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July 01, 2007

After Bill’s Fall, G.O.P. May Pay in Latino Votes

New York Times, By JENNIFER STEINHAUER, Published: July 1, 2007;

"LOS ANGELES, June 30 — Many Republican lawmakers returned to their home districts in triumph this week, having beat back a comprehensive immigration bill that many of their constituents had denounced as untenable.

But the bill’s demise may have greatly damaged the party’s ability to meet its enduring goal of attracting a large percentage of the growing number of Hispanic voters — thousands of whom are ostensibly in line with the party on a host of other issues, said many Republican lawmakers, consultants and Hispanic voters.

“There may be some short-term gain from this,” said Linda Chavez, who served in the Reagan administration and is now chairwoman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a conservative public policy group. “But in the long term, it is disastrous for the Republican Party...”.

at; http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/01/us/politics/01immig.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 1, 2007 06:10 PM

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