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Can the GOP Win on Immigration Reform?

US President Barack Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 29, 2013. Obama Tuesday hailed a 'genuine desire' among warring US politicians to pursue immigration reform, ahead of a speech laying out his own approach to the politically fiery issue. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

During two interviews with Spanish language stations Telemundo and Univision Wednesday evening President Barack Obama said he wanted comprehensive immigration reform passed by this summer. While the president expressed confidence in the bipartisan 'Gang of Eight' proposal in the Senate, and plans to unveil a draft himself soon, Obama did not give any opinions on more divisive immigration reform ideas Wednesday. There has been a great deal of energy devoted by the GOP to curb the fact that they are failing with Latino voters, and in the new year, several high profile Republicans have come out on the issue lighter than the party's previous up-and-comers. TheBlaze's Buck Sexton writes Thursday that conservatives should be highly skeptical of the president's call for 'comprehensive immigration reform.'

While both Democrats and Republicans, in theory, share the desire for a better immigration system that benefits the economy and promotes opportunity and freedom, an honest assessment of the options currently in the discussion on Capitol Hill must point out enormous assumptions and outright falsehoods.

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Republicans cannot abandon the rule of law and hope that when the dust settles, immigration reform will work out.

As the president prepares to push his hand forward on immigration reform, the 'Real News' panel Thursday discussed what options Republicans have to implement the policy they believe to be most effective without suffering more political fallout on the issue. Watch a clip below where S.E. Cupp also breaks down the feedback from Republican primary voters on the party's position on immigration reform in 2008 and 2012:

One last thing…
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