After several abysmal polls show the GOP in trouble with Hispanics, Marco Rubio has stepped up and is drafting his own version of the DREAM Act. Rubios DREAM legislation which would not give citizenship but a pathway to some sort of normalcy puts Romney in a tough spot as he has repeatedly threatened to veto DREAM Act types of legislation. The Washington Post’s Chris Cilliza highlights exactly the importance of the Hispanic Vote.
Rubio, in Appeal to G.O.P.’s Conscience, Urges Compromise on Dream Act After several abysmal polls show the GOP in trouble with Hispanics, Marco Rubio has stepped up and is drafting his own version of the DREAM Act. “Marco Rubio of Florida on Thursday pressed his party to embrace a compromise measure allowing young illegal immigrants a pathway to legal status. At a meeting with reporters in his Senate office, Mr. Rubio, a rising Republican star considered a leading vice-presidential prospect for Mitt Romney, sought to appeal to the conscience of his party as he laid out the broad parameters of a measure that would not go as far as the Democratic proposal to legalize young illegal immigrants, but would be significantly more permissive than anything most Republican politicians have been willing to accept.”
Rubio’s DREAM puts Mitt in a bind Rubios DREAM legislation which would not give citizenship but a pathway to some sort of normalcy puts Romney in a tough spot as he has repeatedly threatened to veto DREAM Act types of legislation. “Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has thrust himself into the raging illegal immigration debate, proposing a plan that would create a path to legal status for children of illegal immigrants — putting him at odds with an immoveable wing of the Republican Party on this issue. It’s a risky move for a potential vice presidential candidate, and it puts presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in a pickle as he may have to decide whether to back an immigration plan rolled out by one of the party’s rising Hispanic stars, or stick to the strident anti-illegal immigrant positions he staked out during the Republican primary.”
How much Hispanics matter in 2012 — in one chart The Washington Post’s Chris Cilliza highlights exactly the importance of the Hispanic Vote. “Republicans have a Hispanic problem. Unless they can find ways to begin convincing the nation’s fastest growing population — Hispanics accounted for half of all the growth of the U.S. population over the last decade — that the GOP is a potential political home for them, they won’t remain a credible national party in 2016, 2020 and beyond. Some within their party understand this. Take Florida Sen. Marco Rubio who is pushing a Republican “Dream Act” designed to show the Hispanic community that the entirety of the party is not lined up against them. And even former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who took a hardline stance against illegal immigration in the presidential primary, is starting to moderate his positions. Resurgent Republic, a conservative-aligned, polling conglomerate has produced a snappy infographic that details everything you need to know about the Hispanic vote including the fascinating chart below that allows you to experiment with how much of the 2012 electorate will be Hispanic, how much of it Republicans will win and what that means for the outcome of the contest.”