Letters to the Editor for the weekly issue of December 19, 2011: The GOP can win the Hispanic vote – look at the stats – and not by dropping its strict immigration enforcement stance. My own tale of divorcing...my bank.
The Dec. 5 article "A tug of war for Latino vote" is correct in stating that the Republican Party has an opportunity to attract more Hispanic voters in the next election. But this opportunity is not dependent upon the GOP abandoning its pro-enforcement policies.
Contrary to some statements contained in the article, many Hispanic voters support efforts to enforce America's immigration laws. Last November, in Florida, New Mexico, and Nevada – all of which have growing Hispanic populations – Republican Latino candidates won statewide races while calling for robust border security and full enforcement of our immigration laws.
Exit polls from the last election showed that 38 percent of Hispanic voters cast ballots for House Republican candidates.
This is more than in 2006 and 2008, when President Bush was spearheading the effort to pass a bill that would legalize illegal immigrants. Voters also elected five pro-enforcement Hispanic Republicans to the House of Representatives.
It's clear the GOP has a bright future with Hispanic voters. To continue to attract Hispanic voters in increasing numbers, Republicans should not abandon their pro-enforcement position.