Will 2013 Be Year of the Latino?

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{Editor's Note: In the coming months, immigration reform will be at the forefront of state and national lawmakers, especially in border areas such as Arizona, where BlogHer Julie Erfle lives. Erfle has been keeping a keen eye on immigration policy in the Grand Canyon state and in this excerpt from her blog Politics Uncuffed, she is hopeful for change. --Grace]

But now, more than ever before, Latinos have at their fingertips the makings of a perfect storm. With Black Americans deserting the Republican Party, the GOP is struggling to find a way to hold on to this crucial minority, and they know immigration reform may be the only way to do so.

In the coming weeks, Arizonans will have an opportunity to be at the forefront of a major immigration reform movement. Business leaders, faith leaders, law enforcement officials, and others will soon unveil a plan to move this state and this country forward. How Arizona’s politicians, both Republicans and Democrats, respond to this initiative will set the stage for the future of both parties.

Aug. 1, 2012 - Phoenix, Arizona, U.S - About 200 people, mostly Latino immigrants' rights and civil rights activists, gathered in front of the Sandra Day O'Connor Courthouse during the racial profiling trial against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Credit Image: © Jack Kurtz/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Read more from 2013: Year of the Latino? at Politics Uncuffed