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It's hard to get people to listen to you if they think you're going to
deport their grandmother.
"Immigration Is Changing the Political Landscape in Key States
By Philip E. Wolgin and Ann Garcia Posted on April 8, 2013, 1:42 pm
". . .Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) summed up the Republican predicament
best when he told the Washington Ideas Forum on November 15 that,
Its really hard to get people to listen to you on economic growth,
on tax rates, on health care, if they think you want to deport their
grandmother. . . .
As we move into the congressional debate on immigration reform, we
should remember that the political shifts that have opened a space for
reformgrounded in demographic changeswere not a phenomenon that
debuted in 2012. These changes began in the mid-1990s, when
anti-immigrant politics in California helped turn the state reliably
And as our nation moves toward a point where by 2043 we will have no
clear racial or ethnic majority,11 other states such as Arizona,
Texas, North Carolina, and even Georgia are also reaching demographic
tipping points. Whether or not these states turn blue in the future
has a lot to do with how politicians in both parties act and what they
talk about on the subject of immigration reform.
In this issue brief we review the past, present, and future of
immigration politics, as well as the changing demographics in key
states. . . ."
Even leaving California out of the picture, the states analyzed in
this issue brief comprise 137 electoral votes. In 2012 Democrats won
332 electoral votes to the Republicans 206, but if Arizona, Texas,
North Carolina, and Georgia were to shift Democratic, that would bring
the grand total of electoral votes to 412an insurmountable margin.
Whether these states flip from red to blue is an open question. But
two things are abundantly clear: In each of these states, voters of
color, particularly Latino voters, are becoming an ever-larger share
of the total voting population. . . .
"There is, of course, a legitimate
argument for some limitation upon
immigration. We no longer need
settlers for virgin lands, and our
economy is expanding more slowly
than in the nineteenth and early
-- JFK, A Nation of Immigrants, 1964