"The GOP's immigration positioning will significantly damage the
Republican nominee in the 2012 general election, most acutely among
Latino voters. While immigration simply is not a mobilizing issue for
most general election voters, it remains a defining issue for Latino
voters. By taking such a hard-line position on immigration, the eventual
Republican nominee will find it near impossible to earn the 40 percent
of the Latino vote Republican candidates need to win the White House.
Though immigration is an animating issue for a small sliver of
Republican primary and caucus voters, the vast majority of general election voters
instead support comprehensive immigration reform instead of deportation
plans and prefer solutions over impractical deportation schemes." - Frank Sharry, Nov. 30, 2011.