A coalition of religious and business leaders - and even more impressively, law enforcement officials - are teaming up to place pressure on the GOP to see the silver lining in a more copper-toned America.
The Hill reports
that representatives from the bipartisan group National Immigration Forum is going partisan with an explicit appeal to Republicans to "change their ways" on the issue of immigration if they hope to be taken seriously in future national politics.
"I'm going to be stressing to them that they need to exercise responsible leadership and forge a coalition of the middle," said Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, who is among 250 participants from 26 states meeting with lawmakers in DC today. "That's called enlightened self-interest - we'll take their votes whether it's for the right reason or the wrong reason."
But will they get
those votes? History casts doubt. As National Review
editor Rich Lowry has pointed out
, Ronald Reagan's signing of a 1986 amnesty bill did nothing to boost the appeal of the Republican Party among Hispanic voters. Indeed, George H.W. Bush received an even smaller share of their votes in the 1988 presidential election than did Reagan in 1984.
Via The Hill and the La Crosse Tribune