Major changes are occurring in the demographic structure of the US. There were 44.3 million Hispanics in the United States as of July 1, 2006. This represents 14.8 percent of the population. They are the fastest growing ethnic group, accounting for about half the growth of population during the previous year -- 1.4 million out of a total increase of 2.9 million.
African -Americans are now the second-largest minority group in America with a population of 40.2 million.
Both ethnic groups will exercise a major influence on the outcome of the Presidential Election of 2008. The majority of Hispanics and African-Americans are leaning towards the Democrats . This presents the GOP with a major problem. A minority of Hispanics can be relied to vote for the GOP. This group is conservative on social issues. However the majority view the GOP as largely hostile on the immigration issue. Sons and daughters-of illegals-born in the US are entitled to vote.
The Republican Party should not concede these ethnic groups to the Democrats. The GOP must make meaningful gestures to both groups before it is too late. Otherwise Hillary Clinton will be elected President.