By Chris Ingram
Having Sen. Marco Rubio as the champion of the immigration reform bill Congress is considering is akin to asking the Road Runner to be in charge of speed limits. Here’s why: Rubio is Cuban. Being Cuban means he is Hispanic. Republicans have a huge problem in appealing to Hispanics. Ergo, Rubio is the savior of the party who will help it win the Hispanic vote.
Problem is, although Rubio is Cuban and that makes him Hispanic, not all Hispanics are Cuban. There are Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Columbians, Peruvians, Costa Ricans and even Spaniards. The Census Bureau conveniently lumps all of them into the category of Hispanic. Among them, Mexicans make up 65 percent of Hispanics in the United States; just four percent are Cuban.
Let’s compare Cubans to Mexicans. The different concerns and interests of Cubans compared to Mexicans is as far and wide as the those of the French compared to the Congolese. Even though the official language of Congo is French, the people’s similarities with France end there.
Just how different the concerns and interests of Cubans compared to Mexicans are is evident in how differently they are treated by our government.
The so-called “wet-foot, dry-foot” immigration policy of the United States is a perfect example. It says any Cuban who illegally enters the country and sets their foot on dry land is automatically entitled to a fast track to permanent residency.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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