Fortunately, there have always been respected GOP leaders trying to lead the party toward reasonable immigration policy, including Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.
McCain’s view finally gained dominance thanks to the results of the last elections in which Hispanics rejected the GOP — Hispanics the party believe rightly fit with the GOP’s conservative ideology. At the same time, public opinion has firmly shifted toward immigration reform that includes a path for citizenship along with stronger border security.
The agreement in the Senate doesn’t mean that immigration reform is a done deal. To the contrary, there will be plenty of contention as legislation moves through Congress.
But with the pressure strong for Congress to act, we have our best chance at finally getting comprehensive reform that will make things better for America and for those hoping to come here.