Republican’s Election Autopsy States Method of Party Death Was Bad Attitude
Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2013 – It is not hard to figure out why the Republicans had a poor showing during the election. Their attitude towards immigration reform was a killer – literally.
“If you understand the party differences relating to immigration reform,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida “you will realize that the Republicans had a poor showing in the election due to their bad attitude about immigrants and reforming the system. What immigrant in their right mind would vote for a party that would rather they were deported than allow them to become legal citizens?”
The crux of immigration reform is, and has always been, party differences. It does not seem to be about the people who need the system to work for them, even though all politicians state that is the case, as if uttering the altruistic words would make it so. Most often, when immigration reform is debated, or put another way, wrangled over in a less than seemly fashion, it is politicians fighting over party philosophy, which does not apply to real people who just want to get on with their lives, become legal citizens and pay their fair share of what they owe the government.
Even though the autopsy results of the Republican’s dismal showing during the election is understood, it appears they still do not thoroughly comprehend the message. If they did, they would not still be hanging immigration reform up in its turtle walk forward to completion. Clearly, passing immigration reform would not change the voting pattern of one of the largest blocs in the U.S., the Hispanics. It may open a few doors, but it will not change their mind in large enough numbers to make any difference.
In short, Republicans need to go forward with an olive branch and make an effort to face and deal with reality. The fact that they are having big issues with moving immigration reform forward should come as no surprise to anyone. “It should also tell the rest of the nation that reform is still a long way off, if it ever gets to a point where everyone agrees,” Rifkin suggested.
If Republicans continue to insult and dismiss immigrants, continue to diddle about with implementing immigration reform and keep trying to disenfranchise upcoming voters, they will implode. Either they get on the same song sheet as the Democrats and start paying attention to what the voters really want, not what they want as a party, or they lose their status as an effective party. In the meantime, immigration reform waits patiently for its place in the sun.
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