Immigration splits GOP's national, House interests
WASHINGTON - The Republican establishment hopes an overhaul of immigration laws will help the party run stronger presidential races. But that goal is about to hit big hurdles in the form of House Republicans.
Many House Republicans are hostile to the bipartisan immigration bill before the Senate. Even substantial changes to it may do little to placate those who demand strict crackdowns on unlawful border crossings and no "amnesty" for people here illegally.
These Republicans don't deny that weak support from Hispanic voters is hurting GOP presidential nominees.
But they worry much more about their own constituents' opposition to the proposed changes.
Many of them fear someone will challenge them in the next Republican primary if they support a bill seen as granting amnesty to people here illegally.