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High noon in Washington over illegal immigration

Even the strongest Republican critics of Obama's proposals don't have an alternative plan for what to do with the millions of illegal immigrants and their children who grew up in the US

Published Wed, Nov 26, 2014 · 09:50 PM
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FOR most of the decades that followed the American Civil War, the Democratic Party became the political home of voters in the southern states that had been defeated by a Republican president in 1865 after trying to secede from the United States.

About 100 years later, in response to growing racial tensions in these same states where black citizens were fighting for equality with whites, Democratic presidents were leading a successful effort to approve a historic civil rights legislation outlawing racial discrimination. In response, southern voters started to gradually shift their allegiance to the Republican Party - a process that created the conditions for today's electoral reality when the entire South is under the political control of the GOP. The other side of the electoral coin has been that African-Americans vote now by huge margins for Democratic candidates.

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