1Center or American Progress | Immigration Is Changing the Political Landscape in Key States
Immigration Is Changing thePolitical Landscape in Key States
Philip E. Wolgin and Ann Garcia April 8, 2013
In he wake o he overwhelming Laino and Asian American suppor or PresidenBarack Obama in he November 2012 elecion
—suppor ha was criical o his re-elec-ion—he poliical winds on immigraion have shied signicanly o avor immigraionreorm wih a pahway o ciizenship or he approximaely 11 million undocumenedimmigrans living in our counry.
A ull 71 percen o Laino voers and 73 percen o Asian American voers suppored he presiden in he elecion,
and poll aer poll illus-raes ha hese groups srongly opposed he “sel-deporaion” policies o Republicanpresidenial candidae and ormer Massachusets Gov. Mit Romney and inseadsuppored Presiden Obama’s immigraion-reorm eors.
Changing demographics,especially he rapid growh o he Laino populaion and heir power as voers, ensuredha key swing saes such as Florida, Colorado, and Nevada voed or he presiden.
In he weeks aer he elecion, prominen conservaives “evolved” on he issue o immi-graion reorm, including conservaive pundi Sean Hanniy, Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY)and John McCain (R-AZ), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and House Majoriy Leader Eric Canor (R-VA).
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) summed up he Republicanpredicamen bes when he old he Washingon Ideas Forum on November 15 ha, “I’sreally hard o ge people o lisen o you on economic growh, on ax raes, on healhcare, i hey hink you wan o depor heir grandmoher.”
Since he beginning o he year, rheoric has urned ino acion wih negoiaions on animmigraion reorm plan moving ino he nal sages. A biparisan “Gang o 8” in heSenae is expeced o release a dra bill in he nex ew weeks, and a biparisan group inhe House is coming o a consensus as well.
Presiden Obama reieraed his suppor andopimism or passing immigraion reorm by he end o he summer in an inerview wihelemundo on March 27, and Senae Judiciary Commitee Chairman Parick Leahy (D-V) has promised “swi and horough acion” on an immigraion bill.
A he hearo he eor is a ough bu air road map o earned ciizenship or he 11 million undocu-mened immigrans living in he counry.