The GOP deserves to die if it backs immigration reform, allowing more Latinos to become citizens, right wing pundit Ann Coulter says in a new column.
The article is the latest in a series since President Barack Obama's November reelection in which Coulter paints Hispanics as lazy, poor and government-dependent, concluding that they could never vote for conservatives and immigration reform would destroy both the Republican Party and the country as a whole.
“Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they’ll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote,” Coulter wrote in the column, published Wednesday.
Coulter went on to claim that Latinos don’t favor a path to citizenship.
“Hispanic voters are a small portion of the electorate,” the column says. “They don't want amnesty, and they're hopeless Democrats. So Republicans have decided the path to victory is to flood the country with lots more of them!”
It’s unclear what Coulter bases this on, as she does not cite a source. A Fox News Latino poll published last year found that 85 percent of Hispanics support offering a path to citizenship for the undocumented. A poll released this week by Latino Decisions found that 81 percent of Hispanic voters want Congress to address the pathway to citizenship and border security simultaneously, while only 13 percent favor the border security-first approach advocated by conservatives like Coulter.
Coulter reinforced the views presented in her column during an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity” Wednesday evening that ran under the banner “Legalizing Illegals.”
“This bill has nothing in terms of enforcement,” Coulter said. “If you’re serious about enforcement, just say ‘we’re enforcing E-Verify.’”
During a disagreement over whether Coulter was directly responding to a question about the path to citizenship, she and the host called one another “liberal.”
“You’re not answering my question,” Hannity said, as Coulter continued speaking. “You’re like a liberal.”
“No, nothing… you, you… on the contrary, you are like a liberal,” Coulter stammered back as Hannity sniggered.
She said if “amnesty” happens, “America is over” and “the only thing left for people like you and me to do, Sean, is to punish the people who destroyed America.”
This isn't the first time Ann Coulter lashes out at Latinos. Check out 7 wrong things Coulter keeps saying about Hispanics in the slideshow below.
Immigration reform will destroy the economy
Coulter doesn't just think immigration reform will hurt the economy -- <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/19/ann-coulter-immigration-reform_n_3115859.html" target="_hplink">she thinks it will be the "end of America.</a>" But <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/magazine/do-illegal-immigrants-actually-hurt-the-us-economy.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0" target="_blank">economists generally agree that immigration reform will boost</a> the overall economy, though it will likely increase labor competition in some sectors. <em>Image: Demonstrators rally for immigrant worker rights on May Day, May 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands of people are participating in seven May Day immigrant rights protest marches throughout the Los Angeles area. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)</em>
There are 20 million undocumented immigrants in the United States
<a href="http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2013-02-20.html" target="_hplink">Wrong.</a> According to the Pew Hispanic Center, there were about <a href="http://www.pewhispanic.org/2012/12/06/unauthorized-immigrants-11-1-million-in-2011/" target="_blank">11.1 million undocumented immigrants in the country as of 2011</a>. Migration from Mexico, the largest sending country of undocumented immigrants, now stands at net zero or less. <em>Image: People gather at South Alvarado Street and West 7th Street, an area with high density of Latin American descent immigrants resides in Los Angeles Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Within six months, California's Hispanic population will equal that of whites and soon after will surpass it, a milestone in the country's shifting demographics. Population projections to be released Thursday by the state Department of Finance show that Hispanics will become the dominant ethnic group in California for the first time since it gained statehood during the Gold Rush era. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)</em>
Latinos are lazy
Wrong. In fact, the Hispanic community is highly entrepreneurial. Latinos opened twice as many businesses as the national average in the 2000s, <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-09-04/what-limits-hispanic-entrepreneurs" target="_blank">according to U.S. Census data cited by Businessweek</a>. Furthermore,<a href="http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2012-12-05.html" target="_hplink"> Coulter usually makes these comments in the context of the immigration debate. </a>Undocumented immigrants often work grueling jobs, for long hours, with fewer benefits than the native born and documented immigrants. What's lazy about that? <em>Image: Businesswoman Ivette Mayo, right, of Houston, talks to a customer at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) 32nd annual Convention and Business Expo in Miami Beach, Fla., Tuesday Sept. 20, 2011. The growth of Hispanic-owned businesses is three times higher than any other population group, and four times higher for business owned by Hispanic women, according to the USHCC. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)</em>
Undocumented immigrants want to live here illegally in order to receive government benefits
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/07/ann-coulter-immigrants-want-to-live-here-illegally_n_2828772.html" target="_hplink">This statement is ridiculous</a>. The <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/jun/20/ten-illegal-alien-facts-truth-o-meter/" target="_blank">vast majority of undocumented immigrants are not legally eligible</a> for most government assistance, though many households have members who are both citizens and undocumented. Anyone who has reported on the topic knows the vast majority of undocumented immigrants would prefer to regularize their status than run the risk of winding up in detention and deportation proceedings <em>Image: Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights member Adelina Nicholls, of Mexico, joins members of a cross country group of undocumented immigrants participating in a "No Papers No Fear" event at Fiesta Mall, a gathering spot for the city's growing Hispanic community, Saturday Aug. 25, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)</em>
Hispanics become poorer over time
That’s not what the research shows. In fact, <a href="http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/integration-jimenez.pdf" target="_blank">each generation of Latinos tends to do better economically than the generation</a> that preceeded it, according a 2011 study by the Migration Policy Institute. <em>Image: Adriana Sanchez, who was brought from Mexico to Central California as a 12-year-old, teaches a math class at the Adult School in Fresno, Calif., on Monday, May 21, 2012. Despite a lack of proper immigration documents, the 24-year-old graduated in May from California State University, Fresno with a Master's degree in International Relations, a full time job and zero loans to pay back. (AP Photo/ Gosia Wozniacka).</em>
Latinos are government-dependent
Untrue. In fact, <a href="http://www.cbpp.org/files/2-10-12pov.pdf" target="_blank">Hispanics use less than their fair share of government benefits</a>, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Latinos make up 16 percent of the population, but receive 12 percent of benefits. Non-Hispanics whites, by contrast, account for 64 percent of the population, but receive 69 percent of entitlement benefits.
Latinos will automatically vote Democrat
Not if past experience is a guide. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/21/ann-coulter-lashes-out-republicans-latinos-immigration-reform_n_2733266.html" target="_hplink">There are many absolutes in Coulter's mind</a>, but reality generally plays out with more nuance. The Latino vote tends to lean liberal because Hispanics, in the aggregate. Latinos tend to favor a larger government that provides more services and -- conservative talking points notwithstanding -- they tend to lean more liberal than non-Hispanic whites on issues like abortion and gay marriage. But that doesn't mean the Latino vote is a monolith. <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/03/18/the-republican-problem-with-hispanic-voters-in-7-charts/" target="_blank">George W. Bush, for example, won a strong 44 percent of the Latino vote</a> in 2004. Of course, if the GOP's base continues to respond to the prodding of pundits like Ann Coulter, it's hard to imagine why Hispanics would feel welcome there. <em>Image: In this Friday, June 29, 2012 photo, Brian Conklin, a regional campaign director for President Barack Obama's reelection, gets clipboards ready before campaign volunteers arrive to register new voters prior to canvassing a neighborhood in Phoenix. Across the country both political parties have been courting the Latino vote, especially for the presidential election, the nation's fastest-growing minority group.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)</em>