We've all been told by political pundits and the mainstream media that Mitt Romney lost because of the Republican Party's "harsh immigration rhetoric."
The fact is that immigration played virtually no role in Romney having the door to the Oval Office slammed in his face. The more than 70 percent of Hispanic-American votes that went to President Obama did so because the Democrats are the party of big government that provides a widely cast "safety net."
But the GOP doesn't have to jump on the "cradle to grave" bandwagon driven by Democrats if they want more Hispanics in their ranks. What it can do, according to Roy Beck, founder and president of NumbersUSA, is reject our present immigration policy that negatively affects the most vulnerable members of our society.
Says Beck in a Dec. 27 Fox News op-ed, ". . . Republicans have a giant opening with working-class Americans of all ethnicities if they become known as the party that takes immigration positions that enlarge the middle class through the higher wages and employment rates that almost always are enabled by tighter labor markets."
Hispanic-Americans, whose unemployment rate stands at 19 percent, have to be wondering along with the other 23 million Americans who can't find full-time work why their own government is allowing 7 million illegal aliens to keep their non-farming payroll jobs and each year issuing 1 million work permits to legal immigrants.