“I can sum it up for you this way. The party as I said is always…the party of assimilation,” he told the news show “Al Punto.”

“Something that we believe in very firmly and basically what we should be saying is that there are rules that you need to get into the country, go [through] the right door, fill out the right form, have some apple pie, hum a few bars of the Star Spangled Banner and get to work,” Steele said. “God bless you, and I think that that begins to set us on the right road to dealing with this issue.”…

“The Republican Party stands a lot closer to the hearts and souls of Hispanic families, Hispanic businesses, and the Hispanic community at large, than a lot of people want to give us credit for,” Steele argued. “I’m hoping over the next few years as we engage in debates in the battle of big ideas, to be right at that table with my Hispanic friends and neighbors making the case for the GOP.”