Immigration Reform or Expulsion Faces Republicans Looking for a Comeback
Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2013 – Voters do not mess around when they want to send politicians a message. Latinos overwhelmingly voted for Obama.
“There is going to be a whole lot shuffling and scuffling going on when the House gets back into session,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “And that is due to the fact that if Republicans do not want to face eventual expulsion, they will need to do something, fast – like pass significant immigration reform law. The writing is on the wall for them.”
Hot on the heels of a decisive election win for the Democrats, the Republicans understand that if they expect to survive and thrive as a viable alternative in other elections, that they must buckle down and get to work on immigration reform. When over 70 percent of the Latin contingent voted Democrat and close to 70 percent of the Asian-Americans also voted for Obama, the message is pretty clear. “The Republicans would have to be stone deaf to miss it,” added Rifkin.
It has been over 12-years since the Republicans were rounded up by a band of party anti-immigration bullies who stood only for the complete deportation of Hispanics that were here legally. “You might remember Romney’s blunder when he used the term ‘self-deportation’ in a speech. His clear meaning was that the U.S. should make their lives so horrendously miserable, that they would voluntarily leave for home,” Rifkin explained.
Certainly that resonated with some voters. However, immigration reform resonated with more voters, leading to a second-term for Obama. This means it is navel-gazing time for the Republicans. Their party could take a huge hit if they continue to pillory immigrants. “And now, there are strains of compromise coming from the House; the kind of compromise that may see an immigration reform bill passed within 18 months, give or take,” speculated Rifkin.
The bottom line is that if the Republicans want to remain a viable party, they must move away from their current stance on immigrants and work with the Democrats towards a viable solution for immigration reform. In short, they must cease to be a part of the problem and become part of the solution.
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