"The Republican Party is beefing up its minority outreach nationwide
and preparing to put its rising Latino stars on the campaign trail amid
concerns that tough immigration rhetoric in the presidential primary is
taking on an increasingly anti-Hispanic tone. But immigrant-rights
groups and some political watchers say the damage may be irreversible.
They argue that the GOP has severely hampered itself as it looks to woo
the critical Latino voting bloc that could decide who wins key states
like New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and Florida next fall. Mitt
Romney "is done," said DeeDee Blase, founder of Somos Republicans in
Arizona. "He'll be lucky to get 8 percent of the Hispanic vote" after
saying he would veto legislation that would create a path to citizenship
for some illegal immigrants and accepting the endorsement of
anti-immigration activist Kris Kobach, architect of two of the strongest
immigration crackdown laws in the country." - Associated Press, Jan. 15, 2012.