According to Census Bureau data, among native-born Hispanics, 50 percent of all households with children are headed by unmarried mothers. About 40 percent of all households receive benefits from a major welfare program. This doesn't mean that the GOP shouldn't try to
appeal to persons in these households. It does mean that they aren't natural Republican voters.
Latinos tend to have liberal attitudes toward government. Take health care. An ImpreMedia/Latino Decisions poll of Latinos conducted on the eve of the election found that 61 percent of Latinos supported leaving Obamacare in place. Sixty-six percent believed government should ensure access to health insurance. This might have something to do with the fact that 32 percent of non-elderly Latinos lack health insurance, about twice the national average.
These are facts that never intrude upon Wall Street Journal editorials scolding Republicans for supposedly turning their backs on budding new recruits. In the Journal's telling, if it weren't for Republican intransigence on immigration, Latino voters would be eagerly joining the fight for lower marginal tax rates and the block-granting of Medicaid.
Republican donors with a disproportionate influence in the party would be perfectly happy to jettison the cause of immigration enforcement. They are fine with a flood of low-skilled immigrants competing with low-skilled American workers. And why shouldn't they be? These immigrants don't suppress their wages; they care for their children and clean their pools. Whenever it is pointed out that illegal immigration tends to harm low-skill workers already here, the comeback is the scurrilous canard that there are "some jobs that no Americans will do." But most hotel maids, construction workers, coal miners, and workers in meatpacking - all tough, thankless jobs - are U.S.-born. If it is hard to entice legal workers into such positions, hereWhole lotta sense being spoken here, yet I do wish Mr. Lowry had not paired "low skill" with "immigrants" as he did, given how promoting high-skill immigration is just as much pandering to a certain population subgroup (i.e., south and east Asians) as permissive low-skilled immigration is. But I particularly appreciate the connection Mr. Lowry draws between wage-depressing illegal immigration and the "jobs Americans
is a radical concept: Pay them more.
Amnesty has thus fair failed to appease Hispanic voters...but just like other elements of the welfare state, like, well, welfare, as well as say, public schools, the solution is always that previous amnesties or budgets or programs weren't enough, and more....always more...is the requested solution. Republicans are kidding themselves if they think that the fantasy of more amnesty--reinforcing this cycle--will somehow break the cycle.