- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2014

House Republicans’ move to pass legislation to speed deportation of illegal aliens at the border may not sit well with Hispanic voters, but some potential GOP presidential candidates are looking to court the demographic by reaching out to Latin America, The New York Times reported.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to visit Mexico to speak with President Enrique Peña Nieto about the border and meet with Mexican industry and cultural leaders.

Another, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist by trade, heads to Guatemala this month to provide eye treatment to a number of the nation’s poorer citizens.

And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is pressing Mexico to build a new consulate in his state to better serve Wisconsin’s booming Hispanic population.

Hector V. Barreto, an adviser to Republican presidential campaigns since 2000, told The New York Times “that these guys are thinking bigger than those in Congress.”