It was not until Trump decided to run for president did the Republican Party lose traction in its' race to the Whitehouse.
Immigration and the 11 million undocumented people living in the United States have been propelled it to the front position of American republican politics
As soon as Donald Trump launched his campaign for president he began emitting repulsive rhetoric about "Mexican rapists" and making minorities his patsy in a disgraceful appeal to the Republican Party's racist base. His apparent purpose is to destroy American families and American-born children of immigrants. His solution of mass deportation and ending birthright says it all.
Throught history "ethnic cleansing" has bee part of the human experience. Trump's solution to the "immigrant problem" is version of ethnic cleansing in the ilk of Hitler's 25 demands
"All financial interests in or in any way affecting German newspapers shall be forbidden to non-Germans by law, and we demand that the punishment for transgressing this law be the immediate suppression of the newspaper and the expulsion of the non-Germans from the Reich.
Newspapers transgressing against the common welfare shall be suppressed. We demand legal action against those tendencies in art and literature that have a disruptive influence upon the life of our folk, and that any organizations that offend against the foregoing demands shall be dissolved"
While shifting the republican's base from policy issues to immigration may have catapulted Trump to number one in the polls, it created a backlash from the millions of Americans with an undocumented immigrant family member.
Even as we speak President Obama is intervening with plans to help the 8.8 million legal immigrants in the country to become American citizens though an organized push to make all eligible Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holders). Obama's "Stand Stronger" Citizenship Awareness Campaign is intended as a comprehensive effort to change their immigration status so that they can fight back against the GOP hate in the voting booths.
Imagine the effect of 8 million new voters in the next decade, and some 5.4 million of them Latino? It will be all over for the republicans as no republican will ever live in the White house again.
The whiplash republicans are feeling is due to the frightening thoughts of millions of new citizens. Republicans recognize that Latinos vote for Democratic candidates in much higher numbers (2-1) than they vote for GOP candidates. 5 million new Latino vote could permanent keep republicans out of the white house.