The ‘‘tone and rhetoric’’ employed by Republicans in recent debates over immigration have ‘‘built a wall between the Republican Party and Hispanic community,’’ Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. conceded a few days after the election.
So much for Romney’s statement in last winter’s primaries that illegal immigrants can self-deport.
Immigration legislation will wait until 2013 at least.
By then, Obama and Congress will show whether the election produced a government more inclined to compromise, or to more gridlock.
EDITOR'S NOTE — David Espo covers politics and Congress for The Associated Press
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