Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) has said that he thinks Jeb Bush represents the best option on the right for immigration reform. With Marco Rubio recently shifting course and walking back his support for immigration reform, it appears that there is little appetite on the right for pursuing immigration reform. Jeb Bush, who is married to a Mexican woman, is perhaps the most progressive Republican candidate in the 2016 primary field. While Rep. Gutierrez has said he will support the Democratic candidate in 2016, he said he hoped that Jeb Bush would ultimately work to pass immigration reform if elected.
Rep. Gutierrez also made a point that the Republican party will have a hard time winning in 2016 if they don’t reach out to Latino voters. Research on Hispanic voters would seem to bear this out. In 2004, George W. Bush won 40% of Hispanic voters, while Mitt Romney won only 27% just eight years later. This should be a troubling trend for those who want to see Republicans win national elections. As the number of Hispanics grows, the GOP will need them if they hope to win the presidency.
Hopefully, after the 2016 election, there will be meaningful immigration reform for the millions of undocumented workers in this country. These men and women come to this country to seek a better life for themselves and their children and they deserve some clarity on how to become full citizens. This country was built by immigrants and they remain a vital group in America.
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