July 6, 2015 3:30 pm -


REUTERS/Mark Leffingwell

REUTERS/Mark Leffingwell

It’s not enough to stop the undocumented from coming here for some Republican presidential candidates.

Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls Scott Walker and Rick Santorum are suggesting a potentially controversial way to boost Americans’ job prospects: admit fewer legal immigrants into the United States.

The notion, absent from presidential politics for at least 20 years, could help them tap into the frustrations of working-class voters who have struggled with stagnant wages and reduced job opportunities since the economic crisis of 2007-2009.

It could also complicate prospects for a comprehensive fix to the nation’s outdated immigration system and tar the Republican Party as anti-immigrant at a time when it needs to broaden its support base of Hispanics and Asians, two of the biggest groups of legal immigrants in the United States.

“This hurts our efforts. I think people need to tone down the rhetoric,” said Hugo Chavez-Rey, chairman of a Hispanic Republican group in the battleground state of Colorado.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.