The Obama administration quietly rescheduled their twice-postponed meeting on immigration reform. Sources including the Miami Herald, Politco and La Opinion are reporting who will be at the meeting. The list includes many democrats and a few republicans, such as:
Senators: Robert Menéndez, Patrick Leahy, Charles Schumer, John McCain, Mel Martínez, John Cornyn, Jeff Sessions.
House Members: Lamar Smith, Zoe Lofgren, Xavier Becerra, Howard Berman, Lincoln Díaz-Balart, Luis Gutiérrez, Nydia Velázquez, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Putnam, Anthony Weiner.
I want to reiterate from earlier posts the importance of Republican lawmakers and pundits to become a positive and constructive voice on immigration. I am not saying to agree with Obama on everything but if you don’t agree on an issue provide a real, positive reform. Do not just say “no.” Please refrain from Tancredo-like assaults on Latinos during the process, it helps no one. Find common ground, debate when necessary, and think of new ideas. The GOP is suppose to be the party of ideas, lets get some fresh thoughts on the table.
These meetings and this debate might dictate how Hispanic Americans see the Republican Party for generations to come. Reports are already saying that after the Sotomayor debate support of Hispanics for the GOP dropped to single digits. This is unacceptable. (more on this issue later.)