The article makes a very cogent point about how the (R)s just screwed themselves with another demographic for another generation. Check the comments for all the hate you can handle.
One of a dozen workers standing in the parking lot outside Home Depot in T-shirts and steel-toed shoes, Mr. Rodriguez calls over his shoulder: “We’re going to fight, eh amigos?” The group nods.
Note: the group nods because few of them speak English. Just sayin’.
On to the important part of the story…
Through rallies and angry comments like Rodriguez’s, the Hispanic community is giving the first signs that Arizona’s immigration law could stir a similar response today to the one that greeted California’s Proposition 187 more than decade ago.
“If you look at the history of California, you find that the experience of Prop. 187 galvanized the Latino vote like nothing ever,” says Rosalind Gold, a senior political director for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO). “It was the catalyst for some of the biggest voting and registration drives we’ve ever had and brought out Latino candidates into local and state elections like nothing before it.”
California voters passed Prop. 187 in 1994, but the measure was struck down by a federal judge as unconstitutional.
Beyond ArizonaThe demographics of Arizona are not the same as 1990s California. Its history and influx of white retirees make it solidly Republican. But the reaction from Rodriguez – a Californian – indicates that the Arizona law could have an impact beyond Arizona’s borders.
*This* is why the R’s really need to get their game together on the national level. Losing a whole generation of the quickest growing demographic in the country, while concentrating your “base” into a couple of Southern states (AZ, FL) before they eventually die off, is not a good long term losing strategy. Oops, it’s an *awesome* losing strategy, but they probably want a winning one.