Mexico’s Chance

Why does Mexican Interior Secretary Santiago Creel detect “an openness to talking about immigration issues” with the United States? Is it simply because, as the Associated Press reports, Colin Powell and other cabinet members are slated to travel south of the border next week? Is it simply because Vicente Fox and George W. Bush can now afford to tackle difficult political problems, since their elections have passed?

These realities are important, to be sure. But don’t forget that, on Tuesday, Bush also saw a 9% net gain among Latino voters nationwide, including heightened support in such border states as Arizona, California, and New Mexico. This advancement has been in Karl Rove’s and other Republican strategists’ minds for quite some time. They will want to use it as part of their foundation for long-term GOP dominance. You better believe that the Mexicans are fully aware of these developments and interests, and they will want to take advantage of the opportunity to shape immigration policy as the time is ripe.

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Robert Garcia Tagorda
About Robert Garcia Tagorda
Robert blogged prolifically at OTB from November 2004 to August 2005, when career demands took him in a different direction. He graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and earned his Master in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Comments

  1. Aakash says:

    I have learned to become skeptical when presented with data such as this, especially when it asserts a claim that will be used to bolster a political policy agenda, and when it is based upon a technique that is believed to be flawed, and “full of holes” (something that I just found was recently discussed at this very weblog).

    I do not know whether there was actually a significant rise in the Hispanic vote for George W. Bush in this election… but if there was, I doubt it was because of his horrible amnesty proposals. Many Hispanic-Americans, and many legal immigrants, strongly oppose these un-American schemes to sacrifice national security and respect for the rule of law for the sake of pandering to ethnic lobbies and Big Business.

    With regard to these statistics, I strongly suggest looking through the work and research of Steve Sailer, who is an expert on these issues. His home page is at http://www.isteve.com.

    Here is a pertinent blog entry by our friend Michelle Malkin (who I was just commenting about yesterday evening). That entry by Michelle links to one of Steve Sailer’s articles on this issue… Although his follow-up piece from 3 days later might be more useful, and more directly relevant.

    Conventional wisdom is sometimes wrong.

  2. Aakash says:

    I have learned to become skeptical when presented with data such as this, especially when it asserts a claim that will be used to bolster a political policy agenda, and when it is based upon a technique that is believed to be flawed, and “full of holes” (something that I just found was recently discussed at this very weblog).

    I do not know whether there was actually a significant rise in the Hispanic vote for George W. Bush in this election… but if there was, I doubt it was because of his horrible amnesty proposals. Many Hispanic-Americans, and many legal immigrants, strongly oppose these un-American schemes to sacrifice national security and respect for the rule of law for the sake of pandering to ethnic lobbies and Big Business.

    With regard to these statistics, I strongly suggest looking through the work and research of Steve Sailer, who is an expert on these issues. His home page is at http://www.isteve.com.

    Here is a pertinent blog entry by our friend Michelle Malkin (who I was just commenting about yesterday evening). That entry by Michelle links to one of Steve Sailer’s articles on this issue… Although his follow-up piece from 3 days later might be more useful, and more directly relevant.

    Conventional wisdom is sometimes wrong.