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Demographic Shift: Naturalized Foreigners Now Make Up 8% of Voting Population

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On November 11, 2019, a PHD student Zach Goldberg tweeted that the foreign-born naturalized citizens now make up 8 percent of the voting population.

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Since Donald Trump was elected in 2016, much talk has been made about demographics.

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The 2018 elections, which saw races in Texas end up closer than usual, has given these discussions an extra boost. Now there’s strong speculation that Texas could soon flip blue within the next decade as the state’s demographics start shifting.

Even elections in 2019, especially in Virginia, do show some signs of a demographic shift, which Goldberg also illustrated.

Talk about demographics is no coincidence when considering the prominence of the immigration issue in the Trump era.

Since the passage of the 1965 Immigration Act, the U.S. has witnessed a large wave of mass migration that is fundamentally altering the political and demographic makeup of the country.

Unlike previous migration waves, most immigrants coming to the United State hail from Third World countries.

Certain estimates from Breitbart point to 1 out of 10 eligible voters originating from foreign countries. This raises tough questions for the U.S.  Immigration has historically come in waves, but has been met with subsequent pauses or reductions.

This was most apparent during the European mass migration wave of late 19th century up until the 1920s.

However, this migration inflow was largely reduced by the Immigration Act of 1924, which put an emphasis on national origins quotas.

There are valid safety and economic concerns with the wave of migrants coming to America after the passage of the 1965 Immigration Act. Such trends have also applied to many developed countries like the United Kingdom in Europe. No matter how we slice it, immigration is one of the largest civilizational issues that the West is currently facing.

Politically speaking, the migration patterns of the last 50 years are rather worrisome. Voting statistics demonstrate if current immigration policy stays the same, the Republican Party will be well on its way to electoral irrelevance based on the way average immigrant voters cast their ballots.

For that reason, a truly comprehensive immigration program entails curbing both illegal immigration and limiting legal immigration to highly-skilled workers, while also tightening up pathways to citizenship.

The Republican Party is the default party of the historic American nation and its interests. Present mass migration trends will ultimately dilute its influence and could potentially give Democrats a long-lasting hold over the electorate.

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Mara Elvira Salazar is No Friend of America First Nationalism

Republican leaders would be wise to ignore all of her political advice.

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If there’s one Republican leader that young activists should never listen to, it’s Florida Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar. 

Salazar, who is a Cuban American, has been an outspoken advocate of loosening U.S. immigration laws. In fact, she even confronted known immigration hawk and key Trump adviser Stephen Miller at a Republican Study Committee weekly lunch on February 24, 2021. She specifically criticized Trump’s immigration message and demanded that the GOP be more inclusive in its outreach.

“I told him [Miller] that the GOP needs to attract the browns,” stated Salazar. “We, for the last 30 years since Ronald Reagan, have not sent the right message to the browns,” she continued. “Reagan was the last guy who gave a path to citizenship to 3 million people … 35 years ago. It’s time for us to do the same thing that Reagan did.”

Salazar doubled down on her pro-immigration message when she went on Larry Kudlow’s show on March 2 and declared that former President Donald Trump would have done better with Hispanics by advocating for looser immigration. Journalist Ryan Girdusky noted how some of Trump’s advisers were already pushing for amnesty lite policies:

Girdusky added that Salazar was rather unhinged in her criticism of Miller’s vision for the GOP:

Salazar made a lot of noise about the Hispanic vote, despite ignoring how Trump improved his Hispanic numbers between 2016 and his re-election bid in 2020 from 28% to 32%. And he did so without much Hispandering or campaigning on passing amnesty. 

The unsavory fact that the GOP consultant class and the likes of Salazar refuse to acknowledge is that the Black Lives Matter unrest alone likely pushed significant segments of the Hispanic population into the Democrats’ arms. BLM radicalism alienated Americans of all backgrounds., but Hispanics were not having any of this kind of ruckus. Even Hispanic Democrats, of all groups, largely supported strong military action during the riots.

In reality, Hispanic support for Trump is largely based on his bluster and political bluntness, which many minority groups find comfort in. 

However, Republicans like Salazar gets it all wrong by thinking that expanding immigration both legal and illegal is a key to the Republican Party success. The Republican Party will have to concede that they can make gains with Hispanics at the margins but they cannot expect to win the majority of the Hispanic vote due to Hispanics’ propensity to support many causes ranging from gun control to more government involvement in healthcare. Data from the Pew Research Center demonstrates these beliefs among Hispanics. Nevertheless, there are some avenues for outreach with this demographic  but they must be done right. 

The key for Republican success is the white working class voters, which played a crucial role in putting Trump over the top in the Midwest back in 2016. These voters are not the most reliable in terms of turnout, but they comprise a vast segment of the American electorate. Any candidate who can activate them could potentially build a hegemonic electoral coalition for years to come. The goal for a sane Republican campaign is to maximize turnout and support among the WWC. 

Such inroads with WWC voters are more important than meeting a diversity quota the likes of Salazar and naive Republican strategists would like the party to pursue. Any nationalist campaign worth its salt would be promoting the following: Infrastructure projects targeting the Midwest, the restriction of both illegal and legal immigration, and re-shoring programs to bring jobs back. 

On the other hand, following Salazar’s program is the way that the GOP will become irrelevant and alienate many WWC voters who are already on the fence with regards to the Republican Party. These voters are not going to gravitate towards Republicans just because of the “R” next to their name. They still must be catered to and pushing for amnesty is one way to turn working class voters off.

Under Salazar’s watch, the GOP will simply be going back to the politically correct ways of the Bush administration. To tap into the sleeping giants that is the WWC, Republican leaders should ignore everything Salazar has to say and get fully behind nationalist policies such as immigration restriction, infrastructure development, and re-shoring. 

 

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