Why the Republican Party is losing support of minorities. 2010/05/30

Why the Republican Party is losing support of minorities.

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States and the man who helped emancipate African-Americans, was a founder of the Republican Party.

Lincoln was a hero to the former slaves, and Republicans enjoyed a majority of their vote for many years. However, as time passed, African-Americans began to turn away from the Republican Party.

Today, a vast majority of African Americans support the Democratic Party. And it’s not only African-Americans – the majority of Hispanics also vote Democrat. Most people believe that this mass exodus of minorities from the Republican Party is because the Republicans are considered a rich, white, conservative party, one that is less sympathetic to concerns like racial discrimination and consistently oppose government free government handouts to the disadvantaged. In their defense, Republicans argue that too many subsidies would cause a lazy society where people expect handouts instead of earning their way to a paycheck with hard work. This difference of opinion is most likely why minorities have deserted the Republican Party. To Hispanics, the primary issue appears to be immigration – specifically, illegal immigration to the USA. Republicans have strongly advocated that Mexican immigrants to states such as California and Texas must be captured and sent back to Mexico. On the other hand, Democrats have a much more lenient position, advocating that some of these illegal immigrants be pardoned and qualified for amnesty as long as they have no criminal record while in the US. It seems likely that this position is why Hispanics primarily support the Democratic Party. The state of Arizona recently passed a controversial immigration law, which allows local police to stop and check identification of anybody that looks “suspicious” of being an illegal immigrant. The current population is more than 80% Caucasian, as is the governor and the majority of the state legislature. Even though immigration law is under the jurisdiction of the federal government, Arizona has argued that the Obama administration has not done a proper job of protecting their border.

Out of the current state population of 6.6 million, an estimated 45,000 are currently illegal aliens. The state of Arizona has requested federal funds to alleviate financial damage caused by illegal aliens; however, this request has been ignored. Out of frustration, the Arizona legislature passed the immigration law on April 23rd without consulting the federal government. The Arizona anti-immigration law has been widely misunderstood as an anti-immigration law, when in fact it is actually an anti-illegal immigration law. Current polls show that 80% of the American people support this Arizona law. The Obama administration recently made an announcement that a new immigration reform bill would be proposed to Congress before the end of the year. One issue is that any illegal aliens who have lived in the US for more than 5 years without a criminal record may receive a green card. Also, illegal aliens who have had children born in the US would have green card priority. An estimated 3 million people are eligible for the amnesty program. From a Democratic point of view, these 3 million illegal aliens will all become not only US citizens, but Democratic voters. Republicans argue that this lenient access to green cards will encourage more illegal immigration.

Who would want to go through the lengthy legal process to be a legal immigrant?

The Republican Party insists that these illegal aliens should be sent back to their own country and be given a chance to reenter with a legal status, not simply entering the country by climbing over a fence. For this stance, Republicans have been accused of being cruel and racist. Some Republicans have claimed that the Mexican government has not been cooperative in stopping illegal immigrants from climbing over fences at the border, mainly because the illegal immigrants are undesirable Mexican citizens relying on various government subsidies and draining the resources of the Mexican government. This claim has upset the Mexican government, causing an uneasy Mexico-Republican relationship. The immigration issue appears to be the biggest reason of the Republicans losing Hispanic support, and an unsympathetic position on various government programs seems to be the biggest issue for Republicans losing support of African-Americans. This was printed in Korean language in the Korea Daily Financial Times, a major financial newspaper in Korea. Congressman Jay Kim is a regular columnist, and his column appear on every other Saturdays.

[Korea Economic Daily]


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