According to a 2000 report from the then INS, the "one-time" Republican amnesty for illegal aliens in 1986 served to increase illegal immigration and illegal employment. And it clearly did not result in secure American borders.
The latest indication of intent from Republican leadership in Washington to join with Barack Obama in another amnesty for the 12 to 20 million illegal aliens currently taking jobs, benefits and services in the U.S. is being sold as a way to increase the Hispanic vote.
Apparently, panicked leaders in the GOP are attempting to prove "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Again.
"Hispanics" are not a monolithic voting bloc. But they do largely vote big-government Democrat. Rather than what's best for the republic, far too many voters support the candidate that promises the most entitlements (loot), Hispanics included. In any language, it is 20th-century Democrat President John F. Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" in reverse.
What is the message to the patriotic, rule-of-law, conservative Hispanic-Americans -- including those who are real, legal immigrants -- who do support Republicans if the GOP surrenders to the ongoing extortion from the illegal alien lobby?
Reliable evidence available on Hispanic public opinion from an election eve ImpreMedia/Media Decisions (slogan: "Everything Latino politics") poll makes it clear that generally, "Hispanics" are a fairly liberal voting group. Just 12 percent of Latinos polled supported a cuts-only approach to deficit reduction. Only 25 percent want to repeal Obamacare. Only 31 percent said they'd be more likely to vote for a Republican who supports the DREAM Act.
Your check is in the mail? With regard to the endless promise from the usual suspects of "don't worry, this time we are going to secure the border, no, really, before we initiate the legalization process," it should also be noted that nearly half of the illegals currently demanding amnesty-again did not come over American borders illegally. They came on legal, temporary visas and refused to leave. Do we continually amnesty visa-overstayers too? Why not simply announce a scheduled future comprehensive pull-out for all of our immigration law enforcement?
Memo to the GOP base: Hispanics do not reward Republicans with majority support on amnesty.
Pro-amnesty GOP leaders should pay attention to 2012 election-day talking points distributed by Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. at the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute. He unintentionally illustrates the absurdity and folly of the latest position on "comprehensive immigration reform" from some congressional leaders. Andrade points out that in his run for re-election in 1984, Ronald Reagan promised legalization. And got 37 percent of the Hispanic vote.
In 1988, just two years after the GOP actually delivered the "one-time" amnesty, Republican presidential candidate George H.W. Bush lost the Latino vote by 39 points. No less than the ever-pandering GOP Texan George W. Bush, who promised amnesty in his 2004 re-election campaign, got less than 40 percent of the Hispanic vote.
Republican John McCain got 31 percent of the Latino vote despite his desperate foreign-language radio campaign promise of amnesty "on day one" in 2008.
The record low was Bob Dole at 21 percent in 1996 against incumbent Bill Clinton, who had just implemented landmark, effective border enforcement with "Operation Gatekeeper," a massive project announced in 1994 "to restore integrity and safety to the nation's busiest border" that secured the American/Mexican border in San Diego, an action that outraged the illegal alien lobby then and still does today.
Pro-enforcement Democrat Clinton won in a landslide. With 72 percent of the Hispanic vote.
Documenting millions of undocumented Democrats is a ridiculous approach to electing a conservative president or saving the remnants of the Republican Party.
Pro-enforcement voters of every ethnicity should be calling their representation in Washington, D.C. and asking what is really going on.
And offering a short history lesson on amnesty's real payoff.
D.A. King is a nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration and president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society, which is active in advocating a pro-enforcement policy on immigration and employment.