In Florida today, RNC chair Reince Priebus said he hopes Republicans can avoid a debate on immigration while they court Hispanics. In response, DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair Iris Y. Martinez released the following statement:
Just days after GOP presidential candidates shunned a national Latino audience and missed an opportunity open a dialogue with our community on solutions for fixing our broken immigration system, the head of the Republican Party unveiled the Republicans’ real plan for immigration this election cycle: ignore the Hispanic community and hide their disastrous record on immigration.
Hispanics are aware of the GOP’s plan to take us back to the very same failed economic policies that took our economy to the brink of disaster and to balance our nation’s debt on the backs of working Americans – and they’ve seen what the GOP has proposed on immigration for the past two years. Republicans have abandoned Hispanics over the far right and have offered nothing but slurs against immigrants, supported a far-right patchwork of unworkable immigration laws and revoking birthright citizenship, all while opposing every effort by President Obama to move forward on common-sense immigration measures.
If Priebus thinks Hispanics are not paying attention, he needs to wake up and pay attention. To quote the well-known salsa classic, Priebus is "Soñando Despierto."