Does the GOP's Future Include Latino Voters?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Conventional wisdom says Republicans have to figure out a way to court Latino voters. After Eric Cantor's loss, some are wondering if the GOP and immigration reform, which Latino voters overwhelmingly support, can co-exist. Molly Ball, political reporter for the Atlantic, and Leslie Sanchez, Republican strategist, and author of Los Republicanos, Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), looks at the future of the GOP, and whether it could include large numbers of Latino voters.


Molly Ball and Leslie Sanchez

Comments [24]

Tyrone from da Bronx

Not just on this topic, but on many, when will we finally move beyond this simplistic and simply garbage level of discussion and actually have a long term view of things, one not limited by election cycles which have been getting shorter and shorter and which horse is going to win the race. Even when one party dominates, we still cant move beyond this thinking (and most of it is media inspired). We just love navel gazing and focusing on minutia while the house burns down around us. Both parties have issues that are divisive and they like them that way. Immigration, abortion, etc. The arguments never change, decade after decade and the rest of us fall into some line one way or another. When will we get one news outlet that tries to break from this? This channel unfortunately isn't it.

Jun. 17 2014 12:07 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

@Patrick from Belleville, NJ, excellent comment. The views are complex and varied. I can see you have an inside look. Unless you live close to it the views are more about stereotypes and clichés.

Jun. 17 2014 12:03 PM
Marianne from Madison, NJ

Ms. Sanchez noted that Linsey Graham had six opponents in the primary. It appears that Mr. Cantor had one opponent, Mr. Brat. There may have been others but he was the one significant opponent. One factor that wasn't discussed is that Mr. Lindsey's s six opponents surely split the opposition vote and that would have contributed to his win. The percentage of the vote for each would be a better indicator. I don't know the percentages but Mr.Cantor's may in fact have been greater than or close to Mr. Lindsey's percentage of the vote. Their positions on immigration issues are similar. Mr. Graham may not have deserved the pat on the back he gave himself.

Jun. 17 2014 11:57 AM
Patrick from Belleville, NJ

Brian, you need to do a follow up program on this issue. While I am not Latino, all of my extended family is (wife's family, brother's wife's family, sister's husband's family)and I can tell you, people from Latin America do not see this issue in the same way. There's an important distinction between how Mexicans and other Central Americans, South Americans, and Caribbeans feel about EVERYTHING in general and immigration in particular. Lindsey Graham doesn't understand this, and from the way the topic was covered, I'm not sure your guests understand this either.

I was so shocked at the simplicity of this conversation on what is almost always the most in depth, detailed, intelligent show in all of broadcasting that I had to brake a promise I made to myself when I first started listening to call-in radio... I actually called in!

Jun. 17 2014 11:56 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

For the Republican guest Latino family values includes low wages, lack of relevant education, and zero opportunity to move up the economic ladder. When in fact the American economy is continuing shrink.
The Republicans are delusional if they think that their idiotic absolute free market ideology is going to get them votes from Hispanic voters.

Jun. 17 2014 11:48 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

This is the only thing that will work:

1.) No more Birthright Citizenship.
2.) No non-emergency services for non-citizens (only ER, essentially).
3.) Registration and green cards for all those who have entered and are in the country illegally.
4.) Vetting of those registered for criminal history/gang affiliation, etc. and path to citizenship.
5.) Increased Southern Border Security Zone (constitution free zone) where illegal migrants found within the border control zone have no legal right to challenge deportation for ANY reason. Too easy to game the system.

Jun. 17 2014 11:47 AM
jgarbuz from Queens


They won't be cleaning them forever. Soon their kids will get the same jobs veteran Americans want to hold onto. There is a limit to how many immigrants you can take in and not totally and completely change the ethnic balance and the ethos of a country. Soon the US will become the Brazil of North America and will not only look it, but go down economically so that many Americans will seek to emigrate to Brazil instead.

Jun. 17 2014 11:42 AM

I'd like to see an hourly breakdown comparing budgets dedicated to border control/deportation and enforcement of businesses that continue to employ undocumented workers. The existence of the latter issue is the cause of the former.

Jun. 17 2014 11:40 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Maybe Republicans will stop being the party of 'old white men' and unreconstructed ex-confederates, when they stop being the party of 'old white men' and unreconstructed ex-confederates.

This discussion is all about massaging perceptions and nothing about improving fundamental beliefs.

Jun. 17 2014 11:40 AM
pliny from soho

the left seems to think these immigrants
are coming here to support their issues
but they are wrong just check your local hispanic workers
if you want to find "haters".

Jun. 17 2014 11:40 AM
JR from NYC

last caller: "people of this ilk..." guess it's okay they're cleaning your house, working the fields, babysitting your children, waiting on you at a restaurant, etc etc etc...

Jun. 17 2014 11:38 AM

Whenever anyone tries to imply that GOP positions represent objective "family values," I take this as an insult against my own heavily Democratic family.

As with women fighting for the priesthood in certain religions, I can't understand the desire to seek approval from those who actively disrespect you.

Jun. 17 2014 11:36 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Is it really that big a deal that Lindsey Graham beat 6 Tea Party challengers in the primary? Doesn't that just mean that the other candidates split the vote against him?

Jun. 17 2014 11:35 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

I'm not against immigration reform but what exactly is it? Amnesty? Path to citizenship? When does the tap get turned off, if ever? We don't have an illegal immigration problem we have a problem with Mexicans and Central Americans crossing over the southern border illegally.

Yes, others overstay their visas but they represent a minimal problem. This is a law and order issue not a political one and the fact that the Democrats have turned "economic migration" into a "human rights" issue shows how deeply the issue has been twisted into viable political capital. The Republicans can't keep their white southern base and angle for the "hispanic" wave as well.

Jun. 17 2014 11:33 AM
Nick from UWS

If another Bush becomes president, you will see people in this country blowing their brains out. The same with another Clinton, now that I mention it.

Jun. 17 2014 11:31 AM
Steph from Manhattan

I love these polls claiming majorities for immigration reform. What does that mean? The majority supports what? Closing the border, opening the border, amnesty, labor camps, anything can be considered reform, so these blanket claims from all sides of majority opinions backing them up are getting silly.

Jun. 17 2014 11:29 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Yo, Lindsay Graham is...idiotic. The things these people say with a straight face...It's a kind of festering decadence that will NOT move us forward.

Meanwhile, do the Republicans believe in immigration reform or not?

Jun. 17 2014 11:28 AM
DC from Sunset Park

Last week, All Things Considered featured a story about the growing humanitarian crisis at our borders, regarding the refugee children fleeing the rising violence in Central and South American countries. The head of border security went on record in front of Congress pleading them to do something more about this situation. But what did Congress do? They're still hemming, hawing, and blaming Obama for his lax immigration policy (ie the lack of immigration policy by Congress).

How the GOP wishes to get the Latino vote in spite of this and their vitriolic rhetoric is beyond me.

Jun. 17 2014 11:26 AM
Bin Goldman from Clifton, NJ

It's hard to accept Senator Graham's assertions about Eric Cantor's loss. You don't here Tea Party supporters, like those in Cantor's gerrymandered district saying "It's not whether or not you provide undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, it's how consistent your positions are."

Jun. 17 2014 11:26 AM

Did cantor lose because he was pro bank ??!?

Jun. 17 2014 11:24 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I think what has happened is that a large bloc of people in this country, mostly white but also including from other groups, want NO MORE CHANGE! They want NO MORE immigration. No more abortion. No more gay marriage. No more single mothers. No more "big government." And that group of Americans has drawn a line in the sand: NO MORE COMPROMISE. They don't care if they don't win political offices. They just want to throw a monkey wrench into this "progressive" movement. They would argue "Progressing towards WHAT exactly? So like the Sunni in Iraq, they are rising up, but not killing anyone but determined to stop the wheels of "progressive change." They feel themselves cornered with no more place to retreat to. That's my assessment of what is going on. NO MORE CHANGE is what they want. Regressivism not progressivism.

Jun. 17 2014 11:22 AM
john-juan from office

Republican must come home to economic values and arguments, not abortion and immigration issues. Hispanics are pro-business, pro-family and build the economy, they are natural Republicans, but the nuts in the party are in charge.

Look at any town in the Hudson valley or along the LIRR. If not for hispanics these towns would be dead zones.


Jun. 17 2014 11:22 AM
Steph from Manhattan

Interesting. How do we know how people vote? By exit polls? By opinion polls that can be spun 10 different ways depending on how questions are asked? I don't think voting blocks are so monolithic as people in the Media looking for horse races, like Brian, would have us believe.

Jun. 17 2014 11:19 AM
Emilio from Queens

Why must Latino voters be painted as supporting illegal immigration? I am first generation and I know this is not true for me, nor the majority of my family and friends. It makes me angry being constantly talked down to by various news outlets. We do have the brains to understand that when you add a lot of cheap labor you get lower wages in tons of industries, when I hear "experts" say otherwise it is like them asking you not to believe your own eyes or common sense. This has been a problem for many in my extended family. Many jobs that used to be able to sustain a family no longer do so since there are so, so many people who will work off the books and undercut you. Minimum wage doesn't help, people are already working illegally and most of the non union trade jobs used to pay more than that to begin with not that long ago. We have one party that hopes for a voting block and another that wants even cheaper labor, to hell with the rest of us.

Jun. 17 2014 10:41 AM

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