Opponents of immigration reform know that they need Republicans to block it. But politics and the research are running against them. So the opponents are getting desperate.
Because Republicans performed badly with Hispanic voters, GOP operatives argue that the party needs to back an immigration bill or face decades of defeat nationally and in states such as Florida that are home to the emerging electorate. GOP leaders responded by making Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., one of eight senators crafting the immigration bill that some critics falsely call “amnesty” because it would allow illegal immigrants to gain citizenship after many years and after satisfying several conditions. It can’t be “amnesty” if conditions are attached.
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