Rubio takes the lead on immigration reform
The Kansas City Star
The 2012 election, in which Mitt Romney lost Hispanics by a whopping margin, showed that the GOP had a great deal of work to do on the issue of immigration.
Many Republicans have been careful to say they welcome legal immigrants, but the tone of the rhetoric in recent years has suggested otherwise and has been destructive to the party’s “brand” — while stalling needed reform on a poorly functioning immigration system.
Given all this, it’s good to see Florida Sen. Marco Rubio step out in front on this issue. As the son of Cuban immigrants, he’s well-suited to the role, and the timing seems good: polls show solid majorities in favor of a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocument immigrants currently in the country.
The Republican Party has badly hurt itself by mishandling this issue. Our immigration system is broken, and Rubio deserves credit for taking a big step toward opening the debate on reform.