Apparently the immigration extremists are leading the party to ruin and causing a surge in anti-Americanism throughout Hispanic America.
Until the last election cycle, Republicans had a reasonable chance of becoming the permanent majority party in this country. But in the lead up to the November 2006 elections, the GOP was hijacked by extremists on the immigration issue.
Led by candidates like Arizona's J.D. Hayworth, the party essentially adopted the position of the Minutemen and similar radical groups, which promulgated a wildly exaggerated portrayal of a tidal wave of brown people overwhelming our southern border, running loose to rape, steal and murder on the streets of our cities. It is no accident that various hate groups have declared common cause with the Minutemen. Similarly, it is no accident that these various activist anti-immigration groups scarcely mention our long, undefended border with Canada.
I didn't realize that I was a radical extremist. Nor did I realize that the Minutemen were "radical." I thought it was the DC politicians who were "out of touch" with mainstream America.
By adopting a position at odds with the President and Republican Senate moderates like Arlen Spector, the GOP insulted Hispanic Americans, fueled the rise of radicals like Venezuea's Hugo Chavez, and led the way to their resounding November defeat.
Oh, I didn't know that. So, by wanting controlled borders and regulated immigration, traditional law abiding Americans have fueled the rise of two-bit blowhards like Chavez. I suppose next Geraldo will be telling us that our policies and presence in the world have fueled the rise of radical Islam. Not only that, I didn't realise that soverign borders were so callous and un-caring. I forgot about "the children."
All most of the undocumented want is a fair shake and a chance to work hard and realize what we proudly call the 'American Dream'. Give them the chance to regularize and legitimatize their status and watch, as they become another beautiful component of the national mosaic. Maybe even Republicans.