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Immigration Reform Not the Key to the Latino Vote

By Reihan Salam, National Review Online - August 13, 2014

Will GOP support for immigration reform convince low-income Latino voters to favor Republicans, who are skeptical about increasing redistribution, over Democrats, who are enthusiastic about doing so? Lynn Vavreck, a political scientist at UCLA, discusses the Republican failure to win Latino votes in The Upshot without ever mentioning the fact that Latino households tend to earn substantially less than U.S. households as a whole. She instead focuses on immigration policy. Drawing on data from Latino Decisions, a polling firm, she argues that to win Latino voters, Republicans must champion immigration reform:

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