Can someone please explain to me why the Republican Party hasn’t used Latinos as an example of the come-from-nothing, sweat-of-your-brow, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps representation of their American Dream? Latinos (especially immigrants) work harder than anyone in this country. They have a strong work ethic, are extremely frugal, and take responsibility for their situation. On top of it all, they are devoutly religious and family-oriented. Is this not exactly what the GOP has been telling us all Americans should be?
And by putting Latinos front-and-center, they would be winning themselves a game-changing voting bloc. They may even be able to cut into the “all Republicans are racists” perception.
So why haven’t they done this? Aren’t all these benefits surely worth dropping the immigration reform fight? Surely someone way smarter than me in the Republican Party has to have figured this out by now.