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Republicans should celebrate self-reliance. These people — many of whom have toiled in the shadows for years — know something about self-reliance.

Above all, Republicans should celebrate the rule of law that makes America the beacon of freedom that it is.

At present, the rule of law is a bit of a hard pill for these illegals to swallow, since they happen to be on the wrong side of the law today. But they should be reminded again and again that the rule of law in America is the whole reason they came here in the first place.

More important, it is the very reason so many legitimate immigrants have come to America legally.

Now the only hope for America is for Republicans to be brave, stand up and start making these arguments directly to Hispanic voters. And leave the minstrel shows to Democrats. And the Harry Limes of the world.

Charles Hurt can be reached at charleshurt@live.com and on Twitter @charleshurt.