Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s immigration law was followed by quick reaction from both the Obama administration and the Romney campaign. While each response was carefully measured, Mitt Romney told donors yesterday at a fundraising luncheon in Scottsdale, Arizona, that the decision caused a “muddle” and that more latitude should be given toward states to enforce immigration laws.
Even a tepid reaction like Romney’s points to a fundamental problem within the Republican Party that concerns the Hispanic vote. That is, the overall tone of the GOP position on immigration tends to alienate Hispanics, which will only strengthen Obama’s position among come November.
Norm Coleman, a former Republican Senator from Minnesota, spoke at a Monitor Breakfast last year on how the GOP’s tone on immigration has led to several defeats in states with large Hispanic populations.