Café con Leche Republicans, an organization that pushes for conservative GOP values agree. Its president Bob Quasius said that a reform could be reached only if Obama took steps to “mend the demagoguery that hindered progress” during his first term.
“Obama needs to make the first step and put things on the table. He needs to sit down with Congress and not make comments that put off any bipartisan support,” Quasius. New talks on immigration could not be achieved with the rhetoric of the first Obama term, he said.
Just three days into his first term, Obama told House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, “Elections have consequences, and, Eric, I won.”
That kind of touting, Quasius insisted, won’t work. The majority of Republicans support immigration reform, including one that has a path to permanent legalization, Quasius wrote in a Tucson Citizen column. Citing a 2011 PEW Research poll showing that even among staunch conservatives there is a 49/49% split on immigration reform, Quasius was optimistic about a possible bipartisan collaboration.