The Republican National Committee recently released a report analyzing its losses in the 2012 presidential election as well as seats in the House. It found that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost big among Latinos, African-Americans and Asians.
Romney's hardline stance on immigration, including his endorsement of a policy of "self-deportation," may be one reason why he won just 27% of Latino voters -- a lower percentage than the last two GOP presidential candidates. Since that loss, some Republicans have urged a softer tone and broader outreach in speaking to Latino communities.
"If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States, they will not pay attention to our next sentence," the RNC report states. In one of its few policy recommendations, the report counsels Republicans to "embrace and champion" comprehensive immigration reform.
Still, it will be "hard to get all the moving pieces to align," Yale-Loehr said of getting lawmakers to agree on an overhaul. "The chances of getting something enacted this year are less than 50% because of the short number of legislative days and the House Republicans may not feel the same sense of urgency to enact immigration reform legislation."