Pat Buchanan wants to solve the GOP's Latino voters problem by “sealing our borders.”
The conservative columnist implied that a “Southern Strategy,” like that of Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan, would be the best way to secure votes from the south, in a recent piece for right-wing website WorldNetDaily.
The Republican Party’s divide and conquer “Southern Strategy” won/wins elections in the south by appealing to racism against African Americans. Buchanan was a senior advisor to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.
“While the total Hispanic vote rose by 1.4 million between 2008 and 2012, some 12 million eligible Hispanics did not bother to vote,” Buchanan wrote. “And when one considers that Romney lost Hispanics 71-27, any Democratic effort to get out the Hispanic vote is going to be problematic for the GOP.”
Buchanan acknowledged that some GOP members aim to embrace Latino voters by paving the way to amnesty.
“Led by Sens. Marco Rubio, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Republicans are pushing for amnesty and ‘a path to citizenship’ for the 11 to 12 million illegal aliens in the country today,” he wrote.
“Who are these folks? Perhaps half are Hispanic, but 90 percent are people of color who, once registered, vote 4-to-1 Democratic.”
Referencing these numbers, it appears that Buchanan is saying that citizenship will never secure Republican votes from Latinos or any other non-white demographic.
“Setting aside the illegals invasion Bush 41 and Bush 43 refused to halt, each year a million new immigrants enter and move onto a fast track to citizenship. Between 80 and 90 percent now come from the Third World, and once naturalized, they vote 80 percent Democratic,” he wrote.
Buchanan poses a question at the end of the piece: “Is the way to increase the enthusiasm and turnout among this three-fourths of the electorate for the GOP to embrace amnesty and a path to citizenship for 12 million illegal foreign aliens?
“Or is it to demand the sealing of America’s borders against any and all intruders?”
Buchanan insists he is "just asking" in the piece, but he has made overtly racist remarks in the past. When President Obama was re-elected in 2012, Buchanan was quoted as saying, "White America died last night. Obama's reelection killed it. Our 200 plus year history as a Western nation is over. We're a Socialist Latin American country now. Venezuela without the oil."