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La Opinion: A divided party
Republicans in Congress are at a crossroads due to the pressure from activists, the Senate, and President Obama to pass immigration reform. So far, House Republicans have been stalling on adoption an immigration reform that addresses the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
In recent days, various advocates have been pushing House Republicans to realize that immigration reform is necessary. That was what motivated more than 600 officials and conservative political activists to travel to Washington, DC last week to lobby members of Congress opposed to immigration reform. The “fly-in” made headlines across the nation, as conservatives lobbied conservatives for immigration reform.
Representatives elected to the House often live in very homogeneous districts that are only changed every 10 years by state legislatures, and which favor incumbents. It is difficult to press representatives who are sure they will not be defeated in the next election.
But right now, the Republican Party is suffering the worst voter approval rating in decades. Immigration reform would be an ideal way to show voters that they can overcome the problems of the party, but they continue to refuse to take action on reform. Opposing immigration reform will only continue to harm the GOP.
In this week’s column Maribel Hastings talks about how crucial the remainder of the year is for immigration reform. The Republican party could suffer greatly for not passing immigration reform, especially those in districts with high Latino populations. Maribel reminds us that among the give and take of who benefits or suffers politically for lack of reform, the immigrant community pays the highest price.
You can find Maribel’s piece published in some of the most widely circulated Spanish-language newspapers and online publications around the country, such as, El Nuevo Herald (FL), Radio Bilingue, Univision, Huffpost Voces, LatinoCalifornia.com, La Opinión, El Diario-La Prensa (NY), La Raza (IL), El Mensajero (CA), La Prensa (FL), Rumbo (TX), Contacto Magazine, Hoy Dallas.