Punitive Action a Major Feature of 2013 Proposed Immigration Reform Legislation

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Posted Feb. 6, 2013

Interview with Maegan Ortiz, publisher of VivirLatino.com, conducted by Scott Harris

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The nation’s Latino voters played a decisive role in determining winners and losers in the 2012 presidential election. Hispanic citizens voted in large numbers, with 71 percent supporting Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama, while only 27 percent cast ballots for Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The 44 percent gap was larger than Obama’s 36 percent margin of victory over GOP candidate John McCain in 2008.

Today, Latinos are the fastest growing population in the U.S. while white voters, the most important constituency for the GOP, is trending toward minority status. These profound changes in the nation’s demographics clearly indicate that the future of the Republican Party looks bleak unless they repair their long running negative relationship with the Latino community.

This explains why some sectors of the Republican Party are now suddenly embracing immigration reform proposals made by President Obama that they quite recently strongly opposed. A bipartisan group of eight senators came together on Jan. 28 to announce their blueprint for immigration reform legislation that includes a chance for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. to earn citizenship. But the framework also calls for new tougher border security measures, including the use of aerial drones and requires undocumented U.S. residents to undergo criminal background checks, pay fines and back taxes. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Maegan Ortiz, publisher of VivirLatino.com. Here, she takes a critical look at some of the immigration reform proposals being made with concern about the punitive nature of the measures and the political motives in play.

Luis Maegan Ortiz publisher of VivirLatino.com. For more perspectives and analysis from VivirLatino.com on the immigration reform debate, visit VivirLatino.com.

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