Illegal immigration is a key issue facing 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls. Former Senator Norm Coleman told reporters Tuesday that debating the issue is a good thing, but the tone of the debate is hurting Republican candidates.
Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce is hailed by many conservatives nationwide as a 'patriot' for his anti-illegal immigration stance. But the backlash has spawned a recall election Nov. 8.
The Supreme Court ruling affirming Arizona's right to yank licenses from firms that employ illegal immigrants may spur similar laws in other states, pitting politicians against their business allies.
The US Hispanic population is booming – a group that's more likely to vote Democratic. This worries the GOP as Republicans look for ways to connect with this key part of the electorate.