The Republican national convention did better with speakers like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New México Gov. Susana Martínez and Texas Sen. candidate Ted Cruz than Clint Eastwood did with that chair.
To its credit, the Republican party made sure its diversity was displayed before millions of television viewers. However, what was largely missed was the Republican platform. Especially that part about immigration.
Sure, Latinos are concerned about the bread and butter issues like jobs and economic development just like the rest of the country, but immigration remains an issue we can't ignore. Not when we know someone who is affected by the country's broken immigration system. Not in the San Joaquín Valley where agricultural is heavily dependent on undocumented labor.
So, what is the Republican platform on immigration? Well, thanks to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (the author of Arizona's controversial SB 1070), the Republican platform is against any form of amnesty. "Granting amnesty only rewards and encourages more law breaking," they say. The GOP also supports state laws that have been found unconstitutional in Arizona and Alabama, and call for the U.S. Department of Justice to drop its lawsuits against those states. It also calls for self deportation, which Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has supported.
We didn't hear Rubio, Martínez or Cruz speak in support the Republican immigration platform and how the Latino community would benefit from such policies. Perhaps immigration reform is their empty chair.