Column: GOP waking up to importance of Hispanics

Is it possible that after years of ignoring the nation’s worsening immigration problems, there may be a crack in the Republican opposition to sensible reform? Could it be that in 2014 the bipartisan compromise that originated in the U.S. Senate might have a chance of adoption in the House?

House Speaker John Boehner reportedly now seems willing to begin the process of coming to some resolution over this most pressing problem. Before those who advocate wholesale reform break out the bubbly, however, Boehner has indicated the process would take some time and not be one of those all at once, sweeping overhauls.

It is uncertain whether this is a backlash to the pressures and interference of outside radical groups mostly under the tea party umbrella, such as Heritage Action, an offshoot of the Heritage Foundation, or a genuine belief by traditional conservatives that failure to deal with immigration has further damaged most Americans’ faith in Congress as an institution. “Get it fixed!” appears to be the slogan of both sides of the issue. That is if it is even possible to do so.

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