NumbersUSA President Roy Beck, whose group advocates reductions in immigration levels, argues that Republicans like Romney need to explain to Hispanic voters why immigration restrictions are in their interest. His group advocates reductions in immigration levels. ‘‘He should have talked about Hispanic unemployment and how much high immigration hurts Hispanic employment.’’
Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., an immigration hawk, agreed and said economic issues, not immigration, are key to winning Hispanics. ‘‘You should never sacrifice your core beliefs for political reasons,’’ he said.
The debate is nothing new for the GOP.
Mario H. Lopez, president of the conservative Hispanic Leadership Fund, said he’s heard arguments like that before — after every election in which Hispanics lean more Democratic and Republicans suffer. ‘‘The clock has been ticking,’’ Lopez said. ‘‘Some of us have been talking about it for years. It’s up to them if they want to listen or have more nights like Tuesday night.’’