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Republican Hispanic Heritage Ad: Mum's the Word on Immigration Reform

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Eight House Republicans have appeared in an ad celebrating Hispanic Month, without a making a peep about a hot topic relevant to Hispanics: immigration reform.

The one-minute ad posted on Monday features House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), along with other House GOP leaders speaking on how Hispanics contribute to the American culture, society and the economy.

But while the ad mentions how the Hispanic culture “enriches the culture and society of the United States,” and how many “serve in the nation’s defense” and “possess a deep commitment to faith, family and community,” it fails to mention immigration reform.

At least 37.3 percent of Hispanic population is composed of immigrants, Think Progress reports. About 76 percent of the 11 million undocumented population is Hispanic and at least 67 percent of Latino registered voters personally know an undocumented immigrant. All evidence suggests immigration reform may be significant to the Hispanic population, and a big issue that this Republican ad completely dismissed.

The key leaders featured in the ad have spoken out on the issue before. Boehner said he would not touch immigration reform without a majority of Republican support, while Cantor supports legalizing undocumented youths. McCarthy only supports legal status for some undocumented immigrants, even after thousands of protestors rallied outside of his Bakersfield office.

While 52 percent of Latino voters have said they would view the GOP more favorably if they helped pass comprehensive immigration reform, this new ad doesn’t seem to help that cause.

One commentator on YouTube wrote, “Show your sincerity by passing legislation that supports and benefits Hispanics and recognizes their contribution to our country … Anything less than considering a top policy proposal that directly impacts Hispanics is mere showmanship.”

Source: Think Progress