With recent news that a Latino GOP group has endorsed Newt Gingrich for the Republican nomination as the race heads down to Florida (where the demographic US Latino voter is complex and not monolithic), the Latinization of Gingrich is moving in full force. Before Latino Republicans jump on the Gingrich Train, a more detailed discussion of his record should be considered. Here are just a few issues that they might want to consider:
We ran that piece in December and it is a theme that Gingrich repeated during the last GOP Debate last Thursday. In addition, even though Gingrich might be perceived as the most "moderate" of GOP candidates when it comes to immigration reform, his stance to stop the federal lawsuits towards Arizona, South Carolina, and Alabama immigration laws seems to send a double message. As Gingrich said in December:
Gingrich told a gathering of business and community leaders that on the day he’s inaugurated, he will sign an executive order dropping lawsuits against South Carolina, Alabama and Arizona “because I think the federal government should be stopping illegal immigration, not stopping the states from enforcing the laws.”
Gingrich also said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from Seneca, will introduce a measure, possibly as a constitutional amendment, to address “birth tourism,” referring to people who come to the U.S. on a tourist visa to have children, who then can be considered Americans.
“That’s clearly not what the 14th Amendment (to the U.S. Constitution) implied, and I think it’s inaccurate to interpret that way,” Gingrich said, referring to the provision that persons born or naturalized in the United States are U.S. citizens.
A spokesman confirmed Graham is examining two approaches, including a constitutional amendment. The other would seek a new Supreme Court interpretation of a century-old case.
Another story that we reported in November, 2011 is also an issue that Latino Republicans should consider.
Last Thursday at the GOP debate, Gingrich's push for moderate immigration reform was also mixed with his call to make English the official language of the United States. In a country that many think will become the LARGEST Spanish-speaking country in the world by 2050, Gingrich's seems to be missing the point. His stance on language and culture reeks of neo-nativism. Instead of promoting diversity and change, and respecting Spanish-speaking US Latino voters (side note: Gingrich needs a better translator), Gingrich is basically saying that they don't matter because they don't speak English. That is not the way to gain votes, Mr. Speaker.
We did reach out to Somos Republicans for this piece to ask why they would continue to endorse Gingrich. We asked them three questions on their Facebook wall, but as of this post getting published, we have received no comment from them. We seriously question an organization that claims to support candidates that speak against Arizona, South Carolina, and Alabama laws, especially when the candidate they are endorsing has already gone on record twice to say that he supports those laws.