Es la economía, estúpido

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During last year’s heightened push for comprehensive immigration reform, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) described the Republicans’ failure to act as a “demographic death spiral,” noting “if we don’t pass immigration reform, if we don’t get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn’t matter who you run in 2016.” [1]

This 2013 sound bite became the universal talking point for nearly every amnesty proponent across the political spectrum in 2014.

If we don’t enact some kind of comprehensive immigration reform, I do not see a way for us to really win a general election.” – Senator John McCain [2]

If Republicans continue to kowtow to the hard right on immigration reform, they’ll consign themselves to being the minority party for a decade.” – Senator Chuck Schumer [3]

Even the Chamber of Commerce and Univision echoed the dire warning to the GOP.

If the Republicans don’t do it, they shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016.” – U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue [4]

“They’re going to lose the 2016 election if they don’t move on immigration reform, and they’re going to lose again in 2020.” – Univision News Anchor Jorge Ramos [5]

Pass reform now, or prepare to be sputtered into a sphere of irrelevancy when it comes to the Latino community – that’s what they want you to believe. However, there is a flaw in their strong-arm tactic that’s turning all of these “ifs” into iffy ultimatums. According to the new Univision survey, the issue of immigration ranks very low in importance to Hispanics.

Surveying “500 Latino registered voters in the largest Hispanic state, California,” the Spanish-language television network asked what is the most importance issue when voting for a congressional or senatorial candidate.

“Twenty-one percent of Latinos place education as their top concern, followed by jobs (16%), government spending and the deficit (15%), Social Security (13%), “how will what I do affect my wallet” (10%), health care (9%) and then immigration, clocking in at just 8%…

Far from being reviled for the rule-of-law position on immigration, Republicans lose Hispanic votes based on hoary stereotypes. Asked about their “major concern or complaint” about the GOP, the largest share (17%) in the poll cited a perceived GOP coziness with giant corporations. Only 10% said it was over immigration.

Sure, the vaguely worded term “immigration reform” drew the support of 86%. But Hispanics’ idea of reform resembles that of other citizens’: 53% want border security first before there’s a path to citizenship for illegals.” [6]

Ranking nearly last on the list, the importance of immigration paled in comparison to the economic and educational issues, which collectively equal 75% of Hispanics’ concerns. These poll findings completely deflate the Left and Right’s manipulative narrative that the key to winning Hispanic voters is immigration. Like most Americans, it all comes down to the pocketbook.

“Latinos are focused on pocketbook issues. They want to know how a proposition or legislation is going to affect them financially, “ said Hector Barajas, a partner at the Revolvis political consulting firm, and a leading expert on Latino issues.” [7]

This proves conservative values like economic freedom and a debt-free future – values the tea party strongly supports – can be used to reach anyone trying to pursue the American dream. They can also be used to illustrate just how far those in Washington have strayed when it comes to creating an environment for families and businesses to thrive.

This could be why the establishment party on both sides of the aisle is working so hard to deflect from the real issues that matter to Latinos, peddling a false argument. Deep down they know, “it’s the economy, stupid.”