(Business Insider) In the wake of Mitt Romney's defeat, many Republicans are embracing immigration reform. But the GOP's minority problem runs deeper than a single issue.
As the GOP picks up the pieces from a shattering election defeat, one clear lesson has emerged:The party must win over Latinos, a fast-growing demographic that swung heavily toward President Obama. Latinos were turned off by the GOP's hardline stance on illegal immigration, with Mitt Romney promising a strict enforcement policy that would encourage Latinos to "self-deport" and rejecting a Democratic proposal to provide a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants. As a result, party elders are nowfalling over themselves to urge the GOP to compromise with Democrats on an immigration reform package. Even strident voices in the conservative infotainment circus, such as Sean Hannity, have suddenly dropped their previous objections to giving immigrants "amnesty."