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Small-government conservatism 'finished' if amnesty succeeds, says analyst

Chad Groening   ( Thursday, October 24, 2013

The head of an immigration reform think tank says it’s foolish for Republicans to support amnesty for illegal aliens because Hispanics overwhelmingly support the Democrats' liberal agenda.

Mark Krikorian is executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. During a recent news conference, sponsored by Tea Party Unity, he said immigrants don't vote lopsidedly Democrat because of immigration policy.

"This is a lot of what I can only call fifth columnists on our side, Grover Norquist and others, say we're mean to immigrants and that's why they don't vote Republican,” Krikorian said at the news conference.

“The fact is years of extensive public policy research show that immigrants vote Democrat because they agree with their liberal views,” he added.


Now that the government shutdown is over, President Obama has pledged to turn his attention to immigration, which means getting an amnesty bill passed that will lead to millions of new Democratic voters. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has already introduced an amnesty bill and there is intense pressure on Republicans to pass some kind of legislation. 

Krikorian says immigration is a life or death issue for traditionalist small government conservatism.

"If high immigration continues, there will be no public space, no opportunity as a national movement for traditionalist small-government conservatism. It's simply finished,” he said.

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