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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Republicans: If You Want To Win Pay Attention

There is little doubt that immigration, whether you call it illegal, undocumented, reform or whatever adjective you choose,  will be a major issue in 2016. If Republicans want to win the argument they must change the liberal premise that Republicans want to deport 11 million illegal Mexicans and break up their families. Unless Republcans dispel and nullify this notion with policy prescriptions  that deal with illegal immigration and does not target Mexicans they are giving a great advantage to Hilary Clinton and the Democrat Party. The immigration issued should be framed as enforcing the current law on those who have overstayed their visas. After all that is the largest group of people here illegally. It should also include deporting convicted felons when their sentences are served. And, finally the focus should be on all of our borders, which includes securing our physical borders as well as our ports of entry. Reforms to the immigration system, in addition to enforcement, should include a targeted work program, a streamlined citizenship program and reform of the often abused political asylum system. When the media frames the issue as deporting 11 million Mexcans they should be corrected. Democrats and special interest groups have successfully framed the issue this way and 90 percent of journalists and analysts who vote Democrat willingly carry the strawman argument. Republicans must reframe it and make the argument about illegal aliens from all countries. They must memorize and repeat every time the issue is brought up, after all that is how the Democrats made it about Mexicans.  This seems like such an obvious solution to what has been a vexing problem for the Republican Party. Quite frankly I am surprised they haven't figured it out yet. I'm not sure any of smart guys will take my advice; It will be mistake to ignore it.