Yesterday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the Dream Act, which would allow certain illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors a chance to become U.S. citizens, if they enter college or military service. Those eligible are people who were brought into the U.S. before they were 16, have been living here for at least five years, and have earned a high school diploma. In order to gain citizenship, they would have to join the military for two years, or attend a four year college for two years.
Like most issues, this one also has Republicans and Democrats split. Democrats are strongly pushing for it to pass, while Republicans are likely to vote against it. With the Latino vote becoming more and more important in national elections, how would voting against this bill affect Republicans in 2012?