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Re: “Senator Offer a Bipartisan Blueprint for Immigration”

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Dear Editor,

At first glance the word “bipartisan” in your vocabulary implies a positive connotation, though such a way with words credit in practice depends upon who is asking and what the terms of reference infer. It also is germane how Republicans are willing to risk politically to achieve inroads into the Latino electoral culture. In the case of some immigration reform measures, the Republicans appear surprisingly ready to jeopardize their electoral recovery when it comes to future elections. The coercing of over 11 million immigrants to the “back of the line,” as Florida Senator Marco Rubio covertly put it, appears to be counter intuitive when it comes to seeking Latino support. Lack of cultural sensitivity by either political party has the potential to at least damage diplomatic ties with a power house like Mexico, not to mention prospects of hindering the economic recovery of both countries. Additionally, as other politically urgent matters need to be addressed, such as the implications of General Oviedo’s recent death in a helicopter crash, urgency prompted by the crash should not be taken lightly due to the lasting effects such policy changes will have in the decades ahead. A rationalist and logical approach to immigration reform should be taken, rather than using it as a political ploy to gain an upper-hand in future elections.


Justin Loza, Research Associate at The Council on Hemispheric Affairs

 In response to the New York Times Article: Hand of U.S. is Seen in Halting General’s Rise in Mexico

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