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Lou Barletta, YOU Don’t Speak for ME, nor MOST of The GOP

BarlettaAs part of public comments opposing the current bi-partisan Immigration Reform initiative, Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) put a very dirty foot in his mouth when he asserted that Republicans should have no interest in providing a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants because they are uneducated, welfare-dependent, and wouldn’t support the GOP, anyway.

“Anyone who believes that they’re going to win over the Latino vote is grossly mistaken. The majority that are here illegally are low-skilled or may not even have a high school diploma. The Republican Party is not going to compete over who can give more social programs out. They will become Democrats because of the social programs they’ll depend on.”

Whether he realizes it or not and whether he cares, his words only alienate the greater LEGAL Hispanic community in the U.S., in addition to the undocumented population he directly insulted. And alienating the U.S. Hispanic population is NOT a goal of the GOP, no matter what some party hardliners may intimate.

GOP leadership should be VERY publicly and VERY sharply condemning Barletta’s remarks. This demonstration of ignorance and insensitivity to the issue only soils the image of the entire GOP.

It also demonstrates that Barletta has not done ONE IOTA of homework on this issue. If he had, he would realize that the current plan, drafted by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and receiving bi-partisan support, is IN NO WAY an amnesty proposal.

As Melissa Salas Blair (Founder, Puentes Research) aptly put it – “GOP gift idea: a muzzle for Barletta”.

It is only hoped that GOP leadership will agree and take action to correct this.

Comments (2)

  1. Matthew Johnson

    Great Post! To politicize this issue is purely immature. The focus must be on real issues, like national security, and the consequences of any policy we take.

  2. Robert

    Marco Rubio is correct. And so is this guy in regards to bidding support for welfare and social programs. I sat inside a welfare office the other day (while volunteering my time) and EVERYONE inside there when asked the question why did they vote Obama, was this one solid answer. “Because Romney was going to take away our welfare. And Obama is going to give us more.” The Hispanic Community is divided and we see this over and over again with how educated Hispanics actually contribute to the community, whereas uneducated ones contribute to the crime community. There is a huge disconnect there. And its not just Hispanics, its Blacks and Whites to.

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