In the mid-2000s, President George W. Bush tried to pass comprehensive immigration reform, the McCain-Kennedy bill. Even though he had the Democrats’ full support, it was his own party that stopped him. Ever since then they have been losing Latino voters in droves. Their stance on illegal immigration is politically inept, unrealistic and most of all neither conservative nor humane.

A valedictorian in Richmond has no business being deported if her parents came here illegally. This would be the case if the fringe of the Republican Party had its way. Latinos are the fastest-growing demographic in the country. Texas is a majority-minority state already, and in eight years it will most likely be in play for the Democrats.

Solution: Republicans need to change their tone about immigration, pass a bipartisan amnesty bill with President Obama, and go into these communities to campaign hard for future votes. Susana Martinez, Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade MORE will be great future messengers for the GOP to Hispanics.