The new Congress has brought with it a rather significant shift in political attitudes toward a comprehensive immigration reform package. Before the November elections, immigration was not on the radar screen. Targeted bills were receiving little attention, and comprehensive solutions were more or less dead on arrival.
But in the wake of the President’s re-election, there were open discussions about the margins by which Hispanic voters supported Democrats. Going back to the election of 2000, President Bush received 31 percent of the Hispanic vote.