By Andrea Salazar
Republicans are struggling to find their footing on immigration as they vie for the Latino vote in 2012.
From GOP presidential candidates to members of Congress, immigration has been a hot talking point despite no legislative action on the issue this year. In particular, comments suggesting a more “humane” approach to immigration have brought attention to candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry for straying from the hardline anti-amnesty stance most conservative candidates have taken.
“They’re all indications of a struggle within the Republican party,” said Angela Kelley, vice president of Immigration Policy and Advocacy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. “I think they’re trying to figure out who they want to be to Latino voters at a time that they’re also pretty eager to give a lot of red meat to Republican primary voters. And perspective of the two groups on the issue of immigration is very different.”