Texas Republicans Launching New Efforts to Woo Hispanics

By: AP & UPI
By: AP & UPI

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Republicans are launching a new effort to woo Hispanics to the GOP.

Led by George P. Bush, the nephew of former President George W. Bush, the group said Tuesday it plans to recruit and support Hispanic candidates in the party that has been struggling for years to win them over.

Hispanics represent 37 percent of the Texas population and 40 percent of students in public schools, but none of the 96 Republicans in the Legislature is Hispanic.

Jacob Monty, an attorney who serves on the Hispanic Republicans of Texas board of directors, said Republicans “need to do a better job of reminding Latinos that Republicans don’t have horns.”

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- The Obama administration said it weighed the effects of suing Arizona over its immigration law, conceding some Republican candidates may benefit in the fall.

But officials also concluded, over the long haul, the Republicans' get-tough message ultimately will alienate millions of Latinos, the fastest-growing minority group in the United States, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

White House strategists said President Obama's call for legislation that would recognize the role of immigrants and would extend beyond punishing undocumented workers would help strengthen a political relationship between Democrats and Hispanics. And even though Obama is unlikely to press for comprehensive immigration reform this year, he has urged allies to pressure Republican lawmakers.

"Look, the Republicans, if you do the math, cannot be successful as a national party if they continue to alienate Latinos," one Democratic strategist told the Post.

"The president fundamentally understands that this is about the longer term," said Janet Murguia, president and chief executive of the National Council of La Raza. "Your answer on this question will reveal to us whether you do or don't understand our community."

Lionel Sosa, an adviser on Latino issues to GOP candidates, including George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, told the Post the Republican Party must exercise care about how its policies are received in the Hispanic community.

"We must care about the people that we lured here to do the jobs we don't train our children to do," Sosa said. "If we forget those people, we are going to do ourselves a great disservice. That comes off as insensitive, uncaring to the Latino community."

Original story available from UPI: "WH: GOP immigration view turns off Latinos"


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