In last-minute ads, GOP establishment swings against immigration reform
Washington Post | Jan 28, 2016
DES MOINES — Last June, on the day that Donald Trump announced his presidential bid, Republican strategist Katie Packer issued a warning to her party.
“As deputy campaign manager of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential bid, I saw first-hand how the rhetoric on immigration during the GOP primary, from all of the candidates, painted our party in a negative light and came back to bite us in the general election,” she wrote.
Sharing research conducted by her Burning Glass Consulting, Packer said that the Republicans using “harsh rhetoric that defines anything short of deportation as ‘amnesty’ ” were actually doing a long-term disservice, “chasing the relatively small group of anti-immigration primary voters — and giving opponents ammunition to portray them as anti-immigration.”