The Republican Party, champion of self-deportation for illegal immigrants, has made a special point of antagonizing so-called Dreamers, children brought into the country by their undocumented parents. A reversal of that stance would be welcome, even if it's impelled by self-serving motives.
In 2010, Republicans blocked the Dream Act, which would have allowed undocumented high school graduates to gain legal status over 10 years if they finish college or serve in the military. In June, House Republicans passed a measure that raised the specter of deporting every unauthorized youngster in the United States by reversing the reprieve they were granted by President Obama's executive order last year.
Now, having postured and threatened their way into the nightmares of a generation of Hispanic youths, to say nothing of their parents, some in the party are reconsidering. Gripped by the dawning realization that their long-established policy is electoral folly, a few House Republicans say they are prepared to talk about legalization or citizenship for Dreamers, just not (yet, at least) for their parents, who make up the bulk of the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants.