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    New super PAC hopes to give cover to pro-immigration Republicans

    New super PAC hopes to give cover to pro-immigration Republicans

    (Michael Nelson/EPA) - Immigrants rally in front of Los Angeles City Hall on Nov. 8 to press for immigration reform after President Obama’s reelection.

    By Peter Wallsten, Nov 16, 2012 05:51 PM EST
    The Washington PostFriday, November 16, 9:51 AM


    Prominent Republicans are launching a new super PAC they hope will help begin repairing the political damage left by years of anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric that has dominated GOP primaries and alienated crucial Hispanic voters.

    The organization, to be called Republicans for Immigration Reform, aims to undermine what organizers call the “extremists” who have pushed party nominees to stake out far-right positions such as opposing a pathway to legalization for millions of illegal workers, students and children.

    Even before it raises money and establishes target races for 2014, organizers told The Washington Post, the group will help smooth the way for wavering Republican lawmakers to vote next year for an immigration overhaul, which suddenly gained momentum last week after GOP leaders watched President Obama’s dominance among Hispanic voters help carry him to an Electoral College landslide.

    Spearheading the group is Carlos Gutierrez, the Cuban American former Commerce secretary under President George W. Bush. He is joined by Washington lawyer Charlie Spies, co-founder of the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future, which, illustrating the very trend that the new PAC aims to thwart, aired some tough ads during this year’s primaries accusing Romney’s rivals of supporting “amnesty” and being “too liberal on immigration.”

    “There’s currently only energy on the anti-immigration reform side, and we want to be able to provide some cover for Republicans that vote in support of an immigration reform approach,” Spies said.

    Spies and Gutierrez declined to cite a fundraising goal, but both enjoy close ties to corporate America, which generally favors looser immigration laws. A super PAC can accept unlimited donations. Spies’s pro-Romney group raised $142 million for the 2012 campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    “This is not small ball,” Gutierrez said. “We’re serious, and we are going to push the debates on immigration reform to a place where I believe the Republican Party should be in the 21st Century.”

    Gutierrez, who was a top Romney adviser, gained attention over the weekend when he told Univision anchor Jorge Ramos that the GOP nominee lost to Obama because the party “frightened the American people” during its primaries.

    He told The Post that he regretted some of Romney’s remarks on immigration during the campaign. Romney used the issue to fend of challenges from former Texas governor Rick Perry and former House speaker Newt Gingrich, accusing both men of being soft on illegal immigration. At one point, Romney endorsed a policy of “self-deportation” for immigrants in the country illegally, adopting the language of some of the country’s most ardent critics of illegal immigration.

    “Mitt Romney’s comments were a symptom of the disease of the Republican Party, and the extreme far right wing that is way out of the mainstream of Americans’ views is the cause,” Gutierrez said. “Governor Romney was forced to say things that got him into a lot of trouble. And the irony of it is is that had he not said those things, he wouldn’t have been the nominee.”

    The result was Romney winning just 27 percent of Hispanics – fewer than John McCain won in 2008 and far fewer than Bush’s 40-percent support level for his 2004 reelection.

    Bush and his senior strategist Karl Rove tried to push their party to the left on immigration, arguing that Hispanics were a fast-growing voter segment in key swing states. But conservatives rebelled when Bush tried in his second term to create a path to citizenship, and GOP orthodoxy ever since has required candidates to take a hard line against such policies.

    Spies said the new PAC will most likely favor whatever immigration plans are backed by House Speaker John A. Boehner and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a Cuban American and possible 2016 presidential candidate who is expected to be a central GOP player on the issue, though both lawmakers have staked out conservative stances in the past.

    The challenge ahead for the GOP was evident last week when Boehner stepped out to endorse a “comprehensive” approach to the immigration issue – only to be denounced by some House conservatives for sounding as though he was preparing to back an “amnesty” plan. Boehner later backtracked a bit, but still said he was committed to acting.

    Gutierrez and Spies are not alone in speaking out for a new GOP approach to immigration.

    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, another possible 2016 presidential candidate, has long derided critics of new immigration laws and is co-writing a book on the issue. His wife, Columba, is Mexican American.

    Their eldest son, George P. Bush, who has worked to recruit Hispanic GOP candidates in Texas, recently filed papers there to run for statewide office, though it’s not clear which one. A fundraising appeal from his father suggested that he was interested in running for Texas land commissioner.

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    BY GIVING THEM CITIZENSHIP

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    This is their main countermeasure to ALIPAC. I bet they will have millions of dollars.

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    As if the Republican Party isn't divided enough, this just adds another division.
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    We have immigration laws that just need to be enforced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALIPAC View Post
    This is their main countermeasure to ALIPAC. I bet they will have millions of dollars.

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    How stupid are these people? Hispanics voted for Democrats because the Democrat party's social programs benefit lower middle class people and because c.30% of Hispanics believe that the Republican party only cares about the rich.

    Amnesty for illegals won't change either Democrats' values or Hispanics' perception of Republicans. And Republican law makers want amnesty?! They are either delusional or idiotic.
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    These are the same people that have put "their" candidates up for election based on their order of rotation. THe other face of the same political party.
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    We certainly have our work cut out for us. The traitor camp behind the GOP sellouts is making a run straight at us now.

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    No surprise. They told us in 2010 that they were going to support amnesty.

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    Former Romney supporters leading immigration reform 'super PAC'


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    Carlos Gutierrez, who led Mitt Romney's outreach to Latinos during the presidential campaign, had harsh words for the former nominee Sunday as he joined the growing number of conservative voices calling for immigration reform. Appearing on CNN's “State ...

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-immigration-reform-super-pac-20121118,0,5291206.story
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    NO AMNESTY

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