Chris Cillizza’s March 28 Monday Fix column, “Growth in Hispanic population poses challenge for Republicans,” argued that results from the 2010 Census paint a grim picture of the Republican Party’s future because of the increase in the number of Hispanic voters.
But this is not true.
Mr. Cillizza implied that Hispanic voters support legalizing millions of illegal immigrants, but many Hispanic voters support efforts to enforce our immigration laws.
Republican Latino candidates in Florida, New Mexico and Nevada — all of which have large Hispanic populations — won statewide races while calling for enhanced border security and full enforcement of immigration laws.
Exit polls from the November 2010 election also showed that 38 percent of Hispanic voters cast ballots for House Republican candidates. This is more than in 2006 and 2008, when President Bush was spearheading the effort to pass a bill that would legalize illegal immigrants.
The pro-enforcement movement is not strictly Republican, it is American. And it is not anti-Hispanic; it is pro-rule-of-law.
Lamar Smith, Washington
The writer, a Republican from Texas, is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.