Political Scientist Available to Discuss Romney’s Modified Stance on Immigration

Karthick Ramakrishnan notes GOP presidential candidate’s poor standing with Latino voters, particularly in battleground states

Karthick Ramakrishnan

Karthick Ramakrishnan

RIVERSIDE, Calif. —  Immigration policy scholar Karthick Ramakrishnan at the University of California, Riverside is available to comment on recent statements by Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney regarding immigration reform.

Romney said today that the GOP needs to do a better job of reaching out to immigrants, and that the “shrill” voices of some politicians have helped create the impression that the Republican Party does not welcome Hispanic immigrants.

Ramakrishnan, an associate professor of political science at UC Riverside, says that Romney’s support for state immigration laws, such as Arizona’s SB1070, will make it difficult to win Latino supporters in the November election. A Fox News Latino poll in March showed Romney with only 14% support among Latinos, and he needs to improve his standing among that community, particularly to win states like Florida, Colorado, and Nevada.

If Romney is to win the general election, he needs to dramatically improve his standing among Latinos and aim for the 40 percent level that propelled a Bush victory in 2004, according to Ramakrishnan, who notes that most studies of the general election indicate that Latinos will play a heavy role in battleground states such as Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Ramakrishnan can be reached on his cell phone at (818) 305-4865.

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