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The debate on illegal immigration has been raging in Washington and throughout the country for a while now, but little has been done on either side of the debate legislatively.

Republicans have been unsuccessful in securing the borders, but what they have been successful at is ensuring that Hispanic Americans won’t be voting Republican anytime soon.

Much as the Democrats have allowed the far-left fringe to control the Iraq war message, Republicans have allowed the far-right to control the immigration message.

The vast majority of Americans just want a secure border in the dangerous age of terror we live in today, but a small element on the far-right has a racist agenda that has poisoned the entire immigration debate.

Just as the far-left wants to get out of Iraq at any cost, the far-right wants to deport all 12 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States.

Both views are unrealistic, unreasonable, and extreme. It’s very unpopular on the right to admit that race has anything whatsoever to do with the immigration debate, but the fact is it does.

Again the undercover racism is only the motivation for a very small minority of the GOP, unfortunately they are the loudest.

In a Washington Post Op-Ed Former Bush speech writer Michael Gerson highlights recent blunders by Republicans as it relates to the immigration debate.

The Univision Republican debate, scheduled for last Sunday with simultaneous translation into Spanish, was postponed when only Sen. John McCain agreed to show up. Rep. Tom Tancredo objected to the event on principle: “We should not be doing things that encourage people to stay separate in a separate language”

Gerson goes on to cite staggering statistics that show just how much damage the GOP has actually done in driving away Hispanic voters.

Latino support for GOP candidates dropped back to 30 percent in 2006. According to one poll, Latinos under age 30 now prefer a generic Democrat over a Republican for president by 42 points. A harsh, Tancredo-like image of Republicans has solidified in the mainstream Hispanic media. And all of this regression will be even more obvious in the next few months, because more than half of the Hispanic voters in America live in states that are part of the new lineup of early primaries.

It is undeniable that if Republicans do not push aside the fanatical hardliners and come to a reasonable compromise on the immigration debate, they can count on losing elections for decades to come.

Written By Chris Jones
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