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The passage of federal immigration reforms is a crucial first step in stemming the Republican Party's declining support among Hispanics and improving its image among this increasingly pivotal group, writes Baker Institute fellow Mark Jones in Zócalo Public Square, a nonprofit project of Arizona State University and the New America Foundation. "If Congress does not pass immigration reform, we should expect Hispanic turnout in Texas to rise, as Democrats use the reform"s failure to register and mobilize Hispanic voters, and to see the share of the Hispanic vote won by GOP candidates decline."

Read "A Republican Stronghold at a Crossroads" in the June 5, 2013, edition of Zócalo Public Square.