On Sunday, speaking on ABC "This Week," to George Stephanopoulous, Texas actress Eva Longoria stated she thought Republicans will help pass immigration reform because they will realize it's politically and economically imperative, "if they don’t do it because it’s morally imperative."
Longoria echoed what Michelle Malkin called a "dog-tired phrase," way back in 2004 when former President George Bush said immigration reform was needed because illegals did jobs Americans would not do. Longoria said, “We have to understand that we are dependent upon a labor in this country, specifically agriculture, to provide low-cost products, and they’re jobs that nobody else is doing.”
Malkin quoted Mark Krikorian, who said, "Granting amnesty to 13 million law-breakers will only result in more illegal immigration, not less." Current estimates for the illegal population in the United States range from 11 to 20 million.
Yesterday, a "Washington Examiner" opinion piece cast doubts about whether what they tagged the "Obama/Rubio plan" would free the GOP from the role of the "bad guys" and win any future Latino votes. Writer Conn Carroll opined: "Permanent non-citizen resident status is one proposal conservatives should consider to get around that problem."
Even though Longoria is becoming a leading political voice, especially for Latinos, she pooh-poohed any intent to run for a political office in her home state, Texas. Instead, she said, "I’m just doing what I can to help the communities in which I came from."
Longoria, the "Desperate Housewives" star will serve as co-host, along with Chita Rivera at a Latino presidential inauguration celebration, to be held at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., which will focus on celebrating the culture and arts of Hispanics. "What better way to establish our presence at these inaugural celebrations than by showcasing the beauty and diversity of our culture at the nation's premier performing arts center," smiled Longoria.