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.