American Dreamer

Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

I've never understood why immigration should be a partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats are both for secure borders and a legal, rational path to citizenship. No one disputes that immigration has helped build this nation. Even the political battles over immigration seem a little contrived. George W. Bush was elected President in 2000 promising immigration reform. John McCain began his 2008 campaign for President fighting a losing battle for immigration reform in the Senate.

But the very poor showing by Republicans among Hispanic voters in 2012 has focused the GOP's attention. Marco Rubio, a son of Cuban immigrants, is in many...

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