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Ron Paul Could Teach the GOP a Thing or Two About Immigration Reform

House Republicans will be planning a vote next week on immigration legislation that would expand visas for foreign science and technology students and make it easier for those with green cards to bring their families into the U.S.

Due to their poor showing among Hispanics, the GOP appears to be trying to repair their image among this growing voting bloc. But while any step towards immigration liberalization is a good thing, the GOP is fooling itself if it thinks that bills like these will win favor with Hispanics.

After the beat down the Republicans took nationwide in the 2012 election, there was an immediate rush of soul-searching among conservatives over what went wrong — especially among Hispanic voters. While Romney and the establishment types blamed Obama's promises of government goodies, the Republican leadership's love of forced wealth transfers and desire for the expansion of the welfare state means that while there is an element of truth to Romney's words, it does not fully explain the Republican failure.

There were even calls for a third-party by former presidential candidate Herman Cain. While any break from the DC duopoly is a welcome occurrence, a quick look at the "alternatives" Cain is advocating — pro-Fed, corporatism, military interventionism, restrictions on civil liberties — hardly provides a better choice.

If the Republicans were truly serious about reinventing their party and appealing to Hispanics, then they would have to look no further than Congressman Ron Paul's (R-Texas) presidential run and grassroots support. Paul received by far the most support among Hispanics than any other Republican candidate as well as huge support from young voters, moderates, progressives and other voting blocs that the Democrats dominated in 2012.