Add CQ Politics to the list of news organizations writing about the growing schism in the Republican Party over immigration issues. CQ was reporting from the CPAC conference in DC for the nation's political conservatives. It appears that there are really three camps in the GOP:

- a pro-immigration wing whose members worry that conservatives will remain permanently in the minority

- a "law and order" camp that claims to be pro-immigration but merely against illegal immigration

- an anti-immigrant wing that is against immigration of any sort

GOP leaders want to pretend like the last group doesn't exist and the argument is really just one between the first and the second group. But it's clear when you hear people like Tom Tancredo and his allies that a big portion of the party is in the last group.

Consider this part of the CQ Story:

Heritage Foundation fellow Robert
Rector, a proponent of tougher penalties on illegal immigration,
characterized the split as a divide between "common-sense conservatives
and open-border libertarians."


Rector, who spoke on two
separate panels at CPAC, said amnesty and guest worker programs are
problematic because they open access to U.S. ballot boxes -- and
immigrants in turn vote for so-called entitlement programs.


"There's
nothing evil about the immigrant. They're just acting out their natural
intent," he said. "They're going to vote for free stuff."


The
antipathy toward immigrants was further apparent in comments from
ex-Rep. J.D.
Hayworth,who is running against Sen. John McCain
for Arizona's GOP Senate nomination. Hayworth appeared at a Feb. 18
screening of "Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration,"
introducing the film and saying it proves that U.S. immigration policy
needs to change drastically.


"The problem in
Washington is that so many people -- including my opponent -- view this
as a political problem to be managed instead of seeing what really is
going on," said Hayworth, who was featured in the film. "This is an
invasion that must be stopped."

*****

Linda Chavez, the highest-ranking woman in
President Ronald Reagan's White House and now chairwoman of the Center
for Equal Opportunity, a conservative think tank devoted to issues of
race and ethnicity, told Rector during an immigration panel they shared
that she respectfully disagrees with his ideas. She said she
understands such language is borne of frustration about a broken
immigration system, but she added that it needs to cease.

*****

Chavez tried to debunk what she called
myths that foster resentment toward immigrants -- they don't assimilate
and they feed on welfare and Social Security, for instance.

On a Feb. 18 panel called "The Rise of
Latino Conservatism," Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax
Reform, said he was taken aback by assertions he has heard that Latino
immigrants are lazy and weaken Western culture. Latinos actually share
values that are staples of conservative campaigns, he added: They're
overwhelmingly Christian, pro-business, and oppose gay marriage and
abortion rights.


"But you can't talk to someone from
the immigrant community, threaten to deport their relative and then ask
them to vote with you because you're pro-life," he said. "Some
conservatives and some Republicans have used harsh and insulting
rhetoric that has chased away Hispanic voters unnecessarily."