A spokesman for the right-wing think tank the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) said in a pair of interviews with the Washington Times that immigration reform will cause “the unmaking of America.” According to senior CIS policy analyst Stephen Steinlight, Hispanic immigrants are bad for the U.S. because they lack “strong family values.”
Steinlight told Joseph Cotto of the Times, “We can expect disaster. In sum, we’ll witness the unmaking of America. It would subvert our political life by destroying the Republican Party. The Hispanic vote will make the Democrats the PRI of America. A GOP relic might survive regionally, but could never successfully contest a national election.”
PRI is Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, the most powerful party in that country, which dwarfs all opposition and controls virtually every public office.
“America would turn into a One Party State which, like all others, would be tyrannical and corrupt,” Steinlight warned. “The political center would lurch to the left. Political liberty, the freedom to choose among authentically different alternatives, would be lost.”
In addition, he said, Hispanics aren’t “natural conservatives,” as some say they are, because they don’t exemplify “family values.”
“Illegitimacy is inimical to ‘family values,’” Steinlight insisted, “yet Hispanics have a high rate and have witnessed the greatest increase of any group: 19 percent in 1980 to 42 percent in 2003. More female-headed single-parent households deepens Hispanic poverty resulting in anti-social behavior such as teenage child-bearing, the highest school drop-out rate, and high crime and incarceration rates.”
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