Republican voters forced lawmakers to pass a tough border bill in the House that would prevent President Barack Obama from enacting more temporary amnesty. Republican candidates never mention or advertise their support for amnesty legislation during primary campaigns. Sen. Lamar Alexander, for instance, spent a year convincing Tennessee voters that he was "against amnesty." Only after he won his nomination with the lowest percentage ever for a Tennessee incumbent did Alexander embrace amnesty again.
Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), top donors and former Bush administration officials have been pushing for comprehensive amnesty legislation, arguing, without proof, that it would help the party make inroads with Hispanics. But a recent Univision poll of Latinos found that amnesty legislation was nowhere near the top priority among Hispanics.
As Breitbart News reported, "when registered Latino voters were asked to name their most important issues, the results, in order, were: education (21%), jobs (16%), government spending and the deficit (15%), social security (13%), "how what they do will affect my wallet" (10%), health care (9%), immigration (8%), and crime and personal safety (5%)."
Latinos' top complaint with Republicans was not that the party was against massive amnesty. It was that Republicans "care mostly about corporations and big business" (17%). Other concerns, in order, were that Republicans: care only for themselves (17%), favor the rich (14%), are against immigration reform (10%), don’t stand up strongly for their beliefs (7%), "don’t understand people like me" (6%), and favoring white people not minorities (5%).
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