The Republican National Committee has released a surprisingly candid report that bluntly warns members of the GOP that they need to, among many things, embrace immigration reform. This quote from the report pretty much says it all:
We are not a policy committee, but among the steps Republicans take in the Hispanic community and beyond, we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our Party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only. We also believe that comprehensive immigration reform is consistent with Republican economic policies that promote job growth and opportunity for all.
Later in the report, the RNC debunks the common theory that immigrants will vote Republican despite the immigration issue:
The report hasn't stopped the internal fighting in the GOP over this issue. At the CPAC conference, former Representative JD Hayworth went on the attack against Marco Rubio and others in the Republican Party who are supporting immigration reform.
If Hispanic Americans hear that the GOP doesn’t want them in the United States, they won’t pay attention to our next sentence. It doesn’t matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy; if Hispanics think that we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies. In essence, Hispanic voters tell us our Party’s position on immigration has become a litmus test, measuring whether we are meeting them with a welcome mat or a closed door.