I concur with Scott’s thoughts, and those of Heather Mac Donald, about the folly of Republicans folding on amnesty in the hope of making meaningful inroads with Hispanic voters. As I argued yesterday, that hope is a pipe dream. It runs counter to the lessons of American history and to a sound understanding of human behavior.
If Republicans are losing elections because of the way Hispanics vote, the solution is not to create through legislation a significantly larger Hispanic vote. Suppose the last amnesty hadn’t occurred? Republicans wouldn’t be wringing their hands now about the difficulties of winning elections given the size of the Hispanic vote.
A second amnesty would, before long, end Republican chances of winning elections as a conservative party, and minimize the number of elections Republicans win at all.
But don’t take my word for it. Heather Mac Donald has the facts. Read them. They trump the hopelessly romantic vision of the intersection of Hispanics and Republicans on which the political argument for supporting amnesty relies.