By Amanda Sakuma (www.msnbc.com)
08/21/15 07:55 PM
As the presidential primary debate turns to birthright citizenship, This message is not only for undocumented immigrants who are being led by the Republican inflammatory rhetoric (especially Trump). Increasingly; This message is for voters registered, you also.
Millions of US citizens have parents who are undocumented immigrants. Now, the legitimacy of their citizenship under fire from several Republican presidential candidates, the Republican Party, again you risk alienating an important voting bloc that could be the key to return to the White House.
It is precisely the situation that the elements of the party elite had hoped to avoid after the disastrous performance of Mitt Romney in 2012 with Latino voters, which they resulted in record numbers this year to hand the victory of President Obama with more than 73% your vote.
Immigration activists say that if that scenario is repeated in 2016, the Republican Party will have to blame Donald Trump.
“It is attacking US citizens. That's not, obviously, how a campaign is run and that's not, obviously, how will win the Latino vote “, Martinez said Girsea, rights activist immigrant who is a citizen of the United States to undocumented parents. “People like me, which have close ties with the immigrant community will not vote for a Republican candidate who supports what you said Trump.”
Trump, that has made the anti-immigrant extreme rhetoric a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, It has been said in recent days that the US. They must eliminate birthright citizenship and deport 11 millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally. And several other Republican candidates have taken the rhetoric of billionaire businessman, with many supporting their position.
It is estimated 4,5 million people under 18 They have benefited from birthright citizenship from 2010, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, nonpartisan center studies considered the gold standard in the evaluation of the undocumented population. Eliminating birthright citizenship would require changing the Amendment 14, a political compromise that would be almost impossible. But even an empty threat could be counterproductive for Republican candidates pushing the issue, leaving the exposed part during general elections 2016 the match-up.
“Although people are smart enough to know that this is not going to go through a constitutional reform. This, actually it is going nowhere, but attempts to get there, vitriol and the language they are using … that is to have an impact on voters and they will remember, "said Lynn Tramone, deputy director of the advocacy group for the reform of the Voice of America.
The inflexible position many Republicans have taken on immigration is not without reason – the last time the public was surveyed on citizenship by birth in the year 2011, more of 57% of Tea Party are self-identified in favor of a constitutional amendment to eliminate the right of citizenship. It has remained a perennial issue in the halls of Congress for years, kept alive by a small number of hardline Republican Party.
“It was an extremist position for years”, said David Leopold, former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “The position of Trump himself has gone beyond the most extreme positions we have seen. It just goes to show what this man is capable of doing to win votes “.