The Left Knows Bush Betrayal Is GOP Suicide. Why doesn`t—Aw, Fuhgeddaboutit

You can talk about the supposed benefits of President

ill-advised plan
for amnesty for millions of illegal
aliens all you want but the fact is that the political
motivations of the president and his advisers in designing
it and unleashing it at this particular time are

The main designer was political adviser

Karl Rove
, whose strategy

for years
has been to win more Hispanic votes for


his party.

That strategy was obvious enough in the White House
ceremony where Mr. Bush announced his plan. Every single
one of the advocacy groups and their leaders that were
invited to the speech was Hispanic. Not one was
non-Hispanic. Since the plan in theory applies to
non-Hispanic as well as Hispanic immigrants and affects

plain old Americans

aren`t immigrants at all
, wouldn`t you think some

might have been asked to hear what the
president had in mind for them?

Not if the point is to persuade key Hispanic leaders
that you`re really their

and deserve their votes.

President Bush

: “I appreciate the members of citizen [sic]
groups who have joined us today. Chairman of the

Hispanic Alliance for Progress,
Manny Lujan. Gil
Moreno, the President and CEO of the

Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans
Roberto De Posada, the President of the

Latino Coalition
. And Hector Flores, the President


The amnesty plan has deeply

offended and alienated


and may not go anywhere anyway, but one
thing it will not do is win Hispanics for Mr. Bush.

In the last election, he won only 35 percent of

the Hispanic vote
. Now, as a recent article in
The Nation
argues, the Democrats are thinking hard
about how to win even more than Al Gore`s 65 percent—and
in key states Republicans need to win at all.

The Nation (Jan. 5) carries an article [Blue
States, Latino Voters
] by two Democratic
strategists, Joe Velasquez and Steve Cobble, who show
how "Latino voters" can be mobilized to cut into
Republican support in the South and Southwest. Those
regions have been the bastion of the Republicans`
Sunbelt electoral base since the

. That was when they were American. Now, thanks
to the mass immigration Republicans have


and now

, they`re becoming simply


Mr. Velasquez and Mr. Cobble point out that the
Latino vote is concentrated in four states—New Mexico,
Nevada, Arizona and Colorado—plus Florida. In every one
of these states, thanks to immigration, the Latino vote
is increasing, and the first four control 29 electoral
votes, equal to Florida`s. If you take them from the
GOP, it loses.

was a blue [Democratic] state surrounded by
red [Republican] in 2000,"
they write. Now, it
"has aggressive

Latino Democratic Governor
Bill Richardson, who is
mobilizing hard to increase the power of the Latino vote

Arizona "is already one-quarter Latino, and
according to the census, of the more than 325,000 people
added to the state between April 2000 and July 2002 (the
latest estimate), more than half (181,000) were

"essentially doubled its Latino share of
the population in only ten years,"

also has "a growing Latino vote."

Florida has

Cuban-Americans, but "the more
progressive non-Cuban-American Latino vote grows by

leaps and bounds
and "voted heavily for Al
Gore in 2000."

Ah, yes, reply the

political Napoleons
of the GOP, but you see, all
these Latino voters will swoon in gratitude to Mr. Bush
for his amnesty, if only we keep jabbering long and loud
enough about being

"a nation of immigrants"
and a

"welcoming society"
and all that kind of stuff.

Unfortunately for the Napoleons, there is no shred of
evidence to support that claim. The Republicans have
been doing just that for years now, ever since at least

and most noticeably in 2000, when Mr. Bush
fetched up such a

pathetic catch
of Hispanic votes.

As Mr. Velasquez and Mr. Cobble point out, Al Gore
lost the four Western states in 2000 very, very
narrowly—but not so long ago these states were
fortresses of Republican strength.

Mr. Velasquez and Mr. Cobble also know that all the
GOP jabber about the glories of mass immigration won`t
serve breakfast. What they propose for the Democrats, by
contrast, is a left-wing agenda calculated to appeal to
working class non-whites.

"Latino voters in these four states could be
united and inspired by an economic agenda that includes
decent wages, retirement security, reining in corporate
corruption, rebuilding public schools, labor rights and

My money is on the Democrats.

What the Republicans have done with all their

clichés and their refusal to control
and reduce the flood of immigrants over the last 30
years is brew the poison for their own

political suicide.

Not only have they permitted the importation of a new
underclass that will support the Democrats but also by
so doing they`ve helped push national politics well to
the left with the agenda the Democrats need to win the
new voting bloc.

Now, the amnesty plan Mr. Bush released this month is
likely to be

his party`s tombstone.



[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
, is now available

Americans For Immigration Control.

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