As the GOP meets for its annual retreat the subject of immigration reform is coming up. Not surprisingly, the very deep divisions in the party are starting to come out. Make no mistake about it, this is going to be a nasty fight in the GOP. It really puts the different wings of the party at each other’s threats. In many ways it is a wedge issue for the GOP the way busing and affirmative action used to be for Democrats.
This fight will carry over into 2016. You can ask Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich how being supportive of the DREAM ACT or a path to citizenship plays with the party’s conservative base. Is it possible to survive the issue? Sure, McCain did it gets harder if the party’s anti-immigration wing can unite behind one candidate this time.