Immigration Reform - Republicans Learn to Count
Senator McCain was asked what's different about immigration reform now? Why this time?
McCain could have said, "We embrace our nation's immigrant history and it's time all Americans welcome those who have made great sacrifices to live and work in our country."
Instead, McCain said the newly enlightened bipartisan spirit on immigration reform is directly related to "votes". Hispanic voters have finally taught Republican arithmetic! Indeed, the candidates with the most votes win elections and Hispanics are providing a growing number of ballots in this sum of all the voters who vote.
But, will the Republican political sea turn on immigration reform work in attracting Hispanic voters to their party? I doubt it. After all, it's simply rude to invite Hispanics to the voting population and court them as numbers while, at the same time, continue treating them as second class citizens. It's like inviting guests to dinner just to fill empty seats at the table.
Americans should be embarrassed by the way we've treated immigrants, especially because every one of us are descendants of people who took great risks to populate and defend this country. Immigrants who are seeking a better way of life should not live in fear of deportation when they're law abiding citizens who are working hard employees at labor jobs.
For the time being, Hispanic voters finally taught Republicans how to accept the outcome of the 2012 election. Without Hispanic votes, future candidates will have a very difficult time winning national elections. Thank you to Hispanic voters for finally teaching Republicans how to count votes.