Right-wing political commentator Ann Coulter lashed out at Republicans working to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. In an opinion piece titled "Hispanicked GOP Elite: They'll Respect Us in the Morning," the 51-year-old New York native claims Latinos will never vote for the GOP because they are too "poor" and "government dependent."
"So why do Hispanics vote Democratic?" Coulture wrote. "Like most legal immigrants since Teddy Kennedy's 1965 Immigration Act, Hispanic immigrants are poor. The poverty rate of second-generation Hispanics is lower than the first—but the third generation's poverty rate is higher than the second."
Filled with error and assumption, Couture's piece fails to recognize a 2011 study conducted by the Migration Policy Institute that found each generation of Latinos tends to become better off socioeconomically than the one before it. She also overestimates the undocumented population by asking why Republicans want to create "up to 20 million more Democratic voters, especially if it involves flouting the law?”
The total undocumented population in the U.S. is actually more like 11.1 million, according to a recent Pew Hispanic Center estimate. Couture is also wrong in assuming undocumented Latinos would automatically vote Democrat if they gained citizenship. While the majority of Latinos did vote for President Obama in last year's presidential election, 27% of them voted for Mitt Romney.
The conservative legal correspondent went on to say immigration is not the number one concern for Latinos, when in fact, the overwhelming majority of Latino voters favor both a pathway to citizenship (85%) and the DREAM Act (90%), according to a Fox News Latino poll.
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