Unfortunately, few do. That’s why this latest attempt at immigration reform is doomed to fail on the basis of misbeliefs about how important citizenship is to Hispanics and how they might react at the polls to GOP efforts to deny it to 11 million unauthorized immigrants.
And what about the potential backlash from Latinos smart enough to blame those who were unwilling to compromise on citizenship? Someone hurry up and survey the Hispanics who’ll be hoppin’ mad if millions of immigrants are left hanging out to dry once again while Democrats rejoice in the supposed demise of the Republican Party.
Esther J. Cepeda is a columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group. She can be reached at email@example.com.