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November 30, 2012


Why Immigration Reform is Unlikely

Walter Shapiro: "House Republicans probably worry far more about a 2014 primary challenge on their own right flank than they do about the party winning the White House in 2016. So all the talk about the Republican Party recasting itself to appeal to Latino voters runs up against that very personal Capitol Hill question: 'What about my reelection campaign?'"

"The gap between national parties and the parochial concerns of individual legislators is as old as the republic. But political polarization and the proliferation of one-party congressional districts make things far more acute. That is why the number of Republican volunteers--particularly in the House--willing to take personal political risks to help the party deal with its problems with Hispanic voters is probably limited."

Wonk Wire: Republicans push alternative to the Dream Act.














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