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It has become common over the last year to hear pundits declare that
Republicans, by scuttling immigration reform with an enforcement-only
mantra and turning vicious and nativistic during the recent election campaigns,
have won the battle (against liberalizing the immigration system) but
are poised to lose the war (for the Latino vote). Short-term appeasement of a
base disgruntled with high levels of immigration, particularly from south of
the border, is increasingly alienating Latinos—the electoral sleeping giant
whose support both parties need to remain relevant in American politics.
Commentators and Democrats find delicious irony in the right wing’s quick
unraveling, through immigration demagoguery, of Karl Rove’s years-long
strategy to entrench Republican power by incorporating a majority of Latinos
into the GOP fold.

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Latinos, immigration, politics, elections