GOP legislators spoke today about wanting to broaden their immigration stance.
House Speaker John Boehner said that he and other Republicans in Congress are interested in considering a significant change to immigration law in 2013.
These statements might be a result of the record Latino turnout of this election and the fact that President Obama received overwhelming support. Edison Research exit polls say Obama won 71% of the Latino vote while Romney won 27% of it. This had to have had a factor in losing Colorado, Virginia and Florida, states in which he trailed Obama closely. His lack of connection with the issues concerning Hispanics might have cost him the presidency.
The Hispanic vote has been expanding every year and addressing the issues that matter most the Hispanic community is not something that can continue to be neglected.
Boehner said the following at his interview with ABC news, “This issue has been around far too long. A comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself and others can find the common ground.”
There are only a few things that will take precedence over immigration reform in the next coming months: budget cuts, tax cuts and tax increases. But with 11 million undocumented people in the U.S., it will be necessary to find a solution as quickly as possible and take advantage of changing attitudes.