The dramatic reversal in Republican opinion on the emotional issue can be traced directly to November’s presidential vote, in which Obama won the support of seven in 10 Latino voters, according to exit polls.
“Elections,” McCain said Monday to explain what had changed within his party. “The Republican Party is losing the support of our Hispanic citizens. And we realize there are many issues in which we think we are in agreement with our Hispanic citizens, but this is a preeminent issue with those citizens.”
The framework drew praise from both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a key business lobby, and the AFL-CIO union.
A coalition of immigration advocates announced plans Monday for a major rally in support of comprehensive reform April 10 in Washington, an event designed to “put a face” on the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants.
At a news conference, the group, composed of labor and faith leaders as well as Hispanic, Asian and African American activists, reacted enthusiastically to the bipartisan group’s principles.