President Obama promised immigration activists that reforming America’s broken immigration policy would be one of his highest priorities during his second term, and it looks like he intends to follow through on that promise. Republican senators are now working on a compromise and some, like John McCain, believe that enacting comprehensive immigration reform will help them win the Hispanic vote in the next presidential election.
But as usual, the establishment GOP is being upended by legislators on the far right, who have no desire to see comprehensive immigration reform come to pass. One such Republican is Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), who doesn’t believe there is any chance for the GOP to win over the Latino vote:
“It’s amnesty that America can’t afford,” Barletta said Monday. “We have to stop people from coming in illegally. This will be a green light for anyone who wants to come to America illegally and then be granted citizenship one day.” […]
“I hope politics is not at the root of why we’re rushing to pass a bill. Anyone who believes that they’re going to win over the Latino vote is grossly mistaken,” Barletta said. “The majority that are here illegally are low-skilled or may not even have a high school diploma. The Republican Party is not going to compete over who can give more social programs out. They will become Democrats because of the social programs they’ll depend on.”
This isn’t the first time that Bartletta has espoused anti-immigrant positions, which makes him very much at home in the GOP.