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The other is that elections have consequences.
Four Republican and four Democratic senators are pushing a path to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants who would need to pay fines and taxes, and await government certification of tough border security. These provisions are political cover for what was unthinkable just a few months ago: amnesty.
What has changed? President Obama won about 70 percent of the Hispanic vote in November, according to exit polls, while Republican Mitt Romney carried barely more than a quarter. The primary reason is the GOP's positions on immigration reform that to many Hispanics seem confrontational, even bigoted. Romney famously proposed "self-deportation" of 11 million illegal immigrants.
Hispanics are fast becoming the most important voting block in politics, and losing their support by wide margins is a sure ticket to irrelevancy.
Romney won a smaller share of the Hispanic vote than the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, John McCain. A champion of immigration reform, McCain was forced to back away from the issue as he positioned for his failed presidential race. He is now part of the bipartisan group of senators behind this latest push.