Brand & Martínez for August 23, 2012

Dissecting the GOP's stance on immigration

Agents Patrol Texas Border To Stop Illegal Immigrants From Entering U.S.

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Parked next to a section of the border fence, a Border Patrol agent watches an area of the U.S.-Mexico border along the Rio Grande River near, Hidalgo, Texas.

The GOP committee agreed to restore conservative language regarding immigration in this year's platform plank. According to The Hill, the official party position now states, "State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked," and says the Department of Justice should drop its lawsuits against immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina and Utah.

How will the Republican party's stance on immigration affect Mitt Romney's hope of capturing the Hispanic vote? Mitt Romney's campaign is targeting 38 percent of the Hispanic vote in order to defeat President Obama, seven percent higher than Sen. John McCain received when he ran against President Obama in 2008.

Guest:

Ruben Navarrette, syndicated columnist for Washington Post


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