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Shift to Center on Immigration Paying Off for GOP

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Remember the antis who were warning Republicans not to support immigration reform because Latinos would never support them anyway? Turns out that even before a single vote on reform has been cast, the mere fact that so many Republicans have started speaking out in favor of reform is starting to change perceptions. From Huffington Post:



An analysis of a poll released this month by the independent polling firm Latino Decisions found that neither Republicans nor Democrats should rest easy.


In a hypothetical election match-up between a Republican candidate
who supports a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
against a Democrat who opposes citizenship, 61 percent of Latinos who
voted for President Barack Obama in 2012 said they would would choose
the Republican, according to the poll. Another 43 percent of Latino
Obama supporters said they would become more likely to consider or vote
for a Republican if the party plays a major role in comprehensive
immigration reform. In fact, 41 percent of Obama's Latino voters have
already cast a ballot in favor of a down-ticket Republican seeking
federal, state or local office, the poll found.


The possible good news for Democrats and undocumented immigrants is
that even Latinos who identify as Republicans seem prepared to insist on
comprehensive immigration reform. About 64 percent of Latino
Republicans described comprehensive immigration reform as "very" or
"extremely" important, according to the Latino Decisions analysis. And
nearly 70 percent of Latino Republicans said they wanted an immigration
plan with a clear pathway to citizenship.


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