The November election had many consequences, but few may be as profound as its impact on the likelihood of immigration reform.
Why? It has a good deal to do with domestic politics. One out of every six Americans is of at least some Hispanic heritage. The Republican party will not continue to be a national party able to compete successfully in presidential elections unless it embraces a more open approach toward immigrants and immigration. It doesn’t hurt that two potential Republican nominees in 2016—former Florida governor Jeb Bush and current Florida senator Marco Rubio—are strong advocates of just such change.