Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Jorge Ramos, the widely influential anchor for Univision who has been described as the “Walter Cronkite of Hispanic media,” told Greg Sargent in an interview that “Like it or not, the Hispanic media perceives that approving or
rejecting immigration reform is in the hands of John Boehner. When you
listen to local radio stations and even national media, most of us are
concentrated on John Boehner. We don’t even have a problem pronouncing
his name.” For the Hispanic media, it's all about John Boehner:
Ramos left little doubt that Boehner and fellow House Republicans
will get absolutely crucified by the Hispanic media if Republicans fail
to support comprehensive reform.
The views of Ramos and others in the Hispanic media are mostly overlooked inside the Beltway.
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[R]ight now, Ramos says, the bulk of the coverage in Hispanic media
strongly suggests it will be hard for Republicans to avoid most or all
the blame if it fails.
“In the end, you just have to follow Hispanic media,” Ramos says.
“The question is, who is responsible for failure? So far, the answer is
Interestingly, Ramos says some Hispanic media figures are open to the
prospect of House Republicans passing immigration reform piecemeal, as
they say they want to do, because that could end up getting the debate
into conference. But he says most in the Hispanic media will want to see
a path to citizenship in the final product — “you don’t want to have a
country with two categories for residents,” he says — and that any
process moves by Republicans that result in scuttling reform aren’t
going to obfuscate who is responsible for killing it.
Indeed, to hear him explain it, many Hispanic media figures are very
closely familiar with how all this is playing out in terms of
Congressional process. “Any kind of maneuvering to prevent a vote will
be seen in a very bad light,” Ramos says. “It could go from preventing a
vote, to not bringing the issue to the floor for a vote, to rejecting a
final bill agreed on in conference.”
But what about the argument from some opponents of reform that even
supporting it won’t enable the GOP to win over Latinos? That may be
true, but Ramos says they won’t even give Republicans a first look if
they are seen killing reform.
“Immigration reform is a prerequisite for a new look at Republicans
by the Hispanic community,” Ramos says, adding that any failure to give
reform a vote in the House would be “political suicide.”
“Truth or not, the message repeated constantly in the Hispanic media
is that the approval of any kind of immigration reform in the House
depends on Speaker Boehner,” Ramos concludes. “He is the man, Latinos
know it, and won’t forget it.”
As Greg Sargent writes today, Immigration reform’s prospects depend on whether
Boehner and Ryan show leadership.