Daily Border Bulletin – Drawbacks Seen With Having National Guardsmen on Border, Latinos Deeply Divided Over Marco Rubio, Romney’s immigration stance may soften to appeal to Latino voters

A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office highlights some of the drawbacks of having the National Guard on the Southwest Border. After a series of blistering polls revealed deep fissures between the Republican Part and Hispanics Mitt Romney is seeking to soften his stance on many issues important to Hispanics. As the Republican Party continues to try to soften their harsh rhetoric to the Hispanic community Florida Senator Marco Rubio continues to be mentioned as a Vice Presidential candidate. However Hispanics are raising questions about what he would actually bring to the ticket.

Drawbacks Seen With Having National Guardsmen on Border A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office highlights some of the drawbacks of having the National Guard on the Southwest Border. “The report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, also says that the presence of active duty guards on the border may lead to the perception that the border is militarized, which could hinder binational agreements between the U.S. and Mexico aimed at fighting organized crime on the border. Officials also cited benefits associated with the effort, including filling in personnel gaps until potential Border Patrol agents were trained and deployed, and providing necessary training for military personnel in an environment similar to those they would see in combat and helping to build relationships with other law enforcement agencies.”

Latinos Deeply Divided Over Marco Rubio: As the Republican party continues to try to soften their harsh rhetoric to the Hispanic community Florida Senator Marco Rubio continues to be mentioned as a Vice Presidential candidate. However Hispanics are raising questions about what he would actually bring to the ticket. “A debate is raging among Latinos about Rubio. One side says he is no true representative of Latinos because he opposes liberal immigration measures that the vast majority in the ethnic group support. The other side says Latinos are not a monolith, and that Rubio, and other minority candidates, should not be seen as traitors, or unrepresentative, when they hold conservative views. “We think it’s childish to single out Marco Rubio [for his views] because he’s Latino,” said  Bob Quasius, president of Café Con Leche Republicans, a group that says it favors moderate immigration policies. “Minority and women Republicans tend to be more harshly criticized.”

Romney’s immigration stance may soften to appeal to Latino voters: After a series of blistering polls revealed a deep fissures between the Republican Party and Hispanics Mitt Romney is seeking to soften his stance on many issues important to Hispanics.”Mitt Romney may adopt a softer tone on illegal immigration now that the long and divisive primary is over and he gears up for a head-to-head battle with Barack Obama. Obama leads Romney among Hispanic voters by 40 points,  according to the latest Pew Research Center poll, confirming the candidate’s weakness with the fastest-growing demographic in the country. Meanwhile, the Obama campaign made a push on Wednesday to reach out to Hispanic voters by launching Spanish-language ads in battleground states like Colorado.”

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