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showed 72 percent of Americans supporting some type of path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a result reflected in other surveys. While the Gallup poll also shows majority support for more onerous immigration regulations (like mandates on employers to verify legal status; 85 percent approve), the broad support for a path to citizenship is the exact opposite of the tack most Republican candidates for president took in late 2011 and in 2012. The debate within the Republican party was largely on how large a border wall should be, how many devices could be deployed there and how much money ought to be spent (answer: more). Early in his short-lived campaign, Texas Governor Rick Perry actually had to apologize for calling candidates who opposed offering in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants living in-state "heartless." A little more than a year later, President Obama won the election despite losing on the marquee issue, the economy.Immigration is the other hot-button issue that came up in the Republicans’ last electoral post-mortem. A Gallup poll earlier this year
When most Americans support some kind of way for illegal immigrants to be able to stay in this country, a nativist party obsessed over how many illegal immigrants could be deported isn’t going to do well. Establishment Republicans are slowly coming on board, with the congressional Republican tasked with the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee promising action before the 2014 election. Whether they’ll merely accede to the Democrat proposal or seek to excise government intervention from immigration reform remains to be seen, though only by rejecting statist immigration policy can Republicans come to “own” the issue.
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