The politics of immigration aren't helping the GOP

A fantastic article from the San Antonio Express-News picks up on the same argument we at NDN have been making: the politics of immigration are not helping the GOP. It even touches on our argument about the political implications of the immigration debate, relative to the Hispanic electorate:

This bodes ill for a national Republican Party seeking to keep the presidency and regain control of Congress. And the shift among Latinos could be even more disastrous for the GOP than many realize.

Latino voters are most significant in the four most populous — and most elector-rich — states: California, Texas, New York and Florida. Of these, only New York isn't expected by demographers to gain congressional seats through 2030.

In addition to increasing naturalization applications, the article also cites the Hispanic community's response to the harsh rhetoric surrounding the immigration debate, which has caused a wave of mobilization among its voters. This is grounds for serious concern among GOP politicians as to the future of their party:

But a more significant reason for the spike is that increasingly, nasty anti-immigrant rhetoric — and the collapse of the U.S. Senate's immigration reform package — is prompting many immigrants to bolster their legal protections by becoming American citizens while they still can.

And even if several Democrats voted to kill the immigration reform package, the likely beneficiaries of this new crop of highly motivated new voters will be Democrats.

While this is encouraging, this is not reason to be content. As we at NDN have said, we must move forward.