What Kind of Outreach Does the GOP Need?

The complaints of average citizens who must deal with the consequences of our failed immigration policies are ignored by even some opinion writers who should know better.

What Kind of Outreach Does the GOP Need?

“Republicans better get going now and better start showing up in diverse communities and filling the ranks of local and state office with non-white Republicans. They sorely need to, as they have done to some degree with Hispanics, diversify their stable of candidates and office holders. This isn’t rocket science. Insisting that the appeal of the party can remain extremely limited to nonwhite voters and that immigration doesn’t affect the party’s image with all nonwhite voters is a road to political oblivion,” says Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post.

The best comment on the Washington Post site is by Tinymont who says – “I think your offering McDonnell as a model for GOP outreach to Hispanics and Asians (in a crucial swing state, no less) is an EXCELLENT IDEA [. . .] That said, a problem arises when you make an unwarranted leap from this evidence that a properly modulated, small-scale approach can actually work for the GOP, to a large-scale overhaul of immigration policy as a putative solution, for which you offer no evidence, other than commentary by other talking heads.”

The Complaints of Average Citizens Fall on Deaf Ears

“I’ve heard numerous conservatives, none of them poor, working class guys in stiff competition with illegal immigrants for jobs, claim that they are actually envious of illegal immigrants,” he says. This is our country, they’ll say, and they’ve got it better than we do. Can you imagine what would happen if I was paid off the books / if I got pulled over by the cops and I didn’t have a driver’s license to show / if I went to the hospital and couldn’t pay my bill / if I tried to enter their country illegally?” Connor Fridersdorf says at the Atlantic.

“Of course, none of these people would ever dream of trading places with an illegal immigrant, as they’d surely realize if they gave the subject very much reflection, which they don’t.”

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


  1. avatar

    “Since we already know that non-whites vote overwhelmingly Democrat, and mass immigration guarantees even more non-white voters, mass immigration is a loser for the GOP.”…i agree with you 100%..while I detest the ‘cripts-bloods’ and their rhetoric, I too feel most Americans want some REAL leaders???

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    The very red state of Louisiana has twice elected Bobby Jindal, the son of immigrants from India.

  3. avatar
    softwarengineer on

    Hey GOP

    Stop listening to your corrupt “Confederate Flag Waving Slavelord” campaign contributers and listen to the American voter masses for once [irrespective of ethnic group]: “Read our lips”…..We don’t want amnesty!

  4. avatar
    Concerned Citizen on

    It’s a fair question.

    Romney bent over backwards to appeal to Latino voters: he ran Spanish language ads, he touted his family’s immigration background, he had Senator Rubio introduce him at the convention, where he had his son speak in Spanish, and he barely mentioned immigration during the campaign. Still, 7 out of 10 Latinos voted Democrat. Asians broke heavily Democrat, Arab-Americans, African-Americans. In fact, a second generation Indian friend of mine has over the past few years become extremely hostile in his attitude towards whites (I read his blog), and he’s an educated business school graduate.

    Short of resigning all positions of power and handing them over to minorities, the GOP has a problem with non-whites. Since we already know that non-whites vote overwhelmingly Democrat, and mass immigration guarantees even more non-white voters, mass immigration is a loser for the GOP.

    The only realistic way forward is to focus on conservative values issues and elevate individual non-whites over time, and to charge these emerging politicians with bringing in the votes. Mass immigration is not only bad for the GOP–it’s bad for the country. If we’re going to have one country at all, non-whites have to prove they can be citizens first and vote for either party when given a good candidate.