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Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Schneider: The political calculations of immigration

CNN's Senior Political Analyst reports on the politics of immigration

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Do demonstrations like the ones we're seeing on Tuesday have much political impact?

Politicians look at these demonstrations and ask "how many of these people are voters who are likely to vote this issue? And how many people on the other side are voters likely to vote this issue?"

Politicians look at demonstrators demanding legalization and see voters. Maybe not voters right now, but future voters. Latinos who are voting right now tend to favor Democrats, and Democrats see Latinos as the key to an emerging Democratic majority.

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