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My back pocket now in the aftermath of the election so conservatives are reconsidering.
Their position on illegal immigration following governor Romney's election defeat.
On his radio show yesterday Fox News Sean Hannity say that he now supports.
A path to citizenship.
For some people living in the United States illegally.
We've got to get rid of the immigration issue altogether I think you control the border first.
You create a pathway for those people that -- here you don't say got to go home.
And that is -- in a -- a position that I've.
-- -- -- His political analyst Mary Katharine Ham editor at large of hot air dot com at a Fox News contributor Juan what do you think about which onset.
I think that's quite significant market because if -- -- call when president George W.
Bush tried to pass immigration reform after his reelection.
-- -- It was talk radio show host on the right including John who -- grassroots opposition instead no.
So if you get -- Sean Hannity leading that conservative talk radio host to say you know let's reconsider look at the results coming out of this election especially in terms the Hispanic vote it's time to move on I think it could have impact that has quickly add that.
I was on the O -- show last night with Laura Ingram.
And she seems to field that's not the solution she's a prominent right.
Wing radio talk show posters out.
She thinks Democrats will just -- up the ante and Republicans will never catch up so there's some it's still some way to go but that was a significant move by -- Yes so interesting as was pointed out George W.
Bush was open to a path to citizenship.
And work arrangements that would allow people to stay John McCain was criticized when he ran for president for his in a sort of more open.
Perspective on how to approach this problem.
In heating get anywhere with that he losses election as well Mary -- what what are the lessons here.
Well -- -- the first lessen the president's not the only one who can evolve on an issue.
I think I am -- that's no mistake and that word -- wages data right we have a President Obama said he was evolving on the issue of gay marriage so they're both sides that -- need to be open to allowing others to -- -- all -- Yeah I think.
I think it is as -- fire this is a signal that that it may be to the conservative base that hey we should be open this kind of thing I I do think.
This is gonna come up in the next congress regardless and I think certainly it.
At least tone has to be moderated if not policy and I think.
That is an important part of reaching out to an electorate that is growing there are many people -- Republican Party such as George W.
Bush and John McCain who frankly.
Have put more politically on the line for the issue of comprehensive immigration reform then certainly Obama.
Certain more than.
Many Democrats if not.
Most of them so I think.
There are folks in the party who can listen to things like that I think there are Ted Cruz and and Texas for instance -- not for amnesty but it.
Knows the issue of immigration those border concerns and got Ted -- -- me.
Jeff flake and Arizona who's now senator understands border issues in the past has been on board the conference yeah reform but I do think -- border issue.
Promises promises promises folks are going to be -- including -- white working class democratic voters.
If there is not something solid in an agreement and that's just the bottom line in -- often think.
-- -- sort of the moments along the way in these elections and when the turning points -- and and my mind goes back to.
Marco Rubio who you know was about to put forth some legislation that was very similar to every policy that would -- that was.
Literally came out of the lips of President Obama just days later.
And right before President Obama put out his feeling that you know people who came under the age of sixteen -- all of those you know sort of ramifications that he that he.
Put out there.
Right before he did that -- -- have this -- his own and governor Ronnie had been campaigning in Florida with Marco Rubio and was asked do you agree with what.
What senator rubio is saying -- immigration.
And he kind of hesitated he he didn't you know jump on board -- -- -- -- think about and and -- -- I just have to wonder you know if that was in a moment that might have changed the course of a lot of things.
It could be -- you know I think one other realities here and now I'm mayor -- was touching on this as I think you're gonna see core constituencies inside.
Now rush I think to people like Marco Rubio and say.
Tell us again how you would do this I think it raises rubio stature within the party even as a contender in 26 -- But I think you're also have to look at the chamber of commerce the business community particularly people in the high tech sector people on Wall Street.
Who want some kind of immigration reform to get the very best brains into the country.
How willing to make concessions if you tell them you know what -- get their best people here.
-- -- -- -- And and the system is amassing just horribly complex and consent and I think all the wrong things just as most things in the federal government -- but I do want to say for Republicans this is not some sort of quick fix.
When you come out and say that your for this and it solves problems with many voters if policy were the only issue than Barack Obama would have -- some price for bragging about how -- deported.
-- think it -- ever illegal immigrants than anyone else so I think.
It's a deeper issue them out of the cultural issue the way you talk about it is very important this race coming up.
This discussion coming up is going to be a testing ground for whether they can do that in a way that sensitive.
And that addresses the concerns of his critics -- Who are you know interest and entrepreneurship and aspirations society justice conservatives are -- yes actually we let me say -- Add quickly that Marco Rubio said to me.
Is interview -- paper box there's -- with him he said you know if you're saying that people.
Decourt yourself or we want to deport her grandmother they're not gonna hear anything you say after that about values entrepreneur or ship about how we -- values and turns -- the strong Catholic believes in the Hispanic community.
Great points -- at this discussion is far from over thanks so much Katherine.
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