After years of frustration, immigration reform advocates believe the stars have aligned after Tuesday’s election to give them the best shot in years at bringing millions of illegal immigrants out of the shadows and fixing an immigration system widely seen as inadequate for the modern economy. President Obama’s victory, fueled by massive support among Latino voters, has produced a new dynamic in Washington: a Democratic president who owes a huge debt to Latinos, and a Republican Party desperate to find a way to avoid another landslide loss.
Amid soul-searching over their Election Day losses, Massachusetts Republicans face an immediate internecine battle over the direction of their party as they consider whether to adopt the conservative agenda that their national party embraced at the convention. Massachusetts Republicans are already agonizing over the party’s future, having watched the gains of recent years slip away on Tuesday, when presidential nominee Mitt Romney, prized US Senator Scott Brown, and a promising candidate for Congress, Richard R. Tisei, lost.
Some 67 years ago, a broken, emaciated boy looked up and saw an American soldier sitting astride a tank outside the gates of Dachau, the 10th concentration camp the boy had endured during the long war. The soldier gave the boy his rations, and handed him a handkerchief decorated with a 48-star American flag. Yesterday, clutching that flag in a velvet pouch, the boy, now an 81-year-old man of Newton, thanked the soldier’s family in person for the first time.