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Why the GOP needs to do immigration reform — now

Published: Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 12:43 a.m. MDT

Diana Saravia, 10, of Beltsville, Md., left, demonstrates along with members of immigration rights organizations, including Casa in Action and Maryland Dream Act, demonstrate in front of the White House as they call on President Barack Obama to fulfill his promise of passing comprehensive immigration reform, in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (Cliff Owen, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Diana Saravia, 10, of Beltsville, Md., left, demonstrates along with members of immigration rights organizations, including Casa in Action and Maryland Dream Act, demonstrate in front of the White House as they call on President Barack Obama to fulfill his promise of passing comprehensive immigration reform, in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (Cliff Owen, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Our Take: Evaluations of the election have been extensive and poignant, especially when referring to the slew of reasons why the Republican Party lost. Potential strategies for the future of the Party have been spewing from every national voice and political pundit across the nation, many of them centering on and around the Hispanic voter and immigration reform.

In the following editorial, Aaron Blake, contributor to the Washington Post, writes that when it comes to the future of the GOP, it is not a matter of “should we pass immigration reform?” it’s more a matter of “we must pass immigration reform.”

The Republican Party is beginning to succumb to the demographic reality that confronts it: Just as Latino voters are deserting the GOP in near-record numbers, the Latino vote is quickly becoming hugely important to winning elections.

So it’s no surprise that Republicans now sound keen on doing comprehensive immigration reform; they need a healthy share of Latino votes going forward, and they’re not getting it.

But when it comes to Republicans and immigration reform, it isn’t so much that the GOP needs to do it, as much as that it can’t afford not to be a part of it.

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