The complaints of average citizens who must deal with the consequences of our failed immigration policies are ignored by even some opinion writers who should know better.

What Kind of Outreach Does the GOP Need?

“Republicans better get going now and better start showing up in diverse communities and filling the ranks of local and state office with non-white Republicans. They sorely need to, as they have done to some degree with Hispanics, diversify their stable of candidates and office holders. This isn’t rocket science. Insisting that the appeal of the party can remain extremely limited to nonwhite voters and that immigration doesn’t affect the party’s image with all nonwhite voters is a road to political oblivion,” says Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post.

The best comment on the Washington Post site is by Tinymont who says – “I think your offering McDonnell as a model for GOP outreach to Hispanics and Asians (in a crucial swing state, no less) is an EXCELLENT IDEA [. . .] That said, a problem arises when you make an unwarranted leap from this evidence that a properly modulated, small-scale approach can actually work for the GOP, to a large-scale overhaul of immigration policy as a putative solution, for which you offer no evidence, other than commentary by other talking heads.”

The Complaints of Average Citizens Fall on Deaf Ears

“I’ve heard numerous conservatives, none of them poor, working class guys in stiff competition with illegal immigrants for jobs, claim that they are actually envious of illegal immigrants,” he says. This is our country, they’ll say, and they’ve got it better than we do. Can you imagine what would happen if I was paid off the books / if I got pulled over by the cops and I didn’t have a driver’s license to show / if I went to the hospital and couldn’t pay my bill / if I tried to enter their country illegally?” Connor Fridersdorf says at the Atlantic.

“Of course, none of these people would ever dream of trading places with an illegal immigrant, as they’d surely realize if they gave the subject very much reflection, which they don’t.”