A really comprehensive poll carried out by Latino Decisions and America’s Voices asked Latino respondents how they would feel about the GOP if they blocked the immigration bill:
Bubbles … sorry, Senator Lindsey Graham, warned his party that they might as well kiss 2016 goodbye if they don’t step up and vote for immigration reform:
“If we don’t pass immigration reform , if we don’t get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn’t matter who you run in 2016,” Graham warned during on appearance Sunday on NBC’s Meet The Press. “We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party, and the only way we can get back in good graces with the Hispanic community, in my view, is pass comprehensive immigration reform. If you don’t do that, it really doesn’t matter who will run, in my view.”
Demographics are certainly a problem for the Republicans, but Ezra Klein notes that it might be Obamacare that keeps Hispanics on the side of the Democrats:
Obamacare is really popular in the Hispanic community. Polling often shows support in the 2-to-1, and even 3-to-1, range. It could just be that Hispanics like President Obama and so they like his law. But it could be that 30 percent of nonelderly Hispanics are uninsured, as opposed to 11 percent of whites and 21 percent of African Americans. Hispanics stand to gain a lot from health reform, and so it’s important to them.