An immigration reform think tank says a new study has revealed that influx of immigrants over the past 30 years has boosted the Democratic Party and created a serious dilemma for the GOP.
James Gimpel, a political science professor at the University of Maryland, put together the report commissioned by the Center for Immigration Studies. It concluded that the influx of legal immigrants has boosted the Democratic Party, and that trend will continue.
Steven Camarota, director of research at CIS, says the study explored the partisan impact of immigration over the last 30 years.
"He looked at what happened to the Republican vote at the county level over the last three decades," Camarota explains. "What he found was that each 10 percent increase in the immigrant share of the county's population reduced the Republican vote by about six percentage points."
So Camarota says the Republican Party faces a choice, one of which is reducing the level of legal immigration from 11 million a decade to three or four million per decade.
"That would help the Republicans a lot," he explains. "It would facilitate the assimilation of immigrants."
The second choice, he says, is for Republicans to "begin moving to the left."
While conservatives find the second alternative unacceptable, the CIS spokesman says the leftward shift reflects the demographic change of the American population, brought on by massive immigration, over the past 30 years.
Click here to ready Gimpel's report on the CIS website.