Hillary Rodham Clinton is challenging Republican presidential prospect Jeb Bush on immigration.
It’s an issue that could help define the 2016 race for the White House as both parties court Hispanic voters.
Clinton charged this week that Republicans would create a “second-class status” by granting immigrants in the country illegally a pathway to legal status instead of citizenship.
The elevated focus on immigration is shining a new light on Republican presidential contenders – including past opponents of an immigration overhaul in Congress – who are now willing to allow millions of immigrants in the country illegally to stay.
Such a position is regarded as “amnesty” by the GOP’s tea party wing, yet it is quietly becoming the majority view in a 2016 Republican presidential class eager to attract Hispanic voters.