The most powerful force behind immigrant reform is Hispanic Americans who are here legally or were born here and can all vote… This group is greatly impacted by actions against immigrants which they see closely connected with their own identity and perhaps their political interests.
Whatever happens through the mechanics of Congress it remains clear that Hispanic public opinion, ever growing and important, is clear on the side of welcoming Hispanic immigrants no matter how they got here, who want to work towards the American dream.
The London Economist lays out the political machinations on the Hill and asserts that the Hispanic vote is a force to be reckoned with.
“EVERY major policy issue has been resolved,” declared Charles Schumer, one of eight senators seeking to draft a bipartisan bill to reform America’s immigration system. The “Gang of Eight”, he continued, would unveil their proposal in days; it would putter through the