from taking action.
“Un-American.” “We will do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen.”
Chairman Priebus – the message does matter.
There should be no doubt that Republicans are not on the side of the Latino community and their intentions on immigration reform going forward are clear. They keep disregarding the needs of our country and the needs of the Latino and immigrant community.
Meanwhile Democrats have been fighting tirelessly to try to force Republicans to bring up immigration reform in the House, and President Obama said that if Republicans don’t act before the end of the year that he will take executive action in order to give relief to some undocumented people in the United States.
Latinos will come out, vote and make their voices heard. There is too much at stake and too many Republicans who think they can get away with giving lip service to the community.