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High levels of immigration bad news for GOP; party's leadership has to go

House Speaker John Boehner (left) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor et al. must be removed from their leadership roles if the GOP is to survive as a major political party.
House Speaker John Boehner (left) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor et al. must be removed from their leadership roles if the GOP is to survive as a major political party.
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For years the Republican Party has supported increased levels of immigration in order to suck up to their corporate paramours who continually whine about "labor shortages"; now the chickens have come home to roost.

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reports that the GOP's decline will only be hastened by continued high levels of immigration:


WASHINGTON, DC (April 15, 2014) — The nation's prolonged flow of legal immigration has changed – and continues to change – the political landscape. A new Center for Immigration Studies report, "Immigration's Impact on Republican Political Prospects, 1980 to 2012", finds that each one percentage-point increase in the immigrant share of a large county's population reduces the Republican share of the two-party presidential vote by an average of nearly 0.6 percentage points.

This shift is relatively uniform throughout the country, from California to Texas to Florida, regardless of the local party's stance on immigration. It is due to immigrant communities' lopsided support for big-government policies, which are more closely aligned with progressives than with conservatives. As a result, survey data show a two-to-one party identification with Democrats over Republicans. Increased immigration also significantly expands the low-income population, making voters overall more supportive of redistributive policies championed by Democrats to support disadvantaged populations.

"As the immigrant population has grown, Republican electoral prospects have dimmed, even after controlling for alternative explanations of GOP performance," wrote James Gimpel, author of the report and a professor of government at the University of Maryland at College Park. "Republicans are right to want to attract Latino voters," he continued. "But expanding the flow of low-skilled immigrants into an economy ill-suited to promote their upward mobility will be counterproductive."

Over one million legal immigrants enter the United States each year. If this number were drastically increased, as called for by the Gang of Eight bill (S.744), the decline of the Republican Party would be accelerated. "The impact of immigration is easily sufficient, by itself, to decide upcoming presidential elections," Gimpel wrote.

You can read the full report here.


The Republican Party is a dinosaur, but not for the reasons the illegal alien-friendly media offer up nearly every day. The party's laughable leadership has only to heed Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-Ala.) advice to cut its ties to Wall Street and begin promoting itself as the "party of work." If it doesn't, then rest assured that it will take far less than a huge asteroid to make it extinct.

Another interesting item from CIS: Many members of Congress don't know how many legal immigrants enter this country every year.

Yet many of these same "law makers" have signed on to an amnesty bill that also doubles that number.

As "Laugh In's" Artie Johnson used to say, "Verrrrrry interesting, but stupid."

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